Set on a peaceful island, yet in the middle of bustling Stockolm, Hotel Skeppsholmen is a three hundred year old landmark retreat combining the very best of contemporary Swedish cuisine, art, design, fashion and music. Built in 1699 it has been transformed into a modern, eco-friendly, destination hotel on the waterfront, overlooking three further islands, and just a short stroll from Moderna Museet, Stockholm’s premier modern art museum.
Views from guest rooms are either of the gardens or the sea, owing to the hotel’s rectangular shape. The historic exterior – it was formerly a Royal barracks, war hospital and a prison – consists of two long, narrow buildings, hiding a modern interior of Scandinavian minimalist décor, large open floor spaces and oversized windows. The décor uses soft neutral colours, wooden floors, vintage details and accents of black leather to great effect.
The hotel serves a carefully chosen selection of organic food at breakfast in the Long Row dining room. Langa Raden restaurant features locally-sourced cuisine which reflects Sweden’s food heritage, cooked with care and composed of seasonal ingredients. Smoked salmon on fried sourdough, and cinnamon bun ice-creams are two particular highlights. The hotel also produces its own honey, cider and jams.
Sweden’s very first tennis court, dating from 1882, is still owned by the hotel. There’s an outdoor terrace and extensive gardens for sunbathing, and a harbour in front of the hotel for swimming. There’s also a fitness room, a ballroom and French pavilion. Contemporary art exhibitions grace the hotel’s walls year-round. Skeppsholmen island is easily accessible by foot, bus or ferry.
Download the free app for a private guided tour of the neighbouring Museum of Modern Art: sculptures, paintings, and photo exhibitions from both Swedish and international artists like Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol.