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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Retro in Stockholm

Sweden's island-dotted capital is home to design-centric hotels and restaurants, offbeat vintage shops, and centuries of history.

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1. Where to Stay


The Rival Hotel offers spacious rooms in the bustling Södermalm district.  

Wake up to Swedish cured salmon and steak tartare at the Rival Hotel's extensive Sunday smorgasbord ($35), touted as the best brunch in town by local paper Metro. Home to 99 uniquely designed rooms (from $220), the hotel also houses an Art Deco–inspired cocktail lounge where the city’s top D.J.'s spin until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday, and an in-house 700-person theater that hosts concerts (Elvis Costello, June 8) and other cultural events.

Check into a smartly renovated cell at Långholmen Hotel (from $130), a former nineteenth-century jail whose 102 rooms contrast design touches like iron bars and chains with contemporary IKEA-style furniture. Located on Långholmen island, the hotel sits near one of the city’s oldest shipyards, Långholmsbadet beach, and the rustic garden café Stora Henriksvik, where you can enjoy pastries made with organic fruit grown nearby.

Cozy up in one of 61 rooms spanning a three-level deck aboard the Mälardrottningen Yacht Hotel (from $125), a reinvented former 1924 vessel that now offers both modest-size sailor cabins and a sprawling owner’s cabin. The yacht hotel is permanently docked in the harbor at Riddarholmen, a quick walk from the cobblestone streets of Gamla stan (Stockholm’s old town) and biking paths along the shores of Riddarfjärden.


Published on May 3, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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