Stockholm, Sweden

Ett Hem

Rates from (inc tax)$391.27

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21SEK), via, using today’s exchange rate.


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Boutique stays are often called a home away from home, but hotel Ett Hem – a cosy, effortlessly stylish Arts and Crafts house in Stockholm’s chic Lärkstaden neighbourhood – has redefined this badge of honour. Stepping in from the pretty patio and chilled-out glasshouse, guests can sample the laid-back delights of textbook Swedish hospitality: round-the-clock snacks in the kitchen, a library of books they’ll actually want to read and a dozen luxurious rooms impeccably decorated with vintage finds and eye-catching design pieces.

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Need to know


12, including seven suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $391.27 (SEK3,482), excluding tax at 12 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SEK3,900.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast of fresh orange juice, yoghurt, fruits and berries, cheese and cold cuts, pastries and cooked dishes such as eggs and bacon. Guests can also help themselves to home-baked cake and soft drinks throughout the day.


Owner Jeanette worked hand in hand with Ilse Crawford – the design queen of Soho House fame – to create the magazine-worthy interiors. Among the treasure trove of coloured-glass ornaments, chic Michael Anastassiades lights and gleaming brass cabinets, the dining chairs caught our eye: having bought a few of the studded coffee-hued beauties in local markets, Jeanette scoured the globe to complete the set of 12 – a true labour of love.

At the hotel

Patio garden, sauna, treatment room, gym, lounge, book and DVD library, glasshouse, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPad, iPod dock, minibar, Kiehl’s toiletries. A DVD player, kettle and microwave are available on request.

Our favourite rooms

Double Room 4 may be snug, but it makes up in peaceful park views what it lacks in size. We challenge you not to fall for the Suite, a dove-grey nest with parquet floors and cheerful yellow curtains boasting a crystal chandelier, a spectacular marble bath tub and an imposing ceramic-tiled stove from the Fifties. All 12 of the individually decorated rooms are delightful, in fact, with tactile sheepskins, carefully picked artworks and hard-to-leave marble-and-brass bathrooms.


If you don’t fancy a run along the local forest tracks, the basement gym is fully equipped with Technogym machines, a Pilates reformer and yoga mats; the hotel can also set you up with a personal trainer. Nothing soothes post-workout muscles like a traditional Swedish sauna: Ett Hem’s basement version sports a slab of hot stone to relax on and a vivifying pull-down bucket of ice-cold water. For head-to-toe indulgence, book a massage or beauty treatment using indulgent products from those clever apothecarists at Kiehl's.

Packing tips

The weather can be temperamental; always carry a light waterpoof jacket. In the summer, don’t forget your swimsuit: the Stockholm Archipelago can make for blissful rural daytrips.


An elevator leads to the upper-floor rooms and two of the Double Deluxe rooms are accessible to disabled guests.


Pets stay free, but they’re only allowed in the rooms and in the garden. The hotel can provide a dog bed and bowl. See more pet-friendly hotels in Stockholm.


The hotel has more of a grown-up feel, but children are welcome. Free cots or extra beds (SEK750 a night) can be added to Deluxe Double Rooms, Junior Suites or the Suite. Babysitting can be arranged with five days’ notice (SEK600 an hour).

Food and Drink


Top Table

We love the conservatory’s pocket-Petersham-nurseries feel; commandeer its plump linen sofa for a leisurely brunch with the papers.

Dress Code

Summer calls for pretty vintage frocks and winter for oversized cream jumpers; take year-round inspiration from the house’s muted tones for a touch of Nordic cool.

Hotel restaurant

Hungry? ‘Whatever, wherever, whenever’ is the credo of the house, so you’re always guaranteed to find sustenance from the kitchen’s generous stock of locally sourced, organic and fair-trade produce. The chef rustles up a simple menu every day enlivened by classic Swedish flavours, such as truffled foie gras on gingerbread and blackened salmon with pickled onion and a smoked mayonnaise. Have your meal right there on the kitchen table, pull up a seat at the large communal dining table or snuggle up in the peaceful conservatory with a coffee and a slice of cake.

Hotel bar

The brass honesty bar twinkles seductively in a corner of the living room, its two pull-out shelves laden with every imaginable flute, coupe and highball. A DIY cocktail is a good lubricant for impromptu recitals at the piano; more introspective types may prefer to sip quietly on their chosen spirit by the roaring fire.

Last orders

Meal times are fluid here, but breakfast is generally served 7am–11am, lunch from 12 noon, and dinner whenever guests get hungry. The honesty bar in the sitting room is open until 2am.

Room service

If you’re feeling peckish, just call down and speak to the chef, who will fix you a quick snack from what’s in the pantry.


Ett Hem
2 Sköldungagatan
SE-114 27


The closest airport is Bromma, a 20-minute drive away, which serves flights from domestic destinations and a handful of European capitals such as Brussels and Helsinki. Flights from the UK and other international destinations touch down at Arlanda, a 40-minute drive away.


Stockholm Central Station, a 10-minute drive from the hotel, has trains bound for destinations throughout the country. Subway lines 13 and 14 stop at Tekniska Högskolan station, a five-minute walk away.


Walking and public transport is by far the best way to take in Stockholm’s sights, but if you plan on exploring further afield, there’s on-street parking on Baldershage and along Sköldungagatan.

Worth getting out of bed for

On the corner of a quiet residential street and a pleasant neighbourhood park, Ett Helm is the ultimate Östermalm des res. Set out on foot for a spot of shopping on Bibliotekstan, lined with tempting boutiques stocked with cutting-edge Scandinavian labels. Make a pit stop at Östermalm Saluhall, an impeccably preserved 1880s food hall stacked with Swedish delicacies destined for the smörgåsbord. Look out for Bünsow House by the waterfront on Strandvägen, an elegant feast of turrets, dormers and exposed brick that set the tone for much of Sweden’s turn-of-the-century architecture.

Local restaurants

Step away from the meatballs – there’s far more to the local dining scene than this (arguably delicious) Swedish staple. A 10-minute stroll away from the hotel, Råkultur (+46 (0)8 696 23 25) makes the most of the region’s splendid seafood in fabulously fresh sushi, sashimi and maki; look out for surprise appearances by local Waguy beef, raw foie gras and soft-shell crab. With its crisp linens, cut-glass spirits display and herring, shellfish and oyster menu, Sturehof (+46 (0)8 440 57 30) is the local take on the elegant classic brasserie. It’s worth making a detour by Oaxen Slip (+46 (0)8 551 531 05), a modern, glass-walled waterfront brasserie dishing up sparkling Nordic bistro fare such as grilled celeric, ginger-baked pork belly and deep-fried herring with a tangy herb vinegar. For a special occasion, its next-door fine-dining sibling Oaxen Krog is reputedly one of the best 50 restaurants in the world.

Local cafés

If meatballs you must have, head for köttbullar temple Meatballs for the people (+46 (0)8 466 60 99), a deli serving moreish morsels handmade from game, meat and fish alongside the requisite lingonberry jams and pickles. Make a fika break part of your daily routine: this very civilised tradition of coffee, cinnamon buns and idle chit-chat is as much a part of the social fabric as the humble, ubiquitous potatis. We love Gildas Rum (+46 (0)8 714 77 98) on the southern island of Södermalm, a whimsical emporium of comfy armchairs and colourful Kusmi teas with a groaning display of cakes and pastries.



Anonymous review

Few things reinforce a sense of tranquillity quite like the nearby activity of others: far enough away so as not to be a disturbance, but just close enough to provide a gentle reminder of the pure luxury of idleness. It’s just before 11am and we’re lazily scoffing the most scrumptious muesli that we’ve ever known. This is multi-faceted breakfast deliciousness overload. Orange juice is here; coffee there. A basket of breads and pastries just within reach. Cold meat, cheese, slices of radish and cucumber. Buttered-to-death scrambled eggs on their way. Mrs Smith and I will be here for some time yet. No sudden movements.

Just on the fringes of earshot, a meeting is in full swing between two ladies in leather skirts; they have well-judged tans somewhere between teak and maple. An eager young stylist pipes up from time to time with a new idea. Slowly and in unison, the ladies turn their heads towards him. Slowly they turn them back again, to the real subjects of this meeting: a suited man with the greying waves of the one-time lothario, and there, discreetly chic in emerald cashmere, superstar designer Ilse Crawford herself.

We’re in the daintily delightful Ett Hem, Crawford’s latest contribution to Stockholm’s hotel scene. It’s the middle of Design Week and the city is awash with armies of black-clad aesthetes. They gather daily at the furniture and lighting fair in a conference centre on the edge of town. They walk and peer and judge. They stop mid-stride to appraise the line of a chair leg – a silent nod indicates approval. They fondle textiles, exchange business cards, do deals. In the evenings they return to the city to drink free wine in furniture shops.

It’s easy to see why Crawford would hold her meetings here. For nine years, she ran design magazine Elle Decoration before launching her own studio, StudioIlse. Her most prominent projects include Shoreditch House in London and Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Opened in 2013, Ett Hem is the perfect immersion into her personal vision of what the beautifully designed interior ought to be like: subtle, elegant, comfortable – discreetly expensive. Ah, just so. Owner Jeanette Mix and designer Ilse Crawford have given in to their love of beautiful objects and striking design, but this is no private museum: so deft and intuitive is their handling of mismatched Modernist chairs, rich muted tones, gleaming cabinets and vintage stoves that you’ll find yourself instantly at home

At the furniture fair, a large stand is dedicated to exploring Crawford’s design ideas: ‘Design is a verb, not a noun,’ reads one soundbite. Staying here at Ett Hem reveals the truth of the declaration. The phrase ‘Ett Hem’ itself is Swedish for ‘at home’. Guests are encouraged to mingle in several communal areas: a conservatory, kitchen, dining area and lounge. These are not rooms of snotty grandeur but of calm and gentle loveliness. There really is a genuine sense of homeliness here – albeit of the eye-flirtingly tasteful kind.

This is not something that can be achieved through design alone. The service is as warm and thoughtful as the soft furnishings. Each member of staff introduces themselves by name; they remember what tea you drink. One gives me a late-night cigarette when we return home drunk from yet another design party. Every afternoon, the kitchen is filled with the smells of baking and the resulting sponge cake on the sideboard has a dangerous help-yourself policy. No amount of saunas in the hotel’s private spa rooms can conceal the quantity I get through.

It’s almost – almost – too much. There’s one bizarre moment of dizzying self-reflexivity as, back in our suite, we’re surrounded by a symphony of greyscale textures and warm, copper accent notes. Our marble bathtub is just visible through the door. We idly leaf through one of Ilse Crawford’s own design books deftly left among the art books and design magazines. Looking up and around us, I realise we’ve entered the image; or the image has enveloped us. Design is indeed a verb: we are living the life. In heraldry, this is known as mis-en-abyme; it’s something of a holy grail for certain schools of postmodern culture and literary criticism. I decide to get some air.

Outside is cold and bright. Snow drapes the streets in this little enclave of the city. Nearby, nestled among the wealthy and the ambassadorial, looms Lars Israel Wahliman’s national romantic Engelbrekt Church, a splendid pile of faux-mediaeval Art Nouveau brick silliness. Ett Hem itself dates from 1910 and is tinged with similar archaisms – like the turret occupied by part of our suite. In the courtyard, somebody has lit the braziers and covered the chairs with reindeer hides. What could be more Swedishly mediaeval?

I visit the nearby Lars Bohman Gallery and my favourite tailor in Stockholm – an Anglophile Swede named Peter who runs Sundown Covey. I stay for an hour or so discussing tweed and immigration. Peter offers me a whisky. I decline: there’s dinner to be eaten.

Ah, middag! The food combines Scandinavian innovation and daring flavour combinations with an emphasis on seasonality and robust, sharing-sized portions. After a zippy little Manzanilla, we share three of the finest starters you could possibly imagine: soft, sweet veal tartare with the salty kick of white sturgeon caviar; rich, roasted Jerusalem artichoke with Swedish bleak roe; and – the pick of the bunch – exquisite young cabbage topped with crispy onions and mayonnaise (sounds weird; tastes divine). The main course of venison is as soft as butter and has Mrs Smith and I gurgling with delight. Our eyes meet, we clink glasses. It’s hard not to feel smug as hell. Home – our real home – will never be the same again.

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 Ett Hem’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything....honestly cannot fault. Received an upgrade to a Junior Suite which was simply the most divine large room I have ever stayed in. I've had the pleasure of staying ing a lot of nice places over the years but this one is just perfect in every way. From the moment you arrive you are treated like family. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The interior design is spot on. The food was much so we ate there every night! If you are undecided if you should stay.....don't now! You honestly won't regret it.

Don’t expect want to ever leave!!. You are a short walk to the "city" as such. Didn't bother me in the slightest as I loved the walk and it was nice to come "home" after meetings.


Stayed on 20 Sep 2016

We loved

Pretty much everything - beautiful design, great food, lots of help, etc. Artipelag - beautiful spot! 10/10

Don’t expect

Nothing really - expected it to be expensive and it was, as is all of Stockholm. Ask questions if you're not sure about the price of something, folks are not overtly transparent about prices of extra items (i.e., food and drink).


Stayed on 18 Jun 2016

We loved

the warm welcome, the relaxing ambience and the stunning decor. Snickarbaken 7 is hidden gallery space perfect for Fika

Don’t expect

to want to leave the hotel


Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

Decor, ambience, staff, library, outdoor fireplace, sheepskins – a complete and luxurious retreat!

Don’t expect

Bustling impersonal lobby, disinterested staff, or uncomfortable beds; you won't find any of those unpleasant things here!


Stayed on 12 Dec 2015

We loved

The space, the service, the food; everything!

Don’t expect

A faceless reception desk.


Stayed on 20 Nov 2015

We loved

The hotel was immaculately presented yet very relaxed. The staff were very helpful and the food was delicious. The rooms are beautiful.


Stayed on 16 Jan 2015