Hotels in Sweden
The best hotels in Sweden can get pricy during the high season, and especially on weekends. If your trip includes several stops, you may want to play around with your itinerary and see if you can save by, for example, staying in Stockholm or Gothenburg midweek. Almost all hotels in Sweden include breakfast in the room rate, and this is often a lavish spread of cheeses, breads, smoked fish, muesli, yogurt, and pastries—as well as coffee and tea.
The Hotel Anno 1647 in Stockholm's hopping Södermalm neighborhood combines two historic buildings (one was once a tobacco factory, the other a clothing one) with contemporary interiors. The rooms have rustic pine floors, crystal chandeliers, and blackout drapes—essential in a city that gets 18 hours of sunlight a day in the summer. There's a complimentary breakfast of homemade yogurt and knäckerbröd (crispy bread).
Another popular option among Sweden hotels is the Hotel Diplomat, also in Stockholm on the grand boulevard Strandvagen, overlooking the harbor. The 1911 Art Nouveau building is a striking white, with ornate scrolling, narrow balconies, and arched windows. The 130 rooms are individually decorated with bright white walls, floral patterns, and muted colors.
Ideally situated for exploring, dining, and clubbing in Central City, the Berns isn’t just an 82-room boutique hotel—there’s also a shockingly large restaurant-bar-nightclub in the landmark building. And by “large,” think Grand Central Station’s little sister (but with an evening-wear makeover).
Suspended in the trees of a forest in northern Sweden, 37 miles from the Arctic Circle, the five conceptual retreats resemble, respectively, a cubic cabin, a flying saucer, a bird's nest, a Modernist pinecone, and a mirrored box.
The country behind Ikea brings a similarly streamlined aesthetic to the affordable hotel chain Clarion. Designed by Gert Wingårdh, this outpost has an exterior that features noiseproof granite facing the railroad and sheer glass fronting lovely Norra Bantorget park.
The windswept island of Gotland has long been an escape for Sweden's elite. Check in to this strikingly modern hotel where eight white-on-white suites and 71 stand-alone villas overlook the inky Baltic and beachfront pool.
The Loka Brunn hotel is located in a restorative landscape of forest, lakes, and purported healing waters.
Despite a color palette seemingly inspired by the Nordic winter (slate gray; stark white; deep brown), the latest hotel in Stockholm’s central square is far from icy.
Originally established more than three centuries ago, the Grythyttan Inn is located in a small village
The Icebar Nordic Sea Hotel is centrally located; it's within walking distance to the Arlanda Express train and Central Station and a short drive to the airport.
The Scandic Anglais hotel is centrally located beside the Humlegården park, just a five-minute walk from Stureplan. The lobby is almost entirely white, with clean-lined sofas and a handful of contemporary art installations. Similarly styled, the 230 guest rooms are designed in a black and white p
Check in to the modern Sands Hotell, just steps from the harbor in Sandön’s only town, Sandhamn.
Overlooking the Nacka Strand channel, Hotel J is reminiscent of a Newport hotel and yacht club with a nautical theme that fills the 158 rooms. Each has white panelling, blue-and-white striped and starred fabrics, red accents, and blond wood.
When he was a photojournalist, Per Hellsten dreaded missing calls while in the shower. Now as owner of the Rex Hotel, he has eliminated that frustration by installing phones—along with heated ?oors and towel racks—in the gray Karystos-stone bathrooms of this 1866 building on a quiet street.