a Scandi-chic setting for a luxury city break

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The Grand Hotel stands in shimmering splendor on the waterfront, opposite the Swedish Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.

It’s perfectly located for a city break from Stockholm: a 20-minute ride from the airport (do like the Swedes and take the quick and easy Arlanda Express train, then it’s a two-minute metro ride or 2-minute taxi ride). five minutes if you’re swamped with luggage, like us).

Where is it?

Stockholm itself is only a two-hour flight from London, which means the journey from take-off to check-in can be done in three hours. Once you’re ready to explore, a bevy of tour boats bobbing just outside the hotel doors, waiting to whisk you along the city’s waterways and sights.

Trams, buses and the metro are within a three-minute walk for easy travel around Stockholm. Most of the city’s best museums and attractions, such as Djurgården Island, which is perfect for families with its Skansen open-air museum, Gröna Lund theme park, and the amazing Vasa ship museum and Abba museum, are located within a pleasant walking distance.

The welcoming lobby belies the sheer size of the hotel (there are some 270 rooms), as tourists chat and a team of discreet but highly knowledgeable concierges help plan your day.

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The style

As grand as its name promises (it first opened in 1874), but with a Scandinavian-chic vibe, so it’s relaxed rather than stuffy. The Grand is a perfect blend of dazzling luxury (gold accented lobby and stairs, bright red awnings on the harbor view balconies) and sheer comfort. Beautiful, modern flower arrangements are scattered rather than ostentatious displays, and rooms are decorated in muted Scandinavian tones.

What room?

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Most of the rooms are more cozy than huge, as one would expect from such a central hotel; they’re dominated by a bed you won’t want to get out of: firm mattress turned into a cloud by sheets that had us hunting for a tag to see if we could find it in one of the many Scandi home goods stores.

Choose a superior water view room in the summer months and you can sit on a wrought iron mini terrace and look out over the shimmering water and the city that wakes up each month – it’s a very special sight. Binoculars in the room help you almost look inside the Royal Palace across the street, as well as explore Strömkajen harbor from above.

Room decor includes lots of relaxing cream and gray duck eggs, with chairs to snuggle up and plan a Stockholm adventure. There are high ceilings and the bathrooms house a large black and marble bathtub, perfect for soaking up the effects of a day of 20,000 sightseeing on a tired body. Millennial pink and gray curtains block out the hustle and bustle of the city at night.

food and drink

Breakfast at The Veranda isn’t the standard international fare offered at some hotels: you know you’re in Sweden when you eat a pickled cucumber salad, gingerbread cookies, fresh berries, smoked salmon, crusty knäckebröd bread, and cured meats. This is in addition to the usual eggs, fresh juices and smoothies, yogurt (Turkish, not Greek), cereals, and breads. The kids will love the pancakes and hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. And I gobbled up handfuls of the most delicious homemade raspberry cookies as if they were a perfectly respectable way to start the day.

Swedish celebrity chef Mathias Dahlgren has two restaurants at the hotel; local landmark Matbaren (think raw marinated perch and steamed chicken buns) and Rutabaga vegetarian restaurant (key dishes are truffled green “foie gras” with wheat croutons and jasmine rice in salad leaves with fried onion, ginger, pear nashi and wasabi).

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Mod cons

The Nordic bath experience at the spa is unmissable: multiple pine-scented saunas, icy pool, central pool surrounded by fire, endless steam baths; add the huge body brushes and your skin will never feel better. There is a well-equipped gym, as well as outdoor jogging paths.

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extracurricular

Tourists, families, and executives mingle and chat in the lobby (it’s unusually friendly) and the doormen have an electric tuk-tuk for local trips if you’d like, as well as offering free drinks and bananas at the door to help get you started. the day. Tourism.

Our three full days in Stockholm included visiting some of the best children’s museums we’ve come across in the world, Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken and the vast Skansen, as well as the Tekniska museet (Museum of Science and Technology) and the small but perfect for emergencies . Children obsessed with services Polis (Police) Museum. The Vasa museum from a recovered four-hundred-year-old shipwreck is unique and brilliantly done, while Sweden’s food scene is incredible and during the summer months there are green squares and playgrounds on almost every route in the city.

Better for

Families looking for an upscale school vacation city break will love The Grand’s food, friendly service, and location. Couples who want to walk around town all day and relax at the spa in the evening before heading into town will have a blast. It’s hard to think of anyone who doesn’t love this hotel, it’s just that the final bills are a bit dismal. but that’s Scandinavia for you.

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Details

Superior double rooms start from £275 in low season, £390 in high season; grandhotel.se

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