The smartest and unique hotels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark from great value to luxury boutique or stay in an old mining rig
Hotel Gastis, Varberg
Eccentric yet stylish, this hotel has an indefatigable attachment to left-wing ideals yet is up there with the competition in terms of service, comfort and facilities – but you don’t need to adhere ideologically to enjoy it. The Lenin spa in the basement is a replica from the man’s favorite baths in St Petersburg – glorious and absolutely unmissable.
+46 340 180 50, hotellgastis.nu, doubles from £128 half-board
First Hotel G, Gothenburg
This hotel sits above the main railway station. Public spaces and bedrooms have a simple, Scandinavian design style, the most remarkable soundproofing, and great views of the city skyline. A relaxed, city vibe with friendly staff.
+46 31 637 200, first hotels, doubles from £68 B&B
Hotel Fängelset, Västervik
The town’s old jail house has been turned into a minimalist budget hotel. It’s very simple and very cool, without being harsh.
+46 76 136 8966, hotellfangelset.se, doubles from £59
Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg, Svalbard
For a different kind of stay, and a great experience, try this clean, affordable and friendly old mining rig. The restaurant serves Thai food to warm you up after enjoying close encounters with polar bears and other arctic locals.
+47 79 02 37 02, polar riggen, doubles from £108
Thon Hotel, Arendal
This cool minimalist place is nice and central, near supermarkets, cafes and restaurants for affordable eating and drinking, and there’s plenty to do around the harbor area, especially on a warm evening.
+47 37 05 21 50, thon hotels, doubles from £94 B&B
Hotel Amager, Copenhagen
With large cosy bedrooms, this good-value hotel is handy for Christianshavn and the centre. The ground-floor pub is handy for a post-sightseeing nightcap, and is where they serve a generous breakfast (not included in the rate).
+45 32 54 40 08, hotel amager, doubles from £67
The Thief, Oslo
The Thief is a stylish new luxury boutique hotel in Tjuvholmen district on the harbor-front. Tjuvholmen (or thief island), once the city’s seediest quarter, has been reborn as one of Scandinavia’s trendiest art districts. Each of the 119 rooms in the hotel is adorned with contemporary art chosen by Sune Nordgren, former director of Norway’s National Museum.
+47 24 00 40 00, the thief, doubles from £206