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A fabulous stay at Hotel Gamla Stan

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At the end of April I was lucky enough to spend a few nights at boutique hotel Hotel Gamla Stan. This 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm, on Skeppsbron, in 3 buildings dating from the 17th century. It was a delight to be their guest. From reception to breakfast, everything was taken care of to perfection.

I arrived at the hotel before check-in time. As with most hotels this was not a problem. I could already leave my suitcase in the luggage room. It was a beautiful sunny spring day and I could not wait to stroll around in the city. I noticed how friendly and warm the reception was every time.

 Hotel Gamla Stan

Room with a view

My premium room with sea view at Hotel Gamla Stan was very spacious and timelessly furnished. I felt like a princess. The location near the Royal Palace may also have played a role in this. I immediately felt at home.

There are a total of 81 rooms in this boutique hotel. Despite the historic building, there is a small elevator, so you don’t have to drag your bags up the stairs.

The breathtaking view was the greatest asset. The room overlooked the Baltic Sea, Skeppsholmen and Djurgården. A hotel in Stockholm can hardly have a better location. Breakfast is served in the medieval cellar.

 Hotel Gamla Stan - view of the Baltic Sea

The history of Hotel Gamla Stan

The city walls used to be on the site of the hotel. Some authentic and antique murals that can still be seen in the hotel refer to this historical fact.

The building where the hotel is located is The Hobelin House. Sometimes it is also called the Sundströms house. The house was built in 1670 for the trader Johan Paul Hobelin. In 1767, the merchant Eric Osterman had the building renovated and adapted to the style of the 18th century. A few more adjustments followed. In 1924 the building got its current appearance. The rich history of the building determines the atmosphere of the hotel. Added value seekers will certainly appreciate this grandeur.

Hotel Gamla Stan – practical

Book a room at Hotel Gamla Stan

Are you eager to discover this hotel yourself? Then quickly book a room and start dreaming away.

How do you reach Hotel Gamla Stan?

The hotel is a ten minute walk from Stockholm Central Station where the Flygbussarna and the Arlanda Express arrives. You can also take the metro to Gamla Stan. Walk along the water to Skeppsbron. The hotel is located between the alleys, Skottgränd and Stora Hopare Gränd. 

Address: Skeppsbron 22, Gamla Stan (Stockholm)

In the neighborhood

  • The Royal Palace
  • Nobel Museum
  • Grillska Huset
  • Under Kastanjen
  • Chokladkoppen

Special thanks to Hotel Gamla Stan
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Mälardrottningen, sleeping in a boat hotel in Stockholm

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A third of the Swedish capital consists of water. There are several places in Stockholm where you can sleep on water. Earlier I spent the night at Prince van Orangiën, near Djurgården. In the middle of the city you have another boat hotel, Mälardrottningen (literally: the Queen of Lake Mälaren). 

 Lady Hutton - Mälardrottningen at Stockholm City Hall

The history of Mälardrottningen

The ship was built in 1924 for Mr. C.K.G Billings from New York and was named ‘Vanadis’. At the time it was the largest yacht with a diesel engine. Later, the Woolworth millionaire Frank W. Hutton bought the ship as a birthday present for his 18-year-old daughter, Barbara. Hence the name Lady Hutton at the back of the ship. After she married Gary Crant, she sold the vessel.

After the war the ship ended up in Panama for a short time before going to Norway for a life as a school ship. In the 50s the name of the ship changed into Cort Adeler. It then was a passenger ship between Stockholm and Åbo (Turku, Finland).

In 1980 they converted the ship into the current restaurant and boat hotel. In 1982 the renovations were ready and the ship took her current place in Riddarfjärden near Gamla Stan. She only leaves her place every 3 years for maintenance.

 Mälardrottning Stockholm

Unique place

The boat hotel Mälardrottningen is located at a unique location. Just a few steps away from Gamla Stan, with a view of Stockholm’s City Hall, Norr Mälarstrand, Söders Höjder and Lake Mälaren. It is one of the best views in Stockholm. From the Evert Taube terraces you can see the most beautiful sunsets.

Sleeping in boat hotel Mälardrottningen

 cabin Mälardrottning

The hotel has 61 cabins of different sizes. I stayed in a standard cabin with private bathroom and a view over Riddarfjärden. The rooms are simple and most have bunk beds. There are also a limited number of larger and more luxurious rooms. On board there is free wifi. Mälardrottningen even has a sauna which is free for the hotel guests.

Breakfast is served at the front of the ship. The breakfast was quite simple. You could skip the breakfast on board and try one of the many breakfast spots in town. 

Restaurang Mälardrottningen

Even those who don’t stay at the hotel, can go to the restaurant. During the summer months you can enjoy the sun at Hutton’s Deck Lounge.

 Mälardrottningen Stockholm

Mälardrottningen practical

Do you also want to stay at Mälardrottningen? The boat hotel is well situated to discover Stockholm and is very good in terms of price. The hotel is centrally located, close to the subway stop of Gamla Stan and at the same time super quiet in Lake Mälaren. Book your stay right away.

How do you reach Mälardrottningen?

Boat hotel Mälardrottningen is just a few steps from the Gamla Stan metro station. Even from the central station you can easily reach the ship on foot. Walk via Centralbron to Riddarholmen. This is about 1 km.

Address: Riddarholmskajen 4, Stockholm

In the neighborhood

Järnpojken, the smallest statue of Stockholm

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It is a public secret that can only be found in few travel guides: Järnpojken. I searched for the boy during several visits until I took the search more seriously and looked for the precise location of the statue. Only then I found it. Since then I have always given it as a tip to all friends who visited Stockholm. They all enthusiastically sent me photos of the little guy. It was about time to write something more about Järnpojken or the Iron Man here as well!

Järnpojken, het Stockholm's smallest guy

Where can you find Järnpojken?

Järnpojken is located in Gamla Stan, near the Royal Palace. Yet the smallest statue of Sweden (the statue is only 15 cm in size) is well hidden and only well-informed tourists find their way to this attraction. The Iron Man stands in the garden of the Finnish Church at Slottsbacken. It is one of Sweden’s most visited public works of art.

Pojken som tittar på månen

The name of the image is officially ‘The boy who looks at the moon’ or ‘Pojken som tittar på månen’ in Swedish. Sometimes the image is also referred to as ‘Olle’. It is a work of art by the Swede Liss Eriksson. He designed the statue in 1954. It then got a first place in Kobjer just outside Lund. It was not until 1967 that the statue got its place at the Finnish Church in Stockholm.

The artist himself created the work, one night when he could not sleep and sat on the windowsill of his mother’s kitchen.

Järnpojken Stockholm

A scarf, a hat

Just like Manneken Pis in Brussels Järnpojken regularly gets different outfits. Every time I visited the little boy, he was wearing another suit. A hat and a scarf to protect him from the cold, something to protect him from the rain, flowers, … It is not known who takes care of those costume changes. It only makes the statue more mysterious to me.

Lucky charm

The story goes that anyone who rubs Järnpojken’s head will certainly return to Stockholm. Others believe that rubbing his head and leaving a penny or other gift, will bring happiness and prosperity. Whoever removes the presents at night is a big secret too.