Gay Stockholm Stockholm City Guide

While undeniably breath-taking, Stockholm’s postcard-perfect archipelagic landscape offers much more than meets the eye. A compact city of 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, this Scandi classic pulses with unpredictable energy that simultaneously celebrates its medieval history while living firmly in the über-contemporary present. Take for example the boho-chic Södermalm district, where modern art and fashion stores exist in perfect harmony with the heritage area of Gamla Stan and Royal residence, Drottningholm Palace. Or how about swanky Östermalm for a stroll along the banks of Lake Mälaren, before breaking for a coffee in fashion capital Rorstrandsgatan. Cutting-edge to a fault, with innovation on every easily accessible corner, Stockholm may also surprise you as it switches gears to provide natural island-style retreats where pristine forest trails await. Wondering what to do in Stockholm? For your definitive Stockholm gay travel guide, you know you’ve come to the right place!

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The best hotels in Stockholm

Let’s start this Stockholm gay city guide with a roundup of the best places to stay in Stockholm. Originally built on pristine, tree-covered land to house King Karl XII’s royal marines, the 300-year-old Hotel Skeppsholmen went through many incarnations before becoming the modern eco charmer it is today. The renovated suites are spacious with a clean, refined aesthetic and excellent views across the harbour to the old town. The public areas are equally minimalist with tall windows and well-crafted furnishings against a backdrop of muted colours. The vibe is one of optimum comfort and tranquillity; a utopian urban oasis just moments from the city centre. Another centrally located stunner is the 5-star Bank Hotel, a turn-of-the-century financial hub turned boutique stay, boasting high-glass ceilings with dazzling rooftop views, moody, mahogany-lined bar, Papillon, and modern European eatery, Bonnie’s.

Once upon a time a school for girls, the boutique hotel Miss Clara by Nobis has retained its coquettish, Art Nouveau disposition. Rooms are tastefully stark, with patterned wood floors, rust-coloured walls, arched windows and just the right amount of modern design flair to keep things interesting. The lobby and dining areas are dominated by dark woods and moody light fixtures that retain an opulent feel without a hint of pretention. For the serious foodie with a discerning taste for all things lavish, the aptly named Grand Hôtel Stockholm was created with you in mind. The first Stockholm hotel to cater to Europe’s well-heeled bon vivants, the exquisite suites are adorned with an old world, continental style of plush, classic furnishings and indulgent 5-star comforts. Of the four dining spaces, the Michelin-starred Mathias Dahlgren restaurant, arguably the most prestigious table in town, is disarmingly casual in ambience but decidedly upscale in style.

Set apart from the rest is the charming boutique NOFO Hotel, based out of an 18th century listed building in the hip Södermalm district. With rooms inspired by great global cities, including London, Paris, Rome and New York, featuring private views over Katarina Church and the serene inner courtyard, NOFO Hotel is a perfect choice within walking distance of the Old Town and offering great transport links. Opt for the BW Premier Collection for plush comfort in the extreme.

Bank Hotel

Bank Hotel

Miss Clara by Nobis

Miss Clara by Nobis

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