Where to stay in Stockholm?

When in Stockholm you have to stay in style close to chic shops, trendy bars and fabulous nightlife! These hotels are all members of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network and located in the city center.

Lydmar Hotel

Lydmar Hotel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, +46 8 22 31 60
www.lydmar.com

Calling itself a “second generation boutique hotel,” the marvelous Lydmar brings a friendly and informal approach to 5-star service. Rooms are stylish and spacious, and its location on Stockholm’s waterfront, just across from Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace, is simply sublime. The very popular terrace is opening in May.

Clarion Hotel Sign
Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, +46 8 676 98 00
www.clarionsign.com

Truly, one of Stockholm’s most modern and trendy hotels stands for it’s name – it is a significant landmark for the city combining the best of Scandinavian architecture and design and creating a source of inspiration for the guests.  Unique, timeless and stylish décor makes you live and breathe Scandinavia! Enjoy a drink in a Spa bar on the roof with a breathtaking view over Stockholm or sing along with ABBA already in a hotel lobby and start you journey celebrating Scandinavia! Perfect central location in the very heart of the city will make your journey smooth and easy.

Nordic Light Hotel
Vasaplan 4-7, +46 8 661 86 00
www.nordiclighthotel.se

Inspired by the unique magic of Scandinavian light, the Nordic Light Hotel serves up a multitude of light-themed perks, including Mood rooms with light beds than can be adjusted to fit your disposition (red for energy, blue for rest, or green for refreshing). If you still need more brightening, a light treatment will surely help, and can even be administered in-room.

How to spend half a day on Södermalm

This is a suggestion on how to spend half a day on Södermalm: Start by picking up some good ʺbreakfast to goʺ from Mellqvist Kaffebar on Hornsgatan. Enjoy it together with the magnificent view over the city from Monteliusvägen. From here it’s only a 15 minute walk to Fotografiska and the Herb Ritts photo exhibition. Go check it out, we loved it! Continue with some shopping in the area of SoFo. The blocks are packed with interesting, cool and creative shops specializing in clothing, design, jewelry, vintage, music and much more. Do not miss for example Grandpa, Tjallamalla and Dusty Deco. Finish up with something to eat at Nytorget Urban Deli. #visitstockholm #grandpa #dustydeco #tjallamalla #nytorget #mellqvist #montelius #fotografiska #herbritts

This is a suggestion on how to spend half a day on Södermalm

Start by picking up some good ʺbreakfast to goʺ from Mellqvist Kaffebar on Hornsgatan. Enjoy it together with the magnificent view over the city from Monteliusvägen. From here it’s only a 15 minute walk to Fotografiska, one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography.

2013_03_14_09_30_411322206232192797_29833272_X-Pro II_copygram

Continue with some shopping in the area of SoFo. The blocks are packed with interesting, cool and creative shops specializing in clothing, design, jewelry, vintage, music and much more. Do not miss for example Grandpa, Tjallamalla and Dusty Deco. Finish up with something to eat at Nytorget Urban Deli!

nytorg

The hotel ship Prince van Orangiën opens for the season April 1 2015

prince-van-orangien1

Some Stockholm hotels offer a view of city’s waters. At the hotel ship Prince van Orangiën, guests can even hear the waves cluck outside the window.

The ship is moored by the Beckholmen bridge and belongs to restaurants Oaxen Krog & Slip. The ship has six double cabins sized 7.5 to 22 sqm with comforts that one does not always expect on a ship. Avaible for up to 12 people.

Prince Van Orangiën was conceived as the home and office for a shipowner. No expense was spared when the ship was built in Holland in 1935. The cabins are individually decorated with features from the period. Some of the rooms have access to a private deck and some have a bathroom with a tub.

Guests can also enjoy a comfortable lounge – where the continental breakfast is served – and lovely deck seats.

More info at oaxen.com/prince-van-orangien

Stockholm for foodies

krok

Stockholm is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants, so if you’re up for some truly innovative dining adventures, you’ve come to the right city.

In recent years Stockholm has gained international attention and reputation as a place where chefs are reinventing their roots and food traditions, and are creating new.The Stockholm restaurants that hold one or two Michelin stars are certainly blazing their own trails and are continuously seeking new ways to present Swedish cuisine. Here are the stars on the Stockholm version of gastronomy heaven:

Two stars:
Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen
Frantzén
Oaxen Krog

One star:
Esperanto
Volt
Gastrologik
Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren
Operakällaren
Ekstedt

The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

Emma Fredriksson, Arkitekturmuseet

The permanent exhibition at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design will tell you all you need to know about Swedish architecture and construction from the 19th century up to today. Explore fascinating drawings, models, design and sustainable urban development. The temporary exhibitions are:

Constructing Worlds – Photography and architecture in the modern age
20 February – 17 May 2015

Fengjie III (Monument to Progress and Prosperity), Chongqing Municipality

The exhibition Constructing Worlds takes you on a journey through 20th and 21st century architecture and photography. The 250 works all have in common that they have changed the way we look at architecture and how we perceive the world. Constructing Worlds highlights the art of photography’s capacity to reveal wider truths about our society. Among the participating photographers are Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Julius Schulman, Hélène Binet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andreas Gursky, Nadav Kander and Iwan Baan. The works show buildings by architects like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Rossi, Charles and Ray Eames and Daniel Li.

Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality

Ung Svensk Form (Young Swedish Design)
13 February – 29 March

Young Swedish Design is an award and an exhibition that aims to increase and broaden the knowledge of young innovative Swedish design. The exhibition brings together the best and most exciting young Swedish design today. It consists of 22 works in areas such as product design, textiles, fashion, handicraft and furniture that have been selected by a renowned jury.

www.arkdes.se

Quintessence 1-5, Cora Hamilton

The Vasa Museum

ola_ericson-the_ship_of_vasa_-1092

Design in all its glory but what happens when design goes wrong?

The Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.

The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961.

www.vasamuseet.se

New gay and lesbian bars and restaurants in Stockholm

Jens_Grip_ha¦ênder

Bitter Pills
A newly opened meeting place for queers and lesbians in the hipster-dense Hornstull. The atmosphere in the bar is relaxed and the decor is simple with kitsch details. Take the opportunity to try a creative drink from the inhouse-composed drinks list. For food, Bitter Pills offers ssäm, a Korean dish that is eaten in leaves, and on Saturdays they serve brunch. The owners are well-known in LGBT circles as they have previously run the popular lesbian bar Roxy. www.bitterpills.se

Photo: Christian G_Stockholm Pride

The Secret Garden
A homely restaurant and gay bar based in a rustic 17th century house in the Old Town. Sit down under a street light in the cozy, glass-covered inner courtyard, with a great-value cocktail or a glass of wine. The menu is mixed and the dishes are well-made. The Secret Garden is open throughout the year and suits those looking for a quieter alternative to the city’s night clubs. DJ during the weekend. Read more>>

Jens_Grip_nybro9

Bistro by Adam
Bistro by Adam is an Italy-inspired, good-value restaurant with generous opening hours. The customers are a mixed crowd, but the place is extra popular in gay circles. Here you can eat most of the day’s meals. The decor style is pure in black, white and checkered. Downstairs the bistro offers an amiable evening hang-out where exciting Italian drinks are blended with a selection of coffees and cocktails. www.byadam.se

Two hotels in central Stockholm

Hotel Skeppsholmen Rum
Hotel Skeppsholmen. On a peaceful and lush island in the middle of the bustling city lies a more than 300 year old house. This rural setting is the home of award winning Hotel Skeppsholmen, a modern and eco-friendly hot spot situated on the waterfront. The hotel has 81 rooms to offer and a popular restaurant – and because modern design permeates throughout the hotel the staff’s work uniforms are sponsored by the Swedish brand Acne.

Hotel Skeppsholmen, Gröna Gången 1, +46 8 407 23 00
www.hotelskeppsholmen.com

Hellsten_bedroom_pinkHellsten_bedroom_red

Hotel Hellsten is like those classic gumball machines you can find at Supermarkets: all the colors of the rainbow, something for all taste buds – and really, really sweet. From the jazz nights in the bar and the exquisite conservatory used as breakfast room to the individually decorated rooms with specially designed beds that will improve your sleep – this hotel is perfect for everyone in search of impeccably good taste.

Hotel Hellsten, Luntmakargatan 68, +46 8 661 86 00
www.hellsten.se