Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Stockholm

Miss Clara
Miss Clara by Nobis is a centrally-located boutique hotel in Stockholm with serious design credentials and a wonderful on-site brasserie and cocktail bar.
Ett Hem
Aiming to blend the comforts of home with the decadence of a luxury hotel, Ett Hem is an elegant 12-room hotel in Stockholm’s embassy district.
Lady Hamilton
A perfect location for people who prefer their experience of Scandinavia to be a little more old-fashioned. This Gamla Stan hotel is packed with antiques and even has antique shops for neighbours. Definitely not for fans of minimalism.
Scandic Anglais
Situated just steps from Stureplan, the newly renovated Scandic Anglais moves into the shoes vacated by the (sadly) closed Lydmar. By no stretch of the imagination a boutique hotel, the Scandic Anglais nevertheless has some attractive design touches
Rica Stockholm
There are almost 90 Rica hotels in Sweden and Norway. This one attracts business travellers with its conference facilities and central location.
Riddargatan
The 58-room property is on a relatively quiet street in Östermalm, but close to all the liveliest areas. Ideal for shopping on Birger Jarlsgatan or Grev Turegatan or the clubs and bars around Stureplan.
Rica Gamla Stan
Something of a hidden gem, the Rica Hotel Gamla Stan benefits from a location in the heart of the Old Town, but with an interior decor that is not too quaint.
J Sealodge Gashaga
This sibling property to the Hotel J at Nacka Strand can be reached by car, ferry, or a charming narrow-gauge railway that leads almost to its door. Perfect for people who want to be out of town and on the edge of the archipelago.
Scandic Park
The Scandic hotels are reliably good, even if a little lacking in personality. This one is ideal for exploring Stockholm's poshest quarter, Östermalm.
Radisson Blu Strand
This high-calibre hotel is housed in an elegant building centrally located by the harbour, providing simply stunning water views from guest rooms...
J Nacka Strand
A short ferry ride from the city centre, the Hotel J is named after a class of sailing boat and the interior feels very yacht-like, with lots of teak and blue-and-white fabrics.
First Amaranten
The Amaranten's decently priced rooms and hip lobby bar-restaurant make it a popular choice for anyone who wants an affordable hotel with a bit more personality. It's location close to lots of bars and restaurants reinforces its status as the best pl
Villa Källhagen
It's only minutes from the centre by cab, but you feel like you are in the countryside at this pleasant and modern hotel. Due to its conference facilities and location it's popular with business travelers.
Stallmästaregården
Set in Hagapark, the city's most regal public park, this feels a million miles from downtown Stockholm, but is only a ten minute cab ride away. The restaurant is highly respected in its own right and the 49-room hotel followed in 2000.
Smådalarö Gård
This manor house dates from the early 19th century and has reinvented itself as a 62-room retreat for conference groups or Stockholmers wanting a long weekend in the archipelago. It has its own 9 hole golf course.
Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden
This hotel comes into its own in the summer, when the long sunny days show the stylish interior in its best light and its seaside location can be fully appreciated. That said, it's pretty nice to be able to curl up here in the winter too.
The Victory
A curious mix of ancient and modern, the Victory is the smartest of a trio of historic hotels in the Old Town. The restaurant, Lejontornet, is ranked as one of the best in Stockholm.
Lord Nelson Hotel
A sibling to the Lady Hamilton and the Victory, this hotel is, like them, small, comfortable, charming, antique-filled and in the heart of Gamla Stan. This is the smallest and most affordable of the trio.
Clarion Sign
Clarion Sign, rather like its elder sister hotel, Clarion, makes the cut on the back of its style credentials, dominated by airy, light-filled interiors and voluptuous pieces of modern furniture in bright colours.
Radisson Blu Royal Viking
It's far from glamorous, in a grey corner of the city, but it's easy to get to more exciting neighbourhoods and the hotel itself delivers just what it should: reliable rooms and dependable service.
Stureplan
Located in archly cool Ostermalm, this debutante hotel is stylishly decorated, with a wonderful restaurant, bar and the most exclusive spa in the city.
Rival
The newest notable hotel in Stockholm is colourful, lively and comfortable. It not only brought fresh vigour to the city's hotel scene, it also revitalised a formerly rundown corner of Södermalm which is now a lovely square. Even if you're not a
Radisson Blu Royal Park
Stockholm is a major conference venue, which has resulted in places like this. Only 20 minutes from town, it has excellent facilities and it's easy to reach the lovely Haga Park.
Nordic Sea
The lobby to the Nordic Sea is impressive, with a vast aquarium and the Absolut Ice Bar, which is always busy with parka-clad visitors. The property is nowhere near as smart as its sibling, the Nordic Light, but rooms are far more affordable. Be warn
Nordic Light
Located just by the Arlanda Express train, and so incredibly easy to reach from the airport, the Nordic Light is one of the city's coolest hotels. Admittedly, some rooms are tiny, but the white walls lit with dazzling lighting give even the smallest
Lydmar Hotel
The original Lydmar, one of Stockholm's most fashionable hotels, closed a few years ago. Now it's back - bigger, more stylish and in an unrivalled location on the waterfront...
Langholmen Hotel
The hotel makes no attempt to hides its past as a prison. In fact, it plays it up. The former exercise yard is now a cafe. Although it is a littlle removed from the centre, it's easy to catch a bus to the heart town.
Hilton Slussen
The exterior will never win any beauty contests, but the interior breaks away from the anonymous fare one comes to expect from business hotels and the location and views are ideal.
First Hotel Reisen
The First Hotel Reisen like the other hotels within the chain has an aura of convention and tradition the standards are high. The service is formal but the design contradicts this fitted out as it is with monochRome wallpaper and lacquer shiny furnit
Esplanade
Real time-warp of a traditional seaside hotel from the early twentieth century with impeccable standards. Expect fine linen, the sound of sea gulls, classic breakfast spreads and homely teas after a blustery walk by the water.
Elite Hotel
From the outside the Elite wouldn't be out of place in Paris but inside it is an altogether more Scandinavian affair; simplicity clean lines monochRome and high ceilings; relax and soak up the atmosphere of calm and order in a world with less clutter
Diplomat
Located on the most expensive stretch of real estate in Stockholm, the Diplomat a successful blend of classic Swedish architecture and a more fashionable interior. Very popular for weekend brunch or afternoon tea.
Clarion Hotel
One of the biggest hotels in town, the Clarion avoids being just large and businessy with some innovative design. The trendy lobby and very pleasant rooms compensate for its out-of-the-way location...
Birger Jarl
The hotel is surrounded by offices and primarily attracts a business crowd. By letting designers go wild in some of the rooms, they've added colour, both literally and metaphorically, to what could so easily have been a drab hotel.
Berns
One of the most stylish hotels in town. Rooms tend towards Scandinavian minimalism but the restaurant, in a converted baroque ballroom, is fabulously opulent. Perfect for people who want to party until late and then just head upstairs to bed.
Skepparholmen

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