This luxury hotel is the perfect Stockholm summer retreat

By Linnéa Pesonen

Photo: Hotel Diplomat

From its stunning suites to high-end facilities, Hotel Diplomat is the destination where you can put your feet up this summer in the Swedish capital. Read on for everything to expect from your stylish stay

Planning a summer getaway to Stockholm or contemplating a rejuvenating staycation? Enter Hotel Diplomat, an opulent sanctuary nestled in the heart of the Swedish capital. Housed in a stunning Art Nouveau building overlooking the picturesque harbor, this family-owned luxury destination, as described by Pauline Cappelen, the creative director of Diplomat Collection and daughter of the hotel’s co-owner Anna Cappelen, “has everything you need within our walls.” Scroll on for all the details on what makes Hotel Diplomat your ultimate summer retreat.


Photo: Hotel Diplomat

"The hotel is located on Strandvägen with a lovely view over Nybroviken, making the scenery an integral part of ones stay," says Cappelen. Photo: Hotel Diplomat

Extraordinary settings

Upon arriving at Hotel Diplomat, guests are greeted by its historic building, which dates back to the early 1900s. With sweeping facades featuring elegant and intricate detailing, ornate balconies, and large windows, the building exudes a sense of timeless sophistication, standing out as one of the most striking landmarks dotting the harbour. In case you wish to explore what the city has to offer, various parks and shops are right around the corner, while the ferries right outside the hotel provide convenient access to the idyllic Stockholm archipelago.

The attention to detail and commitment to excellence extend seamlessly throughout the hotel’s interiors, ensuring an exquisite experience from its rooms and suites to the general areas, all meticulously designed with guests’ comfort and satisfaction as the utmost priority. “In honour of its history as a home to many ambassadors, the building was named Hotel Diplomat,” explains Cappelen. “Interior designer Gunborg Ström and furniture designer David Rosén from NK Inredning were assigned to decorate the hotel, and after consulting with the hotel founder, Sune Malmström Sr., it was decided that the hotel should be decorated in an airy, subtle, and Scandinavian style, leaving behind the darker colours of the 60s.”


Hotel Diplomat's exquisite Junior Suite. Photo: Hotel Diplomat

Stylish suites

Hotel Diplomat boasts 130 unique, beautifully decorated rooms, with its lavish suites as the cherry on top. Ranging from junior and family suites to the executive and the master suite – the most expansive one, spanning 69 square metres – Hotel Diplomat’s suite selection is among the top tier in Stockholm, guaranteeing an unforgettable stay.

“Our suites are adorned with classic elegance that has hosted icons for more than 60 years,” says Cappelen. Furnished with a warm and welcoming feel, the suites feature calming neutral tones punctuated by touches of vibrant colours. With spacious layouts and thoughtful amenities, such as modern technology and plush bedding, the suites provide guests with an indulgent oasis. “We value freshness and crispness deeply and focus on a first-class sleeping experience. The interior is crafted by smaller suppliers with an emphasis on sustainability and quality that age with grace,” Cappelen says. “When it’s time to retire to your suite, I recommend slipping into a cosy bathrobe with a glass of Champagne while watching the sun set over Nybroviken. It is a truly unique and luxurious experience.”


Hotel Diplomat's afternoon tea is a must-try during your stay. Photo: Hotel Diplomat

Mouth-watering food and drinks

Speaking of Champagne – if you’re in the mood for a drink or a nibble, Hotel Diplomat has got you covered. Without leaving the premises, guests can savour world-class culinary delights at the hotel’s restaurant, where seasonal mouth-watering bites utilise locally sourced ingredients, drawing flavours from urban influences across the globe. From breakfast, lunch, and dinner to afternoon tea and brunch, the restaurant’s inventive menus are sure to satisfy all your cravings.

In addition to the restaurant, the hotel also comprises two bars, each boasting extensive wine lists and a tempting array of refreshing cocktails. For an intimate and lively ambience, head to Andy’s Cocktail Bar (named after Andy Warhol, who used to frequent the spot), perfect for those seeking a momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. Then, there’s the hotel’s buzzy main bar and its lush terrace, which hosts popular after-works featuring live DJs, setting the stage for a vibrant atmosphere after a long day.


Those who book a stay at Hotel Diplomat's suites enjoy a one-hour private access to the hotel's Retreat area. Photo: Hotel Diplomat

Wellness to charge your batteries

The ultimate hotel stays are those that allow you to reset and recharge, and what better way to do that than by relishing a moment in Hotel Diplomat’s Retreat area, which includes a hammam, saunas, showers, and deckchairs for soaking in the tranquil atmosphere. Various massages, facials, and other beauty treatments are also available, led by skincare expert Mia Hjalmarsson. By booking one of Hotel Diplomat’s suites this summer, you will enjoy one-hour exclusive access to the Retreat area, as well as entry to the hotel's fitness centre, ensuring a truly revitalising getaway.