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By Chris | January 29 2007
Enjoy the sheer opulence of Stockholm’s finest hotels
The Grand Hôtel is without doubt one of the most luxurious hotels in Stockholm.
Built in 1874 by Frenchman Régis Cadier, it has welcomed through the years royalty, heads of state and celebrities, including Sarah Bernhardt, Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, several US Presidents, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson.
Located on the banks of the Old Town’s harbor, it has stunning views over Stockholm’s Royal Palace and historical center, and offers all its guests unmatched service in an unfailingly lavish setting.
Why we love it: Including two spacious bedrooms, a private cinema for 12 people, a fully-equipped kitchen, a library with office facilities, a living room, grand piano, dining area and bar, this suite is most certainly worthy of its regal name. The suite’s high points are the ‘relax area’, a bathroom/ spa area featuring massage showers, a waterfall and sauna, and the suite’s two balconies, which offer astounding vistas over the city’s Royal Palace. For those who are willing to share this enormous space, The Princess Lilian can also be connected to another four rooms via a private stairway, turning it into more of a penthouse apartment than a hotel suite, and it is perfect for hosting guests.
+46 8 679 35 77
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, PO Box 16424, SE-103 27
Those seeking something much more intimate and relaxed in the heart of Stockholm should consider the Lydmar Hotel.
It is a boutique retreat with only 46 rooms yet has grand views of the Royal Castle and the bridges and streams of Strömmen on both sides. Owner and founder Per Lydmar has adorned each of the rooms with art from his own collection, giving each visitor the impression, in his own words, of ‘being an undisturbed guest in someone’s home’.
Why we love it: It does what it says on the tin, and a whole lot more. This spacious contemporary suite, with light parquet flooring and stone-colored walls accessorized with draping fabrics in taupe and dark fawn, is an open-plan expanse of Swedish elegance. The main space features a bold four-poster bed and lounge area overlooking the waterfront, whilst the bathroom is a luscious blend of chocolatecolored floor-to-ceiling wall tiles and pristine fixtures. The large ceilings and period features give an Old World atmosphere as do the majestic views through the enormous windows.
+46 8 22 31 60
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, PO Box 161 96, SE-103 24
Occupying what used to be an Art Deco cinema, The Rival is a small, privatelyowned hotel in fashionable Södermalm, and can lay claim to being the first boutique hotel in Stockholm.
Lovingly transformed into its current state by ex-Abba musician Benny Andersson, it is quiet, cool and friendly. The vibrant decor is reminiscent of the building’s cinematic past, whilst small touches such as an in-house bakery ensure that, in terms of conviviality and service, The Rival really is without rival.
Why we love it: Composed of two of the hotel’s most deluxe suites joined together, the Bergman suite — named after Swedish film icon Ingrid Bergman — comprises two master bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area and two balconies. Additional services include a 32-inch LCD television, 24-hour room service, and a well-stocked DVD library.
Ulrica Edgren, Hotel Manager
+46 8 545 789 00
Mariatorget 3, Box 175 25, SE-118 91
Located in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming Old Town, the Victory Hotel — named after Lord Nelson’s ship the HMS Victory — is an unusual take on luxury accommodation.
Owned and run by the Bengtsson family, the hotel is decorated with pieces from their extensive private collection of marine antiques, giving the place a unique maritime feel.
Why we love it: This suite, decorated in an 18th century style, truly gives one the impression of being in old Stockholm. The high ceilings, subtle color scheme, plush rugs and original paintings — some dating as far back as 1642 — create an ambiance of refinement and luxury, perfectly befitting a naval captain or indeed any elite traveler. Features include a canopied king-size bed, a lounge area, under-floor heating, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Mats Bengtsson, Hotel Manager
+46 8 506 40 000
Lilla Nygatan 5, Gamla Stan, SE-111 28
Part of the Berns Salonger building, which regularly hosts concerts and other events in its beautifully decorated rooms, the Berns Hotel is elegant, hip and central, with landmarks such as the Royal Palace just around the corner.
Close to the city’s best restaurants, bars and clubs, the hotel also offers outstanding cuisine from its own two restaurants: Berns Asian and Bistro Berns. It also has its very own club, 2.35:1, for those who wish to party in style then chill out with minimum fuss.
Why we love it: The duplex Clock Suite lies behind the distinguished Berns clock, an impressive timepiece overlooking Berzelii Square and Nybroviken harbor. Its two levels, decorated in a sleek modern style, feature a home theater system, a bathroom with sauna, a chic lounge area and an intimate double bedroom space, all illuminated by the pure Nordic light that streams through the suite’s many windows. Guests in this suite also have complimentary access to the Sturebadet spa and fitness center nearby.
Anna Bengtsson, Front Desk Manager
+46 8 566 32 200
Berzelii Park, SE-103 27
A self-styled ‘design hotel’ the Nordic Light Hotel is sleek, stylish and utterly cool. Located in the business district of Stockholm, it is an independent, selfconfident, creative alternative to the grandeur of the more traditional hotels in Gamla Stan.
The rooms, all contemporary and clean in design, are lit with mood lights that emulate the luminous tones of the Northern Lights, creating cocoons of warmth and color that slowly change according to the seasons and the time of day. The hotel also showcases several intriguing features such as the white and black rooms, two color-themed bars, and the American Room, a state-of-the-art wine cellar perfect for a tasting with friends.
Why we love it: The bed, a custom-made Hästens affair which seems to extend for acres, must be the largest and most comfortable bed in the city. The lighting is also a draw: guests to this room can choose their own color-scheme, blending tones and selecting designs to create their own lighting according to their mood.
Tobias Ekman, Managing Director
+46 8 505 630 00 (general)/ 8 505 632 02
Vasaplan, 7, PO Box 884, SE-101 37
Located in downtown Stockholm, First Hotel Amaranten is a modern hotel perfectly situated for a city break.
Located a stone’s throw from the old town of Gamla Stan, First Amaranten is perfectly placed to explore this fantastic city. As well as extensive conference and banquet facilities, the hotel also features a custom fitness studio and wellness spa, and includes a sauna and indoor pool.
Why we love it: The Terrace Suite (530 square feet) with private terrace (20 square feet) located on the executive floor on level 7 offers a breathtaking view over Stockholm and the area of Kungsholmen. The terrace is ideal for watching the sun set or gathering friends for a cocktail or a barbeque. The bedroom is equipped with 36-inch flat screen TV and beds from Jensen Ambassadör. Amenities in the bathrooms include a whirlpool, loudspeakers, heating coils, plus bathrobes and slippers.
Erica Lund, General Manager
+46 (0)8 692 52 00
Kungsholmsgatan, 31, SE-104 20