Five Boutique Stays to Book in Stockholm

Design-savvy travelers bound for Sweden’s scenic capital will find a trove of intimately scaled lodgings that are big on character.

The art nouveau–inspired lobby at Hotel Kung Carl. (Courtesy of Hotel Kung Carl)

WorldHotels recently welcomed five Swedish hotels into its Crafted Collection, a portfolio of creative lifestyle properties that the independent hotel alliance launched last year. All are located in Stockholm. Occupying a 150-year-old building in the Stureplan area, the family-owned Hotel Kung Carl mixes the elegance of Swedish Gustavian style with contemporary influences. Considered the oldest lodgings in town, it sports a cocktail bar in the art nouveau–esque lobby, which was completely revamped for the property’s sesquicentennial back in 2016. The newest addition is a French-inspired bistro, while Kung Carl’s jazz club offers live music from established performing artists and emerging talent every Friday and Saturday.

Also in central Stockholm is Hotel Ruth, which opened last year as the Vasastan neighborhood’s first boutique property, with just 62 cozy and charming rooms. The in-house restaurant focuses on modern Swedish cooking using seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients; Hotel Ruth’s breakfast buffet takes a similar approach in its smorgasbord of specialty dishes and homemade food products — layer cake and non-alcoholic sparkling wine are always included. Across the bridge on the hip island of Södermalm, NOFO Hotel offers a variety of room styles, from guest quarters championing Scandinavian design to industrial-chic boltholes and maximalist dens that recall Belle Époque Paris. A wine bar spills into the 18th-century building’s tranquil inner courtyard in the summer months, and hosts special events like weekly DJ sessions and takeovers by local gin distilleries.

Just a few blocks away, the building inhabited by Hotel Frantz is even more venerable, dating to 1647, with each of the stylishly appointed rooms within unique in terms of layout and design. And then there’s The Winery Hotel in suburban Solna. Apart from making its own wine — a red and a rosé — right inside the lobby, the hotel features a Tuscany-inspired restaurant and a rooftop terrace complete with a heated pool. Guided tours walk vino aficionados through the production process, and tasting sessions are held three times a week.

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A chic guest room at NOFO Hotel. (Courtesy of NOFO Hotel)

The Winery Hotel features an inviting rooftop terrace and pool. (Courtesy of The Winery Hotel)

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