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Ett Hem, Stockholm

October 6, 2016

 

 

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Staying at Ett Hem is less like staying at a hotel than it is hanging out at a really rich uncle's place, if that uncle was Swedish, with extraordinarily good taste, a rather nice wine cellar and never at home. A small door in a wall off a Stockholm side street leads you into a discreet courtyard. Up a few steps, you find a room filled with contemporary art, and one of Ett Hem's famously friendly staff.

 

THE ROOM:       

There are just 12 rooms in this completely updated former private mansion in Stockholm's embassy quarter. We stayed in two rooms. The (entry level) Double at $635 and the (all right, bugger it, let's have a splurge) Suite (below) at $1280. For that kind of money you expect spectacular and you are not disappointed.

 

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THE BED:             

As the American president might say ... "uuuge".

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WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT IT?:     

Where to begin? Quite easily, the most beautiful urban hotel in which we have ever stayed. Early 20th century Scandinavian aesthetic meets contemporary luxury near the centre of Stockholm. A handy Scandy dandy.

 

AND THE BAD: 

Are you kidding?

 

WHAT'S IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?:

In some ways, Ostermalm is to Stockholm as Herne Bay is to Auckland. The Humlegarden, one of the Swedish capital's most beautiful central parks, and home to the National Library, is a five-minute walk, as is the wonderfully historic Olympic Stadium. Central Stockholm is a 20-minute stroll.

 

FOOD AND DRINK:

This is where Ett Hem goes next level. The philosophy is that of a country house, with the kitchen available 24/7 to cater to the guests' every whim.

Breakfast in the courtyard? No problem. A drink in the library? Excellent idea. Ett Hem has so many private areas, your stay can be as discreet - or not - as you prefer.

 

EXERCISE FACILITIES: 

The usual gym equipment is there, but this is Sweden, so obviously there's a sauna and a stone spa. Pro tip: Try not to fall asleep.

 

CONTACT: 

etthem.se.

 

WOULD I GO BACK?: We already did.

 

PERFECT FOR:

Pretending.

 

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