Stockholm is made up of 14 islands connected by over 50 bridges and numerous ferries. From cobblestone streets of the old town to palaces, museums, including Nobel Museum, the Swedish capital is best visited between May and September when the daylight is long and the weather pleasant. With an increasing number of trendy luxury hotels, Stockholm’s top suites are the subject of this week’s report.
1. Grand Hotel
U.S. News reports, “Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel certainly embodies its name: Guests describe it as ‘elegant,’ ‘lovely,’ and ‘wonderful.’ This waterfront property – which has hosted several Nobel Prize banquets in its Spegelsalen (or Hall of Mirrors) – has been a staple in Sweden’s capital since 1874. The Grand Hôtel sits in the heart of the city near restaurants, bars, shops and top sights like Stockholm’s Old Town neighborhood and the Royal Palace. The hotel is also home to its own highly regarded eatery, The Veranda, which offers themed menus, a decadent smorgasbord, multicourse meals and more. A wine cellar, a swanky bar, a cafe and patio dining are available as well. The Nordic Spa & Fitness facility boasts an extensive menu of services, such as massages, facials, manicures and pedicures…the fitness center features cardio and weight-training equipment, yoga classes and a fitness bar with healthy drinks and meals.”
Conde Nast Traveler adds, “Rooms are spacious in that special, old world way, with high ceilings and delicate crown molding, but don’t expect any fusty, floral-seized linens here: Duvets in cool shades of gray and navy, or sometimes a heady turmeric, prevail, endowing suites with a modern, but elegant feel.”
The Princes Lilian Suite
The 3,552 sq.ft. Princess Lilian Suite features two bedrooms, a sitting room, a library, a kitchen, a spa area and an in-suite cinema. The relaxation zone spa promises soothing tranquillity with its deep mosaic soaking tub, massage showers and waterfall, complete with a steam or dry sauna. The cinema, designed by the Nordic region’s foremost acoustician, Ingemar Olsson, accommodates 12.
More suites at Grand Hotel Stockholm.
2. Bank Hotel
The Telegraph writes, “The hotel is right in the city center, surrounded by many of Stockholm’s cultural landmarks, including the Grand Hotel, music venue Bern’s Salonger and the Royal Dramatic Theatre. The nearby square and area of Norrmalmstorg offers high-end shopping, including both homegrown and international fashion labels. Plenty of good restaurants and bars can be found in the area… The hotel has a bank-inspired design theme – a nod to the building’s past life.”
Mr. & Mrs. Smith adds, “All rooms have plush velvet armchairs and unique modern artwork from local artists. But the Graceful Deluxe Signature rooms are on higher floors and have views over Stockholm’s rooftops.”
Bank Rooftop Terrace Suite
The 785 sq.ft. Bank Rooftop Terrace suite offers a private terrace that runs the full length the accommodations. There’s a dining table that seats four, a leather sofa and two velvet armchairs. There’s a large walk-in closet; marble ensuite bathroom with a large walk-in rainfall shower and a freestanding bath tub with harbor views.
More suites at Bank Hotel.
3. Nobis Hotel
Conde Nast Traveler reports, “In the Swedish version of Monopoly, Norrmalmstorg is the game’s most exclusive square. Now a real hotel has opened here, and it’s knocking the competitors off the board thanks to impeccable style and service, not to mention a dream location close to the city’s best stores, the opera house, and the Old Town. White-hot interior design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune preserved the two nineteenth-century buildings’ elegance but added a twenty-first-century sensibility to the 201-room hotel. The ceiling of the atrium lounge is painted to resemble a pixilated view of a forest canopy, and below it hangs a stunning 22-foot squid-shaped chandelier made from a thousand pieces of vintage Orrefors crystal. Large rooms have a beige-and-gray color scheme, inspired by the Nordic winter, that isn’t the least bit chilly.”
The Telegraph says, “There is a light and airy feeling when entering. The lobby, complete with huge paper lamps and marble floor, makes a great space to hang out and relax in. The atrium-styled, high-ceilinged lounge area has an impressive Örrefors chandelier. In the Gold Bar walls and ceiling are gold-plated.”
The 1,054 sq.ft. Nobis Suite feature two rooms with original panels and stucco from the late 1800’s and views over both Norrmalmstorg square and one of the atriums. Furnishings feature natural material such as wool, wood, stone, leather, glass and fine Egyptian cotton linen and beddings. It is furnished with a large canopy bed, a separate dining table, seating area, bathtub and walk-in shower.
More suites at Nobis Hotel.
4. Lydmar Hotel
Conde Nast Traveler writes, “It’s no small feat to open next to the illustrious Grand Hotel and promptly steal the crown of Stockholm’s best hotel. The Lydmar feels like a country house in the heart of the city. The 46 neutral-toned rooms are wonderfully spacious, while the dining room/bar, with its walls lined with books and the sort of artfully arranged clutter that can be achieved only by a lifetime of luxury travel, feels like a living room. Public spaces are decorated with documentary photos, while the views of the harbor and the Royal Palace are superb. In 2005, owner Per Lydmar closed his first eponymous hotel—a property known for its live music and wildly decorated rooms. What sets his second venture apart is faultless style and an atmosphere of relaxed comfort that’s made it the talk of the town.”
Travel + Leisure adds, “The Lydmar might be one of Stockholm’s finest five-star hotels, but you won’t find buttoned-up staff or a snobby air. The hotel strives for relaxed elegance in everything from their contemporary classic rooms (with pieces that will make you swoon) to the staff who are encouraged to share their local intel and let their personalities shine.”
The 780-sq.ft. X-Large Room is the largest accommodation at the hotel. There are views of the Old Town and Castle, a King bed and large living area.
More suites at The Lydmar.
5. At Six
Conde Nast Traveler says, “This sensational hotel in Stockholm is so enticing you may be tempted to stay inside instead of exploring the city. In up-and-coming Brunkebergstorg Square, this former bank opened in late 2017 as a hotel with clean, calm interiors exuding understated glamour. Artwork is everywhere; impressive pieces include a large-scale white marble bust by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa and works by British artists Julian Opie and Richard Long. The 343 guest rooms are spacious and stylish – and include 40 suites like the Masterpiece Suite with a rooftop terrace – each accented with natural materials of stone, wood, leather and bronze. In the Dining Room, headed up by executive chef Andreas Askling, dishes with a focus on local and seasonal produce are served in a sophisticated setting overlooking the square.”
The Telegraph adds, “Centrally located; this square was part of a government initiative in the Seventies to replace the Belle Époque architecture of the city with Brutalist modernity. It has gone through various chapters from business district (the hotel was previously a bank) to, of late, a no-go area. The arrival of At Six and its neighboring hotel and restaurants have totally refashioned the area to make it a hip, dynamic part of Stockholm, near good shopping streets and the royal castle.”
The 1,235 sq.ft. Masterpiece Suite features your own rooftop terrace, security glass, direct garage access, and the ability to take the entire floor.
More suites at Hotel Six.