Näckströmsgatan 8, Östermalm
In a city filled with achingly hip boutique hotels, Berns, in upscale Östermalm, is the alternatively kooky option. Favored by visiting bands, celebrities, and political figures, the hotel bar and restaurant are permanently packed with a fairly riotous crowd. The accommodations are small but unique, with large-scale, modern photographs decorating the walls, bright rugs, and cushions to add color; and many of the rooms have the added bonus of French balconies and window seats. The weekend brunch is the major draw even if you're not staying over: Sit in the wood-paneled, chandelier-lit dining room, take a break from Nordic cuisine, and tuck into a full Asian spread, from sushi to salads.
Sköldungagatan 2, Östermalm
This is one of the most celebrated hotels in the world, in part because, in translation of its name, it feels like you are home. With only twelve suites, no room is quite the same, and they are all outfitted in a way to make you feel like you're occupying an opulent guest room, not an anonymous hotels (there are fireplaces, novels, and exquisite amenities at every turn). Designer Ilse Crawford’s touch is evident in the sheepskin throws, chaise lounges, and mix of textures, from wicker to silk. Special touches are what makes staying here so utterly enjoyable, from the freshly baked cakes put out every afternoon in the drawing room, to the roaring fires. Breakfast in the walled garden may be the best in Stockholm—freshly baked bread, homemade lingonberry jam, granola, and of course, smoked salmon—it’s borderline impossible to leave.
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
This converted former apartment building still has a homey feel to it, despite all the fancy upgrades (like kitchenettes and workout spaces), and center-of-it-all location. The bedrooms are a blend of old and new, with clever, textural details—like using the old apartment doors as headboards and leaving some of the walls in their raw stone form. The hotel has a '30s-style Asian restaurant with the requisite velvet sofas and dark wood tables, and the hotel bar is packed to the rafters every weekend. Not the place for a relaxing stay, but if you want to feel in the middle of it all, this is where you want to be—right next to Stureplan, Stockholm's nightlife hotspot and in the vicinity of the city's best shopping.
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