Stallmästaregården began its life as a somewhat rural stablemaster’s farm in the 16th century. This was before Queen Kristina decided, in 1645, that she wanted to host her midsummer festivities here, at which point the stablemaster rapidly transformed the farm into Stockholm’s first inn. Now, despite being within the city limits, Stallmästaregården feels like a rural retreat, flanked as it is by the expansive Royal Haga Park and scenic Brunnsviken Bay, in addition to its own verdant gardens. A painstaking restoration and redesign has left the onetime farm still rustic and homey, true to its 17th-century inn background, while simultaneously infusing it with healthy doses of both midcentury and contemporary Scandinavian design. The true star is the restaurant, an unpretentiously stylish destination that serves gourmet Swedish cuisine to discerning locals and out-of-towners against a picturesque natural backdrop. But the best part comes when everyone goes home and the inn is left to the guests.
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On the northern edge of Stockholm, next to the Royal Haga Park and Brunnsviken Bay, Stallmästaregården feels as if it’s out in the Swedish countryside, even though the city center (including the hip cafés and historic architecture of Gamla Stan) is just 20 minutes away by bus. Outdoor excursions—walks through the park, boat trips on the bay, sailing day trips to nearby islands—are popular in the warmer months. The surrounding neighborhood, Vasastan, is a hip, upscale area, full of shops, restaurants, cafés, and art galleries, including the award-winning Lilla Ego and high-end antique shop Bacchus Antik.
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Rooms: 49 rooms, three suites. From $135. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: As a former farm, Stallmästaregården prides itself on its rustic take on modern Swedish cuisine, made with the freshest of local ingredients. The open kitchen complements the recently renovated decor, which connects with the building’s roots through natural materials like wood and leather. An extensive breakfast buffet is served daily, and the weekend brunch is especially popular with well-heeled locals. Spa and gym details: The hotel has neither a gym nor a spa, but the adjacent Royal Haga Park offers scenic trails for running and biking.
Who's it best for: Romancing couples who appreciate design and history. Our favorite rooms: The elegant Deluxe rooms have private patios and views of the Royal Haga Park, and include late check-out and free breakfast. A royal meal: Make like 17th-century Swedish royalty and book a special dinner in the Queen Kristina Pavilion, a refined garden gazebo overlooking the Brunnsviken Bay.