Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is made up of fourteen islands, all connected by bridges and walkways. There are many different places to stay and each neighborhood offers its own unique experience. Whether you’re a culture and history buff or a nightlife lover, Stockholm has something for everyone. In this guide, I will explain in detail which neighborhoods are suitable for whom, the reasons why they are preferred and their disadvantages.

Stockholm Accommodation Guide

First of all, let me tell you about the best neighborhoods for accommodation in Stockholm and who these neighborhoods are more suitable for.

You can check here all available hotels in Stockholm that are most suitable for you.

Where to stay in Stockholm?

I’ll share my carefully selected hotel recommendations for each neighborhood. I am not affiliated with these hotels, but I tried to find the best reviewed, well-located and clean hotels for every budget.

Gamla Stan

This is the medieval center of Stockholm and still the heart of the city, with many important cultural and historical buildings. It is a very pleasant neighborhood with narrow cobblestone streets and colorful houses. There is something to discover around every corner; cozy cafes, boutique shops and traditional Swedish restaurants await you. It is also an ideal place to take instagrammable photos. The biggest advantages of Gamla Stan are its lively atmosphere and central location. However, let me mention a few negatives for those who are thinking of staying in Gamla Stan. First of all, prices are usually high as this area is quite touristic. Also, the narrow streets and crowded tourist groups may not be ideal for those looking for quiet. It should also be noted that some of the old buildings in the neighborhood may not be satisfactory in terms of modern comforts.

You can check here for all available Stockholm hotels near Gamla Stan that may suit you.

Gamla Stan Hotel Recommendations

Budget Friendly Hotel Choices in Stockholm Gamla Stan: Castle House Inn

Middle Class Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Gamla Stan: Scandic Gamla StanHotel Sven VintappareHotel Gamla Stan BW Signature CollectionVictory HotelLady Hamilton Hotel

Stockholm Gamla Stan Luxury Hotel Recommendations: Hotel Reisen

One of Stockholm’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Norrmalm is a great place to stay in the city. There are modern hotels, chic restaurants and wide shopping streets. It is especially ideal for those who love city life and prefer to be in the center of everything. Norrmalm is also very advantageous in terms of transportation. Since Stockholm Central Station is located here, it is very easy to reach both the airport and other areas. For those who like nightlife, Norrmalm’s bars and clubs are also very good. All in all, Norrmalm is a great choice for those looking for a central location, easy transportation and vibrant city life. Moreover, there are hotel options for every budget. This area is also my favorite place to stay because it has the most accommodation options.

You can check here for all available Stockholm hotels near Norrmalm that are suitable for you.

Stockholm Norrmalm Budget Friendly Hotel Recommendations: Generator StockholmCity Backpackers HostelScandic GO

Middle Class Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Norrmalm: Radisson Blu Waterfront HotelHobo Hotel StockholmScandic ContinentalHotel With Urban Deli

Stockholm Norrmalm Luxury Hotel Recommendations: Radisson Collection Strand HotelBank HotelGrand Hotel StockholmNobis Hotel StockholmSheraton Stockholm HotelAt Six, Lydmar Hotel


Södermalm is one of the coolest and most creative neighborhoods in Stockholm. I can say that it is also one of the meeting points for those living in Stockholm. This is Stockholm’s hipster neighborhood, full of bohemian cafes, vintage boutiques and street art. One of the biggest advantages of this neighborhood is its lively and colorful atmosphere. You can find the trendiest places in the city here and spend time with your friends in boutique cafes and bars. Transportation is also very easy. It is a large neighborhood on the east side of the island of the same name, south of Gamla Stan, and public transportation is easy. It is an ideal accommodation option for those who love the alternative lifestyle of the locals and nightlife.

You can check here for all available Stockholm hotels near Södermalm that are suitable for you.

Södermalm Hotel Recommendations

Stockholm Södermalm Budget Friendly Hotel Recommendations: Langholmen HotellClarion Hotel StockholmBiz Apartment Hammarby SjöstadSTF Langholmen Hostel

Middle Class Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Södermalm: Hotel FrantzHotel RivalNOFO Hotel


Östermalm is one of Stockholm’s most stylish and sophisticated neighborhoods. With luxury boutiques, gourmet restaurants and wide avenues, this neighborhood is perfect for those looking for comfort and quality. One of the biggest advantages of this neighborhood is its high standard of living and comfort. Also, the neighborhood’s large parks and walking areas are ideal for those looking for tranquility. I think this is one of the best neighborhoods for families.

You can check all available Stockholm hotels near Östermalm here.

Östermalm Hotel Recommendations

Stockholm Östermalm Budget Friendly Hotel Recommendations: Biz Apartment GärdetProfilHotels RiddargatanBest Western Hotel KarlaplanClarion Collection Hotel Tapto

Middle Class Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Östermalm: The Sparrow HotelElite Eden Park HotelScandic ParkHotel EsplanadeMornington Hotel

Stockholm Östermalm Luxury Hotel Recommendations: Hotel Diplomat StockholmVilla Dagmar


Vasastan is one of Stockholm’s quiet and peaceful neighborhoods. It is especially ideal for those who want to experience local life. There are many nice local cafes, boutique shops and green parks in this area. It is a good option for families and those who will stay for a long time. It may be quieter than the center and a little far from the tourist attractions. Not a good place for those looking for a lively and central location.

You can check all available Stockholm hotels near Vasastan here.

Vasastan Hotel Recommendations

Budget Friendly Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Vasastan: Hotel Birger JarlBlique by NobisRex HotelBest Western Plus Time Hotel

Middle Class Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Vasastan: Elite Palace Hotel & SpaLilla RadmannenHotel HellstenHotel Ruth


Djurgården is one of Stockholm’s greenest neighborhoods, ideal for those who want to spend time in nature. Once the hunting grounds of the Royal Family, this area is now part of the National City Parks and with its vast forested areas, it is the perfect place to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Some of Stockholm’s most famous museums are also located in this neighborhood. Djurgården’s advantages include plenty of green space and a variety of museums and activities. But it is much quieter than the city center and far from the tourist areas. Therefore, it is a very good choice for those who are primarily looking for nature and culture, but not for those looking for a central location.

Djurgarden Hotel Recommendations

Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Djurgarden: Hotel HasselbackenBackstage Hotel Stockholm


Kungsholmen is a neighborhood where mostly locals live, ideal for those who want to experience real Stockholm life. It has large green areas and beautiful views, such as Rålambshovsparken, where you can enjoy the outdoors in summer. Accommodation options are more affordable than in other tourist areas. It is not suitable for those who like nightlife, and it may be a bit far from historical sites. But it is easy to get around by public transportation and is located right near Norrmalm and public transportation connections. If you are looking for a quiet neighborhood to stay with your family, Kungsholmen is the place for you. There are family-friendly hotels and plenty of parks and playgrounds for young children.

You can check all available Stockholm hotels near Kungsholmen here.

Hotel Recommendations in Kungsholmen

Budget Friendly Hotel Choices in Stockholm Kungsholmen: Nomad CaveSky Hotel Apartments

Middle Class Hotel Recommendations in Stockholm Kungsholmen: Clarion Hotel AmarantenCourtyard by Marriott Stockholm Kungsholmen

I hope my Stockholm Accommodation Guide article will be useful for you and you will have a nice accommodation experience. If you have any suggestions for hotels or areas in Stockholm, I welcome them in the comments. Have a good vacation in advance!

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