Skeppsholmen is an urban, eco-friendly hotel, housed in buildings dating back to 1669 on the historically-protected island of Skeppsholmen
Before it became the only hotel on the island, Skeppsholmen enjoyed past lives as a hospital, a temporary prison and the Royal naval barracks for officers of the Swedish king. Despite their more than 300 years of history–and structural changes not being allowed during renovations–the 81 guest rooms are in excellent shape.
Sleek, modern furnishings and rustic décor are juxtaposed next to tributes in the form of a plaque in every room that conveys important historical details relevant to each space. Guests may practice their serve on Sweden’s first outdoor tennis court (built in 1882), swim in the harbour or sunbathe on the waterfront terrace, from which direct views of the old town, Djurgården, and Södermalm can be enjoyed.
At the hotel’s restaurant, Långa Råden, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients include honey from the property’s multiple beehives as well as the offerings of the garden’s elderflower and apple trees. Don’t miss the homemade Pilsner sausages and mustard, or the local beers and spirits. Complimentary breakfast comes with in-house baked bread. There’s also a mini-gym onsite, but you might as well get your exercise by walking to any of the numerous museums in the immediate vicinity.
Skeppsholmen is Stockholm’s smallest and greenest island, also known as the Island of Museums. It’s home to the Museum of Modern Art, the architectural museum and Östasiatiska Muséet (East-Asian museum) as well as the site of the popular summer event, Stockholm Jazz Festival.
1. Moderna Museet (Modern Art Museum): For free admission to an impressive permanent collection of Swedish and globalart.
2. Oaxen Krog: For modern, Michelin-starred Scandinavian food made with locally-sourced ingredients.
3. Cafe af Chapman: For a drink aboard a tall ship with stunning waterfront views.
Time Out tip
For postcard-worthy views both outdoors and indoors, request the Officer’s Suite, where a freestanding bathtub under a skylight just might make you want to stay forever.
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