Miss Clara is a centrally-located hotel in Stockholm with its design foot firmly planted forward. The building itself is Art Nouveau and formerly the home of the Ateneum girl’s school (with the name a nod to one of its past illustrious headmistresses), lending the hotel a sense of heritage and history that the Wingårdhs architects diligently retained during the restoration. Case in point? The dramatic expanse of the original 1910 staircase at the heart of the hotel. Although there is a lift for those laden with bags and treats from the nearby shops or just epic amounts of luggage.
There are 92 understated, yet sleek rooms here featuring floors of dark herringbone parquet, bathrooms decked out in limestone, and striking artwork on the walls. And, much like the hotel as a whole, the amenities are quietly luxurious. Think: Orla Kiely bath products and Egyptian cotton sheets on specially-made, fantastically-comfy Bed Factory Sweden beds. While the rooms are inviting (and room service delivers dishes from the restaurant), there is plenty more to enjoy at Miss Clara, like the cocktail bar, fitness area and sauna.
Thankfully, the sense of the hotel’s heritage, while it has influenced the restaurant’s chic decor, has had no impact on the cuisine. There’s no girl’s school-like fare here. Instead, the Miss Clara restaurant serves up creative brasserie dishes, both local and internationally-inspired, ranging from a seared steak tartar with parsley butter and pommes frites at lunch to salmon rillettes with sorrel and crisp dark rye bread at dinner. And all manner of moreish dishes in between. There’s even a stellar brunch menu on Saturdays with an assemble-your-own Virgin Marys bar (don’t fear: vodka can be added), stacks of pancakes, smoked salmon bagels, and rich, curative milkshakes to enjoy. Perfect for those who over-indulged while experiencing Stockholm’s legendary nightlife the Friday night before.