The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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af Chapman
This full-rigged ship is the granddaddy of Stockholm hostels. Re-opened in 2008 following extensive renovations. Doubles, shared rooms, and dorms; extra fee for breakfast buffet. There’s an onshore hostel when the boat is full; 82 rooms. Flaggmansvägen 8, Skeppsholmen; tel. 46 8 463 22 66. www.afchapman.se

Långholmen Youth Hostel
Crown Prison, once Sweden’s largest jail, now serves as a hotel, conference center, and hostel—the best low-budget roof in town.At least 26 beds available (more in summer) in renovated cells from the 1840s. Free Wi-Fi in the hotel. Open all year but only glorious in summer. Långholmsmuren 20; tel. 46 8 720 85 00. www.langholmen.com

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Mornington Hotel Bromma
“Quirky sports hotel. Start the day by squeezing your own glass of orange juice and then venture up the rock climbing wall on the front facade of the hotel.”—Alannah Eames, Stockholm City Guide editor, Scanorama magazine. Not the best location, but by far the best training and fitness facilities if you’re a health nut; 217 rooms. Norrbyvägen 30, Bromma; tel. 46 8 507 332 00. www.mornington.se/bma

Lord Nelson
Small homespun hotel in the Old Town with just 29 rooms. Marine theme and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Rate includes breakfast buffet. Västerlånggatan 22; tel. 46 8 506 401 20. www.lordnelsonhotel.se

Bentleys
Old-school, old-world charm on the northern, fashionable end of the number one shopping street in town. 68 rooms, all non-smoking. Drottninggatan 77; tel. 46 8 14 13 95. www.bentleys.se

Stallmästaregården
“Great summer location.”—Per Larsson, editor, Scandinavian Airlines Crew Guides. New hotel, built in 2000, was designed to match the style of the connecting 17th-century inn, Sweden’s oldest. Located on a former stable-master’s farm on the northern outskirts of town; 49 rooms. Beautiful location at the southern shores of Brunnsviken. Norrtull; tel. 46 8 610 13 00. www.stallmastaregarden.se

Crystal Plaza
Surprisingly low-profile hotel near the Stureplan entertainment district. Gorgeous building and reasonable prices; 111 rooms. Birger Jarlsgatan 35; tel. 46 8 406 88 00. www.crystalplazahotel.se

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Hotel J
“Great Scandinavian sailor ambience combined with personal service, good food, [and] great view; near town and still in the countryside.”—Ann-Charlotte Jönsson, manager of press and information, Stockholm Visitors Board. Sophisticated design hotel on the water in Nacka Strand on the southeastern edge of town; 45 rooms. Boats from Nybrokajen. Ellensviksvägen 1, Nacka Strand; Tel. 46 8 601 30 00. www.hotelj.se

Hotel Hellsten
“Stockholm’s best newcomer in recent years. Antique tiled stoves mix in with minimalist Scandinavian design, along with African and Asian finds from the personal collection of the hotel director.”—Per Larsson. 78 rooms, 12 of which have tile stoves. Jazz in the lobby bar. If the Hellsten is full, check with sister hotel Rex across the street. Luntmakargatan 68; tel. 46 8 661 86 00. www.hellsten.se

Nordic Light/Nordic Sea
“Nordic Sea lures with its Absolut Icebar, most commonly frequented by foreign cruise ship tourists.”—Per Larsson. Twin hotels just a half-block from where the Arlanda Express airport train comes in; 175 rooms (Nordic Light) and 367 rooms (Nordic Sea). Vasaplan 2-4 and 7, tel. 46 8 50 56 30 00. www.nordiclighthotel.se, www.nordicseahotel.se

Ulfsunda Slott
“Why hasn’t anybody else thought of lighting the underside of the bed? It feels luxurious and fun. An inspiring environment.”—Ann-Charlotte Jönsson. A castle is a castle, but this one has managed to combine it with funky modern interior design; 54 rooms. Located in the western suburb of Bromma. Margretelundsvägen 125; tel. 46 8 704 49 40. www.ulfsundaslott.se

Hotel Rival
Luxury boutique hotel, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson. Includes a cinema, bakery, bistro, and 99 individually designed guestrooms, many with balconies. Free film library; room service breakfast available around the clock. Centrally located on the island of Södermalm. Mariatorget 3; tel. 46 8 545 789 00. www.rival.se

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Grand Hôtel
The crown jewel of Stockholm’s hotel scene since 1874; where every big-shot visitor stays. Though outwardly imposing, the palatial structure houses 376 bright and comfortable rooms, many with courtyard or water views, and all with free W-Fi. Boats from the archipelago leave from the dock outside. Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8; tel. 46 8 679 35 00. www.grandhotel.se

Diplomat
“Has Stockholm’s best hotel bar—no competition. Perfect location on Strandvägen. Make sure you book a room with a view overlooking Nybroviken.”—Per Larsson. Fourth-generation hotel close to the Grand, but smaller and less starstruck. 129 rooms in a white, art nouveau building from 1907. Very classy. Strandvägen 7, tel. 46 8 459 68 00. www.diplomathotel.com

Berns
A classic that blends 19th-century ostentation with Terence Conran chic, and makes it work; 65 rooms. Best location of all top hotels for shopping and clubbing. Berzelii Park; tel. 46 8 566 322 22. www.berns.se

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