Are you planning to visit Sweden this summer? If so you’re in for an amazing time, there’s just so much to see and do! But where to stay? I get countless e-mails asking about beautiful holiday homes, bed & breakfasts and hotels – and I finally put pen to paper (well, er… keyboard to blog). So here it is, a comprehensive list of twenty places to stay in Sweden this summer for budgets big and small. Välkommen till Sverige!
(I snapped this of my husband diving into the blue at Mollösund on the West Coast. Funnily enough the one of me is erm…. missing. Even so, the stunning West Coast is an absolute must!).
Sweden’s capital city is a perfect place to start your visit. Not only will you find all the flagship Swedish design stores (we like!), museums, galleries and beautiful architecture – the city is built across a series of islands so you’re never far from water.
Hidden away on a quiet, leafy stree, the 12-room hotel was designed by owner Jeanette Mix and interior designer Ilse Crawford with a vision to create a home from home: hence the name ‘ett hem’ (a home’. In the winter, guests can enjoy plenty of sheepskins, a roaring fire and a soak in a tub. In the summer, the hotel is light and fresh (with a blend of mid-century and contemporary design). The perfect base from which to explore Sweden’s capital city. Mind you, you might not want to leave!
The Modern Apartment (sleeps 3)
Looking to live like a local?
The Island Retreat (sleeps 4)
Calling all nature lovers – this is your bag! Take over this modern retreat for a few days and your friends will do a double take when you get home (you’ll look that relaxed!). Enjoy saunas, dips in the sea and day trips with your very own boat. Word of warning: The Grand Hotel it’s not. It has a dry loo and an outdoor shower only – but hey, the seas on your doorstep and cod is on the menu for lunch!
Sweden’s second largest city and the gateway to the magnificent west coast archipelagos, this city is not be missed. Design lovers: don’t forget to visit
|Per Pixel Petersson|
Airbnb Apartment (sleeps 4)
This lovely apartment in the rooftops of Delsjö is a short walk to the centre of town as well as supermarkets, restaurants and boutiques on your doorstep. Oh and there’s a family friendly bathing spot and kayaking just nearby, so bring your sea legs and togs!
If someone asked me for the best kept secret in Europe, I’d say the Gothenburg Archipelago. When the sun shines it’s my favourite place on earth and represents everything that’s wonderful about Sweden in the summertime. Made up of hundreds of islands and skerries, the waterways are laced with clusters of small fishing huts and pretty villages with restaurants selling fresh fish. Go anytime between midsummer and mid august when it’s at it’s peak and enjoy the atmosphere. Or pack a picnic and make your way out to your own little island for the day.
|The pretty old village of Gullholmen snapped from our boat.|
Gullmarsstrand Hotel, Fiskebackskil
Treat yourself to a stay at Gullmarsstrand and koppla av (unwind) with nature on your doorstep. Relax in the spa, take a dip in the sea (there’s a family friendly beach a stone’s throw away), play tennis, take a cliff walk or enjoy the village. The hotel also has
Strandflickornas Strand hotel (‘The Beach Girl’s Hotel)
If you’re looking for something a little more cosy and traditional I can totally recommend this lovely hotel in Lysekil. Every room is different in a truly quirky way and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. Oh and did I mention there’s a sauna and hot tub on the water’s edge too?!
A House with a View (sleeps 5)
Be king of the hill for a week (or three) in this modern house and enjoy vistas across Instön island and the sparkling waters beneath. I love that it’s 200 metres from a secluded swimming bay and a short hop to the sailing capital of Marstrand (well worth a visit too – although prepare to glam up a little!).
Looking to wile away the summer and experience genuine island life? Located on Sweden’s East coast – this lovely Baltic island is a perfect size to explore by bike. Visit wonderful galleries, enjoy local cuisine and wile away a day or two on the beach (word of warning, the Baltic is a little colder than the West coast!). Here are some beautiful
Fabriken Furillen, Boutique HotelCast your eye to the northeastern corner of Gotland and you’ll discover this industrial-chic boutique hotel on the peninsula of Furillen. Formerly a gravel factory, this remote hotel offers two ‘hermit cabins’ for those who truly wish to get away from it all and enjoy the wild landscape, deserted beaches and wildlife. (Take a peek inside this
The Farmhouse (sleeps 4)
A beautiful newly built farmhouse that’s perfect for a family of four, it has a cute garden for dining alfresco and is an easy walk to the medieval centre of Visby – and personally, I think it looks super boho and cosy!
Funkis House in Visby (sleeps 6)
A charming house built in the 1930’s a mere five minutes walk from the main square in the island’s capital of Visby. Think mid-century meets contemporary design (I spy a
A Little Cottage to Call home (sleeps 3)
This idyllic cottage is located a few hundred meters from the small fishing village of Herrvik, and the beautiful nature reserve of Grogarnsberget. Take in the great beaches, seafood smokehouses and local restaurants, but not before you’ve enjoyed a slow breakfast at the pretty kitchen table!
If you’re looking for somewhere pretty to stop between Gothenburg and Malmö, Torekov’s a great idea. I might be a little biased since my husband’s family have a summer cottage there, but it really is a beautiful part of the world (and is said to get more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Sweden – now you’re sold?!). The pretty fishing village is buzzing with waterside restaurants (in the peak season you’re bound to hear a live band or two), a wonderful beach and bathing platforms, golf, the beautiful old spa in the harbour
|Photograph: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home|
Torekov Hotell and Spa
I’ve never stayed at this spa hotel but know many friends who have, and they came away well fed, rested and glowing! Plus if the sea is a little frigid for your liking, this joint has a pool!
Airbnb Guest House (sleeps 4)
Enjoy your own house set among farmland between Torekov and Båstard and make the most of what both towns have to offer (as well as all the nature in between!).
My adopted home town of Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city and totally worth a visit! From the cobbled Stortorget and Lilla Torg (big and little squares), museums, galleries and parks to the bathing platforms at Västra Hamnen and beach at ribbersborg – you’ll never get bored. Plus Copenhagen is a quick train ride over the Öresund bridge (yes that’s THE BRIDGE!). For more ideas you can check out my city guide
Duxiana hotel Malmö
‘Bright lights, big city, great sleep’ reads their slogan – looking at this bedroom and knowing the location in the heart of the city I can well believe it! Also, there’s nothing like a hotel breakfast, right?!
The Malmö Apartment (sleeps 2)
Sometimes the best things come in small packages and this little studio between Triangeln and Möllevången (AKA the funky, boho side of town) is the perfect pad from which to explore.
A house by the Sea (sleeps 5)
If you love beautiful interiors, architect and being by the sea, this is your pad! Once featured in Elle Decoration, this lovely space is a short cycle through the park to the centre of town and has the sparkling Öresund sea on it’s doorstep!
Intrigued? Take a little look behind the facade of more of Malmö’s most beautiful homes
If you’re looking for a holiday that combines a city break with nature – Malmö and Österlen are a great combination! Situated in the Southeastern corner of Scania, Österlen is famous for its rolling hills, stunning coastline, small villages, apple orchards and farmland. It’s also home to many artists who are inspired by the magnificent light.
Mellby Klockagård Bed & Breakfast, Kivik
This charming B&B is located in Kivik, one of my favourite villages along the Österlen coastline. Enjoy your charming bedroom (no two rooms are alike), relax in the beautiful garden, enjoy seasonal food or wonder down to the waters edge. You can’t go wrong with this gem of a place!
In case you’re wondering about those artist’s home – you can step inside some of Österlens most charming homes
WANÅS RESTAURANT HOTEL
In a few weeks time I’ll be checking out this hotel first hand and I can’t wait! Located in North Skåne and surrounded by a majestic beech forest, Wanås hotel and restaurant is nestled on a historic estate complete with a magnificent sculpture park Did I mention that the interior combines vintage furniture and contemporary art with natural materials; limestone floors and wooden details and there’s a restaurant offering Nordic farm to table cuisine? Yep, my kind of place too!
I’ve no doubt missed hundreds of incredible places to stay (not to mention great Swathes of Sweden crying out for a visit!), but I hope this guide helps as an initial first step! Please do let me know if you have any personal recommendations in the comment section below, we’d love to hear them (and of course, visit one day!). There’ll no doubt be a follow up guide once the winter season begins. In the meantime, I’ll continue to explore – and perhaps our paths will cross in the process?!
Have a wonderful stay!
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