We stayed 4 nights at this hotel last week for our 44th anniversary and generally quite enjoyed it. However, there were some things which need work on:
- the wash basin in our bathroom (and I assume the others) was very stylish but unconventional. Water came out of a faucet and fell onto what I can only describe as a mushroom shaped (without the stalk) piece of porcelain resting on a flat surface which had a slight depression in it. If you removed the 'mushroom' it revealed a plug hole. If you then turned the 'mushroom' upside down and placed it in the depression, you got a bowl which you could use for wet shaving, rather than having the water run all the time. The staff didn't seem to know about this and so the underside of the 'mushroom' was very grubby, having never, if ever, been cleaned! Leaving the bowl in the shaving bowl position after shaving didn't work - it was just left dirty and put back in the original 'mushroom' position.
- whilst waiting to reserve a table for dinner on our anniversary, I could not help overhearing one, Mr Gary C from Ontario, Canada, try to get his reservation sorted out. Somehow, he had been entered on the system as a Mr Gary C (right surname) from somewhere in the USA. After something of a battle, it was eventually mostly sorted but Mr C morphed from being an American to a Canadian and then to a Swede - after 5 mins I escaped and made our reservation with another clerk.
- when we arrived for our supper, we found that our table had been given to someone else. We had asked for a specific table and the receptionist had checked it out as OK with the dining room staff - but something had fallen in between the cracks. We went elsewhere.
On the good to very good side, breakfast was excellent and consistently so. The hotel is well appointed and on a nice quiet island, with a nice terrace (if the sun is out) - the funfair across the water can be noisy but it didn't bother us.
The hotel is only a short walk - or bus or ferry ride - from the main parts of town and we enjoyed traveling by public transport. A 7 day SL public transport pass was a very useful and much used bargain!
All in all, the hotel was satisfactory - but it could be better in our view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a green/Eco labeled boutique hotel, an oasis with a genuine feeling and charming, warm and caring personality. Hotel Skeppsholmen offers an inspirational mix of a unique 1700's historical building with stylish and modern Stockholm boutique hotel design by Claesson Koivisto Rune. A placid and beautiful location in the middle of vibrant Stockholm city, in its stimulating artistic centre with celebrated neighbours such as the Modern Museum and the Architect and Design Centre. Our restaurant Långa Raden with our Head Chef Magnus Johansson serves a Swedish cuisine. During spring and summer you can sit on our terrace and in our garden and enjoy your food and drinks. We offer free wireless Internet and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Hotel Skeppsholmen is a member of Design Hotels. ... more less
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