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Don&'t worry; this is a very common false belief! In reality, travelers can easily spend a week in the heart of the Gamla Stan for under 300 dollars in the Old Town Hostel, set in a 17th century building, and only a seven-minute walk from the Royal Palace. Although situated in the historic part of Stockholm, the facilities and services offered by most lodging options are modern, and the closeness to the metro station makes everything accessible in a matter of minutes.
When in search of great bargains, keep in mind that summer is the peak season in Stockholm, making it the most expensive time to visit. Although the wintertime has only six hours of sunshine, visitors can choose between more than 70 museums in the city, visit one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in all of Europe, get all warmed up next with a glass of glögg wine, and get the best deals on accommodation in the process.
The ideal time to purchase lodging would be four to six weeks before arrival, when one can find snug habitations close to the center of Stockholm at a remarkably low price, such as the Vanadis Hotell & Bad. For the more spontaneous souls, waiting for the day before departure is the best piece of advice because scoring more prestigious lodging, such as the centrally located Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel or the five-star Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, can be done at the last minute at a very good price.
Hostels also have very good late availability deals, but the key is to be flexible and not pick only one place. Look around continuously among the various types of accommodations in order to catch the best budget offers to meet your traveling needs.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the largest of the city's four airports, at a distance of 40 kilometers from the center. One can easily approach the city either by the Arlanda express train, which departs directly from the airport every 15 minutes, or by the Flygbussarna Aiport Coach, which is the slower, but cheaper option. If staying in close proximity to the airport is of preference, the most budget-friendly solution would be the Ibis Styles Stockholm Arlanda Airport Hotel, which is also in the vicinity of the International Golf Club and the Eurostop shopping center.
If a more budget-friendly excursion is considered more enjoyable to the traveler, one can also arrive to Skavsta Airport, where all the low-cost airlines land. Stockholm Skavsta is located at a 100-kilometer distance from the city center, easily reached by the airport coach service.
Bromma Airport is the closest airport to the city, offering airport-side accommodations at a reasonable price in the four-star Brommavik Hotel near Solna Business Park. It is perfect for those just flying in for a few days of work who would also like to explore Stockholm's sites if they have a few free hours, since the coach bus service can take them into the city center in less than 20 minutes.
Stockholm Vasteras Airport is farthest from the city, but if one has to spend the night close to the airport, then the three-star Best Western Ta Inn Hotel would be the perfect choice. The Flygbussarna Aiport Coach offers regular routes to the heart of Stockholm for a good price.
Once in the city, getting around is extremely easy thanks to the extensive network of underground trains, commuter trains, and buses that roam the city all day long. Save time by choosing lodging that is close to the main public transportation stops, such as the three-star hotel Anno 1647, and get to the city center in just a few minutes' time.
The Ernsta Konferens & Hotell is a very popular business center among those who come to Stockholm for work, and the great thing about it is that one can have their business meetings and their accommodations in the same place, saving time and money that could otherwise be spent traveling around Stockholm.
One of the most popular attractions of Stockholm among both tourists and locals is the Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, opened in 1891. Staying at the four-star Melody Hotel, one can be only minutes away from the impressive complex of farmsteads, a mini-Stockholm scale model, a zoo, and an aquarium. The Hotel is not only in the proximity of the Skansen, but the Maritime Museum, the Swedish History Museum, and the Abba Museum are also near at hand as well. For a more budget-friendly version of accommodations in the Djurgarden neighborhood, Airbnbs are another great option to consider.
The Gamla Stan, or the historic district, is a large outdoor museum itself, and is one of the best-preserved medieval city centers on the continent. By staying in a hostel such as the Anedin Hostel* in the Old Town of Stockholm, guests can enjoy a budget-friendly accommodations while being adjacent to almost every important landmark and museum in the city, thanks to local transportation services.
With the idea of spending as little money as possible, instead of hopping on a tourist bus, get on a regular local bus and explore the city. Buses go around the main sights of Stockholm for half the price of typical tourist buses.
One-third of Stockholm is made up of water, and the city was built on fourteen islands in total, so maritime-related sights are not uncommon in the city. Travelers planning a special getaway can spice up their time in Stockholm with a unique accommodation by staying at the Red Boat Malaren, a cozy riverside hostel inside two lovely boats. The hostel is within walking distance to the main sights of the city. A cheaper alternative would be the Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostelhich has 74 guestrooms, including lower-cost hostel rooms.
Although hostels are often considered to be much cheaper than hotels, don't expect a huge price gap between the two while traveling in Stockholm. The central hostels, such as Urban Hostel Gamla Stan, can sometimes be more expensive than a three-star hotel in the suburbs, so you might want to avoid them. There are also more luxurious hostels too, such as Old Town Hostel, which are usually pricier but can be booked at a reasonable price in the case of a last-minute deal.
If saving money is of paramount importance, then lodging in the outer parts of the city is something to consider. City Backpackers Hostel* is just outside of the center of Stockholm and has been voted the best hostel from 2010 to 2012 due to its attentive staff, interesting tours, and array of activities. Hostel Dalagatan AB* is even farther from central Stockholm by foot, but thanks to efficient public transport, even those who stay here can reach the heart of the city in a matter of minutes and save money at the same time.
When on a tight budget, one doesn't necessarily need to stay right in the city center. A great alternative would be the four-star Elite Palace Hotel in the Vasastan neighborhood, where gusts can save up to 50 dollars a night compared to other centrally located lodgings in the same class.
The newly opened Belman Hostel in the Kungsholmen suburbs is of even better value, considering that it is only 50 meters away from the subway station and is next to Stockholm’s vibrant nightlife that includes plenty of cafes, bars, clubs, and restaurants. For something even more economical with a great chance of hanging out with locals, choose between a large number of Airbnbs right in the center of Stockholm.
Airbnbs have become more and more popular as travelers tend to choose a more authentic and personal form of accommodation instead of the distant and official services of hotels. Stockholm has a large number of more than 1,000 places listed, from an unused room to an entire apartment to let.
The great advantage of Airbnb rentals is that gusts do not only get insider tips and advice from a Swedish native; they also get to know things first-hand about local culture, events, and the best places to visit. Plus, travelers can feel a bit more at home thanks to welcoming hosts. Airbnb rentals are usually cheaper than hostels and hotels, and the guests' use of a kitchen allows travelers to cook their own food at home, which can be a huge relief for one’s wallet. In Stockholm's case, Airbnbs might be the cheapest option when it comes to accommodations.
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