Best hotels and hostels in Southeastern Sweden

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    Hotell Västanå Slott

    Originally built as a palace in 1590, then owned by Count Per Brahe in the 17th century, Västanå Slott, located 6km south of Gränna, became Sweden's first Manor House hotel in 1948. It remains decorated according to its 18th-century past, with chandeliers, brooding oil paintings and suits of armour, and decadent guest rooms perfect for staying in: some have deep copper tubs. Although the property is rather close to the motorway, you wouldn't know it most of the time. The surrounding woods are ideal for hikers and there's an adjacent golf course.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Glasriket

    Kosta Boda Art Hotel

    One of the only truly luxury hotel offerings in Småland, the Art Hotel showcases the famed glass and crystal brand's creations in unusual ways – like its designer glass bar. Each of the 102 decadent hotel rooms also features Kosta glasswork and textiles designed by local artists. Outdoors, you'll find the finest private swimming pool for miles. Even if you don’t stay the night, drop in to scope out the lobby, and have a drink at the bar or a meal at the hotel's Linnéa Art Restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gotland

    Fabriken Furillen

    In the unlikely setting of an old limestone factory in a remote eastern corner of the island, this extraordinary hotel combines a raw industrial environment with cutting-edge Scandinavian design. There are even hermit huts for those really wanting to get away from it all, with hand-built Hästens beds and a copy of Thoreau's Walden. The restaurant (mains from 295kr) is Michelin-chef standard and uses only local products and produce.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Visby

    Clarion Hotel Wisby

    Top of the heap in Visby is the luxurious, landmark Wisby. Medieval vaulted ceilings and sparkling candelabras contrast with eye-catching contemporary furnishings. The gorgeous pool (complete with medieval pillar) occupies a converted merchant warehouse. Don't miss the 11th-century chapel, just inside the entrance. The Kitchen & Table restaurant receives rave reviews from readers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Visby

    Hotel St Clemens

    Located at the southeastern corner of the botanical garden, this family-run hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the vine-covered ruins of the ghostly St Clemens kyrka. It takes up five historical buildings and has two gardens and a summery floral theme in the rooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    Vox Hotel

    This bright and colourful 143-room hotel overlooking Lake Vättern is exceptionally cool. From its modern adaptions of classic Scandinavian furniture to bold colour schemes and mosaic-tiled bathrooms, you're bound to want to stay in. Even more so if you book one of the hotel's impressive two-room suites with lake-view balconies. Budget rooms (without window) are available and breakfast is killer.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    Hotell Svanen

    This smart budget hotel, surrounded by water, is excellent value considering the overall quality of its rooms, range of options (like bike and canoe rentals), bright, clean, common areas, and overall good vibes. Room types range from dorms to private, freshly renovated, 'extra comfort rooms' with smart styling and downy beds. There's free parking and all guests can use the communal kitchen.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    STF Vandrarhem Huskvarna

    Standards are high at this sizeable year-round property which is divided into a hostel (shared facilities) and hotel wing. A bunch of fresh, new hotel rooms have just been completed. All rooms (including dorms) are bright and stylish and have a TV. An impressive breakfast buffet is an additional 75kr. For hostel rooms, linen/towels cost 80kr, as does cleaning.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Öland

    Hotell Borgholm

    Cool grey hues, bold feature walls, pine-wood floors and smart functionalist furniture make for stylish slumber at this urbane hotel. Rooms are spacious, with those on the top floor being especially chic. Owner Karin Fransson is one of Sweden’s top chefs, so a table at the restaurant here is best booked ahead (tasting menu with/without wine 2260/1295kr).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    Slottshotellet

    This wonderfully cosy, romantic hotel is housed in four buildings in a gorgeous green setting near Kalmar Slott. Most rooms have antique furniture with textured wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and oriental rugs. Across the road, a budget wing, sporting a white minimalist look in stark contrast to the fluffy main wing, has crisp, clean rooms from 995kr.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gotland

    STF Stora Karlsö

    At the island of Stora Karlsö off the coast of Gotland, you can stay in rooms still decorated with the antique furniture left by the lighthouse-keeper. There's a small restaurant if you don’t fancy cooking and it’s a fantastic place to birdwatch or go fossil hunting. The island is reachable by two to three ferries daily.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    Strand Hotell

    A real gem in the heart of town, the Strand takes up the 2nd floor of a gorgeous 1890 building overlooking the Motala river and Drottninggattan. It has operated as a hotel since the 1930s, and the furniture and fabrics make the most of the building’s existing features, such as cut-glass chandeliers and big bay windows.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    Eksjö Camping

    This friendly nook by picturesque Lake Husnäsen, about a kilometre east of town, has a restaurant and cafe with a big outdoor terrace and even minigolf. There’s also a hostel with dorm beds (from 300kr) and a clutch of cosy camping cabins.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gotland

    Warfsholm

    Enticing Warfsholm has several accommodation options, plus a beautiful waterside location, a pleasant restaurant and a cosy bar. There are rooms in the atmospheric 19th-century main house, as well as apartments and cottages in the grounds.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Småland

    B&B Södra Lycke

    This charming B&B in an atmospheric mid-19th-century family house is in a residential area 10 minutes' walk southwest from the centre via Södra Järnvägsgatan (check online for a map). There are three rooms and an appealingly overgrown garden complete with vegetable plot, wildflowers, greenhouse and black hens.

  • Lodging in Gotland

    Slite Strandby

    If it weren't for the smokestack just north of the property (that you don't see in any of the promotional material), this place, located on the island's east coast about 35km from Visby, would be bang on. In summer, it's really only perfect for kids and families who tend to dominate it's quality facilities – an excellent pool, bar and floating sauna. In shoulder season, when the kids are at school, the modern, high standard of the cute-as-pie cabins and the lovely pool make it worth a look in, despite the disappointment of the nearby industry.

  • Lodging in Visby

    Fängelse Vandrarhem

    This hostel offers beds year-round in the small converted cells of an old prison. It’s in a handy location, between the ferry dock and the harbour restaurants, and there’s an inviting terrace bar in summer. Reception is open from 8am to 3pm (from 9am to noon mid-August to late June), so call ahead if you are arriving outside these times. Take a look at the historic poster listing the crimes you could be imprisoned for in Sweden during the mid-19th century: 'Noise, illegal bathing and being dressed as an Easter witch…'!

  • Lodging in Småland

    Park Hotel

    Close to the train station and somewhat disturbingly billed as Sweden’s ‘Fawlty Towers’, this smart family-run establishment resembles that madhouse in appearance only (yes, there’s an elk head at reception). The public spaces sport chandeliers and oil paintings, and clean, parquet-floored rooms are crisply modern. You have to love the Swedish sense of humour. There is a classic English afternoon tea (195kr) and a hearty breakfast buffet served in the hotel’s pleasant dining room – thankfully not by Manuel!

  • Lodging in Glasriket

    Kosta Lodge

    Affiliated with the Kosta Boda Art Hotel and Kosta Glassworks, this sprawling Falu-red lodge, with its own mini-lake, clutch of charming, rustic cabins and a Vegas-in-Sweden-style pool area with two pools and wood-fired Jacuzzi tubs, is the lower cost, grassroots-but-high-end alternative to staying in the arty-farty hotel. A pool entry fee applies (adult/child 100/50kr).

  • Lodging in Visby

    Hotel Stenugnen

    With its chic white-on-white lounge and subtle nautical theme, the 15-room Hotel Stenugnen channels a Cape Cod vibe. Despite being a very short stroll from harbourside bars and central Visby's restaurant- and tourist-filled streets, the place feels like a tranquil, private home, its light-filled atrium the setting for decent, buffet-style breakfasts (complete with homemade bread).