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Trakt Forest Hotel, Småland
Enjoy the view and the tranquillity of nature while staying in one of the five suites at Trakt Forest Hotel.
Photo credit: Trakt Forest Hotel

New and trendy hotels

Arriving at your destination and checking into a nice hotel is one of the best feelings – especially if you’re one of the first guests to stay. Here are the most notable hotel openings in Sweden during 2022 and 2021. Some of them have already made it to the lists of the world’s top hotels. Others will for sure be the talk of the town as soon as they open their doors.

Scandic Kiruna, Kiruna

Scandic Kiruna
Scandic Kiruna is located in the city’s new downtown district and will replace Scandic Ferrum in the old centre. The building is inspired by Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise, which you can admire from the sky bar. Photo: Scandic

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. Scandic Kiruna is built with sustainability in focus. The building has a very low water consumption and is entirely run by renewable electricity.

Trakt Forest Hotel, Holsbybrunn

Trakt Forest Hotel, Småland
Trakt Forest Hotel offers unique accommodation among the trees in Småland. Photo: Trakt Forest Hotel

Opened: 1 July 2022

At Trakt, it's all about the landscape, the views, and the silence. Located some 20 kilometres outside Vetlanda, in the deep forests of Småland, Trakt Forest Hotel invites you to not only be a guest in nature, but a part of it. The five suites are designed by acclaimed architect Gert Wingårdh who calls them 'floating rooms'. Built with minimal impact on the surroundings and furnished with Scandinavian simplicity in mind, you'll be staying among the trees and falling asleep under the stars.

Ad Astra by Elite, Södertälje

Ad Astra by Elite, Södertälje
The rooms at Ad Astra are tastefully decorated and have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Photo: Elite Hotels

Opening: November 2022

From November you'll reach the Mediterranean from Stockholm in only 28 minutes. Ad Astra reaches for the stars with this new destination hotel in Södertälje, complete with an outside swimming pool, a garden, several restaurants, a movie theatre and a piazza with a petanque pitch – all inspired by the Riviera. The hotel will have 161 rooms and suites, and the Italian-influenced Vana Spa will be the largest yet within the Elite Hotels group.

Jacy’z Hotel & Resort, Gothenburg

Jacy'z Hotel & Resort
Jacy’z Hotel & Resort in Gothenburg is the latest hotel from the Ess Group. Photo: Ess Group

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 1960s in Las Vegas with daring materials and eye-catching art – and you’ll be checking in at a speakeasy bar on the 17th floor.

2021

Clarion Hotel Sea U, Helsingborg

Clarion Hotel Sea U
Clarion Hotel Sea U opened in Helsingborg in February 2021 and is the largest hotel in the city. It’s situated in the new district called Sea U Helsingborg. Photo: Clarion Hotel

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

Villa Dagmar
Hotel Villa Dagmar opened in Stockholm in May 2021. It’s a part of the same family as Hotel Diplomat in Stockholm, and internationally connected to Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Photo: Villa Dagmar

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

Hotel Ruth
Ruth is a family-run 4-star hotel in Stockholm. It opened in July 2021 and is the sister hotel to Hotel Frantz. Photo: Hotel Ruth

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

The Wood Hotel
The Wood Hotel by Elite is one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings. It’s made of pine and spruce, with all trees harvested within the local area. Photo: Elite Hotels

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

SkiStar Lodge Hundfjället
SkiStar Lodge Hundfjället has nearly 800 beds, restaurants Pontus! i Sälen and Mondo, a relaxation area with sauna and gym, and a children’s playroom. Photo: SkiStar

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

Jörn Experience Hotel
Jörn Experience Hotel outside Skellefteå in Västerbotten opened in December 2021 and offers 60 rooms and 25 experiences. Photo: Svansele Wilderness Centre

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

Lapland View Lodge
Lapland View Lodge is situated on the Luppio Mountain. It’s run by Explore The North, which also has an Alaskan huskies kennel close by. Photo: Michael Törnkvist

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.

Please note: There are many other places to stay in Sweden. Contact the regional tourist boards for more tips.