It is difficult to call the Ett Hem [Sköldungagatan 2 | +46 8 20 05 90] a hotel, but it is certainly not a B&B either. It is a curious mix of both, and is currently the top rated hotel in the city. An unlikely contender for that prized spot, housed in a former mansion in the middle of the city’s embassy district; but what it lacks in flash, it more than makes up for in relaxed sophistication. With only 12 rooms, every guest is guaranteed an individual experience, and from my time there, I can attest to the amazing service at the Ett Hem. In Swedish Ett Hem means “at home” and that is exactly what you feel like; from the warm and comfortable living rooms, to a parlor where I loved curling up with my book and a cup of coffee.
Locally though, they are well known for their food, with guests enjoying right of first refusal at meals. The star was their breakfast preparation, my favorite meal to enjoy at a hotel, and how I usually compare luxury accommodations. Starting with coffee and homemade pastries, transitioning into cold meats, cheeses and yogurts, I thought the event was over before I realized that the a la carte hot menu had not even been delivered. It was a relaxed and peaceful way to wake up, perfect for a long weekend getaway.
The rooms echo this sophistication, and thanks to the fact that the hotel used to be a home, each room is different (and a little quirky). They range from the smallish loft-style, to more traditional suites with all the accouterments you find at any luxury hotel around the world. Ett Hem is a rare instance where the hotel does not simply complement the travel experience, but instead, it greatly enhances it.
Other Stockholm Experiences That I Strongly Suggest Take a ferry tour around the many islands surrounding the city. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, the city’s Old Town. Go on a tour of the Stockholm City Hall with its stunning...