Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden – Review

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The amply-sized writing desk in the anteroom was near a window overlooking the same halcyon view as did the bedroom.  The desk chair, which was really the same chair as in the sitting area in the bedroom, was comfortable for sitting, but an ergonomic desk chair would have been a much better solution for a road warrior.   Wired and wireless Internet is available at no additional charge but it was not working on the day of my arrival and it improved to working very slowly by the time I departed.

The four electrical outlets on the wall above the desk were more than sufficient for my laptop, mobile phone charger, and iPad tablet.

There is a small exercise room but, judging by the number of people I saw jogging along the waterside, the island itself makes for a far better workout.  The hotel also owns one of the first tennis courts in Sweden and anyone is welcome to play on it.


On my first night at the hotel I ordered a sandwich from room service. It arrived an hour later and only after several phone calls inquiring about its whereabouts.  Sadly, the grilled cheese sandwich was barely lukewarm but the charge was removed from my bill.

My experience in  the hotel’s restaurant, Långa Raden, which offers contemporary Swedish cuisine with traditional local produce, was a completely different story.  I enjoyed wonderful and very traditional Swedish meat dumplings the first night and tasty Swedish meatballs accompanied by potato purée, pickled cucumbers, and lingonberries the second night.  Service was excellent and the restaurant seemed to be filled with a mixture of locals and those staying at the hotel.

The restaurant has a mixture of indoor and outdoor seating and, weather permitting, everything from breakfast to drinks to dinner can be enjoyed outside. There is also a separate bar on the terrace.

Breakfast via room service was also excellent.  The breads were crisp and fresh, butter and marmalade came with large wooden knives, the eggs, bacon, sausage, and ham were tasty and hot, and the coffee came with warm milk, just as I had requested.  Breakfast is also served in the restaurant (included in the price of the guestroom) and the buffet is bountiful.


The Hotel Skeppsholmen is a ten minute walk away from the center of Stockholm but its peaceful and calm atmosphere would lead you to believe you were far from the city and by the seashore.

Luxury comes in different ways.  Some see luxury as that found in the Grand Hotel (and, by this reference, I mean the movie “Grand Hotel” of 1932 in which Greta Garbo delivered the line “I want to be alone,” although there is a Grand Hotel in the center of Stockholm as well).  Others see a location on Skellsholmen, a beautiful green island made up of parks and museums (the Moderna Museet, or Museum of Modern Art, is next door as is the Arkitekturmuseet, the Swedish Museum of Architecture) and marinas full of docked boats, buildings dating to 1699 that have been transformed into Swedish minimalist chic, a dash of understatement, and a thoroughly green ethos as being the epitome of luxury.

My three-day stay was all too short but I did come to subscribe to the latter theory of luxury before I departed.

Hotel Skeppsholmen
Gröna gången 1, P.O. Box 1616
111 86 Stockholm
Telephone: +46 8 407 23 00

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