Despite being named after a headmistress of the former Ateneum girls’ school, the luxury Nobis group’s latest hotel, Miss Clara, is no schoolmarm. The iconic art nouveau building was lovingly renovated by celebrated Swedish architect Gert Wingardh, who emphasized original architectural and design styles like dark parquet floors, built-in wooden consoles, and leather chairs, all made by Swedish craftsmen with locally sourced materials. The trendy restaurant, too, sources all its organic ingredients locally and seasonally, while the hip bar serves creative cocktails with unusual natural ingredients in a city known for its epitome-of-cool nightlife scene. And with a prime location on one of Stockholm’s prettiest main drags, Miss Clara is right in the heart of the action.
So, she’s somewhere between art nouveau and midcentury modern, with dashes of 1970s and industrial loft style thrown in for good measure; in other words, she’s bold and stylish, with feet planted in both past and present. Maybe she is a bit of a schoolteacher still, in the best possible way.
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Surrounded by the art nouveau buildings of Norrmalm’s Sveavägen, one of Stockholm’s largest shopping streets, Miss Clara sits just a few blocks north of the city’s historic tourist center, within walking distance of most major sights. The surrounding area is full of both fashion and design shops, plus landmark local spots like Hötorget—a bustling fruit and vegetable market that becomes an antiques and flea market on Sundays. The adjacent Adolf Fredriks Church is worth a visit, as is the nearby Centralbadet, a popular bathhouse and spa that dates back to 1904.
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Rooms: 92 rooms, four suites. From $158. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Inspired by art nouveau styles, like everything in the hotel, the leather banquette–lined, repurposed decanter pendant lamp–filled restaurant serves French- and English-inspired brasserie fare from an alum of London’s Connaught hotel to trendy Stockholmers. An extensive breakfast of Swedish classics is served daily, too, and all ingredients used in the restaurant are sourced from organic, domestic purveyors. Sip cocktails and nibble gourmet bites over art books and lively conversation in the Ballerina Room, a stylized lounge outfitted with Kaare Klint chairs. In the elegant bar, order a drink or two off one of the city’s most inventive cocktail menus. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a small but well-equipped gym, and a sauna, but no traditional spa.
Who's it best for: Designers and those who love them, and families with older children. Our favorite rooms: The spacious Superior Corner rooms are some of the brightest and most scenic in the hotel, with higher-floor views of Adolf Fredriks Church and its surrounding gardens. Deluxe rooms have decadently oversize soaking tubs. Convertible bed: Each bed has a café chair-back attached to its foot, for use as you see fit: as a place to sit (paired with the provided lap desk), a clothes hanger, or whatever else you need.