First of all, this review is about one of the Apartments run by the Lady Hamilton hotel, not a room inside the hotel itself. To find it, search for Collectors Hotels and there's a link to apartments.
The location of the Miranda Apartment is great - at Skomakargatan 26 - you couldn't get more central if you tried. It is steps away from the old town square with the Nobel museum and the Cathedral.
But there are a few things to know before you book the Miranda or any of the three apartments beneath it. From the Collectors website there appear to be quite a few more apartments and I don't know where they are each located.
First, to get from the Lady Hamilton hotel (where you have to check in) to the apartment is a short walk across hostile cobblestones. A girl carried my small bag but I was left with my 22kg suitcase - I ended up carrying it above my head rather than risk breaking the wheels off my case - and they would have snapped off in seconds.
It's bad that the hotel doesn't provide any porter service. Just as bad, taxis rarely make it into the square (certainly they can't or won't make it to the front door) so you have to lug your bags back to the hotel to get a taxi. Top tip: when we saw a taxi in the square, we spoke directly to the driver and arranged a time for him to come back and pick us up, which was much easier than going back to the hotel reception. It's not a long walk at all but with bags over cobbles, it's a pain and (in the rain) potentially dangerous.
The other thing you should know is that the way up to the Miranda is a very old, winding, stone, spiral staircase all the way to the top floor, three or four floors up. I would NOT recommend this for elderly, infirm, obese or very unfit people. Put a foot wrong and you could have a nasty fall. Getting up and down this staircase with your suitcases is, fortunately, something you only have to do once. There is no elevator.
Note: As an apartment, there is no maid or housekeeping service, so keep things tidy!
The apartment is set over two floors, with most of the space upstairs. While it's big, the one problem with the unit is that there is not a full bathroom upstairs, just a toilet and basin (set in what looks and feels like a sound recording booth, with glass through which you can see and be seen!) Luckily I was upstairs on my own.
The unit needs a full bathroom upstairs because, as it is, everyone (up to four of you) is sharing the shower downstairs, which is far from ideal.
Also, again, it's a little spiral staircase between the two floors.
The apartment does have a washing machine (in the bathroom), which was very useful, and a small kitchen, which could do with bringing up to date (though there is a dishwasher if you need it). It's comfortably furnished in keeping with the old building.
Like everywhere in Stockholm, it's fairly expensive, but for three of us who wanted to be together in "our own place" and share drinks before dinner, that sort of thing, rather than be in separate hotel rooms, this place fitted the bill.
But please be aware of the logistics (the walk between hotel and apartment, and the winding staircase) before you book, because the hotel and website does not point this out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With it's genuinely personal touch, the Lady Hamilton Hotel is a feminine and romantic hotel in a fantastic location next to the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town. The hotel's charming personality goes hand in hand with the amazing collection of antiques in the Swedish peasant style, which decorates both public areas and hotel rooms. The Breakfast has a organic, fairtrade and homemade profile, and a selection of typical Swedish delicacies. The hotel's Sauna and Relax area with a Cold water plunge pool can be booked and used free of charge. There are also complimentary Coffe and Tea making facilities on all floors. In the Autumn, Winter and Spring the hotel serves Afternoon Tea during most weekends, for details please inquire upon arrival. ... more less
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