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Beginning life as an all-girls school in 1910, the iconic art-nouveau building which houses boutique Stockholm hotel Miss Clara has come a long way since the days when students walked its halls. But while it’s named after one of the most fondly remembered headmistresses of the institution, you’ll find nothing to remind you of chalkboards and textbooks – so fret not that memories of elasticated gym knickers will hit you on check-in. Instead, thanks to a sleek renovation from award-winning architect Gert Wingardh, low-key Scandi minimalism combines with industrial glamour for a designer stay you’ll be Instagramming for weeks.
Behind an impressive façade on one of Stockholm’s main strips, seductive interiors make use of retro furnishings, feminine touches and plenty of dark wood panelling, exuding a warmth often missing from Scandi design. And with its prime location, you won’t have to go far when you want to snap away at something other than #designporn.
The urge to curl up in a corner with a good book and a cup of tea hits you immediately upon entering one of Miss Clara’s sophisticated bedrooms. High arched windows drawn with soft drapes make for a bird’s-eye view of the busy street outside, best enjoyed from a cushioned perch on the window ledge (it’s worth booking a superior room overlooking the pastel-pink church), though after a long day walking you might be more interested in the king-sized tub.
What’s for breakfast?
What isn’t? Served up in the elegant downstairs restaurant, the breakfast buffet is an exercise in restraint, with traditional European cold meats and cheese on offer alongside freshly made waffles, sausages, breads, cereals and gluten-free porridge.
How about lunch and dinner?
Take a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows in the ground-floor restaurant for bistro-style fare with a side of Stockholm people watching (and what beautiful people they are). The playful lunch menu includes instantly recognisable eats like Swedish meatballs, while the dinner offering features slightly more indulgent dishes such as wild-boar bourguignon. After something more casual? Giro Pizzeria next door is a collaboration between Nobis, parent group of Miss Clara, and one of the world’s oldest pizzerias, Da Michele.
Is there a bar?
Come 5PM, the breakfast buffet transforms into a chic bar space, with innovative cocktails shaken, stirred and swizzled until late, perfect for a pre-dinner tipple before heading out to explore the city’s nightlife.
Sauna, gym and free wifi.
Within a short walk you can find…
Just a few blocks away you’ll find Stockholm city’s main shopping drag, while a short stroll in pretty much any direction will turn up stylish boutiques, hipster cafés and cosy bars. Even the must-do old town is just a 20-minute walk away, with a metro stop nearby for anywhere further afield.
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