Best hotels and hostels in Southern Sweden

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Malmö

    Story Hotel Studio Malmö

    If you love Swedish design, make a beeline for the fabulous, fresh and funky Story Hotel, one of Malmö's newest offerings. Exposed concrete walls, heavy red curtains, plush sofas, ocean views and sumptuous suites all tempt you to stay indoors...at least for a sleep-in. All rooms have queen or king beds, muted tones and raindrop showers. Most have wonderful views. Go for the 'Large Ocean Room' (from 1590) if you can.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skåne

    Kivik Strand Logi & Café

    Located down by the beach in a meticulously restored 19th-century schoolhouse is a superlative hostel-B&B combo that’s more chic boutique than backpacker bolt hole (think William Morris–style wallpaper, rustic floorboards and a savvy sprinkling of antiques). The communal kitchen is bright and well equipped, while the cafe serves exceptional espresso (and key lime pie).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skåne

    Bäckaskog Slott

    This dreamy castle sits between two lakes 15km northeast of Kristianstad. Built as a monastery in the mid-13th century, it’s a stunning spot, with different tiers of accommodation available in various wings and cottages in the grounds. Plus there is a well-priced restaurant. Bus 558 (25kr, 20 minutes) from Kristianstad bus station to Arkelstorp stops near the castle.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Malmö

    Quality Hotel View

    For the location and price, you really can't go past the soaring heights of Malmö's most typically international hotel, with large rooms (many with bath-tubs), a superb breakfast buffet, great views and an excellent location directly atop Hyllie subway station putting you midway between Copenhagen airport and central Malmö. Access is everything.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skåne

    Saltsjobad

    One of the finest hotels and day spas in Skåne can be found here in Ystad, right on the beach. Generous guest rooms and suites furnished in a variery of chic styles all feature downy bedding, lots of natural light and big bathrooms. The on-site amenities, from the swimming pool to the restaurant and treatment rooms, are all first class.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skåne

    Sjöbacka Gård

    This fine accommodation is located in the countryside about 11km southwest of Simrishamn. The B&B occupies an atmospheric Scanian farmhouse complete with fireplace, antiques, heaving bookshelves and a gorgeous cobblestone courtyard with pots of flowers and fragrant herbs. There is occasional live music here in summer. If you don't have your own wheels, to get here from Simrishamn, take bus 577 bound for Borrby and get off at stop 'Grosshög' (25kr, 15 minutes), then walk south along Kaptensgatan for about 350m until you reach the next main intersection. From here, it's another 300m or so, heading west.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Malmö

    Ohboy Hotell

    Malmö's newest and quirkiest hotel is this concrete whopper designed by cyclists, for cyclists. There's a foldable bike in every room, pump and wash stations on-site, a rooftop terrace and garden and a variety of compact living solutions including lofts with additional hammock bedding and apartments. While it won't be to everyone's tastes, those who love it will love it a lot. Located in the vibrant Västra Hamnen area and you can pick up a free bike from Malmö By Bike (included in your room) on your way from Centralstation.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skåne

    Hotel Rusthållargården

    This lovely hotel in Arild, 5km east of Mölle, has been managed by the same family since 1904 and is housed in a charming white-and-blue-trimmed farm building that dates back to 1675. Rooms in the main building are comfortable and quaint – think flowered wallpaper and wooden floors – and half have sea views. There's a swimming pool and an excellent, mostly organic, breakfast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Helsingborg

    Elite Hotel Mollberg

    This grand old dame has been lovingly maintained and updated although it has changed management many times over the years. The current team runs a tight ship, which means great-value rooms and the chance to experience a wonderful historic hotel without suffering through painfully out-of-date decor or ridiculously overpriced rates. The Mollberg is a happy medium.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skåne

    Sekelgården Hotel

    A romantic family-run hotel in a superb half-timbered house (1793); staying here is a bit like staying with your (affluent) country cousins. Rooms are set around a delightful garden and are all different, although typically decorated with a combination of William Morris–style wallpaper and pastel paintwork combined with colourful quilts, rugs and fabrics.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Malmö

    Mayfair Hotel Tunneln

    Central, classic and stylish, this boutique hotel in a heritage-listed building in the heart of Gamla Staden is great for history lovers. Rooms are bright and comfortable and a hearty breakfast spread is served in the hotel's vaulted cellar. With lots of staircases, nooks and narrow corridors it's not a great choice for mobility-impaired guests.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Helsingborg

    V Hotel

    Trendy and urbane, this hipster hotel sets the tone from the get-go with velvet cushions, modern bookshelves and brass candlesticks decorating the lobby. Rooms are similarly chic and stylish, although they do vary considerably: some are swing-a-cat size, while the most luxurious has a spa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lund

    Hotell Oskar

    Tucked away in a petite 19th-century townhouse, this central hotel has superb rooms reflecting sleek Scandi design. It’s also well equipped, with DVD players, kettles and stereos, plus it has a pretty back garden. The adjacent cafe is handy for coffee and cake.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Malmö

    Hotel Noble House

    The rooms of this low-cost Best Western have been recently refurbished and feature parquet floors and a variety of tasteful design themes, with smart wallpaper and colourful accents. For comfort, price and location the hotel is an excellent choice.

  • Lodging in Malmö

    MJ's

    After a nip and tuck, Mäster Johan is back as MJ's. Common areas revel in a kitsch-chic aesthetic, with everything from flamingo-pink ceilings to floral-print sofas and a hopping bar-restaurant. Rooms remain spacious, contrasting older wooden furnishings and the occasional antique with fashion-style photography and the odd leopard-print armchair. Breakfast is served in a garden-party-inspired atrium and the location is super central.

  • Lodging in Malmö

    Best Western Hotel Royal

    Run by two brothers, Hotel Royal has rooms spread over a historic 16th-century building and its modern counterpart. While the rooms are generally small, functional and uninspiring, they are comfortable, clean and can be very good value. The property includes a sauna and is within walking distance of Malmö's Centralstationen. On the downside, soundproofing isn't always great; light sleepers should bring earplugs.

  • Lodging in Skåne

    Åhus Seaside

    You can't go past the waterfront position of this old-school seaside resort, which at the time of writing was in the process of transforming itself into a new-school seaside resort. Check out the website to see where it's at – you'll likely nab a retro beachfront bargain if progress comes slowly. The property has two wings...it's the waterfront one that you're after.

  • Lodging in Malmö

    Comfort Hotel Malmö

    Not the right choice if you want an intimate place to propose: there are 293 rooms here, making it one of the largest hotels in the city. That said, the aesthetically revamped rooms are bright, airy and contemporary with massive black-and-white photos (with a music theme) covering an entire wall. The facilities are excellent and include a gym.

  • Lodging in Skåne

    Hotell Continental

    On the site of the old customs house, the Continental is reputedly Sweden’s oldest hotel, dating from 1829. It's loaded with old-world charm (think grand chandeliered foyer and marble staircase), but its rooms are more business-style with light wood furnishings, parquet floors and smart, if small, slate grey and cream bathrooms.

  • Lodging in Malmö

    Hotel Duxiana

    Close to Centralstation, ubersleek Hotel Duxiana is one for the style crew. In a palate of white, black and gun-metal grey, design features include Bruno Mattheson sofas and seriously heavy-duty luxury hotel bedding. Single rooms are small but comfy, while the decadent junior suites feature a claw-foot bath-tub facing the bed.