Stockholm, Sweden

Hotel J

Rates from (inc tax)$239.81

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 (SEK2,290.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Superchic chalet

Setting

Scandinavian seaside

Channeling its postcard-perfect views overlooking Stockholm harbour, Hotel J takes a yachting-inspired perspective with its red, white and blue colour palette. Located on Nacka Strand along the Saltsjön waterway, this breezy hideaway feels like somewhere it's always summer, with its pale oak furniture, comfortable white cotton chairs and outdoor picnic tables at the water’s edge. If it weren't for the signature Scandinavian design sensibility, we might even wonder if we were in New England.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

158, including five suites.

Check–Out

12 noon.

Rates

Double rooms from $239.81 (SEK2,045), 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 {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SEK2,290.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

At the hotel

Guests can use the local gym for free. A jetty, garden and watch-tower provide outdoor spaces for entertaining and enjoyment. The hotel can arrange sailing boats, with or without an instructor, from the neighbouring sailing club.In rooms: LCD TV, WIFi.

Our favourite rooms

Room 216 is a suite in the new wing and has two floors, a double-aspect view and a private balcony. Room 118 has a sea view. Room 431 is the honeymoon suite and has a Jacuzzi bath.

Also

Ferries run regularly between the wharf next to Restaurant J and central Stockholm; the trip takes 25 minutes and ferries run until midnight in summer.

Children

Very welcome. Cots are free, as are extra beds for kids up to 12. Extra beds for over-12s are SEK400 a night.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Brasserie-style Restaurant J looks out over the bay of Saltsjön, and is every bit as yacht-club nautical as the rest of the hotel, with oak chairs and tables, white wooden paneling, red, white and blue furnishings and an open fire. The extensive menu draws heavily from the ocean, and is influenced by modern American cuisine. (Book two days a ahead for the spectacular platter of shellfish.) In summer, the 250-seat terrace by the water’s edge is the alfresco option.

 

At the bar

Set in the 19th-century summer house beside the hotel, Tornvillans bar is a cosy clubby spot, dotted with original features including tiled stoves, oil portraits and an open fireplace.

Last orders

Restaurant J takes food orders from 11.30am to 10pm, during the week and from noon to 10pm on weekends.

Room service

A snack or light-meal menu is available 5pm–11pm.

Location

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Address
Hotel J
1 Ellensviksvägen
Stockholm
Sweden

Planes

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, 50 minutes away by car, is the nearest airport (www.arlanda.se).

Trains

The city’s central station is located 10 kilometres from the hotel – the journey will take around 15 minutes by car. From here, trains go to other destinations within Sweden, as well as to other European countries (www.sj.se). The station also has an underground connection to T-Centralen, on the metro line.

Automobiles

The main roads leading to Hotel J are the E4 and the E18; the city centre is a 15–20-minute drive from the hotel. Car hire and taxis are available from the airport.

Worth getting out of bed for

Local restaurants

Restaurant J (+46 (0)8 601 30 25) is the other side of the marina from the hotel and has a contemporary menu focusing on seafood. Its sun deck, overlooking the Saltsjön waterway, is perfect on a summer’s day. Michelin-starred Pontus in the Greenhouse on Österlånggatan in the Gamla Stan (+46 (0)8 545 27 300) has all the latest foams and froths, and an exceptional wine list. Operakällaren at the Operahuset on Karl XII’s torg (+46 (0)8 676 58 00) is another Michelin-starred temple to gastronomy and has wonderful views over the harbour. Sturehof, located in a cool precinct on Stureplan (+46 (0)8 440 57 30), is an elegant brasserie serving good fish and shellfish, with a popular pavement terrace. Riche on Birger Jarlsgatan (+46 (0)8 545 035 60) has an international menu and a glossy clientele.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith

For as long as I’d known her, the nearest Mrs Smith had been to open water was driving over London Bridge. But here in Stockholm, her eyes were fixed on one of the sleek motorboats bobbing gently in the marina, and she whispered conspiratorially: ‘I know how to hotwire a Princess 440.’ Had there been a misspent youth she hadn’t told me about? Stockholm was serene, bathed in the warm light of a watery midsummer sunset, yet it seemed to have transformed my companion into Cut-throat Jake. I quickly steered her toward the Hotel J, not wanting to spend our romantic weekend in a Swedish prison on a charge of high seas piracy.

It could have been the voyage from the city centre that had brought about this change in Mrs Smith. 15 minutes earlier we’d been sitting beneath the spires and palaces of the Old Town, two perfectly law-abiding citizens. We boarded a white steamboat straight out of the pages of Swallows and Amazons – all varnished wood, flying pennants and brass fittings. What better way to arrive at the Hotel J? As we chugged down the broad Saltsjön waterway that links Stockholm to the Baltic I could feel myself unwind with each spin of the propeller. Mrs Smith seemed to be in her element.

Hotel J stands on the shore beyond the marina, tucked snugly against a rocky headland. The smooth lines and fine craftsmanship of yachting guide the hotel’s design (its name refers to the elegant J-Class America’s Cup yachts of the Twenties and Thirties). The glow from reception beckoned like harbour lights, and we found a bright and airy interior, with furniture and cabinets made of light oak, chairs covered in thick white cotton, offset by dark wood flooring. A faint summer breeze billowed in from the garden, carrying the smell of pine trees and the sea. As our host Inger greeted us, I almost expected her to say, ‘Welcome aboard.’

There is a distinct feel of New England in the red, white and blue scheme. Our room in the older red-brick part of the hotel, built in 1912, had a thick star-spangled blanket draped over the enormous bed. Yet when I flung open the windows, instead of Nantucket Sound or Martha’s Vineyard, the beautiful view was of the mile-wide Saltsjön. The sound of waves drifted up from bottom of the garden and, beyond the tilting masts of catamarans at the sailing club, the northern horizon was ablaze with a burning sunset. Fortunately I’d booked a room with a sea view, otherwise I may well have been made to walk the plank.

Mrs Smith had already set off for the honesty bar, no doubt looking for a tot of rum. I found her in the little candle-filled garden enviously eying the passing pleasure craft. Summer in Stockholm is all about the great outdoors, there being plenty of cold winter months when you can sit by Hotel J’s cosy fireplace trying to remember what the sun looks like. For now, staying indoors seemed very wrong; switching on the TV felt downright criminal. It was past midnight and the sun was still loitering just below the horizon. Even at this late hour the waterway was abuzz with speedboats and ferries making their way back in the twilight from the archipelago between Stockholm and the open sea.

Hotel J could convert even the most ardent landlubber to the romance of sailing – not the blazers and yellow wellies scene of the Solent, but the effortless grace and style of a bygone era. At breakfast in the clubhouse atmosphere of the lounge, I caught myself contemplating one of the many photos of elegant sailing boats and wondering how I’d look at the helm in a thick cable-knit jumper, studying clouds and pulling on ropes, or whatever it is that people do on yachts. There is something wholesome and healthy, something deeply Scandinavian, about the Hotel J, with its use of natural materials, its fresh design lines and its easy-going informality. I vowed to give up a whole host of unhealthy habits once I got back to London.

I managed to get Mrs Smith past the marina without incident, and we waited at the waterfront Restaurant J, the sister establishment of the hotel, for a ferry to take us into the archipelago. Like the hotel, the restaurant attracts an egalitarian mix of young couples, families and style-conscious bon viveurs. We settled into the deckchairs, the only two brunettes in a crowd of athletic blonde Swedes, as a remixed Abba tune drifted over from the sundeck. Short of adding some flat-pack furniture and liquorice fish, the scene could not have been more Swedish.

The ferry took us down the Saltsjön, back past the hotel and out into the maze of islands, their shores dotted with gingerbread summerhouses among the pines. With 24,000 islands to choose from, there seems to be enough peace and seclusion for everyone. Each house got an ‘ooh’ or an ‘ahh’ from the both of us. First we wanted the one with the balcony, then the one with the turret, then the one with the turret, balcony and boathouse on its own private island. ‘Do you know what I’d really like?’asked Mrs Smith. I tried to think. A parrot? An eye patch? A wooden leg? ‘No!’ she said. ‘I’d like to visit the Hotel J every summer, in endless sunshine, with Stockholm on one side and the beautiful archipelago on the other… and a Princess 440.’

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 Hotel J’s Guestbook below.

We loved

This place is fantastic, from the service to the decor and the view. We had a much needed rest after a night in the Swedish forest. We were lucky enough to be upgraded too, to one of their rooms with a roof top terrace which was incredible. Even if you don't want to splash out on a meal at Restaurant J, sit on their waterfront terrace and soak up the sun with a drink. 10/10

Don’t expect

Lively nights

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

Beautiful hotel right on the water front in Nacka. Great restaurant for sitting out in the sun. Yes, our six month old daughter, and the hotel was extremely helpful with all our little requests

Don’t expect

pumping nightlife

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Stayed on 16 Apr 2016

We loved

The lounge area with honesty bar is a great idea and feels very Swedish. The breakfast provided lots of choice and we enjoyed the views from the room. Staff were friendly and helpful. If travelling in the warmer months there is a lovely garden centre with a cafe on the same island as the Abba museum.

Don’t expect

Luxury - rooms outside the main house feel as if they are catering to business guests staying for conferences rather than guests wanting a bit more from their stay. Rooms, though stylish, were very basic and could have done with a more homely feel.

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Stayed on 30 Mar 2016

We loved

The breakfast room overlooking the water. The restaurant (part of the hotel, but off the grounds and open to the public) is very cool and great to watch the world go by.

Don’t expect

The ferry from the Hotel J into Stockholm to be so much fun.

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Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The breakfast was briiliant, huge selection and great quality. The room - spacious and very clean. 

Don’t expect

To be within walking distance of the city

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Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

The hotel's lovely relaxed communal area and nearby Restaurant J.

Don’t expect

Nightlife.

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Stayed on 12 Feb 2016

We loved

The Christmas decorations and atmosphere and the restaurant J!

Don’t expect

Too much of the kitchen in the evening.

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Stayed on 13 Dec 2015

We loved

The rooms are beautiful and the view is stunning. The staff was very helpful. I had a wonderful stay.

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

The atmosphere and were so nice and a helpful crew.

Don’t expect

Any noise.

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Stayed on 4 Sep 2015

We loved

The decor. The views. The vibe. The linens. The staff. The breakfast.

Don’t expect

Amazing restaurant food.

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Stayed on 16 Aug 2015

We loved

The location is great - on the waterfront, with all of the boat traffic in and out of Stockholm passing by. The style - we simply loved the Newport-themed design.

Don’t expect

Free parking - there is a hotel garage and it is recommended as there are not many spaces on the public parking lot.

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Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

We loved

We loved the great location and getting there by ferry!

Don’t expect

It would have been nice to have had a kettle and tea making facility in the rooms.

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Stayed on 5 Sep 2014