Where to stay: SWEDEN
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Gothenburg & Västra Götalands län
Stora Hotellet | Umeå, Sweden
- design by Stylt Trampoli. Originally built in Grand Hotel style in 1895, Stora Hotellet boasts interiors inspired by the Umeå's maritime history. Room categories are named for sailor’s preoccupations, including Adventure, Longing and Superstition, and range from the luxurious master suite (with an ornate bathroom, 8-person dining table and private sauna) to the cosy “berths” where you sleep in generously proportioned bunk beds, high up under the eaves of the hotel.
Elite Plaza Hotel | Gothenburg, Sweden
This elegant hotel, fusing classic and contemporary is set in the former headquarters of the Svea insurance company from 1889. The statue of Mother Svea, the warrior princess who personifies the Swedish nation, can still be seen on the roof. No expense was spared in the fine decorative stonework exterior, the marble columns and stairways, the patterned terrazzo flooring and sparkling chandeliers. In the 1920s the stunning Florentine hall was added.
Radisson Collection Strand Hotel, Stockholm
Legends of Sweden stayed here and now so can you. Reputedy a favourite of Greta Garbo, Strand Hotel dates from 1912 and today offers its guests the choice of 170 rooms furnished in the elegance and simplicity that marks out the best of Swedish design. The waterfront central setting makes for an enviable location, with views out to moored boats from the hotel’s restaurant where a lavish breakfast is offered along with lunch and dinner. Two bars offer a decadent cocktail choice.
Grand Hôtel | Stockholm
With a rich heritage dating back to 1874, the hotel has seen many refurbishments and updates, the latest one including the façade of the building, now going back to the original lighter colour palette. The style remains classic, yet with a modern touch in the choice of colour scheme and furniture pieces. The hotel is set right across from the Royal Palace and the harbour Strömkajen, an ideal location in central Stockholm.
Hotel Esplanade | Stockholm
This Art Nouveau gem from 1910 still features its original details like high ceilings and wooden floors. Originally a boarding house, the Grand Pensionat Dehn, it is still family owned today and a more affordable option to the similarly styled Hotel Diplomat next door.
Downtown Camper by Scandic | Stockholm
At this large (494 rooms) brutalist hotel, the former Sergel Plaza on Brunkebergstorg, accommodations range from windowless cabins to the unique Camper Co-Living concept allowing up to 12 people to stay in adjoining rooms with a common social space. Interior architects Stylt Trampoli have created a space full of contrasts; urban concrete in the lobby meets natural wood in the bar, while social areas reminiscent of a trendy hostel meet the elegant design of a small boutique hotel.
Avalon Hotel | Gothenburg, Sweden
The first thing you’ll notice about Gothenburg’s Avalon Hotel - even before stepping inside - is the pool. Equipped with a transparent bottom and sides, it seems to float in midair over Kungsportsplatsen, protruding a few meters over the building’s façade. And the rest of the hotel is no less high-concept. This Scandinavian design hotel is “feng shui certified,” with special attention paid to how furnishings, light, scent, and sound affect guests, both mind and body.
Hotel Eggers | Gothenburg, Sweden
An elegant railway hotel that opened in 1859 with electricity and a telephone in every room. The warm, welcoming interior features old wrought iron, stained glass and period furnishings. The characterful restaurant still has its original wallpaper and offers Swedish and French favourites.
Görvälns Slott | Järfälla, Stockholm
Housed on an impeccable Swedish estate, this stately manor house was built in 1679. Much of the property has a timeless feel to it, yet its filled with modern amenities and an abundant mischievous attitude. Every detail and enchanting experience has been meticulously orchestrated by the hotel’s owners, Johan and Maria Eklund.
Bomans Hotell | Trosa, Sweden
Looking for a place that packs personality, yet refined class? The Bomans in Sweden offers eclectic rooms with their own quirks that make for those memories that stick. This is one of those unusual stays - not for the cookie cutter type of person. A homely tavern that wears its history in the form of fabrics, art pieces and offbeat decor, you can rest assured a highly personable service.
Svartsö Logi | Skälvik, Stockholm
These glamping tents are located on Svartsö at the centre of Stockholm’s archipelago. Each of the three tents is erected on its own large wooden deck with enough distance from each other to keep a real sense of privacy. The tents are decorated like rustic hotel rooms, with real sprung mattresses on the beds, rugs and sheepskin on the floor and good lighting and lamps. There is electricity in the tents and even a radiator if you want to be even warmer.
Oaxen - Prince Van Orangiën | Stockholm
The Prince van Orangiën is a very prestigious vessel, no expense was spared when she was built in 1935 in Vahali te Gendt, the Netherlands. Prince van Orangiën was originally a home and office for a shipowner who sailed around Europe with his dredge-fleet. Luxuriously furnished, the decor consists of oak, ebony, rosewood and Belgian slate as well as five different kinds of marble. It now has been turned into a unique, small hotel by the owners of the adjacent two star Michelin restaurant Oaxen.
Hotel Reisen | Stockholm
With the allure of the Gamla Stan waterfront at guests’ disposal, Hotel Reisen’s historic exterior conceals calm, cool guest rooms with many highly distinctive design flourishes. Some of the delightful rooms and suites offer far-reaching sea views. Restaurant Reisen is the hotel’s waterfront eating establishment, offering a daily breakfast buffet to all guests and also open for traditional Swedish cuisine at both lunch and dinner. All of Gamla Stan’s attractions are within strolling distance.
Victory Hotel | Stockholm
Lovingly furnished with the founders’ collection of antiques, Collector’s Victory Hotel is right in the atmospheric heart of historic Gamla Stan. With a name taken from Lord Nelson’s most famous ship, Collector’s Victory Hotel celebrates its very own international eclectic style where oriental rugs and old oil paintings meet Scandinavian cool with nautical themes. Rooms are named after Swedish sea captains. Djuret and Flicken are the hotel’s atmospheric destination restaurants.
Hotel Skeppsholmen | Stockholm
Get away from it all in the centre of the city. Set on the tiny island of Skeppsholmen, this historic family-run eco-friendly hotel is steps away from the treasures of Moderna Museet, the Modern Museum and its contemporary art collection, and just a 20 minute walk from Gamla Stan. Buildings date back to 1699, while guest rooms have an open, bright, distinctly Swedish character. The hotel’s Restaurant Langa Raden serves a lavish Swedish breakfast and contemporary cuisine throughout the day.
Hotel With Urban Deli | Stockholm
Not for the claustrofobic, the hotel's 106 compact guest rooms are located below ground, and are windowless but soundproofed for the ultimate good night’s sleep. Venture above ground for the all-day bustle of Urban Deli, with restaurant, lounge, food hall and a delightful rooftop park. The location is ideal, just a few blocks from Stockholm’s Central Train Station and within easy walking distance of the city’s finest shopping streets, nightclubs and happening bars.
Hotel Kungsträdgården | Stockholm
This family-run hotel’s name translates as “King’s Garden”, a reference both to its location directly next door to the city’s Royal Garden and to the hanging green plants in the soaring atrium courtyard of this historic 18th century building. There are 94 rooms melding past and present with chandeliers and stripped wood floors. Take breakfast in that breathtaking courtyard, enjoy insider tips from the concierge and relax in the sauna when you return.
Hotell & Värdshuset Clas på hörnet | Stockholm
A seductively individual approach awaits, about half and hour’s walk from Gamla Stan, at Hotel Clas At The Corner, as this welcoming, small establishment’s name translates. There are just 17 rooms, presented in the Swedish Gustavian style of the 1800s, with lavish four poster beds and elaborate floral wallpaper. There’s been an inn on this site since the 1700s so you’ll be following in the footsteps of generations of grateful travellers. Absolutely unique.
NOFO Hotel | Stockholm
In hip, cosmopolitan Södermalm, NOFO Hotel’s vibrant, anything-goes style reflects its happening surroundings. Each guest room has its own surprise, be it stand-out wallpaper, eye-catching art or the serenity of pure Scandinavian design. This listed 18th century building oozes character with a full Swedish buffet breakfast served in the homely bar or the delightful secret courtyard. The NOFO Wine Bar has cocktails, drinks and snacks each afternoon and evening.
Berns Hotel | Stockholm
This grand building is right at the heart of Stockholm's cultural and nightlife. The restaurant is set in a grand salon that oozes history, and outside is a spread of things to do, including art galleries, museums, shopping and restaurants. Refreshingly Scandinavian minimalism gives room for some quirky maximalist interior features: think bold colour splashes, zebra patterned rugs and classic furnishings. This is mixed up with contemporary photography and a marble spiral staircase.
Ellery Beach House | Lidingö, Sweden
Located on the island of Lidingö within the Stockholm archipelago, the recently opened Ellery Beach House retreat is less than 20 minutes from the Swedish capital, yet it feels worlds away. As the city’s only beach resort, the vibe is laidback and welcoming. Complementing the tranquil surroundings, the resort’s playful, glamorous energy is inspired by Palm Springs during the 1960s and ’70s, and the American TV show, Dallas. It’s a lovely mix of a disco and a sandy beach.
Villa Dagmar | Stockholm
One of the Swedish capital’s newest hotels, Villa Dagmar is located in the heart of well-heeled Östermalm. With 70 guestrooms and suites, and adorned in a mix of hand-picked classic and contemporary furniture, the space includes a flower shop and spa in which to unwind at the end of the day. The newly revamped restaurant, headed up by the chefs behind the Michelin-starred Aloë, serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with fresh Swedish produce and a welcome line-up of refreshing cocktails.