With its unfinished natural wood floors and clean-lined, understatedly modern furnishings, Hotel Skeppsholmen looks, at first glance, like another ode to contemporary Swedish design, especially considering it was designed by the star team at Claesson Koivisto Rune.
But you’d be wrong to think the Hotel Skeppsholmen is new. Its two buildings—hidden just 10 minutes from the city center on the leafy island of Skeppsholmen—date back to 1699, and are so fastidiously preserved that no structural changes were allowed during the renovations and no holes could be drilled without approval from the preservation authorities. And that’s just a small piece of the hotel’s dedication to all things authentically and traditionally Swedish; unlike many trendy Stockholm hotels and restaurants, the Skeppsholmen has focused on local cuisine, local designers, local beers, and, of course, local insider knowledge. Now, that’s Swedish hospitality.
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Hidden away on the tiny, quiet island of Skeppsholmen, the Hotel Skeppsholmen is a retreat in the heart of the Stockholm archipelago. As the island is primarily reserved for museums, hotels, and restaurants, most of the day visitors go home at night, leaving it an oasis of calm in the midst of a bustling city. The island is home to a number of museums, including the Arkitekturmuseet (Architecture Museum), Moderna Museet (Modern Art Museum), Nationalmuseum (a contemporary art and design museum), and Östasiatiska Museet (East Asian art and architecture museum). The city center and the historic neighborhood of Gamla Stan are both within walking distance.
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Rooms: 81 rooms, four suites. From $185. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Sleek and hip, with just a hint of a rustic living-room feel, Långa Raden serves classic and modern Swedish cuisine to discerning Stockholmers and hotel guests. The extensive, Swedish breakfast buffet is included in all rates booked through the hotel directly, and the restaurant’s afternoon coffee and cakes (the Swedish tradition of fika) is especially popular with locals. In summer, meals spill out onto the waterfront terrace and picnic table–filled garden. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a small gym, but no spa. In the warmer months, running the island’s waterfront paths is more scenic exercise, and the in-room toiletries from designer brand Byredo are nearly as soothing as a spa treatment.
Who's it best for: Design fiends, architecture buffs, and travelers who appreciate a little peace and quiet. Our favorite rooms: Any room with a water view will offer a postcard-worthy scene to wake up to, but the spacious Officer’s Suite is in a class by itself, with sloping attic ceilings, a living room worthy of a design magazine, and a freestanding soaking tub under a skylight. Local tipples: Forgo the French wines or American craft beers and take advantage of the bar’s curated list of local Swedish brews and liqueurs as a chance to further immerse yourself in the local culture.