Time Out says
No two rooms are the same in this decadent luxury hotel, which offers a boutique feel with unobstructed waterfront views overlooking the baroque Royal Palace
Before the Lydmar was a member of the Small Luxury Hotel group, the building was home to the archives of the Swedish National Museum. It’s only fitting for its exquisitely decorated rooms, lobbies and hallways to serve as a showcase for rotating art and photography exhibitions.
Never stuffy or overdone, the guest rooms feature period fireplaces, Nespresso machines, surround sound and the vibe of being in your best friend’s home (which just happens to be very expensive). In other words, you won’t be overly afraid to break anything, it’s comfortable enough to sprawl out as if in your own living room, and you’ll be breathlessly waiting to go back.
Suites come with separate living room areas, a working desk and a guest bathroom; many offer harbour views that are especially breathtaking to wake up to. Each of the five floors features its own upscale lounge space which can be used to entertain guests or rented out for private functions.
An outdoor second-floor terrace is a well-kept secret in the summers, serving lunch or cocktails over live music and occasional club events; a sprawling patio at the front of the hotel is ideal for sunset and people-watching. There’s also room service until 1 a.m. and an excellent breakfast included with your stay offers both buffet and a la carte options, while several Michelin-starred restaurants are right next door.
Norrmalm is Stockholm’s busiest neighborhood, home to the main shopping street, Mood Stockholm shopping mall and famous icons such as the Old Haymarket and the Sergels Torg glass obelisk. It is minutes away from Gamla Stan, and the waterfront area of Strömkajen, from where most boat tours depart.
1. Kungsträdgården: For ice skating, concerts and other open-air activities year-round.
2. Mathias Dahlgren: For two Michelin-Starred, Swedish fine dining.
3. Corner Club: For innovative cocktails and hearty gastropub fare.
Time Out tip
Lydmar hotel guests get complimentary access to the fitness centre and a 50% discount on the use of spa facilities at the luxe Grand Hotel next door.