Skeppsholmen Stockholm

Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

This place is pretty unique. Set in a couple of 17th-Century Swedish Navy barracks, a heritage site deemed among the most valuable in Sweden, this property is the epitome of Swedish minimalism, in the heart of the city. We experienced far more luxury than the sailors who slept here before us, but each room that used to sleep nine is now a contemporary urban oasis; and you’ll need to appreciate the work that went into refurbishing this property, with some super-strict preservation orders in place, where even putting a light-switch on the wall caused issues with the powers that be. Joachim Olausson is the enigmatic gay GM here. He was an amazing host and made this one of our favorite places in the city. Luckily for us, our visit coincided with one of his legendary summer parties on the hotel lawn.

Despite being the geographical center of the city, there is actually somewhat of a holiday vibe to the island; you’re completely surrounded by water, pleasure-crafts and museums, not to mention the screams of teenage thrill-seekers visiting the Tivoli on Gröna Lund across the water.