Stockholm has been experiencing a kind of renaissance in recent years with an influx of top restaurants, urban design, and a major push in tourism. Staying at a historic property in Stockholm will give you a better sense of the city’s past and help you appreciate the modernity you see today. These are my top tips for historical hotels, as well as the best historical sites you’ll find nearby.
A staple of Stockholm high society for almost 150 years, the Grand Hotel Stockholm is the city’s best property for those who want old-world class with modern amenities. Rooms are exquisitely decorated and the 24/7 room service means you can make the most of it. You’ll be in good company at the Grand, former guests include Martin Luther King, Frank Sinatra and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Historical sites nearby: Nationalmuseum has been Sweden’s national gallery since 1792. The building which houses the gallery was built in 1844 and is a treat for any architecture lover.
Address: Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm
Located on a small island in central Stockholm, Hotel Skeppsholmen traces its history back to the 1700s when the area was the home of the Royal Marines, followed by the Navy. The government listed building now features bright and homey suites, as well as a restaurant serving typical Swedish fare.
Historical sites nearby: Skeppsholm Church (Skeppsholmskyrkan) was inaugurated by King Charles XIV John in 1849. While it is no longer home to a practicing parish, visitors can still appreciate the clean Scandinavian style architecture and neoclassical design.
Address: Svartmangatan 16, Stockholm
Located in Stockholm’s Old City, the Hotell Anno 1647 is formed of two houses from 1647 and the 18th century respectively. While the charming exterior is all about the history, the rooms are modern and classic in style.
Historical sites nearby: The Old Town is the original city center of Stockholm, tracing its history back to the 13th century. Take a walk along the cobblestone streets and admire the original 17th- and 18th-century buildings of Stockholm’s past.
Address: Gamla Stan Södermalm, Stockholm
If you love antiques, the Lady Hamilton Hotel will not fail to impress. From the lobby to the guest rooms, walls and furnishings are draped with Swedish peasant style charm. The building dates back to the 1470s and guests can enjoy a dip in a 15th-century well turned plunge pool.
Historical sites nearby: The Royal Palace is home to the Swedish monarchy and one of the largest palaces in Europe. The palace dates back to the 18th century and holds the state antiquities, treasury and armory.
Address: 111 30 Stockholm
Located in a rural area of Stockholm, the Scandic Hasselbacken is a great choice for travellers who want to escape the hustle of the city and enjoy a stay in a historic property.
Historical sites nearby: Skansen is the world’s largest open air museum and gives visitors a terrific look at Sweden’s traditional homes and churches from across the country.
Address: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Stockholm
Cover Image by Pedro Szekely, Flickr under Creative Commons License.
Disclosure: I write for the Hipmunk City Love campaign as a paid contributor.