Best hotels and hostels in Jämtland & the Bothnian Coast

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luleå

    Treehotel

    A spaceship suspended in the trees. A mirror cube reflecting sunlight and surrounding spruces. A giant bird's nest…The seven tree rooms that make up Sweden's most mind-boggling, award-winning lodgings sit just off Rte 97, about halfway between Luleå and Jokkmokk, in the midst of pristine forest. There are saunas and spas to relax stiff muscles after hiking, kayaking or dogsledding. The Treehotel came into being in 2010, inspired by the film The Tree Lover by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, and its unique rooms were designed by some of Sweden's leading architects, such as Tham & Videgård and Bertil Harström, with an emphasis on minimal environmental impact and ecologically friendly construction. Guided tours of this architectural wonder are available Tuesday to Friday at 1pm (150kr) and at other times by prior arrangement. Even if you don't stay in the Treehotel itself, you can lodge at the retro Britta's Pensionat (doubles 750kr) out by the road and enjoy meals at its cheerful cafe (open early July until the end of August).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Stora Hotellet Umeå

    First opened as a hotel in 1895, the Stora Hotellet had major renovations to coincide with the city being named European Capital of Culture in 2014. The six categories of handsome rooms have names like Superstition, Adventure and Mystique, and if you're after a spot where historical ambience conspires with contemporary chic, this is a top place to stay. The hotel's restaurant, Gotthards Krog, is superb.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jämtland

    Copperhill Mountain Lodge

    Beautifully constructed of wood and stone with copper accents, this lodge looks down on Åre from its lofty mountain perch. Its stylish, contemporary rooms are grouped according to precious metals; Gold Suites at the top, Brass, Zinc, Copper, Silver...you get the idea. The spa, Niesti Restaurant, and library and Fireside Lounge & Bar just add to the ambience.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Lilla Hotellet

    In a stone building designated a historical monument (since it was built the year after the great fire), this small family-run hotel has a great location and a friendly vibe. The eight spacious rooms with high ceilings have interesting architectural details, such as ceramic tile stoves. Throw in a good breakfast and this is a really good budget option.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    U&Me Hotel

    This new-concept hotel in central Umeå is super cool. You'll spot the massive white building from miles away, and the hotel is on floors six to 13. Below is the city's continental indoor square and cultural hub known as Väven. This is where you'll check in on tablets, have breakfast at the bakery and cafe, and even issue your own room key.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Ulvö Hotell

    Ulvö Hotell, with its superb restaurant, bar and pool area, makes a great place to stay on the island. The rooms feature a cream-and-charcoal colour scheme and quality furnishings. Located at the eastern end of the village, its restaurant is popular with day trippers and has a seasonal menu featuring local ingredients.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    First Hotel Statt

    In Örnsköldsvik, at the northern end of Höga Kusten, this place is a good spot to use as a base for your explorations. It's an old building, but the rooms are modern and spacious and a good breakfast is included. There's no dinner restaurant, but it's central and there are plenty of eating spots to choose from.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jämtland

    Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell

    Eriks has got things covered in Funäsdalen, with Eriks Villa budget rooms and the hotel with standard and premium rooms only 50m away. The rooms are fine, but it's the facilities, including Eriks Kitchen & Bar restaurant, the sports bar, night club and spa that will really make your visit.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Strandpiren Hotell

    This lovely new place is right on the water about 1km east of the railway station. Rooms are fresh and exquisite, there's a great bar and restaurant, and the terrace actually overhangs the sea. This is a top place to stay, made a lot better if you've got your own wheels.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Haparanda Stadshotell

    First opened in 1900, this large, dignified hotel is the architectural focus of the town in the central square, south of the E4. Rates include breakfast. Its Gulasch Baronens Pub is open Monday to Saturday 4pm to 10pm with a bistro menu.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Stiftsgården

    Across the road from Landskyrka, this church-run place spread across green fields is home to a hotel and, in an annexe, Skellefteå’s STF hostel. The thimble-size, whitewashed rooms are simple yet comfortable, while the hotel rooms are all creams and light wood furnishings. The grand yellow building hides an award-winning gourmet restaurant (three-course meals 425kr). Reception keeps short hours.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Östersund

    Hotel Emma

    The individually styled rooms at super-central Emma nestle in crooked hallways on two floors, with homey touches like squishy armchairs and imposing ceramic stoves; some rooms have French doors facing the courtyard. The breakfast spread (98kr) is a delight and bike rental is available (per day 100kr). Reception hours are limited, so call ahead if arriving late or early.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luleå

    Clarion Sense

    Top dog in Luleå's sleeping scene is the super-central, ultra-modern Clarion Sense. Popular with the business set (and anyone who's not averse to a bit of pampering), it offers generously proportioned rooms, all classic charcoals and creams with contemporary bold splashes of colour. The fitness centre and sauna seal the deal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Gefle Vandrarhem

    Set in one of Gamla Gefle’s old-style wooden buildings around a flowering courtyard, this quiet hostel with good guest kitchen is popular with travellers of all ages. Breakfast buffet costs 75kr. It's about a 10-minute walk from the station, has free wi-fi and there are laundry facilities available.

  • Lodging in Höga Kusten

    Trysunda Gästhamn

    Overnight stays are available at Trysunda Gästhamn, an easy-to-spot from the ferry, red waterfront guesthouse that usually has boats tied up out front. The rooms are pretty compact, but there's use of a guest kitchen. If you don't feel like cooking up a storm, there is a cafe on-site. The six-bed cottage goes for 3000kr per night.

  • Lodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Elite Grand Hotel Gävle

    This beautifully restored art-deco hotel, in a massive building that originally opened as a hotel in 1901, has a lot going for it, not least its super-central location and bright, contemporary decor. The restaurant and bar are superb, overlooking the Gävle river.

  • Lodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Hulkoffgården

    This lovely lodge is a yellow farmhouse, 35km north of Haparanda along Rte 99, amid the most peaceful countryside imaginable and with wonderfully welcoming proprietresses. Next door, its restaurant is the best in the area, with northern Swedish specialities made from organic, locally sourced ingredients. The reindeer meat and beef comes from the farm and fish out of the river.

  • Lodging in Jämtland

    STF Storliens Fjällgården

    Just off the E14 about 4.5km east of Storlien, in Storvalen, this mountain lodge provides hikers with top-quality accommodation in the form of comfortable dorms and rooms with warm, wood-panelled common areas, guest kitchens, sauna and good hiking advice. Besides the huge breakfast (90kr), the restaurant often serves up a dinner buffet and to top things off, there's a pub!

  • Lodging in The Bothnian Coast

    Quality Hotel Statt

    Timber barons spent their time carousing in this 19th-century hotel fronting a lovely open park along Storgatan in the middle of town. It's recently joined the Quality Hotel brand and meets all their requirements, so you can expect fairly standard stuff. You can carry on the carousing tradition at O'Leary's on-site bar and work off your hangover in the pool/sauna/gym.

  • Lodging in The Bothnian Coast

    STF Vandrarhem Umeå

    In a historic timber building, this efficient hostel has rooms of varying quality: try to nab a space in one of the newer rooms with beds, as opposed to the dorms with bunks. It’s in a great location, at the edge of the town centre, and the facilities (two kitchens, laundry) are very handy for self-caterers. Bed linen, towels and the buffet breakfast cost extra.