Posted on 13 June 2011
Everything within Hotel Diplomat is put together to make you love Stockholm. First thing, when you stay at this privately-run four-star hotel, you are situated on the most prestigious street of the Swedish capital: Strandvägen. Perfect location to explore my favourite hostpots in town like cult restaurant/bar Riche which is only a five minute walk, the clubs of Stureplan: Spy Bar and Kåken or even F12 are only five minutes cab away. During the day the creative district of Södermalm, where I like shopping and taking pictures of inspiring people is only 2 subway stops away. My room was absolutely marvelous. I was staying at the “Double Diplomat View” so I got the chance to have a breathtaking view over the picturesque scenery of steamboats returning to Nybroviken and Stockholm’s skyline. Internationally renowned architect Per Öberg lies behind the warm and light interior of all the Double rooms Diplomat, where the furniture also carries his signature. A design that brilliantly combines the classical features of the Art Nouveau building, with modern influences.
The wide beds from DUX are made up with the finest cotton sheets from the Diplomat Collection. Marble flooring and wood details in the bathroom gives a ‘low-key exclusive feeling . The aesthetic of the architecture can be seen in every corner, from the authentic Art Nouveau elevator that is probably as old as the building that is from 1914 to the stained glass windows in the staircases. During my stay there was an exhibition about the very controversial bullfighting in the lounge on the mezzanine floor. It was about the life of a third generation Spanish Rejeonador (matador on a horse) Antonio Domecq. Photographer Nicolas Albinson has succeeded in catching glimpses of the human being behind the sportsman, a man who has devoted his life to an almost extinct culture.
Anyway, even if you are not especially into bullfighting, Hotel Diplomat will make your stay in Stockholm effortless, classy and relaxing.
Stockholm urban area, Sweden
08-459 68 00
Posted on 04 October 2010
It’s sounds like a dream to stay in a hotel on an island, but in Stockholm this could become reality. It’s actually quite easy, just book Skeppsholmen Hotel on the homonym lush island. Don’t worry you don’t have to rely on any boat to explore the city, the island is connected by a bridge to the center, that you will reach in a 5 min bike ride or 10 min walk. I say bike because the hotel has a pool of bikes you can borrow and that made my stay so enjoyable and my exploration in the city smooth. The building where I was sleeping used to be a military camp, then a prison for Russian soldiers, then a hospital for plague and now thanks to the new design it’s like heaven. Modern design of Claesson Koivisto Rune contrasts with the historic 17th-century building. The hotel is constituted of three buildings, it means that once you’ve checked in you don’t need to go through the reception every time you go back to your room. It gives you more a feeling of staying in a nice apartment. When the weather was good I even had my breakfast on the terrace with view on the stunning waterfront. Art is literally in the garden of the hotel. As soon as you step out you can see Niki de Saint Phalle’s and Jean Tinguely’s The Paradise displayed in the grass. And it’s not a coincidence, the Moderna Museet is located behind the Skeppsholmen Hotel. It is one of Europe’s most distinguished collection of modern and contemporary art with key works from the hands of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, Meret Oppenheim and many others. Containing paintings, sculptures, installations, film and video, drawings and graphic art, the Collection comprises Swedish and international art from the entire 19th century until today. After being exposed to so much genius you might get hungry and then I’ll recommend to to do how I did to go back to the hotel and get roe deer meatballs, served with pickled cucumber, ligonberry compote, juniper berry cream sauce and almond potato puree. Super Swedish, super yummy! Once you’ll have eaten and feel guilty about your diet, you’ll be happy to know that the hotel hosts a fitness that is open 24/7. Skeppsholmen is part of my all time favorite hotel experience. Live the dream, stay on an island!
Grona gangen 1
Box 1616, Stockholm
SE-111 86 , Sweden
Posted on 19 July 2010
Sweden’s best contemporary interior architects and designers have teamed to rejuvenate Birger Jarl Hotel and the result is striking. I was staying in Junior Suite 4U, its author, leaving figure in the world of Swedish design Love Arbén worked on the principle that guests prioritise three things in hotel rooms – looking out, watching TV or lying in the bath and staring at the ceiling. Three activities that have formed the basis for the décor in Junior Suite 4U. Arbén’s aim, through the use of stained glass and coloured surfaces, is to give you as content-rich an experience of their temporary home as possible. Through the windows of the room, you can feel the warm, golden sunlight, see the greenery, experience the blue hour of twilight, or awaken in a rose-coloured shimmer – all at the same time. The TV’s central, rotating position allows your every TV-viewing desire to be met, whilst the bathroom’s size and intense red ceiling invite you to enjoy a sensuous bathing experience. Most of the furniture in this room was designed personally by Arbén, including the armchairs, sofa and coffee table, which are part of a range of furniture named after the days of the week. With its its 235 rooms, you have quite many reasons to come back and delight your eyes with the work of an other Swedish designer in an other room. Besides the exciting eye-candy-ness of its interior design, the hotel is perfectly located in the triangle between Stureplan, Hötorget and Jarlaplan. In the afternoon I went to the little park Observatoriekullen around the corner to breathe the pure air of Stockholm. In the evening I went to Humlegården, an other park that is only five minutes away to enjoy the Summer terrace where all the cool Stockholm hang out for a warm-up drink. If you are an aficionado of contemporary Swedish design -aka known as the ideal combination of functionality and aesthetic appeal, Birger Jarl Hotel is precisely a place you need to visit.
113 57 Stockholm, Sweden
08-674 18 00
Posted on 26 May 2013
Hotel Hellsten is not a regular hotel. It is literally the museum of its founder: Per Hellsten, who became an hotelier purely by accident. He is an anthropologist who spent 10 years traveling and researching in Africa and Asia, so most objects exhibited in the hotel are from there, masks, drums and arrows, Asian cupboard and Chinese paintings. He is an ethnographer and during the 1970s studied amongst other things a village in Kenya. He has also worked as a journalist and documentary photographer. He also owned an advertising agency for over 20 years which led to a number of international projects. At this point you can understand that if you are looking for a hotel with minimal Scandinavian design, you are not at the right address. The hotel is located in a house built in the 19th century in the heart of Stockholm, with beautiful and well preserved details, in a modern and functional environment. Four star boutique hotel where every room has its own style, colour and furnishings. The rooms are furnished with antiques from Sweden, Asia and Africa combined with modern furniture. Twelve of the rooms have tiled stoves and stucco, and some of the rooms also have balconies. Bathroom walls are lined with gray Karystos slate stone from a quarry on the island of Evia in Greece and bathrooms have floor heating. Because Mr Per Hellsten used to stay at hotels over 200 nights a year, you can obviously tell that he knows how a hotel shouldn’t be. During my entire stay I would feel that cosy feeling of these places full of history and personal stories. And there’s a great bonus: every Thursday night, the Bar turns into one of Stockholm’s major jazz venues. Hotel Hellsten is the perfect family owned hotel to make the best of your stay in the Swedish capital.
113 51 Estocolmo, Sverige
08-661 86 00
Hotel Hellsten is an Epoque Boutique Hotel: http://www.epoquehotels.com/h.php/stockholm-hotels/boutique-hotel/h/hellstenhotel/l/en