"Modern Boutique hotel with an interesting back history"
Was booked in here by a work colleague when we had a business meeting in town so arrived with no real expectations. As a bit of a traditionalist I am usually not a fan of modern boutique hotels, but this one had a bit of character about it as well as an excellent location. Located on a small island not far from the Grand Hotel and the Ferry terminals it’s very close to all the bright lights of down town Stockholm but then in such a quiet and pleasant spot that it could be a million miles from them. Originally built as Marine barracks in the early 1700’s it’s been a plague hospital, Martial court and for a long period Navy staff apartments, and each room is dedicated to and has the description of a historical Swedish figure who utilised it in a previous guise. The conversion into a modern hotel has been very sympathetic with a lot of the feel and qualities of the original building retained whilst adding high quality fixtures, fittings and amenities of a modern hotel. The retained and featured 100 meters long hallway of the external apartment blocks certainly adds to the character of the hotel. I had one of the standard sea view rooms which are the original 16x14m Barrack rooms, so not the largest space, but some interesting design squeezes in a decent sized bed, small bathroom with walk in shower, small desk area and just about enough storage space for a couple of nights stay. I’m one of those guys who absolutely hates having to stare at my own clothes from the bed when boutique translates a no storage and just a couple of rails round the bed, so I was thankful for this feature. The wardrobe in my room functioned to block out most of the glass panel to the shower as well as housing the minibar and items you could purchase if you had forgotten them. Interestingly these included both male and female underwear, and not your paper disposable stuff of Japanese Hotels, but your real Calvin Klein’s. However looking at the price tag made me thankful I’d remembered to pack my own Marks and Spencer’s skiddies. The bathroom is almost a triumph of design over practicality but I eventually fathomed out how all the taps and shower worked. The large pebble stone basin is a very interesting design feature which is fun to use, right up to the moment when you come to brush your teeth. Great view across the water from the double windows and again good design to keep wooden shutters to block out the light, and a very comfortable and quiet night’s sleep was had. And finally will concur with several others that the breakfast is fab and the service levels pleasant and attentive. A lot of modern design hotels do not achieve the right level of design over practicality, but this one just about does, and them when combined with an excellent location and tastefully reutilised historical building, I can think of a lot less interesting places to use as a base when visiting Stockholm.
"Nice quiet location."
This hotel had a nice feel to it. Modern and very Swedish. The staff were helpful and friendly. The lounge area is very small and I agree with others that it would be nice to have somewhere to sit comfortably away from the dining area. Our room was facing the water which was nice. The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean. Nice bathroom and this would be a great hotel for the disabled as they have good facilities for this. Unfortunately the wardrobe was extremely small with just a few hangers in it and was difficult to hang clothes. We had dinner in the hotel three times as my husband was not too well and did not want to go out. The menu was quite limited and did not change for the whole time we were there. It is an expensive hotel and the food and wine are also quite expensive, but I presume that is general in Sweden. Unfortunately I left some unopened Swedish food goods which were presents that I wanted to bring home in the room, and although we left our luggage there all day before we went to the airport they did not think to connect us with it even though it had been found. I did contact them when at the airport but they had already got rid of the goods without contacting us. All in all a good hotel but felt let down by what happened in the end with my goods.
This is a lovely boutique hotel on Skeppsholmen island, quiet yet close to town. Our room was well kitted out with smallish double bed, but the view across to the harbour was spectacular. Do pay extra for this as it is well worth it. Service was excellent, breakfast superb and apart from the ubiquitous strongly scented candles, we couldn't complain.
"Fantastic location "
I stayed here for two nights with friends and we all absolutely loved it. The location is perfect. You are in the centre of the city yet you couldn't feel further from it. The small island that the hotel is on is so quiet and pretty with views across the water to the Old Town and Palace. There is a boat a minutes walk away which takes you to the Old Town and that's a lovely way to travel. If you want to walk then it's about 15 - 20 mins. The hotel is great. Beautiful building, great rooms with very comfortable beds and bedding. Our room was large with a beautiful view. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious. Finally the staff were very helpful especially Katherine on reception who was so kind and assisted us so much. She really couldn't have done anymore for us and was one of the best receptionists I have ever come across in all my years of travelling. If you are travelling to Stockholm then this is the place to stay.
"Quiet Nights on an somewhat Island with nice views"
Rooms. Typical modern European/Scandinavian minimalist style with laminate flooring. Although the latest style, still do not like the frosted sliding door for the bathroom - still can see "what's going on." Hotel is VERY quiet - away from the city traffic it is a nice place of solitude. Lighting. In the rooms, to include the restaurant, although the lighting is artistic, it was a bit lacking in function, a bit dark, and seemed haphazard. It was however enjoyable to walk through the hotel to see all of the funky/unique and artistic lights. Maid service. Quickly cleaned room when we went out for a walk. Nice surprise. Rooms are clean. Quickly set up roll-away. Front desk: excellent service. Identified and arranged reservations for a very nice restaurant, made some good suggestions. Restaurant. 1) Breakfast, which is included in room rate is excellent; however, the other reviews on Trip Advisor raved about the scrambled eggs - we found them way too runny. The selection was excellent. 2) Dinner, which was a bit pricey, was excellent. Overall, restaurant service is okay, not outstanding. Transportation. There is no hotel transportation - need to use taxi or Uber. Front desk sells all-inclusive transportation tickets. Recommendation: study all the transportation maps so you know how and when to use the public transport. ABBA museum and Gröna Lund amusement park are a three-minute boat ride. Recommend the open air museum (skansen) and zoo on the hill above the amusement park. Hotel is an easy walk across bridges to/from virtually everything else.... Attractions. The island has the modern art and architecture museums within a few minutes walk. Along with the previously stated attractions across the water, lots to see and do by walking, don't immediately have to jump on public transportation. But I have to say that it is nice to have the option at the end of the day. Attractions are a bit pricey and smaller than one would/might expect.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM