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The 15 best boutique and luxury hotels in Stockholm

Stockholm’s most stylish and personal hotel stays

Ask a dozen people about their favourite hotel, and you’ll likely get a dozen different responses. A favourite hotel is as much of a personal preference as your favourite movie, book or singer. But in our opinion, the best hotels have a few things in common: they feel intimate and personal (regardless of size or number of rooms), they have a distinctive vibe, the staff offers superb service and the architecture and interior design are unique and full of character. We love them even more when they are deeply ingrained in the local neighbourhood and culture. Here’s our list of ten carefully crafted Stockholm boutique and luxury hotels that tell a strong story.

Overview: Stockholm’s top 15 hotels

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Lydmar Hotel

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Nobis Hotel

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Hotel Skeppsholmen

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Stallmästaregården

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Villa Dagmar

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Hotel Frantz​

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Blique by Nobis

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Haymarket by Scandic

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Grand Hôtel

Ett Hem Stockholm Sweden

What are the best areas to stay in Stockholm?

Stockholm is a city of enchanting contrasts and diverse neighbourhoods, each offering a unique slice of the city’s soul. Here are our favourite Stockholm areas and what makes each unique and close to our hearts.

Norrmalm – in the heart of the hustle

When we crave the thrill of being right where the action is, Norrmalm is our go-to. The bustling streets lined with shops, the aroma of fresh coffee from countless cafes and the promise of new culinary delights around every corner make it our perfect temporary doorstep. Norrmalm is where Stockholm’s heartbeat is loudest, offering endless entertainment and exploration opportunities.

Södermalm – bohemian rhapsody

There’s a seductive vibe in Södermalm that calls to us when we’re in a bohemian mood. It’s where the city’s artistic soul flourishes amidst quirky boutiques, graffiti-laden lanes and a vibrant alternative nightlife. Here, we immerse ourselves in a cultural setting that feels distinctly more laid-back and intimately seductive. Södermalm is where we go to experience the city’s edgier, more eclectic side.

Read the article on our top hotel picks in Södermalm.

Östermalm – discreet luxury

For those moments when we seek an incognito escape without sparing any luxuries, Östermalm stands unparalleled. It’s the epitome of high-end living, with its polished facades, exclusive boutiques and discreet charm. Staying here means enjoying the finer things in Stockholm with a level of privacy and elegance that is second to none. It’s our hideaway for a top-tier, understated experience.

Vasastaden – feeling right at home

Vasastaden, with its beautiful architecture and friendly atmosphere, offers us that relaxed, at-home feeling every time. It’s where we become locals for a while, blending into the daily rhythm of cafe life and neighbourhood strolls. Vasastan’s blend of cultural richness and residential calm provides a genuinely authentic Stockholm experience, inviting us to slow down and savour life.

Kungsholmen – our urban retreat

When the urge to withdraw from the city’s pulse grows strong, residential Kungsholmen becomes our sanctuary. Surrounded by water and adorned with lush parks, it’s a place where leisurely walks and picnics by the waterfront are part of daily life. Here, we find our peace and quiet, enjoying Stockholm at a more reflective pace, with the city’s skyline across the water reminding us of the bustling world just a short distance away.

Djurgården – summertime bliss

There’s nothing quite like summers in Stockholm and Djurgården is where we go to make the most of them. This green haven, rich in both culture and nature, offers the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures and lazy afternoons. The ability to take a dip in the cool waters just steps away from our door makes it an idyllic retreat. Djurgården encapsulates the essence of a Swedish summer in the city, blending relaxation with a sense of discovery.

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Ett Hem

Staying at Ett Hem – Swedish for ‘a home’ – feels like a home away from home. Since its opening in 2012, owner Jeanette Mix has perfected Ett Hem’s low-key yet elegant atmosphere that makes guests feel like part of the household. Housed in three neighbouring red-brick townhouses, Mix enlisted the help of Ilse Crawford in designing the 22-bedroom boutique hotel that also houses a lush patio garden and greenhouse, a cosy kitchen, a well-stocked library, a grand sitting room, a gym and a Hamam. The winter of 2022 and 2023 will see the opening of three residences for long-term stays.

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Ett Hem
Sköldungagatan 2
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Magnus Mårding and Ett Hem

Lydmar Hotel Stockholm Sweden

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Lydmar Hotel

Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm’s first design hotel, make quite a splash on the hotel scene back when it opened near Stureplan, the city’s nightlife Mecca, in 1993. In 2008 it reopened in a new, more grown-up location, sandwiched between the National Museum of Fine Arts and Grand Hôtel on the waterfront. Behind its grand white stone façade, this urban boutique bolthole offers luxe rooms in generous sizes, a laid-back brasserie beloved by locals and a hoppin’ terrace that ushers the party crowd through Stockholm’s endless summer nights.

Lydmar Hotel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Johan Nilson and Lydmar Hotel

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Bank Hotel Stockholm Sweden hotel stay
Bank Hotel Stockholm Sweden hotel stay

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Bank Hotel

Hiding behind the surprisingly anonymous facade of a landmark building in one of Stockholm’s most prestigious locations is Bank Hotel, a plush and seductive boutique hotel with 115 rooms and eight suites. Despite its size, the hotel manages to retain its intimate and luxurious atmosphere. Bank Hotel also houses a number of restaurants and bars – we are particularly fond of the Le Hibou cocktail terrace bar on the top floor.

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Bank Hotel
Arsenalsgatan 6
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Bank Hotel

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Nobis Hotel

Elegant, timeless and effortlessly chic, Swedish hotelier Alessandro Catenacci and Stockholm design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune drew inspiration from their travels across the globe in the creation of Nobis Hotel. Nobis Hotel occupies a prime spot on Norrmalmstorg town square and is housed in two interconnected stone buildings from the late 19th century, in a neighbourhood that emerged during Sweden’s industrial revolution.

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Nobis Hotel
Norrmalmstorg 2-4
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Nobis Hotel

Hotel Skeppsholmen Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Skeppsholmen Stockholm Sweden

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Hotel Skeppsholmen

Hotel Skeppsholmen, located on the small inner-city island of Skeppsholmen, offers total seclusion while staying at the very heart of the Swedish capital. Housed in the centuries-old former Royal Marine barracks, carefully updated by design and architectural practice Claesson Koivisto Rune, the hotel is an eco-certified oasis surrounded by greenery and water. Where else could one enjoy the pleasures of a fresh ocean breeze sweeping in through the open windows while staying in the middle of one of Scandinavia’s largest cities?

Hotel Skeppsholmen
Gröna gången 1
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Hotel Skeppsholmen

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Stallmästaregården

Elegant and grand, this historic mid-17th-century inn – Stockholm’s very first, no less – lies on the outskirts of town, adjacent to the park around the Royal Pavilion at Haga. Mentioned numerous times in the works of Swedish playwright, novelist and poet August Strindberg, the 49-room inn was taken over by hospitality group Nobis in 2000, and has since undergone a gentle yet meticulous remodel that has brought the distinguished property back to life.

Stallmästaregården
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Stallmästaregården

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At Six

A listed Brutalist building, designed by Swedish architects Boijsen & Efervgren in the 1970s for Swedish bank Swedbank, now houses a hotel as aesthetically uncompromising as its severe monolithic facade. The atmosphere At Six is sombre and highly refined, and all fifteen floors are jam-packed with art and design by some of the world’s best contemporary artists and designers. This chic urban playground offers guests a restaurant, a bistro, two bars and a rooftop park within its four robust walls.

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At Six
Brunkebergstorg 6
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of At Six

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Villa Dagmar

Inspired by strong women – Karin Larsson, Peggy Guggenheim and Kiki De Montparnasse – that were true intellectuals and visionaries of their time, Stockholm hotel Villa Dagmar is a bolthole for the curious traveller in search of both substance and style. Co-owner Anna Cappelen has worked together with architect studio Tengbom and interior designers Per Öberg and Helena Belfrage to create a property that is an ode to life, and to beauty.

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Villa Dagmar
Nybrogatan 25-27
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Villa Dagmar

Miss Clara Stockholm Sweden

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Miss Clara

Named after the former Ateneum girl’s school’s first headmistress, the Miss Clara hotel sits on the corner of a traffic-heavy street in the heart of town. Despite its busy location, entering the hotel is like entering another world. The 1910 Art Nouveau building has been lovingly restored by Swedish celebrated architect Gert Wingårdh and is just as laid-back chic as one would expect from one of his projects.

Miss Clara
Sveavägen 48
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Miss Clara

Hotel Frantz Stockholm Sweden

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Hotel Frantz

Housed in a red-brick townhouse – one of Stockholm’s oldest buildings – is Hotel Frantz, named after Frantz Bock, the master tailor that commissioned the structure in 1647. This quaint and stylish hotel is run by the Pettersson family, whose four family members you’re likely to get personally acquainted with during your stay, and gives guests a remarkably intimate and affordable hospitality experience in the very heart of town.

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Hotel Frantz
Peter Myndes backe 5
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Hotel Frantz

Blique by Nobis Stockholm Sweden hotel
Blique by Nobis Stockholm Sweden hotel

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Blique by Nobis

Blique by Nobis, designed by the iconic Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz in 1931 and revamped by Wingårdhs, strikes a balance between its functionalist roots and modern elegance. This trendsetting hotel in Stockholm’s burgeoning arts district, Hagastaden, offers everything from Sleep Rooms to Studios with kitchenettes, each adorned with design classics like Carl Hansen and Charles and Ray Eames chairs, alongside bespoke furniture. Beyond the stylish rooms, guests can explore two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a rooftop bar offering stunning views of the city. Additional amenities include a cinema, sauna, fitness centre and vibrant after-work parties and gallery openings, making it a prime spot for design-conscious travellers.

Blique by Nobis​
Gävlegatan 18
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Blique by Nobis

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Haymarket by Scandic

Welcome to Haymarket by Scandic, a hotel that transports you back to the glamour and excitement of the Roaring Twenties. Located in the heart of Stockholm, this hotel occupies a 1920s department store where actress Greta Garbo once worked in the hat department. The grand lobby, designed by interior firm Koncept, is a true Art Deco masterpiece, with brass balcony railings, a glass chandelier made from upside-down crystal vases, and a wall featuring a moving panel of short films inspired by classic cinema. The 401 rooms are individually designed, with modern photography, unique wallpaper, and vintage touches like a vinyl record player and a brass drink carriage. The hotel also boasts six meeting rooms, a lifestyle concierge, a fitness centre, and two restaurants: Brasserie Paul’s and Gretas. Whether you’re in town for work or play, Haymarket by Scandic is the perfect place to experience the glamour and style of the 1920s in the heart of Stockholm.

Haymarket by Scandic
Hötorget 13-15
Stockholm
Sweden

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Grand Hôtel Stockholm Sweden hotel stay review

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Grand Hôtel

Standing proud in the heart of Stockholm, Grand Hôtel boasts an architectural marvel dating back to 1874. Located opposite the Royal Palace and Strömkajen harbour, the hotel offers 273 elegantly appointed rooms, including 70 luxurious suites. Each room features modern amenities blended with classic charm, with distinct design themes curated by renowned interior architects. Dining at Grand Hôtel is an exquisite experience, featuring chef Mathias Dahlgren’s Michelin-starred Matbaren and the superb Seafood Gastro. The Veranda offers seasonal dishes, and we particularly love grabbing a dry martini at Cadierbaren, which provides a stylish setting for an evening drink. For relaxation, the Nordic Spa & Fitness centre offers a serene retreat, with treatments inspired by the Stockholm archipelago. This iconic hotel encapsulates sophistication and elegance in every detail.

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Grand Hôtel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Grand Hôtel
Hotel Ruth Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Ruth Stockholm Sweden

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Hotel Ruth

Located in the heart of the Vasastan neighbourhood, Hotel Ruth is a cool boutique hotel that offers a cosy atmosphere. At the corner of Surbrunnsgatan and Döbelnsgatan, this neighbourhood establishment is perfect for locals and out-of-towners alike. Whether you’re staying for a night or just stopping by for an espresso or a drink, you’ll feel right at home at Hotel Ruth. And be sure to check out Litz’s art space, located in the lobby and restaurant (and sometimes even in the rooms) for a dynamic mix of contemporary art. As if all that weren’t enough, Hotel Ruth also serves up a generous helping of cake and alcohol-free sparkling wine on the breakfast buffet. Come for the cosy atmosphere, stay for the unpretentious luxury and quirks.

Hotel Ruth
Surbrunnsgatan 38
Stockholm
Sweden

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Yasuragi Saltsjö-boo Stockholm Sweden spa hotel stay

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Yasuragi

Yasuragi in Hasseludden, near Stockholm, offers a unique sanctuary where Japanese tranquillity meets Scandinavian minimalism. This distinctive spa hotel, encircled by serene woodlands and stunning sea views, provides a peaceful escape. Here, we can cruise around comfortably in our yukatas, enjoying the freedom of not having to get dressed up. The 191 rooms demonstrate exquisite Japanese minimalist design, with features like low beds and refined pine floors, all while embracing eco-friendly practices. Dining at Yasuragi is a delight with options like Saishoku for vegan dishes, A La Carte for Japanese-inspired fare, and the interactive Teppanyaki Restaurant. The spa features Kyoto-inspired pools and innovative treatments like sauna yoga and bamboo massages, enhancing our relaxation. The cocktail bar and Japanese breakfast buffet offer further indulgence in this tranquil retreat.

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Yasuragi
Hamndalsvägen 8
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Yasuragi

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