If you are planning to visit the Swedish capital for the first time, it is very likely that you are wondering what the best places to stay are. Those looking for a nice city break with lots of sightseeing and tourist activities are advised to book accommodation close to Stockholm’s Royal Palace. The baroque castle -one of the largest palaces in Europe- is actually the official residence of the King of Sweden, yet some of its premises are open to visitors and boast luxury reception rooms and onsite museums displaying royal costumes, armours, old coaches and coronation carriages. Another highlight of this visit is the daily changing of guard, a tradition that is similar to that carried out in other European royal residences.
Since it is really easy to access the city centre from Stockholm Arlanda airport, choosing to stay in a hotel close to the Royal Palace of Stockholm will help you make the most of your trip: within short walking distance of the streets of the Old Town (Gamla Stan), you will be amazed at the way in which the very well-preserved medieval centre coexists with modern and lively shops and cafés, from which you can get stunning views of the Stockholm canals, join guided walking tours or even get around on a hop-on and hop-off boat or bus.
Travelling from Arlanda airport to Stockholm city centre
Getting from Stockholm airport to the centre is fast and affordable thanks to the Arlanda Express trains that depart every 15 minutes from the airport’s north railway station. This service transports arriving passengers from the terminal to Stockholm Central Station in 20 minutes approximately; after that, you may take a taxi or go on a stroll to the Royal Palace, roughly one kilometre away.
Otherwise, you may hire a car, take a taxi or get an Uber, where you will travel comfortably and on your own. Bear in mind, though, that this journey will be twice as expensive as the one by express train.
Recommended hotels near the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
4-star hotel in the heart of Stockholm: the Kungsträdgården
This hospitality establishment is inside a completely remodelled 18th-century building and started welcoming guests in 2015. Superbly located just a short walk from Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace and one kilometre from Stockholm’s Central Station, it offers well-appointed rooms that can accommodate solo travellers or couples featuring free WiFi, flat-screen TV, air conditioning, desk, safe and mini fridge. Confirmed guests are entitled to enjoy the daily breakfast buffet. Besides, this hotel in Stockholm has an onsite restaurant, a bar, a gym, a 24-hour front desk and provides left-luggage services. Smoking is banned in the entire facilities.
The Crystal Plaza hotel in Stockholm centre
The Crystal Plaza in Sweden is a 3-star hotel close to the Royal Palace of Stockholm in the Old Town. While staying here, travellers benefit from perks like accessing WiFi internet from both inside their rooms and the communal zones, a sauna, a gym, and sleep in fully-equipped rooms which can be of individual occupancy, twin, double –standard or superior-, junior suites or double economy ones. A continental breakfast buffet is served every morning, but guests are also invited to try the delicious Chinese and Thai cuisine at their Ming restaurant. Other advantages of this hotel in central Stockholm include the proximity of local restaurants, supermarkets and a Starbucks Coffee shop. The staff speaks Swedish, English and Chinese.
4-star hotel in Stockholm: the Haymarket by Scandic
Featuring a charming Art-Deco-inspired decoration and boasting value-added amenities such as an onsite movie theatre, a cocktail bar & lounge and a fitness centre affording sky views, this hotel near Stockholm’s Royal Palace offers guest rooms with cosy beds, cable TV, free WiFi, private bathroom with shower and the option to decide whether you want to get city views or not. Visitors on a city trip will love to have coffee at the bar or oysters and champagne at the onsite restaurant. In-room breakfast, round-the-clock room service and special menus are also available upon request. While the personnel at the reception can arrange guided tours and activities for you, this location is ideal to explore the town on your own being so close to the Medieval Museum, the Royal Opera House, several markets and the cultural centre. From the nearby central station, travellers can commute to Stockholm Arlanda International airport in a fast and convenient manner on their day of departure.