I'm arriving in Stockholm on August 2 and staying 11 nights. I had hoped to stay in Sodermalm, but there didn't seem to be a good option there when I checked booking.com last night--not a surprise since I need so many nights. I also didn't find anything that enticed me in Ostermalm. I have made reservations at 2 hotels and need to cancel one of them ASAP.
I would appreciate thoughts about these locations. Eleven nights is a lot of time to spend in an area that's a problem. I don't mind tiny rooms as long as they aren't terribly hot and things like the hot water and Wi-Fi work, but location is important. Unfortunately, I couldn't get Google's satellite view to work, so I haven't been able to walk the neighborhood streets.
I don't think either of these areas is great for moderately-priced, non-touristy restaurants, which is a pet peeve, but if I can manage to have my main meal at lunchtime most days, I should be OK.
I will be spending the bulk of my Stockholm time either in museums (mainly the art museums--several of which are way east of the center and will probably require use of public transportation) and walking interesting neighborhoods, including but not limited to Gamla Stan and Sodermalm. I will also seek out Art Nouveau/Jugendstil areas.
My 2 options are:
ProfilHotels Central, Vasagatan 38: Standard single room for Kr 12,330 (about US $110/night). This is quite near Stockholm Central and the T Centralen station, which would be very convenient for public transit--though I walk 6+ miles per day. (At this point the only trip I plan to take outside Stockholm is to Gustavsberg on Varmdo; I'll be in Uppsala today.) This is a booking.com reservation.
Best Western Hotel Gamla Stan, Skeppsbron 22:
Standard single room for Kr 13,122 (about US $119/night). This is on the far eastern edge of Gamla Stan not really close to the T station, but it would surely be a nice walk, and Gamla Stan is a picturesque area I want to explore. Booked through the corporate website, and I imagine this may increase my BW points enough to qualify for a free night soon--a factor I usually ignore since I so seldom stay in chain hotels. Unfortunately, the photos suggest this is likely to be a top-floor room, and I'm somewhat concerned about excessive heat up there, even though the current temperature forecast doesn't look bad.
Which would you choose?