22 May 2013, 4:39pm
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Hotel Skeppsholmen: A Gem of a Boutique Hotel in Stockholm

Room with a Splendid View at Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm

Room with a Splendid View at Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm

It’s hard to believe we’re already practically on the eve of Memorial Day Weekend, America’s unofficial start to the summer. Here in Telluride, Colorado—like in other mountain towns across the West—this weekend marks the end of off-season, also known as shoulder season. Yes, from now through almost the end of September/early October, our prized tourist destination will be flooded with visitors from all over the world. Indeed, the town’s population will go from scant to near overflowing (at peak times such as during the Bluegrass Festival and over July 4th).

Even the locals are back in full swing, many fresh off of fascinating travels to far-flung lands. Most have come back with tales of adventure and chance encounters in foreign countries. Since I’ve been largely holed up at my desk, I’ve been listening with particular interest to their stories and impressions, while taking inventory of must-see places on my personal list. Europe still reigns supreme for me. And although I have traveled a lot throughout this storied continent, I’m continually drawn there for this reason or that.

A Unique Setting for a Unique Boutique Hotel

A Unique Setting for a Unique Boutique Hotel

I’ve always wanted to visit Sweden, for example, especially in the summer when the sun doesn’t set until about 10 p.m. So it’s no wonder that one friend’s stay at a boutique hotel in Stockholm intrigued me in particular. It’s true that often a place of lodging can make or break a trip and I believe for my friend the Hotel Skeppsholmen made all the difference for her stay in the capital of Sweden.

Swedish Design

Swedish Design

Located on a quiet island in Stockholm, the unique setting of the Hotel Skeppsholmen makes for a serene stay within the parameters of this large, bustling city. It’s an easy walk to most major attractions or you can take a bus, ferry or tourist boat to the city center. The hotel consists of a nice mixture of old—namely eighteenth century historic buildings—and new, displaying many modern design features for which Sweden is renowned. In keeping with the tranquil surroundings of Hotel Skeppsholmen, during fair weather you have the added bonus of enjoying their lovely gardens for breakfast or perhaps just a coffee at your leisure. Language barriers are practically nonexistent in Scandinavia and not only did the staff here speak excellent English, my friend reassured me that they were also extremely helpful. This definitely sounds like a wonderful choice for people who appreciate a calm environment, yet want to be near downtown. And I can only imagine the evening boat rides back to the hotel after a day of touring in Stockholm. Sheer bliss, I am told.

One of the Hotel's Alluring Rooms

One of the Hotel’s Alluring Rooms

Add this to your Europe file today. I know I will.

Note that there are many terrific festivals in Stockholm in the summer, especially if you like music. Find out about them and more at Visit Stockholm.

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