Best hotels and hostels in Southwestern Sweden

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Halland

    Hotell Gästis

    This one-of-a-kind hotel is bursting with quirky details including an elevator shaft covered in pulp-fiction covers and the basement Lenin Baths (open to non-guests), featuring hot and cold pools, a massage area and an anachronistic giant candlelit Jacuzzi. Cosy rooms come with shelves full of books, and a dinner buffet is included. The bathhouse is a replica of the 19th-century St Petersburg version inside a former girls' boarding school.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gothenburg

    Dorsia Hotel

    Richly textured and deliciously flamboyant, the Dorsia looks like the home of a moneyed 19th-century eccentric, complete with crinoline in the lobby, original artworks, and wallpapers and fabrics from the Swedish Designer Guild. Rooms are suitably furnished in hues of crimson and purple, with heavy velvet curtains, sublime Carpe Diem beds, espresso machines and mosaic-tile bathrooms. Breakfast is a notable buffet affair.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gothenburg

    STF Göteborg City

    A large, stylish, super-central hostel with designer credentials. Industrial sleekness underscores the cafe-dining area and lounge, with plush comfort on each of the individually themed floors. All rooms are private, with en-suite bathroom, luxe carpeting, good soundproofing and comfortable bed-bunks. Best of all, bed linen and towels are provided. Breakfast is usually an optional 85kr.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bohuslän

    Salt & Sill

    The row of slick cubic buildings that compose this floating boutique hotel houses 23 light, bright, contemporary rooms – all clean lines and plasma-screen TVs, each featuring the hues of its namesake herb or spice. A floating sauna is available for pampering purposes. The attached restaurant is a draw all its own.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gothenburg

    Upper House

    One of the highest hotels in Sweden, sumptuous Upper House takes up the top four floors of one of the Gothia Towers. The decor is cool Scandinavian chic, the beds are the ultimate in slumbering comfort, and the superlative spa comes with a hammam and a 19th-floor outdoor pool encased in glass, with killer views of the city.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Halland

    Fästningens Vandrarhem

    Within Varberg Fortress, this SVIF hostel can lock you up inside its single and double prison cells. If that's too 'authentic' an experience, opt for one of the large, bright rooms in surrounding buildings. Breakfast is extra in high season, and bicycles can be rented for 120kr.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bohuslän

    Emma's Bed and Breakfast

    A 10-minute walk from central Strömstad, this stately house, dating back to 1734, sits at the edge of a golf course amid quiet wooded grounds. The rooms are bright and airy and the friendly hostess whips up a full Scandinavian spread at breakfast time.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bohuslän

    Stora Hotellet Bryggan

    Stora Hotellet is a whimsical hotel offering a trip ‘around the world in 23 rooms’. It was originally owned by a ship’s captain who decorated it with exotic souvenirs. He named each room after his favourite ports and explorers (and girls!), and each tells its own story. Extras include five dining venues that range from tapas bar to fine dining.

  • Lodging in Bohuslän

    Makrillvikens Vandrarhem

    Makrillvikens Vandrarhem, in the former yellow spa bathing house with smashing views of the archipelago, is a sterling, hugely popular budget choice affiliated with SVIF (Sveriges Vandrarhem i Förening; Swedish Hostel Association) – 500m from the boardwalk crowds, bathing spots just metres from your room and an old seaside sauna for guest use. For more watery action, there are canoes for hire. Book ahead!

  • Lodging in Gothenburg

    Hotel Flora

    Fabulous Flora's slick, individually themed rooms flaunt black, white and spot colour interiors, designer chairs, flat-screen TVs and sparkling bathrooms, though lack of storage facilities may dismay those with extensive sartorial needs. Some of the top-floor rooms have air-con, several rooms offer river views, and rooms overlooking the chic split-level courtyard are for night owls rather than early birds.

  • Lodging in Bohuslän

    Tofta Gård

    This is an outstanding STF hostel near Stocken in the island’s west, about 5km from the larger village of Ellös. It’s located in an old farmhouse and surrounding little cottages in a blissfully bucolic setting, with good walking, swimming and canoeing nearby. There's free laundry, an excellent breakfast spread, a sauna and two wood-fired hot tubs (book ahead). Catch buses in Henån.

  • Lodging in Gothenburg

    Gothia Towers

    The 23-storey Gothia Towers looms right above Liseberg. Its rooms ooze Nordic cool: all sharp angles and clean lines. Suites are available on two floors. 'Gothia Limited' budget rooms are also available, and guests have access to the luxurious spa at sister hotel Upper House. More bird’s-eye views await at Sky bar and restaurant Heaven 23.

  • Lodging in Västergötland

    Ronnums Herrgård

    Good enough for Nicole Kidman, this stately mansion is set in gorgeous grounds, out towards Hunneberg. Rooms are seriously elegant, and the oak-floored suites are particularly special; modern touches such as iPod docks complement the lavish surroundings. Look out for special online rates, and if you feel like a gastronomic treat, the restaurant is one of the region’s best.

  • Lodging in Gothenburg

    Avalon

    Rooms at the design-conscious Avalon are packed with eye-popping Nordic design, bright colours, curvaceous furniture and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms feature a mini-spa or their own gym equipment, and there's a small rooftop pool. The over-the-top '90s bar excels at classic cocktails and is a favorite local hang-out on summer evenings.

  • Lodging in Bohuslän

    Mollösunds Wärdshus

    Mollösunds Wärdshus is an upmarket 19th-century inn featuring 10 well-turned-out rooms with funky wallpaper, and a slinky, sun-soaked terrace for lazy wining and dining on local fish and seafood. Rooms with balconies are worth the extra splurge. Enquire here about island-hopping, adrenalin-pumping RIB boat tours.

  • Lodging in Gothenburg

    Hotel Royal

    Gothenburg’s oldest hotel (1852) has aged enviably. The grand entrance has been retained, complete with its flowery, art-nouveau painted ceiling and sweeping staircase, and the elegant, individually styled rooms make necessary 21st-century concessions such as flat-screen TVs and renovated bathrooms. There’s also homemade cake for guests, and an excellent breakfast. Check the website for special offers.

  • Lodging in Bohuslän

    Utpost Hållö

    Treeless, rocky Hållö feels remote and raw. The lovely red and white-trimmed cabins of the Utpost Hållö are perched on broad granite slabs within 100m of the sea and the lighthouse. It’s a great place to take in the ocean, birds and crisp blue skies. Hållö färjan (ferry) runs here from Smögenbryggan, while Hållöexpressen goes to and from Kungshamn.

  • Lodging in Southern Archipelago

    Pensionat Baggen

    Get away from it all at this simple, friendly place about halfway between the two ferry docks. There are 10 comfy rooms (seven doubles, one single and one family-size) and a sumptuous breakfast buffet complete with fresh bread from its very own bakery. There are also sleek modern rooms at the inn (värdshus) ranging from 1390kr to 1690kr.

  • Lodging in Gothenburg

    STF Vandrarhem Slottsskogen

    Like a good university dormitory, big, friendly Slottsskogen is a cracking place for meeting people. The facilities are top-notch, with comfortable beds, individual reading lights, lockable storage under the beds, a dressing table in the women's dorm and a good ratio of guests per bathroom. Proximity to the nightlife area is a bonus and the buffet breakfast is brilliant.

  • Lodging in Gothenburg

    Vanilla Hotel

    This petite slumber spot has the cosy, welcoming feeling of a Swedish home. The compact rooms are pleasantly light and decorated in sparing Scandinavian style, with wooden floors and furniture, crisp sheets and immaculate bathrooms, but they get rather hot in summer. Ask for a garden-view room, as the street gets noisy from early morning. Weekend rates drop sharply.