Star of the Archipelago

Arriving in Stockholm close to midnight, we were genuinely surprised by the beauty of it's glow along the water. From the city centre we headed over a small bridge and onto Skeppsholmen, one of the islands in Stockholm’s archipelago and we couldn’t have been more happy when we hoped out of the taxi onto the doorstep of the Hotel Skeppsholmen.

After a seamless check-in we dragged our weary feet to the top floor and opened the door to our perfectly appointed room.

Not only were we greeted by a box of delightful caramel's from the hip region of the city, but also a twinkling view of the city and it’s many boats with charming fairy lights.

After steaming hot showers (who doesn’t love a waterfall shower?) we fell into the enormous bed for a long, uninterrupted recharge.

Hotel Skeppsholmen would be the perfect place to sleep late and ponder the many great activities on your list of things to do but, the breakfast is far too good to not put your alarm on!

The wide selection of bread and pastries are made daily in the hotel and are the perfect accompaniment to fluffy scrambled eggs and cured ham.

There are many delicious condiments (again homemade) and ‘do it yourself’ areas of the buffet including muesli and tea.

But don’t worry, if you are anything like us and the first thing your are on the hunt for in the morning is a strong cappuccino (typical Australians!), then your prayers are answered at Hotel Skeppsholmen. There is a coffee machine and barista waiting to fill your request and make sure you have the best start to the day.

If you can drag yourself away from the hyggely (cozy) little nooks and lounges in the restaurant there is a wealth of knowledge waiting for you at reception.

We had such a wonderful experience with the staff and got the best advice about sights and activities that were not only perfectly tailored to our interests but also not found in every Lonely Planet guide (more in my next post ‘City Story: Stockholm).

A number of things drew me to this hotel when organising our trip to Sweden. Not only is it a Design Hotel but it is eco-friendly, supports important charities such as UNICEF and has a particularly unique location on a leafy, quiet island only minutes from the rush of central Stockholm.

There is much to explore on the island, with many art galleries (including in the hotel) and museums as well as history, the hotel itself having had a colourful life before being repurposed into a hotel.

Last but not least, when we think Sweden, we think Ikea and Ikea equals either hours of instruction reading and hair pulling for (hopefully) a functional piece of Scandinavian furniture or meatballs. I am happy to report that the hotel restaurant, Långa Raden, definitely delivers on the later. We loved them so much, we enjoyed them in the restaurant one night and in our room with our beautiful view another. I think it’s fair to say they are the best I have ever had.

xx The Strawberry Story

Thank you Hotel Skeppsholmen for your support and an incredible stay!