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The 10 best boutique and luxury hotels in Stockholm

Stockholm’s most stylish and personal hotel stays

Ask a dozen people about their favourite hotel, and you’ll likely get a dozen different responses. A favourite hotel is as much of a personal preference as your favourite movie, book or singer. But in our opinion, the best hotels have a few things in common: they feel intimate and personal (regardless of size or number of rooms), they have a distinctive vibe, the staff offers superb service and the architecture and interior design are unique and full of character. We love them even more when they are deeply ingrained in the local neighbourhood and culture. Here’s our list of ten carefully crafted Stockholm boutique and luxury hotels that tell a strong story.
Ett Hem Stockholm Sweden
Ett Hem Stockholm Sweden

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Ett Hem

Staying at Ett Hem – Swedish for ‘a home’ – feels like a home away from home. Since its opening in 2012, owner Jeanette Mix has perfected Ett Hem’s low-key yet elegant atmosphere that makes guests feel like part of the household. Housed in three neighbouring red-brick townhouses, Mix enlisted the help of Ilse Crawford in designing the 22-bedroom boutique hotel that also houses a lush patio garden and greenhouse, a cosy kitchen, a well-stocked library, a grand sitting room, a gym and a Hamam. The winter of 2022 and 2023 will see the opening of three residences for long-term stays.

Ett Hem
Sköldungagatan 2
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Magnus Mårding and Ett Hem

Lydmar Hotel Stockholm Sweden

02

Lydmar Hotel

Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm’s first design hotel, make quite a splash on the hotel scene back when it opened near Stureplan, the city’s nightlife Mecca, in 1993. In 2008 it reopened in a new, more grown-up location, sandwiched between the National Museum of Fine Arts and Grand Hôtel on the waterfront. Behind its grand white stone façade, this urban boutique bolthole offers luxe rooms in generous sizes, a laid-back brasserie beloved by locals and a hoppin’ terrace that ushers the party crowd through Stockholm’s endless summer nights.

Lydmar Hotel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Johan Nilson and Lydmar Hotel

Bank Hotel Stockholm Sweden

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Bank Hotel

Hiding behind the surprisingly anonymous facade of a landmark building in one of Stockholm’s most prestigious locations is Bank Hotel, a plush and seductive boutique hotel with 115 rooms and eight suites. Despite its size, the hotel manages to retain its intimate and luxurious atmosphere. Bank Hotel also houses a number of restaurants and bars – we are particularly fond of the Le Hibou cocktail terrace bar on the top floor.

Bank Hotel
Arsenalsgatan 6
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Bank Hotel

04

Nobis Hotel

Elegant, timeless and effortlessly chic, Swedish hotelier Alessandro Catenacci and Stockholm design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune drew inspiration from their travels across the globe in the creation of Nobis Hotel. Nobis Hotel occupies a prime spot on Norrmalmstorg town square and is housed in two interconnected stone buildings from the late 19th century, in a neighbourhood that emerged during Sweden’s industrial revolution.

Nobis Hotel
Norrmalmstorg 2-4
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Nobis Hotel

Hotel Skeppsholmen Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Skeppsholmen Stockholm Sweden

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Hotel Skeppsholmen

Hotel Skeppsholmen, located on the small inner-city island of Skeppsholmen, offers total seclusion while staying at the very heart of the Swedish capital. Housed in the centuries-old former Royal Marine barracks, carefully updated by design and architectural practice Claesson Koivisto Rune, the hotel is an eco-certified oasis surrounded by greenery and water. Where else could one enjoy the pleasures of a fresh ocean breeze sweeping in through the open windows while staying in the middle of one of Scandinavia’s largest cities?

Hotel Skeppsholmen
Gröna gången 1
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Hotel Skeppsholmen

06

Stallmästaregården

Elegant and grand, this historic mid-17th-century inn – Stockholm’s very first, no less – lies on the outskirts of town, adjacent to the park around the Royal Pavilion at Haga. Mentioned numerous times in the works of Swedish playwright, novelist and poet August Strindberg, the 49-room inn was taken over by hospitality group Nobis in 2000, and has since undergone a gentle yet meticulous remodel that has brought the distinguished property back to life.

Stallmästaregården
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Stallmästaregården

07

At Six

A listed Brutalist building, designed by Swedish architects Boijsen & Efervgren in the 1970s for Swedish bank Swedbank, now houses a hotel as aesthetically uncompromising as its severe monolithic facade. The atmosphere At Six is sombre and highly refined, and all fifteen floors are jam-packed with art and design by some of the world’s best contemporary artists and designers. This chic urban playground offers guests a restaurant, a bistro, two bars and a rooftop park within its four robust walls.

At Six
Brunkebergstorg 6
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of At Six

08

Villa Dagmar

Inspired by strong women – Karin Larsson, Peggy Guggenheim and Kiki De Montparnasse – that were true intellectuals and visionaries of their time, Stockholm hotel Villa Dagmar is a bolthole for the curious traveller in search of both substance and style. Co-owner Anna Cappelen has worked together with architect studio Tengbom and interior designers Per Öberg and Helena Belfrage to create a property that is an ode to life, and to beauty.

Villa Dagmar
Nybrogatan 25-27
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Villa Dagmar

Miss Clara Stockholm Sweden

09

Miss Clara

Named after the former Ateneum girl’s school’s first headmistress, the Miss Clara hotel sits on the corner of a traffic-heavy street in the heart of town. Despite its busy location, entering the hotel is like entering another world. The 1910 Art Nouveau building has been lovingly restored by Swedish celebrated architect Gert Wingårdh and is just as laid-back chic as one would expect from one of his projects.

Miss Clara
Sveavägen 48
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Miss Clara

Hotel Frantz Stockholm Sweden

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Hotel Frantz

Housed in a red-brick townhouse – one of Stockholm’s oldest buildings – is Hotel Frantz, named after Frantz Bock, the master tailor that commissioned the structure in 1647. This quaint and stylish hotel is run by the Pettersson family, whose four family members you’re likely to get personally acquainted with during your stay, and gives guests a remarkably intimate and affordable hospitality experience in the very heart of town.

Hotel Frantz
Peter Myndes backe 5
Stockholm
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Hotel Frantz

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