Scandinavian design is all about clean, minimalist lines, mixed up with quirkiness and splashes of colour. And Stockholm, being the self-billed “Capital of Scandinavia” epitomises this theme and reputationin its chic hotels. In Stockholm, “less is more” but not without compromising comfort and fabulousness. Here is a run-down of great design hotels in Stockholm that would be perfect for a weekend escape to experience the best of Swedish craftmanship.
Hobo is a new boutique hotel in Brunkebergstorg (not said as you think!), in the centre of the city. Far more than just a hotel, Hobo is all about community, providing a place to live, work, create, learn and have fun together. The property oozes in hipster design chic, with 201 hotel rooms, plus two floors of bar and restaurant, a café, a stage and SPACEby, a pop-up area for collaborations between local creators, artists and designers.
Stockholm is excited to unveil its new luxury concept At Six. You know that the suites here are going to be a stunners, with all that impeccably tasteful Swedish design sensibility. And despite that Swedish desire for understatement so rooted in the country’s DNA (they call it ‘lagom’) even they couldn’t help but call this suite a Masterpiece. This contemporary penthouse has its own private rooftop terrace, a lavish living room and kitchenette — the ultimate pad in the Scandinavian capital — complete with an amazing view over downtown Stockholm.
One of Stockholm’s most treasured Art Nouveau buildings, the former Ateneum girl’s school, has been transformed into the Miss Clara. Built in 1910, the building has been lovingly restored under the direction of Gert Wingårdh of architecture firm Wingårdhs with a palpable sense of heritage at its core. Here guests can expect a chic intermingling of marble bathrooms, retractable workspaces and contemporary riffs on the property’s Art Nouveau history via furniture pieces and installations.
Ett Hem is a simply breathtaking 12 suite boutique, set in a majestic 1910’s townhouse. No stone… artwork, antique, textile, furniture, garden, hammam, kitchen or luggage tag was left unturned here, the hotel’s visionary owner, Jeanette Mix has lovingly crafted the ultimate home from home, from scratch. And it’s all in the name, ‘Ett Hem’ literally meaning “at home”. Except in your own home, you wouldn’t gasp audibly as every door opens to yet another stunning Isla Crawford imaginarium (look out for the custom designed bar and a miniature version in each suite).
The Hotel J in Stockholm is influenced by the smooth lines and Swedish craftsmanship rooted in yachting. Inside, you’ll find a bright and airy space with a truly Scandinavian touch and views of Stockholm harbour to remind you where you are, connecting you to the city’s maritime heritage.