The last few years have brought with them a welcome surge in new hotels, including the Scandic Grand Central Hotel (next to the train station) and Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel (near the waterfront congress center). Although the hotel choices here are often not as trendy as those found elsewhere, they are plentiful and full of variety, from hostels on up to five stars. Most hotels here have a distinctly
Scandinavian design sensibility. Who needs the latest designer interior when there are plenty of fresh, nonfussy, reasonably elegant, and endlessly functional places to stay? Although Stockholm has a reputation for prohibitively expensive hotels, fairly good deals can be found in summer, when prices are substantially lower and numerous discounts are available. More than 50 hotels offer the "Stockholm Package," which includes accommodations for one night, breakfast, and Stockholmskortet, or the Stockholm Card, entitling the cardholder to free admission to museums and travel on public transport. Details are available from travel agents, tourist bureaus, and the Stockholm Visitor Center.