Stockholm’s archipelago impresses with its blend of waterways, historic sites, and green spaces. Finding the right hotel adds to your visit, especially near the festive Christmas Market in the historic centre. This guide lists the top hotels to simplify your choice or where to stay.
Christmas Market Location: Stortorget in Gamla Stan.
Top PickHotel At Six
Proximity to the Christmas market: 12 minute walk (850 metres)
Address: Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm
You’ll find a number of beautiful design hotels in Stockholm including Hotel At Six, a boutique hotel that features dark and moody modern Swedish design. Stunning, high-end finishes, quality amenities and excellent breakfast are highlights. Located in Norrmalm, one of the busiest commercial districts in Stockholm, you’ll also find opera, ballet, art galleries and museums in this area. Ideally located for a short stay, Hotel At Six is near Stockholm Christmas Market via a 12-minute walk through historic streets and parks.
Pros: Great location for sightseeing, excellent quality, interesting design.
Cons: The hotel is not in Gamla Stan.Check Availability
Location of At Six Hotel
For more information on visiting Stockholm at Christmas, read our detailed guide to Stockholm Christmas Market that includes dates, times, locations and things to do in winter.
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Where I Stayed
Ibis Styles Stockholm Odenplan
Proximity to the Christmas market: 16 minutes on the Metro (2.5 km)
Address: Västmannagatan 61
I chose Ibis Styles Odenplan for my stay because I wanted to save money for museum visits and city excursions.
True to the Ibis Styles brand, it was clean, functional, and offered good value, allowing me to budget more for activities.
Although slightly removed from the historic centre, its proximity to public transport made exploring Stockholm effortless. I recommend it for travellers prioritising affordability.
This option may be the next best choice for a hotel near Gamla Stan.
Proximity to the Christmas market: 18-minute walk (1.3 km)
Address: Mariatorget 3
Hotel Rival is a popular boutique hotel in the heart of leafy Södermalm near many of the city’s excellent cafes and bars.
The colourful decor, comfortable beds and large windows create a light and fresh vibe.
Set in an Art Deco building by Mariatorget Square, the hotel is in a convenient location only 15 minutes from Gamla Stan.
Rival is an excellent hotel if you want to be within walking distance of the Christmas markets.
Apartment in Gamla Stan
If location is the most important factor and you want to stay specifically in Gamla Stan, then the following is an excellent option.
Executive Living Old Town Unique
Proximity to the Christmas market: 1-minute walk (50 metres)
Neighbourhood: Gamla Stan
Address: Prästgatan 38
If you would like to stay in an apartment in Stockholm, Executive Living Old Town apartments are the most highly rated in Gamla Stan and are located less than 50 metres from Stortorget.
The apartments are within a 17th-century building and have plenty of space for preparing meals if you would like to do so.
The large 2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 4 adults and 2 children, so this is an affordable option for groups and families.
The apartment uses 100% renewable electricity, so it’s also a more sustainable option.
Story Hotel Riddargatan
Proximity to the Christmas market: 22-minute walk (1.6 km)
Address: Riddargatan 6, Stockholm
Story Hotel is another boutique hotel in the elegant Östermalm district. Östermalm is known for its high-end bars, restaurants and designer stores.
Be sure to visit Saluhall, a food market known for traditional Swedish specialties like gravlax and smoked shrimp.
The rooms are beautifully designed with rustic features and eclectic artwork. The hotel has a young vibe that suits the neighbourhood.
The reviews have declined since I last looked at this hotel, so I would prioritise Hotel at Six or Rival unless they’re unavailable.
Cheap Hotels in Stockholm
Södermalm is a vibrant neighbourhood with a range of budget-friendly hotels with easy access to the city’s many sights and attractions.
Proximity to the Christmas market: 20-minute walk (1.5 km)
Address: Hornsgatan 66B, Stockholm
Stockholm can be a very expensive place to visit, and good quality budget hotels can be difficult to find. Hotel Hornsgatan is one of the best cheap hotels in Stockholm.
Located in Södermalm, a large island with a relaxed, creative vibe, hipster shops, eclectic cafes and the wonderful Fotografiska gallery. There are many great coffee and brunch spots in this area.
The rooms are basic yet clean, but be aware that some rooms share a bathroom. The Christmas markets are a 20-minute walk away, but you’ll also find public transport at your door.
Best Areas to Stay
If you would like to stay in Gamla Stan or near Stortorget, there are quite a few hotels in the area, but you might find better value-for-money alternatives in the neighbouring areas.
Gamla Stan can also be quite touristy. Of course, it’s popular for a reason, but if you prefer to stay in a slightly quieter area, many options are still close to places of interest.
If you want to be near the Christmas market in Gamla Stan, consider staying in either Gamla Stan itself or in the nearby Södermalm district.
Where to stay in Stockholm depends on many factors, but here’s an overview of the different neighbourhoods.
- Gamla Stan: As mentioned earlier, Gamla Stan is the best area to stay in if you want to be close to the Christmas market. This neighbourhood is the historic heart of Stockholm, with narrow cobblestone streets, colourful buildings, and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Gamla Stan is also home to many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum.
- Östermalm: This upscale neighbourhood is known for its high-end shopping, trendy restaurants, and art galleries. It’s a great area to stay in if you’re looking for a boutique hotel or luxury accommodations, and it’s still within walking distance of Gamla Stan.
- Södermalm: This neighbourhood is a bit more bohemian and laid-back than Östermalm, but it still offers plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. Södermalm is a popular choice for budget travellers, as there are many affordable hotels and hostels in the area.
- Norrmalm: This is the central business district of Stockholm, with many shops, restaurants, and nightlife options. It’s a convenient area to stay in if you’re interested in exploring the city’s commercial centre, but it’s a bit farther from Gamla Stan than the other neighbourhoods mentioned.
Overall, the best area to stay in depends on your budget and preferences. Gamla Stan is the most convenient if you want to be close to the Christmas market, but Östermalm, Södermalm, and Norrmalm are also good options.
Many of us are increasingly concerned about climate change and sustainability. Here are a few tips on how we can travel more responsibly in Stockholm at Christmas.
- Look for hotels with a sustainability certification or eco-label, such as the Nordic Swan Ecolabel or the Green Key certification.
- Choose accommodation that uses renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power. There are a few sustainable hotels in Stockholm that use renewables.
- Pick a hotel that has implemented energy-efficient practices, such as LED lighting or low-flow showerheads.
- Choose accommodations that support the local economy, such as locally owned and operated hotels or those that source their food and supplies locally.
- Look for accommodations that have implemented sustainable transport practices, such as offering bike rentals or being located near public transportation options.
- Consider staying in a hotel that implements sustainable food practices, such as offering organic, locally sourced or plant-based meals.
By choosing accommodations that prioritise sustainability, you can travel more responsibly and minimise your impact on the environment while supporting local businesses and communities.
Stockholm is a wonderful destination to visit during the winter months, especially during the Christmas period.
Despite the colder weather, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy, such as visiting museums, galleries, and exhibitions.
The city also has a festive atmosphere with beautiful Christmas markets, decorations, and lights.
With some preparation and planning, you can make the most of your visit to Stockholm during Christmas and winter and experience the city’s charm and beauty during this special time of the year.
Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research.