Since it emerged on the Stockholm hospitality scene, Ett Hem has become known as the top-dog when it comes to luxurious places to stay in the city. And some years after its launch, it remains one of the most talked-about,luxury boutique properties in Sweden, perhaps even in all of Scandinavia.
The simply breathtaking, 12 suite boutique hotel, Ett Hem, is set in a majestic 1910s Swedish townhouse in an upscale, residential part of the capital, home to the city’s elite and diplomats alike.
Here, no stone… artwork, antique, textile, furniture, garden, kitchen or luggage tag has been left unturned. Even while the delights of Stockholm were right on our doorstep, we soon figured that Ett Hem is a destination and attraction in itself.
The hotel’s visionary owner, Jeanette Mix, has lovingly crafted the ultimate home away from home, completely from scratch. And it’s all in the name, ‘Ett Hem’ literally meaning “at home”. Except in our own home, we wouldn’t gasp audibly as every door opens to yet another stunning Ilse Crawford imaginarium (look out for the custom-designed bar in the living room, and a miniature version in each suite).
Exquisite, contemporary design features throughout the property, but yet ensures utmost comfort for its jet-set guests. We were encouraged to treat it as our own, in fact, it was asked of us on many occasions. As a result, the atmosphere is completely informal and relaxed and we particularly liked that the property wasn’t crawling with staff, despite its five-star designation. We rest assured that the hand-picked team of fabulous hosts were always on hand to help, appearing from a little door or stairway, whenever we needed them.
Frankly, it was hard to even leave our gorgeous suite, but at Ett Hem, the communal spaces were a big draw. During our stay, we were beckoned by an A-list celeb to join them for tea in the conservatory (we can’t tell you who it was, but let us tell you that they were as in awe of the place as we were). We also enjoyed zoning out in the stunning subterranean hammam and spa space. And on more occasions than one, we wandered into the kitchen to raid the fridge; and sit down to chat with the chef, to discuss fika, or a fillet steak. Frankly, if we wanted both together, we’re sure that he wouldn’t bat an eyelid.
Ett Hem is impossible to fault. The only problem is that once we settled in, it was a real struggle to check out.
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While you’re Out There
Close to Ett Hem, you’ll find Stadion T-bana (metro) station. Pass the ticket-barriers and descend to the platforms. You’ll quickly come across a giant rainbow, painted into the ceiling. It’s part of the infamous public art installations in Stockholm’s underground railway system, you’ll find something that will blow you away in every station, in fact.