What We Love
- Lush island location just a short walk (or bike ride) across the bridge to Stockholm's Old Town
- Meals can be taken in the garden and terrace in the summer
- Traditional fika — Swedish afternoon tea — served in Länga Raden restaurant daily
What To Know
- House 2 is more private, House 1 is where the reception and restaurant are located; choose accordingly
- The rooms have Scandinavian modern decor
- The restaurant is great — but it's the only dinner option right nearby
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed as a naval barracks in the 1700s, this historic complex on an idyllic island in the middle of Stockholm is now a chic, 81-room hotel with interiors by Claesson Koivisto Rune, and exteriors of lush lawns on the banks of the sea. It’s an unexpected — but utterly delightful — combination of rural (swimming and strolling the lawns), urban (a short walk to the city center), and artsy (given the hotel’s refined aesthetic and three major museums as neighbors). Islanders, urbanites and artists come together at the in-house restaurant for afternoon tea or “Social Dining,” when locals and guests bond over Swedish beers.
In the Area
Grab a bike or some sneakers and you’re in the Stockholm’s Old Town in minutes, but right on-island you’ll find the Museum of Modern Art with its Picassos, Dalis, and Matisses, the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, and the Swedish Museum of Architecture. For those who are more active than artsy, hotel staff can direct you to running paths and tennis courts. As for swimming, just walk to the edge of the property and dive in!
How to Get There
Hotel Skeppsholmen is located in a beautiful, peaceful setting surrounded by large trees and gardens and yet within easy walking distance of the downtown area and a short walk to the ferry to get to the historic old town and the beautiful Djurgarden island that is also home of the must see Vasa museum.
The hotel itself is located in an old heritage military building with rooms updated to a very modern, Scandinavian design. Don’t worry about the stone in the sink – as our bellhop explained it is purely for design and can easily lifted off (otherwise expect to wash more than just your face). We stayed in a Deluxe Sea and Garden View room which was quite spacious with 4 large windows from which you could get glimpses of the harbour through the trees. We found the bed very comfortable and the bathroom had a great shower but, unfortunately, the AC was not powerful enough to keep up with the 28 degree days we had during our stay but opening the windows in the evening cooled the room down at night.
Staff were very helpful and friendly. The mini-bar in the room was not keeping things cold but a call to the front desk had it fixed almost immediately. Our only complaint would be that the outside seating at the hotel is shared with the restaurant and it was difficult to find seating outside as it was open to the public having a drink at the restaurant bar. The breakfast buffet was delicious - extensive and good quality.
Overall a nice, natural oasis in a very convenient location in the middle of downtown Stockholm. We would return.
Located a ten minute walk from the palace and waterfront activities, this wonderful family run hotel was most welcoming. From assisting with basic laundry needs to finding a late night scoop of yummy ice cream, no request seemed too onersome.
Look forward to staying there again
LOCATION: Close to the centre of Stockholm with ferry and bus stops almost on the doorstep. Being flat, the city is readily walkable and there are worthy destinations within easy reach in all directions.
The large grounds of the hotel border the water and the gardens have been put to good use with deck chairs and tables etc where guests can enjoy a drink and food in the sun (or the shade).
ROOM: I opted for a room overlooking the garden with sea glimpses beyond. The room was large with two sets of big casement windows set into the 40 cm thick walls allowing maximum enjoyment of the view and letting in ample light. Internal wooden shutters kept light at bay during the white nights when the sun set after 10 pm and rose at about 3.30 am.
The decor was luxuriously simple: scrubbed wooden fooor boards, rugs, pale walls, carrara marble window ledges, floaty white curtains, big comfy bed, table/desk and armchairs.
There were plenty of power points right where you need them including above the desk for recharging devices. The laptop-sized safe in the wardrobe was set at a convenient height.
The large bathroom also had casement windows with a garden view and a big walk-in shower. The unusual basin consisted of slightly dished oblong base on top of which sat a giant randomly shaped white ceramic pebble onto which the water fell before draining away underneath. Concerns of an overflow were unfounded.
A welcome letter lists a varity of amenities available on request. A request for a kettle elicited not only that but an abundant supply of fresh tea leaves with DIY bags.
The buildings date back to the 18th century and have been in almost continuous use for a variety of purposes and were at one time military quarters, How often are you able to sleep in the same room as someone did 200 years ago?
(Don’t worry, the linen’s been changed.)
PEACE: As mentioned, the original 18th century walls are thick and coupled with modern double- glazing, not a sound was heard.
WIFI: Easy one-time log-in for fast continous connection for the duration of my stay.
BREAKFAST: Enticing buffet with fresh fruit salad and artisan breads plus good hot and cold buffet selection.
As well as the dining room, you can take breakfast on the terrace or in the garden. Despite occasional competition from some cheeky little birds, al fresco proved an ideal summer option.
SERVICE: Truly exceptional: that rare combination of a relaxed atmosphere underpinned by first-rate wervice. It’s less like staying at a hotel than being a guest at a weekend country house party.
I arrived at 10 am after 36 hours travel from Australia. Breakfast was still being served and I was invited to partake (at no charge) as well as being offered somewhere to shower while checkout of the guests in my room was awaited and it was cleaned.
This level of hospitality was manifest throughout my stay with smiles, warmth and excellent service at every turn: reception team, dining room staff and housekeepers.
VALUE FOR MONEY: Yes.
Swedish hotels are generally moderately expensive (in keeping with the country’s high standard of living). The tariff here compared favourably with hotels of similar star rating and at the same time offered relaxed comfort and superlative service.
NEXT TIME: I look forward to it and the opportunity to stay here again would be a factor in including Stockholm in future travel plans.
P.S.: ARKDES, the architectural and design museum, is almost next door to the Hotel Skeppsholmen with a wonderful array of models of everything from a medieval fortress to modern apartment blocks with the owners’ briefs (real or imagined in the case of ancient edifices) adding extra interest, There are also good exhibitions. “Public Luxury”, on show during my stay, counterpointed the way the needs of the rich are met with the riches that we all share as citizens, like public spaces and amenities and how they can be enhanced by good design.
The Hotel Skeppsholmen was a welcome home away from home during our 4 day visit to Stockholm on our way to Greece for a cruise. The room was a bit small and the bed even smaller for my husband (who is 6'3" and weighs 230) and me but the grounds were lovely and the staff exceedingly friendly. The hotel is located on an island within walking distance (or biking distance) from the main part of the downtown.
The breakfast which is included in the room is more than ample and delicious, a true smorgasbord of all things savory and sweet. The dining room is very comfortable and there is a large eating area outside which is lovely in the early morning hours. The hotel provides several morning papers including the NY Times and guests tend to linger over breakfast taking in the warm sun and the news and the easy quiet.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and though the menu is not extensive the food is very good, fresh and interesting.
About a quarter of a mile from the hotel there is a CityBike stand where one can rent bikes, a pleasant way to get around the city which is very bike safe!
Disappointed to have booked a "de luxe sea-view room" which was neither de-luxe not possessing a sea view. Much of the room's theoretical space was taken up with a useless corridor. Quite a few staff had been trained to smile artificially but not how to be helpful. Eventually found a helpful receptionist who enabled us to move room on the second day to a better room from which water was visible.
Breakfast was badly organised. There was muzak (which I suppose some people like). The garden could do with a gardener.
The hotel is quite a long trek from the town and Ubers are thin on the ground.
As you might have gathered, I didn't think much of it!