Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden ****

Q: What is it? A: An old inn, built around a 17th century farmhouse, turned luxury hotel. For centuries, this place has been a favorite among wedding couples – which says a lot about its style and atmosphere.

Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden – the exterior
The first inn opened here in 1645. Since then, it’s been a rather solid alternative, especially if you’ve been in the business of tieing the knot. The place has 49 rooms in total of which three are Wedding Suites plus a healthy number of Junior Suites.

Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden – the upper bedroom
Bedroom in one of the two-etage Junior Suites. I like the space – it’s nice to not having to stumble over the bed as soon as you’re entering your room. On the flip side: Small roof windows turn the upper floor into a dark cave. Exciting for some. Unpractical for others.

Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden – junior suite, round window
And right here is where you bend over… The downside of a two-story suite: Bride and groom will have problems getting up here (especially after a few glasses of bubbly stuff). Exactly. The flight of stairs is just as steep as it looks. But the round window is nice.

Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden – the bathroom
Bathrooms are on the smaller but pretty functional and pretty well stocked with amenities from Byredo. Impossible to find cotton swabs, though (if they were there, they were very well hidden). Can’t run a better hotel without them. You just can’t.

Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden – the lounge
Signs of modernization: Eames LCW (Lounge Chair Wood; 2009-2010 limited edition). Next to this lounge-y area: bar and restaurant, of which the latter have seen legendary chefs as Tore Wretman and Werner Vögeli as Chefs de Cuisine. A loud place during weekend brunches.

Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden – the courtyard
A blessing for those staying on the ground floor in the summertime. The city is less than a three-minute walk from the entrance and you have one of the larger highways in the Stockholm area at an even closer proximity to the hotel. In the hotel’s courtyard, they seem quite far away.

This Ole House…
We’re talking old as in a 17th-century farmhouse. Its name translates to ‘stable-master’s farm’. The Swedish Queen Kristina mentions the beauty of Stallmästaregården in a document dated 1645 (she partied here during the Midsummer celebrations; yes, that old Scando pagan tradition). At the time, this was a rural area. Now it’s surprisingly close to everything (like the city; Sweden’s largest hospital and a highway junction). Although not exactly an oasis of tranquility, you’re likely to find it quiet. Oh, those soundproofing materials…

An interior in need of an idea.
The public spaces are neat and cozy but not so old-fashioned as one would be tempted to think. A Dixon lamp here. An Eames chair there. There are also some more contemporary tweaks in the guest rooms and I just wish that they hadn’t explored that path. Those late 19th-century additions are not exactly gracing the interior. And the re-decoration should mean the end of those pastel paintings. During my latest visit, I as also surprised to find some of the furniture showing obvious signs of wear and tear (Note to management; check the armrests in the Junior Suites).

Oh, that lovely staff.
As part of the Nobis Group, which earned its reputation through the Michelin-starred restaurant Operakällaren, there should come as no surprise that the level of service is very high; especially front desk and the kitchen deserve honorable mentions. Plus, the head waitress who instantly converts a late arrival to breakfast into a ”Welcome to our brunch!” Stallmästaregården owe a huge part of their 4-star rating on this website to them. And a final note: A stay here doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. So recommended it is.

113 47 Stockholm

+46-8-610 13 03

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Stallmästaregården, Stockholm, Sweden – the bedroom
Bedroom on the first floor. Pretty small it is. Attempts have been made to make it cozy, but the interior is clearly looking for a style to attach itself to, or perhaps an idea of what it wants to be. Now it’s a mixed bag and I’m not exactly friends with that painting on the wall.

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