Scegliere in which area to sleep in Stockholm, in the capital and largest city of Sweden, it's not easy if you don't know the city well. This short guide aims to simplify your choice and let you know what they are the best neighborhoods to stay.
Stockholm has almost a million inhabitants and if you also consider the surrounding areas you get there almost 2,5 million inhabitants. These numbers give a good idea of the size of the Swedish capital, composed of 14 islands on Lake Mälaren and three streams in the Baltic Sea.
Stockholm is not alone one of the most interesting European capitals to visit, But it is also a good starting point for visiting the various areas of Sweden. Both rail and bus traffic in Sweden depart from Stockholm, and there are 2 of the country's busiest airports in the vicinity of the city.
There are so many things to do and see, Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with well-kept parks, old houses in the historic area, countless cafes and ice cream parlors, lots of sun during the summer or a fascinating climate during the winter, all surrounded by thousands of islands and the sea.
Best areas to sleep in Stockholm
The city of Stockholm is made up of 14 islands well connected by 53 bridges and an efficient public transport service. The city center is divided into 5 districts: Norrmalm, Gamla Stan, Södermalm, Kungsholmen and Östermalm.
The best area to sleep in Stockholm is the neighborhood of Norrmalm, which represents the new city center, but also good alternatives are the districts of Vasastan, Östermalm and Södermalm. The other areas are to be chosen only for special reasons or needs.
Norrmalm - the city center
Norrmalm, also known as City, is the central district of Stockholm. From here, across a bridge, you can reach the small island of Skeppsholmen, known for its museum. This area definitely is the best area to sleep in Stockholm both for the wide range of accommodation and for the convenience of travel.
In this district it is located Stockholm Central Station, the busiest station in Scandinavia, an interchange between rail, metro and bus. Norrmalm is also the central business district. In the area there are numerous hotels and restaurants, important museums, shops, a casino, the Royal Opera, the Concert Hall and other theaters.
Hotel where to sleep in Stockholm city center
Generator Stockholm - best quality / price ratio
Crystal Plaza Hotel
First Hotel Kungsbron
Birka Hostel - the best economic solution
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
Best Western and hotel
Vasastan - the quietest area
Vasastan è a quiet, safe and beautiful area where to sleep in Stockholm, a good alternative to the central areas. The area is well served by public transport, if you want to reach the historic center on foot it takes less than 30 minutes.
In the area there are the Stockholm Public Library, the Stockholm Observatory and several second hand shops for records, clothing and antiques. The hotel offer is not wide, however they can be found also cheap hotels.
Best accommodation to sleep in Stockholm, Vasastan area
Hotel Birger Jarl
Wasa Park Hotel
Best Western Plus Time Hotel
Östermalm - for young people
Östermalm is an interesting area to sleep in Stockholm, it is one of the most elegant and exclusive neighborhoods, full of history. The area is made up of XNUMXth century blocks, combined with vibrant tree-lined avenues, exclusive shops and a lively nightlife, with many restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
The area can also be considered convenient for travel being located 25 minutes walk from the center and well connected by public transport. In the area there is also the port of Stockholm from where the cruises depart. There are many modern hotels that offer good value for money.
The best hotels and accommodations in the Östermalm area
Biz Apartment Gärdet
Best Western Hotel Karlaplan
Hotel Esplanade; Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Södermalm - the cheapest area
La zona ha many restaurants, bars and pubs, in addition to many high fashion shops and boutiques. Nicknamed the trendy hipster district, due to the bohemian and modern atmosphere that reigns in its streets, it is an interesting area to stay for those looking for good value for money for accommodation.
In this area it is quite easy to find cheap accommodation and hotels.
Best budget hotels in Stockholm
STF Rygerfjord Hotel & Hostel - stay inside a ship anchored on the southern shore of Lake Mälaren
The Red Boat
Gamla Stan - the historic center of Stockholm
Gamla Stan is represented the historic center of Stockholm. Located on an island dominated by the Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament, it is a very suggestive area to sleep, connected to the Norrmalm district by four bridges.
Although it is a very pretty and picturesque area, with historic buildings and narrow cobblestone streets, it is not the best area to sleep in. The hotel offer is not extensive and the few hotels on the island are quite expensive.
Best accommodation in Stockholm's Old Town
Castle House Inn
Hotel Gamla Stan
Mälardrottningen Yacht Hotel & Restaurant - economic and interesting solution to try out how to sleep on a yacht
First Hotel Reisen
Djurgården is definitely a very beautiful island, with numerous museums and entertainment venues, like the Skansen, an open-air museum; the Gröna Lund amusement park; the Vasa Museum, the museum dedicated to the ABBA musical group and the Rosendal Palace.
Though well connected to central Stockholm from ferries and trams, it's not the best place to stay. There are not many accommodations and hotels on the island, and they are quite expensive, with average rates of 150 euros per night and even more.
Best accommodation on the island of Djurgården
Pop House Hotel; BW Premier Collection
Hotel Hasselbacken, BW Premier Collection
This island, in the western part of the city, is an interesting area to sleep in Stockholm if you are looking for a quiet and pleasant area where to walk. If you are looking for cheap accommodation we recommend the hostel Stockholm Hostel.
When to go to Stockholm
Despite its northern location, Stockholm enjoys a fairly mild climate considering the latitude. The coldest period, where snow can also occur, runs from late November to early April.
La length of days instead it varies considerably from summer to winter. In summer the sun illuminates the city for more than 18 hours a day, while in winter the duration is about 6 hours. The slightly wettest months are July and August.
To find the best weather to visit Stockholm we recommend the period that goes from May to September. In this period the climate is milder and the days are longer.
How to get to Stockholm
Getting to Stockholm is simple enough, even if the only means is the plane, if you don't want to make endless journeys by car, train or bus. There are both low cost and scheduled airlines that connect the airports to those of the cities of Stockholm.
I major airports of the city are: Arlanda Airport, Skavsta Airport and Västerås Airport.
Located 40km from the city center, Arlanda Airport is Stockholm's main airport. Both low cost airlines and scheduled flights land.
The most comfortable and fastest way to reach the city is the train Arlanda Express, which has a cost of 260 SEK (130 for those under 25) and the duration of the journey is less than 20 minutes.
There is also a shuttle bus service operated by the company The airport buses. The cost of the ticket is 99 SEK (79 for students and seniors) and the journey time is 40 minutes.
Skavsta Airport is located 100km from Stockholm city and is the second most important airport of the city. Mainly the planes of low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizzair stop there. To reach the Swedish capital buses can be used which take about 1 hour and twenty milks and the cost of which is 150 SEK.
Västerås Airport is also distant 100 km from Stockholm, but few planes land. From here you can reach the city in an hour and 15 minutes by bus service, which costs 150 SEK.
Although it is a small airport, 8 km from the center of Stockholm, they land there only domestic domestic flights. There are numerous buses that take you to the city center in 20-25 minutes. The cost of the ticket is a few euros.