Photo: Villa Dagmar
Whether you're a savvy weekend visitor or a local looking for the ultimate staycation, these seven boutique hotels are sure to impress
Stockholm is every inch a masterpiece. Fourteen thoughtfully woven islands punctuated with world-class architecture, gastronomy, attractions, and of course, fashion. Whether exploring the city on foot or by public transport, the Swedish capital is a dream city and the hotel stays on offer are just as magnificent.
Housed in a former private residence in the charming embassy quarter, Ett Hem has a homely feel. Guests are invited to wander the quirky yet elegant living room, open kitchen with communal table, and airy conservatory by the garden. All 12 suites are meticulously designed with antique furnishings, sheepskin throws and a fabulous cocktail cabinet. Some feature plush four-poster beds while others have romantic marble bathtubs complete with Aesop products.
Villa Dagmar offers 70 exquisite guestrooms and suites tucked neatly beside
Östermalm's historic saluhall. Rooms include marble bathrooms with organic toiletries, Lavazza espresso machines, modern tech, and views of either the hotel's courtyard or Stockholm city. There’s a Mediterranean fusion restaurant on site boasting a menu created by two of Sweden’s most innovative and acclaimed chefs, Daniel Höglander and Niclas Jönsson. Not to mention the cocktail bar in the garden, spa and flower shop. What do we love most? The courtyard, with a dash of Italian villa style, is the place to see and be seen in Stockholm.
Previously a grand financial institution, Bank Hotel’s is enjoying her second life as an elegant abode which blends contemporary styling with its past. The elaborate bronze double doors at the entrance and the black-and-white chequered marble floors at Bonnie's, the hotel restaurant, are a nod to the past, while contemporary artwork from local and international artists add a modern touch. In the guest suites expect a soft, natural colour palette with a blend of art-deco design. The beds are luxurious with bespoke fabrics and cushions, a workspace filled with books, and Diptyque products in the bathroom.
For vessels of character, check into the Victory Hotel, a 1987 naval-themed boutique stay that has become a tourist attraction. The property is filled with maritime antiques, lovingly collected by founders Gunnar and Majlis Bengtsson. Every room is exclusively furnished with paintings, photographs and memorabilia in honour of the capital it’s named after. Many have jacuzzis, candelabras, and vintage grandfather clocks.
Previously an all-girls school, Miss Clara (named after a popular headmistress) is now a sleek, seven storey art nouveau hotel. The 92 rooms are designed with space in mind, from the dark herringbone parquet floors that contrast tall white walls, to church-style windows allowing for the natural light to stream in (look out for the window bench containing a mini-bar encouraging guests to take in the views with a glass of champagne). Be sure to indulge in brunch – their pancakes are a treat.
The Sparrow Hotel’s pretty French-inspired rooms exude warmth and romance in Östermalm. A favourite is the pink-palette Junior Suite, featuring a master bedroom with plush king-sized bed, sitting area with sofa and fresh flowers, private balcony, and a ceiling adorned with a draped chandelier. On ground level, The Sparrow Bistro, wine bar and Le Garden are worth visiting for a petit slice of Paris.
Nestled by the National Museum on the waterfront at Blasieholmshamnen, the Lydmar Hotel is luxury meets laid-back cool. The on site restaurant, The Dining Room, is a hangout for cosmopolitan locals, as is the summer club nights and events held on the terrace. Rooms have their own unique furniture and arrangement and feature ultra-soft Xinjiang bed linens. Guests also have access to the stunning Nordic Spa next door.