Even though I have some favorite hotels in Stockholm, I like to go back to, I try to spend at least one night in a hotel I haven’t stayed at before. This way I can tell you all about the nicest and best hotels in Sweden. There have been a lot of new hotels opening in Stockholm lately and a few new once are still on their way. One of the latest new hotspots is Hobo, a boutique hotel near Sergels Torg.
Hobo Boutique Hotel
At the end of March, I stayed at Hobo, the new Boutique Hotel in Stockholm. This is the first hotel that opened in the new neighborhood Urban Escape. The hotel is located very central and would like to be a meeting place for both tourists and Stockholmers. I can highly recommend the hotel as you get a good hotel for a decent price.
The staff were all very friendly. They have carefully picked a young and enthusiastic team. The atmosphere is very spontaneous and you get a personal service. Anyone who already arrives before checkin time can leave their bags at the hotel (the same goes for check-out). This is always useful so you can make the most of your time in the city.
You could still smell the paint in the elevator and hallway, but once in the room you don’t notice anything of that. I did occasionally smell the drain in the bathroom. I hope that’s just a small startup problem. The room was spacious and had a view of the ‘courtyard’. You also can choose to have a view on the city or a room without a window. Honestly, a lot of construction work is going on in Stockholm. I counted up to 7 cranes when I looked out of the window. A bit further down the street they were also working at night. Fortunately, the rooms are quite soundproof and I did not really bothered.
I found the layout of the room very successful. All I missed was a place to open and put my suitcase. I liked the ‘peg board’ where you could find cool and useful stuff that you can use during your stay. Think of an umbrella, a backpack, a handy city plan with a few nice addresses, even a calculator (don’t know who’s using it today and certainly not on a city trip, if you want to calculate the currency, you take your cellphone, right?).
Nice detail: a water gun in the bathroom. That one object really sums up the entire concept of the hotel.
Breakfast is not normally included. That’s fine, certainly in a city like Stockholm where there are so many nice breakfast places. If you want to have breakfast at the hotel, you can book in advance or decide the day yourself. Here you will not find a breakfast buffet as in a typical hotel.
There are many different choices available. Coffee and tea is always included and you can add 3 pieces of your choice to it. This ranges from smoothies and fruit salads to chiapudding and cinnamon buns or croissants. I found this very original!
Hobo is located in the new neighborhood Urban Escape. Hotel at Six and the new place to be TAK (Asian restaurant / rooftop bar) are located on the same square and even in the same building. Furthermore, office spaces and shopping center Gallerian are part of Urban Escape.
Urban Escape and thus also Hobo is very central in Stockholm at Brunkebergstorg, a five minute walk from Central Station. When you are on Sergels Torg you can go under the builing next to the tourist information office of Visit Stockholm and you will immediately reach the square. In the coming years, new pieces will be added to Urban Escape. A neighborhood to keep an eye on!