Made up of 14 pristine islands, Stockholm is renowned for its glittering water, spotless streets, vivid gastronomy and impeccable interior design; its infinite, lingering light in summer and ethereal glow in winter. Everything, from the shops and cafés to restaurants and residents, exudes effortless style and beauty.
This unique brand of laidback, stylish luxury is epitomised by the Lydmar Hotel, an independent, five-star residency housed behind a handsome Art Deco façade, located on Blasieholmen’s sweeping waterfront.
Swedish hotelier Per Lydmar relocated his eponymous hotel to its current location in 2010. The previous incarnation had a rock ‘n’ roll reputation and the “new Lydmar” is considered a more sophisticated, grown-up iteration. This hipster hotel still packs attitude however, in its eclectic music programme and flamboyant furnishings curated by interior design studio Stylt Trampoli. The hotel’s signature suite was refurbished last year by revered designer Eva-Lotta Axelsson, founder of Nude Ateljé.
Music and art lovers will feel at home at the Lydmar
Music and art have a strong presence at the Lydmar. Eclectic, eye-catching photography is hung throughout the hotel, including a collection of exuberant dog portraits. It is popular with actors and musicians (I met Rob Flynn of Machine Head in the dining room).
Chilled out indie rock music accompanies breakfast, while DJs play in the lounge throughout the day. At night, Lydmar is one of the coolest hangouts in town, attracting a sleek, arty crowd. During the warmer months, live bands take over the outdoor terrace.
Rooms are both stylish and comfortable, with picturesque views of Stockholm’s harbour and the Royal Palace. Breakfast is a generous smorgasbord of typical Scandi fare, from cold meats and cheeses to chunky rye bread.
The hotel is located within easy walking distance of Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm’s enticing shopping row with the Acne flagship boutique, as well as Gamla Stan, the medieval Old Town made up of saffron buildings and cobblestone labyrinthine streets. Catch a boat to Södermalm, the equivalent of Shoreditch, or drop by the Abba Museum in Djurgarden. Explore the city on land and on water and, when you have thoroughly exhausted yourself, retreat to the Lydmar for the best cocktails in the city.
Rooms from £232 per night; lydmar.com