Staying in a city hotel has never felt so zen and relaxing. This hotel is within walking distance of the city center, but at the same time located on a quiet green secluded island, with lots of trees, almost no traffic and beautiful views on the city.
The hotel is housed in former military barracks dating from 1699. It cleverly combines these historic elements with modern (minimalist) design. I walked from the Stockholm central train station to the charming little island Skeppsholmen (which is accessible through a small bridge), and caught my first glimpse of the hotel buildings through the trees.
Walking around the building, I arrived at the entrance, where some other guests were enjoying the sun.
I continued the path to the reception area (open doors on the picture below).
A very friendly lady welcomed me in a casual yet polite manner. Check-in was a breeze and took less than 2 minutes. I walked the long corridor to my room on the first floor (second floor for US readers). It’s a long and narrow building, but you have many entrances from the outside (so once checked in, you can take a short-cut). All entrances to the building require you room key card to open them.
Arriving in my room, I immediately fell in love with the view and the design of the room. Just look at the view from the (antique wooden) windows. I don’t know what category my room was (I booked via HotelTonight, which does not give you a a choice), but I am quite sure it must have been a standard room. Anyway, it was room 237.
The bed was comfortable as well, with some subtle art piece above it. It is hard to see on the picture below, but next to the bed was a great little welcome gift, a little bag with hand-made sea-salted caramels from a very nice shop in Stockholm. There is no complimentary bottle of water – but apparently the tap water in Sweden is of very high quality.
The little minibar next to the bed was unfortunately not working (i.e. not cooling).
There was a small wardrobe next to the bed and the usual Samsung flat screen (not possible to stream iPhone content to it). The shower is behind the milky glass panel (I was alone, so not sure how “exhibitionist” this is 🙂
There is air conditioning in the room and it worked really well during the hot summer days of my stay. When picking a hotel in Stockholm, keep in mind that many hotels in Stockholm (even some upscale ones) do not have air conditioning. So be careful when booking rooms in the middle of the summer.
The room had a very cozy work desk which I really enjoyed. It made perfect use of the space between the bedroom and bathroom part of the room. And it was right next to the window, so you had a nice view and natural light while working. The chair not only looked pretty cool, but was also comfortable.
Let’s take a look at the bathroom now. The bathroom was compact, but well designed (apart from the rather strange sink, which I will discuss further below). The light in the shower was integrated into the shower head which gave a nice effect.
The bathroom amenities were from a high-end Swedish brand Byredo and were really pleasant to use.
The only design flaw was the fake stone they put in the sink. It actually made water splash everywhere and felt like a bad fit with the general design theme of the room. I guess someone must have thought this was a really cool idea…
The hotel has a great breakfast buffet, with a very good fruit salad and several hot options as well. You could order espresso and cappuccinos, but actually the brewed coffee was better. There were lots of international newspapers available for breakfast reading. Since the weather was so hot, most people had breakfast on the terrace (with the occasional presence of hungry little birds).
The restaurant seemed very popular. I was not able to try it as it was fully booked. You could also have some snacks and drinks on their outside tables, but their outside bar service was rather disorganized and not very welcoming, so I went for dinner elsewhere.
Very close to the hotel you have a small marina and you can make a lovely walk next to the water. There are also two great (free) museums (one of modern art and one of architecture) a few steps away from the hotel.
I had a four night stay in Stockholm and was really sorry that I could only stay at this place for the first two nights. It is not the most luxurious hotel that I ever stayed in, but it was such an elegant and stylish place.
The positives are:
- The location is simply unique
- The design is very clever and tasteful, it is minimal but at the same time warm
- Breakfast is very enjoyable
The negatives are:
- Some of the “hard product” elements could be improved, for example making sure that minibar works, streaming content from iPhone, impractical bathroom sink, room safe was rather small)
- Room may be on the smaller side for a couple travelling with lots of luggage
Would I stay here again? Without any doubt!
What did I pay for this room? I paid EUR 156 per night (with breakfast included).