Its name, Ett Hem, quite fittingly means “at home” in Swedish. And if home is where you sneak bites of homemade apple cake from the kitchen in between chatting with the chef about what you’d like for dinner or curling up with a novel and a sheepskin throw–well, you’ve come to the right place.
A low-key, elegant vibe permeates throughout this red brick townhouse, filled with carefully curated Scandinavian antiques, vintage furniture, plants and flower-filled vases. Guests may help themselves to everything from bicycles and raincoats to a freshly squeezed juice from the fridge, play a record on the hotel’s working gramophone, tickle the ivories on the grand piano or relax in the bright, sunny conservatory.
The 12 guest rooms range in size from small doubles to large suites; all feature plush Malö beds, cocktail cabinets, walk-in rain showers and the finest of toiletries including Marvis toothpaste and Kiehls skin care products. No detail has been overlooked, from turn-down service and scented candles to a map of running routes for every guest.
There’s also a gym and private sauna, open 24/7; and the kitchen turns out exquisite, Michelin star-caliber dishes based on whatever local ingredients happen to be in season and available that day. Though not quite in the centre of town, the hotel is only a 3-minute walk from Tekniska Högskolan metro station.
Boasting the highest concentration of nightclubs in the city, the posh residential neighborhood of Östermalm offers no shortage of things to see and do including high-end shopping, the Östermalmshallen market hall and the seaside views along Strandvägen.
1. Adam & Albin Matstudio: For fresh, creative tasting menus of Scandinavian gastronomy.
2. Svenskt Tenn: For high quality furniture, textiles and gift ideas based on classic Swedish designs.
3. Fotografiska Museet: For enthusiasts of award-winning, contemporary photography.
Time Out tip
Stay in Room 5 to luxuriate in a bathtub located right in the bedroom, which overlooks especially lovely views.