Romantic Places in Sweden
-Stockholm Archipelago-Thousands of islands, cool waters, rustic retreats and sailboats.
Gotland IslandViking traders once thrived here. Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman lived on a small island off Gotland.
Furillen, Gotland, Sweden
T: +46 498 223-040. 15 rooms. US$ 290-
Mid-century handmade furnishings combined with high end amenities are found in these “industrial chic” beachside cabins located on the site of a former chalk factory on the tiny deserted islet of Furillen.
OlandThis warm water Baltic island was the summer resort choice of Swedish kings.
Borgholm 38792, Sweden
T: +46 485 850 00. US$ 125-
Charming 17th century inn with water views located nine miles outside of town, Known also for its food.
Grinda IslandTake a one hour ferry ride from Stockholm harbor to this peaceful and traffic-free summer resort island.
Grinda Island, Sweden
T: 08-542 49 491. 30 rooms, plus 4 guesthouses. US$ 205
Originally built as a summer house for the director of the Nobel Committe, this art nouveau villa has been converted into an award-winning restaurant and cozy inn. Boaters welcome here.
StockholmWhere the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren, a beautiful blend of Bauhaus, modernism, medieval old-town influences, canals and harbor views.
T: +46 8 20 0590. 12 rooms. US$ 580-
Formerly a 1910’s Arts & Craft style home located in the upscale Lärkstan rsidential district, in 2013 it opened as a small stylish boutique hotel.
Lady Hamilton Hotel
T: +46 8 506 40100. US$ 180-
Located next to the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, this former wealthy merchant’s home dates back to 1470. It contains bits of Swedish and English history, along with antiques and a 1330’s wishing well.
T: +46 8 223 160. 46 rooms. US$ 275-
Located between the Grand Hotel and National Museum of Art, this stylish Swedish boutique hotel has water views on both sides.
Skeppsholmen Island, Stockholm
T: +46 8 407 23 00. 81 rooms. US$ 140-
Located waterside on a small island – which houses museums of modern art and architecture – near city center. This former 1699 military barracks was built by Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger who was most famous for Stockholm’s Royal Palace. It was recently converted into a boutique hotel and brought up-to-date with current Swedish modern sensibilites by the Claesson Kolvisto Rune design firm.
MariefredA picturesque medieval village of wooden homes, quaint cafes and handicraft shops. Located south of Stockholm, Mariefred can be reach by a short drive or boat ride down Lake Mälaren.
T: +46 159 374 50. US$195
Dating back to 1609, the hotel claims to be Sweden’s oldest inn. It overlooks Gripsholms Castle which houses Sweden’s National Portrait Gallery.
70 rooms. US$ 450, includes all meals and activities.
A private home for many centuries, in 1985 this yellow 18th century manor house overlooking Lake Frösjön was converted into a hotel. Located 50 miles south of Stockholm, the low-key resort features canoeing, fishing, tennis and hiking. Grythyttan Three hours by train and taxi from Stockholm is this wilderness escape with world-class appeal.
T: +46 581 63300. 60 rooms. US$ 170-
Very charming 367 year old inn popular with gourmands. Rooms are tastefully and eccletically decorated with period antiques, modern textiles and quaint floral wallpapers. The 60 individually decorated rooms are spread among 22 buildings.
Malmagen SE-840 98 Tänndalen Sweden
T: +46 684 230 30. US$ 395+, including breakfast, guided mountain excursion. www.fjallnasreserve.com
Sweden’s oldest mountain hotel, the 1,700-acre Fjällnäs Reserve, was built in 1882 and became a favored highlands retreat for Sweden and Norway’s royalty. Stylishly updated, rooms feature slate and scrubbed pine surfaces and are simply outfitted in white linens, sheepskin pillows and throws, and Josef Frank fabrics. Get there by flying into Røros, Norway and take a scenic 45 minute drive to the hotel.
Artic Circle, Northern SwedenWe’ve a soft spot for destinations found at the ends of the world.
The Tree Hotel
Brittas Pensionat Harads, Sweden
T: +46 928 104 03. 6 tree houses. US$ 555+
Located in the Boreal Forest just 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, this devotedly eco-friendly hotel consisting of architecturally designed tree houses. More like upscale camping than luxury hotel, you’ll access by rope and ladder and shower in a tree sauna a five minute walk away. Check-in and dine at the Brittas Pension’s restaurant.