The Skeppsholmen's island location may seem a bit awkward, but it's really not. It's a 10 minute walk to the main part of town, where you would start most land and boat tours. If you're not a walker (why are you in Stockholm?), there's a bus, and cabs can be called. One of the regular pedestrian ferries stops at a pier very close by, as do some of the hop-on-hop-off boats. The popular sites of the Skansen open air museum, the Vasa ship display (NOT to be missed!!), the National Museum and Stockholm's Tivoli "Grona Lund" are all a 5-minute ferry ride away.
It's a very peaceful place - at night it's very quiet once the seagulls settle down. Lots of lawns and flowers. However, our second floor "sea view" room looked out into thick trees. The bonus was the blooming flower bed below.
The hotel itself is great! Very new and nicely appointed, in the minimal Scandinavian style. Our room had comfortable twin beds, a desk, a couple of chairs and a large closet. The bath was modern and spotless with a nice glass corner shower. We were put off, however, by the "sink", which isn't. It's a large polished flat boulder set on a slightly dished counter with a drain. Elegant, stylish and totally non-functional. Just brushing one's teeth is awkward, not to mention trying to wash up or shave with a basin full of hot water.
Breakfast was excellent - a very complete buffet. Fortunately, it's included, as going to town would be awkward. We also had an excellent late evening plate of hot meatballs out on the patio. But when we tried to repeat the experience the next night, the meatballs arrived only lukewarm. We chalked it up to the large crowd demanding service and ate the meal. Then the maitre'd came by to check on us, so we told him we were disappointed, especially after our good experience the night before. He immediately said there would be no charge for our entrees. Classy response!!
If we go to Stockholm again - and we still have lots to see - we will definitely stay at the Skeppsholmen!
- 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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