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Hotel Skeppsholmen Stockholm Is a Country Hotel Hiding in the City

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  Site Where: Gröna gången 1, Box 1616, Stockholm, Sweden, 111 86
July 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Looking at the above photograph of the front yard and entrance to Hotel Skeppsholmen, you’d be forgiven to think it’s somewhere in the scenic Scandinavian countryside rather than a 20-minute walk from Stockholm’s Old Town.

Its split personality is a result of its setting on the tiny island from which the hotel takes its name, which is almost entirely parkland, and the 18th century buildings that have been converted into the hotel. We spent an overnight at Skeppsholmen on a short visit to the Swedish capital – read on to see what we found.

Check-In: we arrived at the hotel by taxi, having taken the Arlanda Express from the airport to the city’s central station. Big mistake: it cost us $35 for the short journey, and bus no65 does the same journey for a few dollars. Given that a return on Arlanda Express alone is $65, we made sure to save the cab fare on the way back. Check-in was quick and easy, and we were on our way to our room in a few minutes.

Room Reaction: we booked an entry-level Standard Room, which comes with a Double Bed in just under 200 square feet. We liked the simple Scandinavian décor with hardwood floors, white linens, and the original wooden shutters. It was quiet enough at night to sleep with the windows open, a rarity in a city hotel which we loved.

There was a flatscreen TV on the wall opposite the bed that we didn’t use and a small desk with chair in the corner, with the entrance to the bathroom just to the left.

The bathroom had an unusual vanity, with a large pebble that the water flows over and then under. The rain shower was nice, but don’t put anything you don’t want to get wet too close to it, since there’s only the thin blue-glass partition to separate the wet area from the rest of the bathroom. A similar blue-glass panel provides a minor case of peekaboo to the bedroom.

Amenity Madness: forgotten your boxers or briefs? Socks or tights? Skeppsholmen has got you covered.

Internet: WiFi in the hotel was free, but we struggled in parts to get a connection. In our room it worked fine, but downstairs in the restaurant and lounge section we had not enough signal to load a simple webpage.

Dining In: a breakfast buffet is included in the room rate, which was delicious – lots of fresh bread, pastries, as well as eggs, tea, coffee and juice. Lunch and dinner is served in restaurant Långa Raden, but we didn’t have a chance to try it – there were plenty of locals we saw filing through the doors and during the summer the terrace outside is a lovely spot. You can also try the Swedish tradition of Fika coffee breaks.

Location, location, location: on its own little island, one of the many Stockholm is made up of. While it’s a short walk through the park and across the bridge to the heart of the city, we liked the ability to return to a little slice of green and silence.

What we liked: the hotel’s setting, the architecture, and the interior design. The young staff added a friendly and cheerful vibe to the place. We weren’t able to book far in advance, and the 1,590SEK (about $230) we paid for our Standard Room was a great rate compared to what most other hotels – with much less character – were asking for (Scandinavia can be very expensive).

What we didn’t like: there wasn’t much we didn’t like, apart from the weak WiFi signal in some parts of the hotel.

Bottom line: having spent quite some time looking at where to stay in Stockholm but only making a decision last-minute, we were very happy with our stay at Skeppsholmen. It’s a very different setting than a ‘traditional’ city hotel, which we really enjoyed – we’d happily come back.

[Photos: JasonD]

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