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Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Photography courtesy of Ett Hem Hotel by Magnus Marding.

Ett Hem (“a home” in Swedish), now a member of the worldwide Small Hotels group, was a private residence built in 1910 for a diplomat’s family by architect Fredrik Dahlberg (1854-1932).   Recently refurbished, this townhouse, situated in the peaceful, Larkstaden residential area of Stockholm, is a tranquil Arts and Crafts architectural design home-away-from home, steeped in the Scandinavian aesthetics where functionality meets beauty.

Transforming the house into a 12-room hotel has been an incredibly delicate process: owner Jeanette Mix wanted to retain its personality but it also had to offer all the services required by modern travellers. She entrusted that task to noted British interior designer Ilse Crawford.

As a result, Ett Hem is again a happy place filled with a remarkable collection of furniture, Scandinavian antiques, cast-iron woodburning stoves, four-poster beds and sheepskin throws.  There are also modern touches like a sauna, 24 hour gym, free wi-fi, flat screen TVs, iPads and minibars.  It is a four-minute stroll from the Tekniska Hogskolan metro station.

The hotel’s food is based on using the best fresh produce available. The complimentary breakfast menu is decided upon in the morning.    

Eat in the kitchen or a bit more formally in the library, or look out at the garden from the Greenhouse, a great place for breakfast.  Snacks and drinks are available anytime in the kitchen.

Outdoors, the courtyard garden is a secret city wilderness that is the perfect place for summer breakfasts or winding down in the evening over a chilled bottle of wine.

To get updates from the kitchen staff please follow Ett Hem Kitchen on Instagram. For reservations call +46 8 20 05 90 or send an e-mail to


Another noted Stockholm design by architect Fredrik Dahlberg is the 1910 Skeppsbron 44, an office building in the Old Town/ central Stockholm. The ground floor houses the historic beer hall Zum Franziskaner.

1910 (above) Skeppsbron 44 office building during construction and after image in 2010.

Article in Club Magazine, the excellent inflight magazine of British Airways, recently focused on 7 cozy hotels in Europe.

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