New and trendy hotels
Clarion Hotel Sea U, Helsingborg
Opened in: February 2021
Clarion Hotel Sea U is not only the largest hotel in Helsingborg, it also plays a significant part in an emerging new city district. The hotel embraces a weekend-all-week vibe with several restaurants, bars – one of them being a rooftop bar – and an outdoor pool. The 250 hotel rooms feature exclusive Scandinavian interior design and the seaside location allows for endless views across the sea towards Elsinore (Helsingör) in Denmark.
Villa Dagmar, Stockholm
Opened in: May 2021
Villa Dagmar was listed one of the best new boutique hotels in the world by National Geographic in 2021. Located next door to the historic Östermalms Saluhall, Villa Dagmar offers a luxurious stay where all furniture is hand-picked in Scandinavian and Italian style. The interior is described as eclectic and contemporary, yet elegant. The hotel restaurant collaborates with the owners and chefs at the Michelin-starred restaurant Aloë, and The Garden Bar has already become a favourite among locals in this high-end part of Stockholm.
Hotel Ruth, Stockholm
Opened in: July 2021
In July last year, the family behind Hotel Frantz welcomed a little sister in the new Hotel Ruth. Ruth is situated in a 19th century building and is the first boutique hotel in Stockholm’s Vasastan. The 62 rooms are all unique with an unpretentious luxury, reminiscent of a classic Stockholm apartment. And, just like her big brother, Ruth has taken on the much-appreciated concept with strawberry and cream-cake and non-alcoholic sparkling wine for breakfast.
The Wood Hotel by Elite, Skellefteå
Opened in: October 2021
Forget about skyscrapers, the future is all about “plyscrapers”. At least according to The Guardian, who listed the 20-storey building of The Wood Hotel in Skellefteå in Swedish Lapland as the best architecture of the year in 2021. The interior of the rooms is inspired by mountain cabins with a minimalistic style and large windows. However – for the best views – head to the hotel restaurant Miss Voon or Vana Spa, residing on the two top floors. Sustainability is a key factor at The Wood Hotel: heating, cooling and ventilation are completely climate neutral, and the wooden building absorbs more CO2 than it uses.
SkiStar Lodge Hundfjället, Sälen
Opened in: December 2021
Sälen ski resort in Dalarna county is a favourite among Swedish families, and with the new SkiStar Lodge Hundfjället, Sälen aims to become a mountain resort of international repute. The hotel opened in December and offers ski-in-ski-out and direct access to Scandinavia’s most modern 8-seater express lift. The lodge is family-friendly with a public playroom and snow-themed apartments reminiscent of the world of Sälen’s snowman mascot Valle. Foodies will be satisfied too, as acclaimed chef Pontus Frithiof has opened a filial within the hotel.
Jörn Experience Hotel, Jörn
Opened: December 2021
60 rooms and 25 experiences – that’s Jörn Experience Hotel in Västerbotten. A typical stay at this hotel is a combination of wilderness and comfort: Explore Swedish nature during the day and sleep in a simple yet stylish accommodation at night. Experiences to choose from include dog sledding, wilderness spa and moose safari.
Lapland View Lodge, Övertorneå
Opened: December 2021
Located on the Luppio Mountain, on the border to Finland, this hotel offers a 360° view over countless treetops and the Torne River. The 40 chalets have room for two and large windows for you to be able to take in the landscape to the fullest. Lapland View Lodge is run by Explore The North, an adventure company that aims to give visitors the most magnificent experiences, while leaving as little footprint as possible. They offer a range of season-bound activities, such as a midnight sun hike in the summer and a dog sledding tour in the winter.
Scandic Kiruna, Kiruna
Opened: April 2022
The city of Kiruna is being physically moved a few kilometres to land undamaged by mining. A new downtown district is currently being built with a mix of historic buildings from the old city centre and new ones, like Scandic Kiruna. The new hotel, replacing Scandic Ferrum in the old city centre, houses Sweden’s northernmost sky bar overlooking the mountainous Swedish Lapland. The exterior of the hotel, with its U-valley shaped façade, is inspired by two of northern Sweden’s most well-known nature attractions: Kebnekaise and Lapporten. The interior mirrors the seasons of the surrounding nature. Scandic Kiruna is built with sustainability in focus. The building has a very low water consumption and is entirely run by renewable electricity.
Jacy’z Hotel & Resort, Gothenburg
Opening: November 2022
The expectations on this new hotel are as high as the 100-metre skyscraper it’s opening in. Jacy’z Hotel & Resort is said to be the largest investment yet for the Ess Group that’s already given Sweden several must-visit hotels in recent years, including Ellery Beach House, Steam Hotel and Hotel Pigalle. Jacy’z is opening in central Gothenburg this November and will include three restaurants and a Miami-inspired pool club, situated on the 28th floor. If you’re looking for something extra, book a stay at JQ, the most exclusive part of Jacy’z. Here, the rooms are inspired by the glamourous 60s in Las Vegas with daring materials and eye-catching art – and you’ll be checking in at a speakeasy bar on the 17th floor.
Please note: There are many other places to stay in Sweden. Contact the regional tourist boards for more tips.