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Staying at Hotel Esplanade in Stockholm

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Hotel Esplanade Stockholm

When I look for a hotel in Stockholm, I mainly look at the location. Since I usually do everything on foot, a hotel that is centrally located in the city is the easiest. I’m happy to pay a little extra for that. If that hotel is also facing the water, I feel very lucky. When I traveled to Stockholm in December 2019, Hotel Esplanade caught my eye. Despite what you might expect from a hotel on Strandvägen, it was still quite affordable.

It was a bit further away from the Central Station than the hotels around Brunkebergstorg (At Six, Hobo, Downtown Camper) where I also like to stay, but it was a bit closer to Djurgården.

As soon as I walked in, I felt like a princess. They immediately live up to their slogan ‘a personal boutique hotel’. The welcoming was very warm. Apparently it is a hotel where guests like to stay for a longer period of time and I completely agree with that. I had a chat with the lady at the reception, she gave me some extra tips for my stay and I took the old wooden stairs to my room.

From the salons you have a beautiful view over the water, Nybroviken. Such a lovely sitting area! You’ll find the high ceilings everywhere, including in the rooms. Another feature that you see (or should I say, hear) everywhere is the creaky wooden floors. It has its charm (and I can’t remember being bothered by the noise in my room).

Hotel Esplanade Stockholm

Hotel Esplanade, a hotel with a history

I previously slept in Best Western Bentleys Hotel in Drottninggatan. The style of both hotels is a bit similar. Hotel Esplanade is located in a beautiful ‘jugendhus’ from 1910 and has 34 rooms. When the hotel opened, it was under the name Grand Pensionat Dehn. Most of the furniture is still original. The interior is mainly from Svenskt Tenn and NK. There are both single and double rooms, from basic to deluxe. The rooms face either the courtyard, Hovstallet or Nybroviken waters. Coffee, tea and biscuits are available in the lounges throughout the day. Breakfast is served in the beautifully decorated breakfast room. My favorite at the breakfast buffet was the skagenröra.

Hotel Esplanade is a popular location for TV and film shooting and fashion magazines also like to come to the hotel for photo shoots.

Hotel Esplanade Stockholm

Practical

How do you get to Hotel Esplanade? 

Hotel Esplanade Strandvägen

I walked from Centralen to Hotel Esplanade (a 20 minute walk) but you can also take public transport or a taxi. Take the metro (tunnelbana) to Nybroplan. From here it is a 2 minute walk.

The hotel itself has no parking. The nearest (paid) parking spaces can be found a little further along Strandvägen.

Address: Strandvägen 7a, Stockholm

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Nearby

  • Svenskt Tenn
  • Dramaten
  • Nybroviken with ferries to the archipelago and cruises

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5 January 2022
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Grand Hotel Lapland in Gällivare

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Grand Hotel Lapland Gällivare

When I traveled with the Inlandsbanan to Swedish Lapland in the summer of 2017, I switched between wild camping and hotel nights. In Gällivare I spent one night in Grand Hotel Lapland. This hotel is located near Gällivare station. The hotel has wellness facilities with a view of the Dundret Mountains.

I stayed there in the summer and enjoyed a green and (sometimes also) sunny Lapland. Gällivare is also a popular place in winter. There was still snow on top of nearby Dundret during the summer. During the winter months, the area around Dundret turns into a popular ski area where you can also do night skiing. If skiing north of the Arctic Circle is on your bucket list, then you have to go here!

More about skiing in Sweden can be found here.

Hotel meets local

In a small town in Lapland there are not many facilities. It is therefore a good idea to integrate a number of facilities in the hotel that the local residents eagerly use. There is also a bowling alley in the hotel. The hotel offers special rates for their guests.

The local knitting club regularly meets in the hotel’s café/restaurant. I loved eavesdropping while eating my quiche at the other table.

Wellness and rooftop Skybar at Grand Hotel Lapland

Grand Hotel Lapland Gällivare

The rooftop of Grand Hotel Lapland offers fantastic views of Dundret. During the summer months you can enjoy the rooftop terrace, a heated and covered swimming pool and an outdoor jacuzzi. Inside there is also a sauna (separate for women and men, there is also a mixed sauna) with a relaxation area and a spacious gym.

During the summer months it gets barely dark (to not dark at all during some weeks around 21 June) in Gällivare. The rooftop is a great place to spot the midnightsun. Unfortunately it was cloudy when I was there. I suspect that Gällivare is too lit to spot the northern lights in the winter months, but if you take a walk outside the town you might have a better chance.

Tip: Gällivare is only 80 km from Kiruna, the mining village that will be moved about 4 km in the coming years. The world famous ice hotel is also nearby.

Practical information

How to get to Grand Hotel Lapland?

The hotel is located close to Gällivare station. If you come by train, you can’t miss it. If you come by car, you can park on the hotel site.

Address: Lasarettsgatan 1, Gällivare

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Nearby

  • Gällivare Museum
  • Dundret
  • Vassaraträsket

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Grand hotel Lapland Gällivare
19 August 2021
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Staying at Hotel Emma in Östersund

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Hotel Emma Östersund

In the summer of 2017 I traveled with Inlandsbanan all the way to Swedish Lapland. Slow travel, you might say. The first day the train from Inlandsbanan took me to Östersund (Jämtland), to leave early the next morning for Gällivare. On the way back I spent a night in Östersund. I chose Hotel Emma.

Hotel Emma is within walking distance of the station (Västra) and proved to be a popular stop for Inlandsbanan travellers. The hotel is located in the shopping street of Östersund. Unfortunately the shops were already closed when the train arrived. Several restaurants and bars can be found in the immediate vicinity. There is also a supermarket nearby.

The extraordinary breakfast at Hotel Emma

Hotel Emma does not have a typical hotel entrance. It takes a while to find the bell. There are also other companies in the same building. The room was comfortable and rather traditional. You have everything you need but you will not be blown away by the rooms. Cozy living rooms can also be found between the rooms where you can read a book in peace.

What blew me away was the friendly welcome and especially the extensive breakfast. On the buffet I mainly discovered homemade and local products. It gave me a warm B&B feeling. Moreover, you could bake your own waffles! There were different types of juices, different types of homemade jam, various pastries to choose from and lots of fresh products. In short: just for breakfast alone, I’d like to go to Hotel Emma back!

Practical information

How do you get to Hotel Emma in Östersund?

Hotel Emma is centrally located in Östersund. From Stortorget you walk straight into Prästgatan and you will soon see the hotel on your left. From Östersund station you can walk straight through Prästgatan. The hotel is then on your right, 850 meters from the station.

Address: Prästgatan 31, Östersund

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Nearby

  • Wedemarks Konditori
  • Åhléns
  • Hemmakväll

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Hotel Emma Östersund
19 August 2021
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