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Hotel Highlights

  • Magnificent ballroom bar
  • Cutting-edge fashion and interiors shopping
  • Dazzling live-music calendar

Overview

Boutiquey but big, with 82 rooms, Berns Hotel was built as a restaurant in 1863; then reincarnated more than a century later as Stockholm's best-loved hotel and entertainment palace. Rooms are cosy but not tiny, and the entire hotel is dripping with style: the wood panelling feels both modern and warm, and the rooms and public spaces are being updated with new Italian and Scandinavian design elements all the time. Sip schnapps on the terrace, explore the different bars, and escape by lift back to your room at some point in the small hours...

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A pastry platter from the hotel patisserie and a 20% discount on food at Bistro Berns

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Facilities

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Berns Hotel – Stockholm – Sweden

Need To Know

Rooms

82, including six suites.

Check–out

Midday, but flexible. The earliest check-in time is 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $225.11 (SEK1,598), excluding tax at 12 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude buffet breakfast (SEK195 each).

Also

The on-site gym has a spinning bike, cross trainer and running machine, as well as some free weights, open from 7am to 11pm every day. Guests at Berns Hotel also receive a VIP wristband to Berns' night club (as well as Club Ambassadeur, Hell’s Kitchen, White Room and Spy Bar), so they can sashay to the head of the queue; a late check-out – until 2pm – and a free Bloody or Virgin Mary are thrown in to ease your head the next morning.

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi, fresh fruit, library, laundry, late-night bar, club (Berns 2.35:1) and concert venue (Stora Salongen). In every room, there's a flatscreen TV, iPod dock and minibar; ensuite bathrooms have Malin & Goetz toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The Clock Suite is the biggest, with views over the park. Room 608 is spacious and light, with a terrace garden. Junior suites feature designer interiors. Room 431 served as a dressing room for Ella Fitzgerald and Marlene Dietrich.

Packing tips

Deck shoes, eye-mask in summer (only three hours of darkness), contemporary-furniture wish list, duty-free booze and smokes.

Also

Berns 2.35:1, the hotel's nightclub, features music from both resident and visiting DJs. Stora Salongen, the concert hall, has been showcasing Swedish and international acts since 1863; recent visitors include M83, Hurts and White Lies.

Children

Welcome, but when the bars and club get busy, it’s not the best family environment. Cots and extra beds for children are available free of charge.

Food & Drink

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Berns Hotel – Stockholm – Sweden

Hotel Restaurant

The baroque gilded restaurant, Berns Asiatiska, is huge. To the right is the cocktail bar; to the left, the sushi bar. The restaurant serves sophisticated Asian-inspired food, starting with breakfast at 7am (7.30am on weekends).  Asian brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday.

Hotel Bar

There are a number of bars, a VIP area, and a terrace that gets packed in summer. The lounge bar has huge chandeliers, mirrored walls, balconies and a stage, and is popular with the media and fashion crowd.

Last orders

Drinks are served in the bars until 3am.

Room service

The restaurant's full menu is available 24 hours a day.

Smith Insider

Dress code

A la mode.

Top table

An intimate corner table.

Local Guide

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Berns Hotel – Stockholm – Sweden
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Go for a sauna and massage, or hire a private Turkish bath at the Sturebadet (www.sturebadet.se). Head to the beach. In winter, go skiing in Flottsbro, or skating in Kungsträdgården Park.
Viewpoint The best and most self-indulgent place from which to view the city is the restaurant Eriks Gondolen on Stadsgården.
Arts and culture The Moderna Museet has a superb collection of Swedish and international art. More than 16, 000 paintings and sculptures are housed in the National Museum on Södra Blasieholmshamnen. The open-air museum Skansen on Djurgården recalls the Sweden of bygone days, with flora and fauna, farms, manor-houses and craftspeople at work. The Vasamuseet: the Vasa is the world’s only surviving 17th-century ship (www.vasamuseet.se).
Something for nothing Watch the changing of the guard (12h15, or 13h15 on Sundays) daily in the Outer Courtyard of the beautiful Royal Palace. Play in the snow in winter!
Shopping Biblioteksgatan, near Stureplan, has a concentration of upmarket shops. On Hornsgatan are irresistible interior design and art shops. Södermalm has many secondhand and antiques shops, as well as one-off boutiques and skater shops. For handicrafts and knick-knacks, visit the old town of Gamla Stan. Don’t leave without visiting Östermalmshallen Market on Humlegårdsgatan, open until 18h Monday–Thursday; 18h30 Friday; 16h Saturday and 14h Sunday. In a characterful building next to the flower market, it’s a huge delicatessen selling every type of top-quality food you can think of, with bars and restaurants to stop off in.
And… Get a boat out to the archipelago of Vaxholm in summer and have a champagne picnic (ask the hotel to pack you one). Or sail to the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (two hours from the central port) and visit the pretty beaches and harbour at Sandhamn, on the island of Sandön.

Local restaurants

Hotellet on Linnégatan (+46 (0)8 442 8900) has a bar, terrace and club. Its mezzanine restaurant does Mediterranean cuisine, and the rooftop has sunloungers. Minimalist in style, and candlelit at night. Cosy Café Tranan on Karlbergsv (+46 (0)8 272 8100), with its checked tablecloths, provides Swedish favourites. Conducive to romance by night, with its peerless views, Eriks on Stadsgården (+46 (0)8 641 7090) is a unique structure in the sky with two restaurants: Eriks Grillbar is bistro-style; Eriks Gondolen is more formal, serving French/Swedish dishes. Stylish Fredsgatan 12 on Fredsgatan (+46 248 052) serves Swedish and international cuisine, and is ideal for lunch. Sturehof on Stureplan (+46 (0)8 440 5730) is a great seafood restaurant with lobster and oyster specialities; there are three floors of which Obaren on the top floor is probably the best.

Local bars

The best restaurants in Stockholm often come with bar and nightclub attached. Hotellet on Linnégatan (+46 (0)8 442 8900) has a bar, terrace and club. Café Tranan on Karlbergsv has a traditional bar downstairs which is as popular as the eatery itself. Brasserie Godot on Grev Turegatan is a stylish restaurant and bar with excellent mojitos and a hip crowd.

Local cafés

The best coffee is found in Tintarella di Luna on Drottninggatan, an authentic Italian café that does great paninis. If you’re craving afternoon tea, we suggest the Diplomat Tea House on Strandvägen, for scones with jam and marmalade and sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

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Historic nightlife palace

Berns Hotel

8 Näckströmsgatan, Stockholm, 11147

Planes

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, 35 minutes away by car, is the nearest airport (www.arlanda.se).

Trains

The city’s central station is located a kilometre from the hotel – the journey will take around three minutes by car and 15 minutes on foot. From here, trains go to other destinations within Sweden, as well as to other European countries (www.sj.se).

Automobiles

The main roads leading to the hotel are the E4 and the E18. Car hire and taxis are available from the airport.

Reviews

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Berns Hotel – Stockholm – Sweden

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We crossed the leafy square over which Berns hotel presides, and headed straight for the wrong entrance. There are two: a discreet doorway off to the right leads to reception; the exciting-looking glass structure built into the façade is where non-residents flock to drink and disport themselves in Stockholm’s beloved party palace (from dinner in the restaurant to dancing in übert…
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Berns Hotel

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We crossed the leafy square over which Berns hotel presides, and headed straight for the wrong entrance. There are two: a discreet doorway off to the right leads to reception; the exciting-looking glass structure built into the façade is where non-residents flock to drink and disport themselves in Stockholm’s beloved party palace (from dinner in the restaurant to dancing in übertrendy LE).

There’s no lobby as such, but the main bar is big enough to hold a double-decker bus; Berns’ public spaces are on a very grand scale. Hungry, we followed the advice of the beautiful people at reception and wandered up to the Sturehof, a classic brasserie situated on Stureplan, close to leafy Östermalm. There was exuberance in the air (perhaps as it was end-of-the-month payday), and we sat until 01h over five types of Baltic herring and a bottle of rosé, watching the locals go by, and promising each other to whoop it up ourselves the following night.

Boutiquey but big, with 65 rooms, Berns Hotel was originally built as a restaurant in 1863; it got reincarnated 14 years ago as a unique hotel and entertainment palace. Our room was cosy but not tiny, and we loved its style: wood panelling felt both modern and warm, and the groovy cylindrical TV console not only looked great, but also provided me with a screen for undertaking mysterious changes of attire while Mr Smith caught up with current affairs from the comfort of the bed. The modern bathroom was fine, but not as attractive as the room itself, which had the feel of a first-class cabin, without being painfully retro.

In the morning, we explored: the museum-like Red Room and Mirror Room (where we breakfasted sumptuously on, oh, the usual – gravadlax, scrambled eggs, reindeer meat), the ON-bar overlooking Berzelii Park, an upstairs bar that was to get seriously crowded later, an outdoor terrace (a summer institution), and the spectacular main restaurant, which can only be described as Conran goes to the Vienna opera. Mr Smith, jacket junkie, was on a mission to check out Swedish designer Filippa K, find a vintage emporium, and have a rifle through H&M. I was happy to go along with this, since it all had a pleasingly Scandinavian unisex appeal.

We decided to make for Södermalm, a quirkier quarter than the superbly heeled central zone. This took us across Gamla Stan, the mediaeval old town, whose pretty-as-a-picture streets and squares are the big tourist-tat-shop area. In concept boutique c/o Stockholm on Götgatan, we browsed Myla lingerie, vintage sunglasses, Missoni towels, Nuxe and REN products and Lara Bohinc jewellery. In a modern mall, Galleria Bruno, we found the best selection of It jeans we’ve ever seen. Fitted out in new slinky top and manly cropped jacket respectively, we doubled back on ourselves for lunch at Eriks Gondolen, a bridge-like structure high in the air, with the best views in town.

Feeling at home in Södermalm, we headed to Bondegatan, Nytorgsgatan and Skånegatan, where skaters, students and other species of youth hang out in pavement cafes, bars and parks. The scene was beginning to live up to one of my favourite Scandinavian templates: the film Together, where Seventies values and good skin meet thrift-shop chic. We had coffee in an airy, grungey canteen called String, murmured lovingly at some amazingly cheap leather easy chairs, and contented ourselves with some vintage Sanderson wallpaper from one of the secondhand shops on Bondegatan.

We’d forgotten to book for the hotel restaurant, but the front-desk angels saved the evening and got us a table at the last minute. The vast gilded dining hall at Berns Hotel is ornate, grand and lofty, and the staff (like those in every single shop and restaurant we visited) were sweetness itself. Mr Smith had one of the best steaks he’s ever eaten – and he’s had a few – and we drank a bottle of Crozes-Hermitage before heading into Norrmalm.

Hotellet is a packed see-and-be-seen bar, but we preferred the youthful Brasserie Godot, with its reggae soundtrack, great mojitos and bar mural. Bypassing the Footballers’ Wives end of the nightlife scene, we went back to the Berns and were amazed to see our dignified hotel transformed into a heaving continent of dancing, drinking bodies. We sipped schnapps on the terrace, explored the different bars, and escaped by lift back to our room at some point in the small hours, Berns still pulsating away beneath us.

On Sunday morning, we could have done with some salty sea air, but decided that boarding a boat when we had a flight booked late was too ripe for farce. Instead, we walked to Djurgården and spent the rest of our city break in a facsimile of pre-industrial rural Sweden. It’s great: an open-air museum, with reconstructed hovels and playfighting bears. Already sarcastic about my passion for a toy shop in Södermalm (‘Oh, look, a pony with a daisy in its mouth…’), Mr Smith wondered if I was reliving my childhood. Then he discovered the elk enclosure.

Before we left for the airport we found ourselves back at the Sturehof. There’s a café-society feel to the swankier parts of town, and it dawned on me that, as well as bringing out the Bond girl in me, Stockholm was close to fulfiling all the Wallpaper*-fuelled lifestyle fantasies I’d ever nurtured. We sat among the international crowd, all cashmere and ‘ciao’ and tried work out a way of becoming regulars.

Of all the Stockholm clichés we were prepared for – beautiful people, sexy design, social equality, fantastic herring – not all are 100 per cent true: you’ll see the occasional kink in a symmetrically beautiful face; there’s some glum Sixties architecture; and while Mr Smith says he wouldn’t object, apparently Swedish women have to do all the running, dating-wise. Micro-quibbles aside, Stockholm is clean, cultured and cool. And the herring rocks.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Berns Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel's in a great location

Don’t expect

The nearby nightclub meant the room was a bit noisy in the evenings. A bit of TLC is needed in the rooms and public areas.

Rating: 2/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the location! It's excellent for all the great restaurants and shops.

Don’t expect

Don't stay on the first floor. We were given a room on the first floor and were kept awake until 3am by the club music in the hotel. They did however, upgrade us the next day to the fifth floor, which was a much nicer room.

Rating: 7/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel benefits from a really fantastic central location – it's easily walkable from the airport shuttle train station. The restaurant/bar has a great buzzy feel and is very popular with locals. Our room was a good size but could maybe benefit from a bit of an update.

Don’t expect

If you value your sleep and are planning a weekend break in Stockholm, Berns maybe isn't the hotel for you. The nightclub in the basement goes on until 5am and there are often parties going on in the private room next to the restaurant which can be very loud.

Rating: 6/10 stars