Stockholm is an unusual city in that most of its districts are located on islands, linked to each other by a fast and efficient public transport system. The central area of Stockholm is an expensive area to stay, but if cost is not an issue there are some spacious self catering flats and apartments here that would suit even the largest family. Staying further out of the city brings you closer to nature, with many parks and gardens offering a different vibe to the busyness of central Stockholm. For budget travellers, these areas offer the best value-for-money, with easy access back to the city for sightseeing and evenings out.
If you’re travelling here on an extended stay of a month or more, the outskirts of the city may better suit your need for extra space for the family. The area of Vasastan offers a lovely park with an ice rink in the winter. Self catering townhouses for short term rental provide a comfortable base not far from the city, and the availability of parking and a garden allows families more space and privacy to relax.
Sodermalm to the south of Stockholm would be a good destination for families with older children. There is a beach here, and the area offers a good range of self catering accommodation from modern apartment blocks to little cottages beside the sea. It has a quirky, arty atmosphere, with good restaurants and interesting shops.
On a budget
Budget travellers to Stockholm may find themselves priced out of the main historical centre, although you may be lucky enough to find a deal on a small studio apartment for one or two people. Other than that, you’ll need to look a little further afield for affordable self catering holiday rentals in Stockholm.
Excellent transport links between the city centre and the outskirts ensure visitors won’t miss out on the sights, so take a look at the areas south of the city, such as Hammarby and Grondal. Hammarby is full of modern apartment blocks that would provide a comfortable stay on a budget. It’s close to the metro system and also offers good bus links back in. As Stockholm has a reputation for being one of the more expensive European cities, the option to cook in your holiday let can ensure your trip is more economical than if you stayed in a hotel and ate out every day. Many holiday apartments also include complimentary internet access and some owners also provide cupboard essentials.
Travellers to Stockholm won’t be disappointed by the choice of luxury holiday lets here. The Old Town is a beautiful and atmospheric place to stay at any time of year, and offers lots of period buildings with flats and apartments for rent. You’ll be right in the centre of Stockholm, with its winding cobbled streets. Rent a penthouse apartment here and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of the harbour, an added advantage being that the area is known for its upmarket restaurants and bars.
If you prefer to stay out of the main cultural centre, Ostermalm, to the north west of Stockholm is an affluent district with beautiful park areas, leafy streets and historic buildings. Its elegance makes it a popular place for an extended luxury stay, with spacious townhouses and villas.
Stockholm City Centre is also the business district, offering a good range of one bedroom apartments for business people staying for one or two nights. The area is home to Stockholm’s Central Station, providing excellent links back to the airport and to other areas of Sweden.
Kungsholmen near the city centre may be a good place to base yourself if you want a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere. You’ll find many flats and apartments on a self catering basis, with the added benefit of good eating places should you not have the time or inclination to cook.