Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 5 September 2012
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For my first trip to Stockholm, a city of islands and waterways, and capital of a country known for its sense of design, I wanted to stay at a hotel so Swedish that it would not be a surprise if members of the pop group ABBA would hang out there.

The city itself is made up of waterways and 14 islands that are part of the Stockholm archipelago.  One of the islands is Skeppsholmen, directly on the Baltic Sea, and is home to parks, museums, and, as of very recently, a new hotel.

The Hotel Skeppsholmen is housed in two historic buildings that date from the year 1699.  Indeed, every room has a placard that tells you what was happening in your room around that time.

While my first arrival was by taxi, there are many ways to reach the Hotel Skellsholmen, including a seaborne arrival by boat.  Indeed, I was also able to take the Djurgården ferry from Slussen following one of my visits to several of Stockholm’s other islands.

My arrival was far earlier than the scheduled check-in time and my room was not quite ready, but the staff sensed I was tired (I didn’t know it but I was coming down with something) so the front desk clerk immediately offered a smaller temporary room for me to relax in.


My Deluxe Room (room 104) was sparsely but elegantly appointed, with blond wooden floors and large windows.  The view was of the garden and the water.  The windows had wooden shutters that darkened the room quite well.  Most of the hotel’s 79 rooms are similar in appearance although the layouts vary. The hotel was not permitted to modify the building’s interior thanks to its status as a historic building on the Swedish government’s 100 list (as is the Royal Palace in Stockholm).

The king-size bed was comfortable, perhaps too comfortable.  I really didn’t want to get out of bed and I ordered room service the first morning so I could spend more time luxuriating in it.  I really liked the flexible black reading lamps flanking the bed, another great Swedish design.

Because of its historic status, nothing may be attached to the walls so the hotel provided a free-standing wardrobe for the room.  For one guest, or for two who travel light, it was more than sufficient but it was definitely on the smallish side.

In addition to Swedish treats in the mini-bar, I found an assortment of articles from Bread & Boxers in the wardrobe. This included socks, boxers, briefs, and tights, all reasonably priced and a very convenient and inexpensive alternative to sending something to the hotel’s laundry.

A flat-screen television was on the wall opposite the bed, and there was a DVD player available in the room as well.

In the bath, elegant grey tiles were complemented by blue glass partitions. The unusual Boffi washbasin is the opposite of a normal (concave) washbasin: water flows onto a convex stone and then onto the counter and down the drain.

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