The Berns knows how to party. A Gilded Age palace of luxury and hospitality in the center of Stockholm, the opulent building began life in 1863 as a restaurant, before transforming into a hot nightlife spot. When it was reinvented as a decadent boutique hotel filled with understatedly luxurious modern decor (there’s that signature Scandinavian style), the Berns combined those pasts, opening not only one of the city’s top restaurants—in a previous iteration, Asiatiska was Stockholm’s first Chinese restaurant—but three of its coolest bars and dance clubs, one of its most sought-after concert venues, and seven (in one space) of its most exclusive electronic music clubs. Suffice it to say that, although the gilded, airy main bar and dining room is always lively, filled with attractive, designer-clad Swedes, the building practically buzzes come evening. Not that any of this scene disturbs the rooms upstairs, because the second most important part of a good night out is a good sleep, and the Berns doesn’t disappoint there, either.
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Overlooking Berzelii Park, the Berns sits in the heart of Stockholm, within a stone’s throw of both the Kungsträdgården and the Nybroviken canal. In the warmer months, the area is abuzz with activity, including festivals and live music in parks and along the water; even in the winter, the Kungsträdgården is popular for ice skating and cold-weather activities. While the neighborhood is best known for nightlife and restaurants—iconic clubs like Sturecampagniet and Michelin-starred eateries like Mathias Dahlgren are neighbors—it’s also full of under-the-radar finds like the Hallwyl House museum. The city’s famous ferries stop nearby, whisking guests around the city via its waterways.
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Rooms: 82 rooms, six suites. From $370. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Dine on Asian-inspired plates any time of day under the soaring ceilings and gilded chandeliers of the baroque-style Asiatiska, where both sushi and cocktails are de rigueur. The Berns Bistro & Bar serves French classics (steak tartare, moules frites) and wine for lunch and dinner in the conservatory-like pavilion in Berzelii Park, across the street from the hotel. Two of its four bars—the Veranda and the Terrace, both outside, with park and city views—are popular after-work scenes, while the other two are hot dance clubs. In the summer months, a private rooftop bar is open just for guests and their friends, with live music, cocktails, and sushi. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a small but well-equipped gym, and it offers spa packages in conjunction with Sturebadet, one of Stockholm’s oldest and most iconic spas.
Who's it best for: VIPs, scenesters, and lovers of luxury. Our favorite rooms: Many are distinctively decorated, but several Deluxe rooms are especially unique and luxurious, with private balconies overlooking the rooftops and the water. The Hugo Berns room has its own steam room, and the Marlene Dietrich room, once a dressing room for the star, has a large round window overlooking Berzelii Park. For night owls: Check in between Wednesday and Saturday, and the hotel will give you a wristband to jump the lines at the city center’s best nightclubs—as well as a free Virgin Mary the next morning to soothe your head.