April 2012

More Than Mystery Hotels

  • Nobis Hotel
  • Hotel Skeppsholmen
  • Story Hotel
  • Rival Hotel
  • Nordic Light Hotel

Nobis Hotel
+46 (0) 8 614 10 00 / nobishotel.se

The philosophy here is subtle luxury and uniquely tailored service. And the 800 square meters of beautiful public space on the grounds, including a lounge area with a soaring 28-meter-high ceiling, get their inspiration from the wintry Swedish landscape.

Hotel Skeppsholmen
+46 (0) 8 407 23 00 / hotelskeppsholmen.com

The building, on an island in the heart of the city, dates to 1699 and used to house Karl XII’s personal elite force. Barracks are transformed into accommodations. And even your nose gets a vacation: “Byredo Parfums has created a unique fragrance for the hotel,” says managing director Joachim Olausson.

Story Hotel
+46 (0) 8 545 039 40 / storyhotels.com

No doubt the trendiest hotel in Stockholm, this establishment—a 2009 European Hotel Design Award winner—sits right in Stockholm’s sweet spot. There are only 12 rooms, which come in, simply put, small, medium and large. And if you fancy taking home a memento or two from the boutique biz, the art on the walls is for sale.

Rival Hotel
+46 (0) 8 545 789 00 / rival.se

Owned by former ABBA member Benny Andersson, this hotel offers the best entertainment, with a concert hall that seats 700, as well as a beautiful art-deco bar. And each room offers a “pillow menu” ranging from buckwheat to cushy down.

Lydmar Hotel
+46 (0) 8 22 31 60 / lydmar.com

Art and design take center stage here: 18th-century wood and plaster work have been re-created, and a terrace attracts the It crowd. It’s like stepping into a living room in one of the city’s most central locations.

Nordic Light Hotel
+46 (0) 8 50 56 30 00 / nordiclighthotel.se

Probably Stockholm’s most stylish hotel, furnished with pieces from Italian design company Moroso. You can even be your own “light DJ,” setting the colors, tempo and intensity of the light bed in your Mood room. Hint: Red for energy, blue to soothe, rainbow to entertain.

Hotel Skeppsholmen: Louise Billgert