Ett Hem isn’t a hotel. After all, its name means “a home” in Swedish. And the kitchen is open to guests at all hours, to snack on its stash of homemade cakes and healthy treats, and to pour a glass or two of its world-class wines and fresh-squeezed juices. The ground floor’s winding collection of airy, stylized rooms—decorated with an elegantly comfortable combination of midcentury modern and curated vintage that belongs on the pages of Architectural Digest—act like a designer friend’s living room and library, their fireplaces and wingback chairs beckoning guests to relax with a glass of wine and a good book. An airy conservatory (similarly outfitted) spills out onto a secret garden, a hidden oasis in the lively city, and a gourmet, farm-to-communal-table dinner results in new friends and fascinating conversations. Each of the 12 rooms in the 1910 Arts and Crafts house feels like a private appartement, decorated in celebrity designer Ilse Crawford and owner Jeanette Mix’s signature style with distinctive details like cast-iron stoves, limestone showers, and crystal chandeliers. So, no, Ett Hem isn’t a hotel, because it’s so much more.
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At the northern edge of well-heeled Östermalm, Ett Hem is located in a quiet, residential area filled with historic architecture. The hip designer shops of Biblioteksgatan are less than a 20-minute walk away, and Stockholm landmarks like Östermalms Saluhall, a market hall dating back to 1886, which still sells Swedish specialties, are even closer. The adjacent neighborhood of Vasastan is similarly trendy, full of shops, restaurants, cafés, and art galleries, including the award-winning Lilla Ego restaurant and high-end antique shop Bacchus Antik. Buses and trams can get you to the city center’s tourist sights in less than 15 minutes.
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Rooms: 12 rooms, seven suites. From $472. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Ett Hem’s attitude toward dining is as relaxed and impressive as one might expect from the decadent private home atmosphere it aspires to provide. In addition to a sumptuous breakfast spread of homemade Swedish pastries, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, and anything else you could want, the kitchen is open to guests throughout the day to help themselves to whatever treats (fresh-baked cakes, fruit, coffee) fill the shelves and refrigerator. Lunch and dinner service can be booked as well, for which the house chef prepares a daily gourmet menu using the freshest of local ingredients sourced from the owner’s organic farm. Meals can be served in the homey kitchen, in the more formal library, or at the communal table in the greenhouse—or even, in the warmer months, in the foliage-filled garden. Guests are also welcome to invite friends to join them for a meal. Spa and gym details: In addition to a small but top-of-the-line gym with a reformer Pilates machine and personal training appointments available, the hotel has a relaxation room with a traditional Swedish sauna, hot stone slab, and massage area (bookable through the front desk). Bicycles are also available to borrow, and the hotel is close to a number of scenic outdoor running tracks.
Who's it best for: Romancing couples, design aficionados, and anyone with a taste for distinctive, boutique luxury. Our favorite rooms: Each room at Ett Hem is distinctive and decadent in its own way, but the elegant Suite, with its parquet floors, crystal chandelier, marble bathtub, and four-poster bed is impossible not to love. Room 5, too, a Junior Suite, has especially scenic views and a bathtub in the bedroom. Curl up with a good book: The comfortable library and lounge are stocked with an extensive collection of classic and modern favorite books, and each room has an iPad, so you can curl up anywhere at the hotel—the library, the garden, your room—with plenty of excellent reading material.