Lydmar Hotel: Arrive for the Creativity, Leave with Friends
The Lydmar could just as easily be a re-creation of artist Damien Hirst’s home. Framed photos of rowdy bulldogs are offset by soothing comforts such as velvet couches that beckon guests to take a nap. The real treat, though, is the lobby, ground zero for Stockholm’s creative set. Whether I went for the hearty morning spread of pastries and pancakes or swung by late for a nightcap, I always managed to walk away one friend richer. From $415.
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Lydmar Hotel: A Home Away From Home
Who knew that I’d find a new family in Stockholm? But that’s exactly what happened when I checked into the chic Lydmar, comfortably sandwiched between the Grand Hotel (where the Nobel Prizes are awarded) and the National Museum.
That first evening I was greeted by Carl, a young concierge, whose age belies his knowledge. Thanks to him I discovered (and devoured) moose, reindeer, and wild duck – not to mention Prinsen’s Swedish meatballs. The bartender, Jimmy, turned me onto Virtuous Vodka (organic, with natural flavors); while Pelle, a tattooed yogi, sent me to a dream yoga studio to do my downward dogs, Swedish-style.
The hotel itself is a home away from home: Three-quarters of the rooms boast views, including my stylish yet comfy one on the top floor, with a porthole looking out to the bay and beyond to the Strandvagen, the equivalent of New York’s Fifth Avenue.
Out the front door it was a quick but brisk walk to the Vasa (maritime) Museum, Skansen (an open-air museum and zoo), Gamalstan (old town), and Biblioteksstan (the main shopping district).
When I asked Sebastian (the general manager) what made the Lydmar unique, he didn’t pause before answering: “The staff.” Indeed, by the end of my stay Carl, Jimmy, Pelle, and the rest of the staff felt like family – but the kind of family you love to spend time with.
(Full breakfast, Wi-Fi and access to the Nordic Spa in the Grand Hotel are complimentary.)