The Perfect Swedish Island Getaway

Hotel Skeppsholmen is a charming hotel located on a small island close to Stockholm city centre. The seaside hotel offers history, design, art, fashion and contemporary Swedish cuisine in an authentic, yet modern manner. I stayed a few nights in this lovely hotel while working at a design trade fair and now I want to share this hotel experience with you.


Five Reasons to Visit Hotel Skeppsholmen

Reason #1: Hotel Skeppsholmen Is a Member of the Design Hotels


The Design Hotels is a worldwide collection of 270 design, luxury and boutique hotels. When staying at a design hotel you can expect to experience a genuine passion for hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture. I concluded after my visit that Hotel Skeppsholmen truly has earned its place among the Design Hotels, because the hotel is equipped with all the aforementioned qualities.


Reason #02: The Hotel Is Situated on an IslandDSC_7375

It felt lovely to wake up in the morning with a sea view!

On Skeppsholmen island you are surrounded by peace and nature, still close to the city centre.

The view from the hotel was crisp and wintery during my stay. I can only imagine how lush this place is in the summer and autumn.

Reason #03: Heritage + Design = Authentic Beauty

There’s a special feeling about places that have a genuine story behind them. Hotel Skeppholmen’s building was originally built in 1699 to accommodate the Royal Marines of Karl XII, and this history is reflected in many design details. Skeppsholmen’s modern design with a Gustavian-style inspired colour palette really highlights the heritage of the building. The hotel interior is designed by design and architecture studio Claesson Koivisto Rune.


Old-style windows and wall panels in the hotel rooms bring a touch of history and a nice contrast to the otherwise modern shapes and materials.

The hotel is designed with a restricted colour palette of neutral greys and light colours. The harmonious colours are beautifully accentuated with a few bright colour splashes, such as the yellow Split table and the blue Misura armchair. They are both designed by studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and manufactured by the Italian design brand Tacchini.

The hotel rooms offer interesting evening reading: travel, design and lifestyle magazines.DSC_7433.JPG

The beautiful sink in the hotel bathrooms is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune and produced by the Italian luxury kitchen brand Boffi.



Reason #04: Heartwarming Service


It was almost 10 pm when I arrived to the hotel and I was tired after a long day full of travelling and work. The hotel welcomed me in a really friendly manner.

I wanted something refreshing for supper and the chef made me a delicious mix of fresh berries and yoghurt, which wasn’t even on their evening menu list. How sweet is that!

#05 The Atmosphere

That feeling, when you are in a place with the perfect atmosphere that you absolutely love! The sea, design, art, fashion, a cosy international environment – you wouldn’t want to leave that place at all…

If you have a few hours extra time before flying back home, there are many nice activities to do at the hotel or on the island:

  • Read design, fashion and business books found at the hotel, while relaxing and listening to wonderful music and people talking different languages
  • Take your running shoes with you and take a seaside run
  • Admire Max Modéns Ballerina Project S pictures exhibited at Hotel Skeppsholmen until March 31
  • Go to the Museum of Moden Arts located on the same island
  • Play tennis at the tennis court in front of the hotel


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