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Stockholm High design and home comforts await visitors to Sweden’s capital city. Kate O’Dowd advises on how to make the most of a weekend trip.
entral Stockholm is made up of 14 islands, each one (generally) forming a natural district. Bridges keep the city connected, so it’s not a case of “bring your togs” (though, some do); it’s just about deciding which one to visit first. Gamla Stan is the Old Town, the tourist hub and the chocolate-box-pretty image of Stockholm that graces postcards. To the east is Skeppsholmen, which houses virtually all your Stockholm museum-going in one neat package. Djürgarden, the city’s favourite green space, can be accessed by vintage tram from the beautiful Strandvågan. Going south to Södermalm, you enter one of the city’s most desirable residential areas, teeming with cool cafés, beautiful young families and trendy twenty-somethings. Östermalm and Normalm share an island. The former is the most up-market area in town, all A-list hangouts, international fashion flagships and majestic homes; the latter is the business district. Kungsholmen is little shouted about, but is becoming increasingly trendy, with artists and loft-living urbanites escaping there from the rocketing rents of Östermalm and Södermalm. SLeeP At … Not No surprisingly, the beautiful beau hotels here are very beautiful beau indeed. Expect high design, with the home comforts comf that come from catering cate to harsh winters. hiP One of the city’s coolest coole hotels, berns hotel ho (Nåckströmsgatan 8, +46 8566 32200; berns. se) se attracts celebrities and low-key chicsters. Rooms Ro are understated and modern and its array of nightclub options
means you’re straight in with the in-crowd. Rooms from 1,590SEK (€190), with breakfast. hOMeLY A beautiful private home in chic Östermalm, ett hem (Sköldungagatan 2, +46 820 0590; etthemstockholm.se), Swedish for “at home”, has just been renovated to take guests and offers rental by the room, the floor or the whole house. Luxury, here, is helping yourself from the fridge and taking their dog for a walk. Rooms from 3,800SEK (€455), with breakfast.
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hAnDY If, on the other hand, you like to be left to your own devices, Story hotel (Riddargatan 6, +46 8545 03940; storyhotels.com) offers a range of eccentrically named (and artistically decorated) rooms – like the Super Squeeze; deduce what you will – at reasonable prices. Book online and then check in electronically to receive your room number and key code. Rooms from 1,190SEK (€145), with breakfast.