Stockholm, Sweden

Lydmar Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$270.40

Price information

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Calm cobbled waterfront

Standing pretty right by the water in Stockholm’s city centre, Lydmar Hotel has cosseting rooms, a classic brasserie and peaceful harbour views to boot. It’s easy to see why locals have embraced this grand white stone building as their own: its luxurious stylings, bold art displays and summer alfresco terrace make it the perfect urban bolthole.

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Need to know


46, including seven suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $270.40 (SEK2,411), 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 (SEK2,700.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Rates include a buffet breakfast of pastries, cinnamon buns, salmon and cold cuts, cereal and hot dishes such as bacon and eggs.


It’s worth lingering in the lobby, which is used as an exhibition space for up-and-coming designers, photographers and artists (we love Amanda Ooms’ rich, intricate charcoal drawings). The owner can often be seen hanging the next batch of eye-catching art, which is rotated around all the floors for two years before making its way back to the artist.

Please note

The National Museum of Sweden is undergoing renovations until 2017. During this time there may be some minor noise disturbance.

At the hotel

Lounge, terrace, exhibition space, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with on-demand films, minibar, free bottled water, L’Occitane toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Many of Lydmar’s rooms have views over the waterfront, but Classic King 412 and Medium King 413 are the best placed for harbour-gazing. With its enormous leather sleigh bed and original parquet floor, the X Large room had us at hallå. Decorated in elegant taupes and plush fabrics, all rooms are cosy and welcoming, with intriguing artwork, sleek bathrooms and a minibar well stocked with local treats.


Guests have free access to the facilities at the Nordic Spa at the Grand Hotel next door. This sleek and stylish space has a sauna and swimming pool, and offers deeply relaxing massages, chiropractic treatments and tailor-made facials.

Packing tips

Take a spare fold-away suitcase in your luggage: it’s hard to resist the lure of Stockholm’s designer shops.


Three of the Medium King rooms are accessible to disabled guests.


Pets can stay free in rooms on the first floor, but guests will need to bring their pooch’s own food and bedding. See more pet-friendly hotels in Stockholm.


Welcome. Cots (SEK350 a night) and extra beds (SEK600 a night) can be added to all but Classic King rooms. Babysitting is available with a week’s notice (SEK350 an hour).

Food and Drink


Top Table

Grab a seat by the window to watch the graceful ballet of boats in the harbour.

Dress Code

The dining room’s member’s club vibe means anything goes, but, come the evening, don’t be bashful of parading your new Biblioteksgatan finds.

Hotel restaurant

With its groaning bookshelves and collection of found objets d’art and travel mementos, the restaurant has the feel of an erudite uncle’s living room, albeit one with clean-lined dining tables, comfy leather armchairs and well thought-out mood lighting. Chef Jens Dillon’s menu focuses on classic brasserie fare – steak and tuna tartare, roast lamb, white pudding – with a cheeky late-night menu to encourage guests to linger. The Sunday comfort menu is an idler’s delight of reuben sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and French toast; grab a book from the shelves and settle in for a few bellini-fuelled hours. Guest chefs occasionally take over the kitchen; look out for pop-up events and one-off gastronomic residencies.

Hotel bar

The waterfront Patio and upstairs bar really come into their own in the summer, when DJs and live bands take over the terrace above the restaurant. Garden chairs, high stools and drinks stations are set up around a fountain – a popular local spot for fruity punch, sherry martinis and rum-laced ginger beer.

Last orders

The main menu is served until 11pm, but snacks and light meals can be ordered from the late-night menu until 1am; hotel guests can settle down for the night with post-prandial drinks until 3am.

Room service

A full menu is available during restaurant hours, after which hot sandwiches can be ordered aroudn the clock.


Lydmar Hotel
2 Södra Blasieholmshamnen


Flights from the UK and other international destinations touch down at Arlanda airport, a 35-minute drive away.


Stockholm Central Station, a five-minute drive from the hotel, has trains bound for destinations throughout the country. Subway lines 10 and 11 stop at Kungsträdgården station, a three-minute walk away.


Walking and public transport is by far the best way to take in Stockholm’s sights, but if you’re bringing your own wheels, valet parking at the hotel costs SEK545 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stockholm’s upmarket financial district Norrmalm lures trendsetting Swedes with sophisticated bars and restaurants. The Lydmar is enviably central, just across the river from the old town, a 10-minute walk from Djurgården and Skeppsholmen islands. Pick up covetable furnishings in design shop Nordiska Galeriet (+46 (0)8 442 8360) on Nybrogatan, and wardrobe staples in Gallerian (+46 (0)8 5333 7300) and NK (+46 8 762 80 00) malls, both on Hamngatan. Stroll along cobbled streets and alleyways in the old town, and keep your camera to hand for Storkyrkan and Riddarholm churches, and the Renaissance-revival-style  18th-century Royal Palace (+46 (0)8 402 6130) – where Sweden’s monarchy reside to this day – then pop in to tour its lavish state rooms. There are seasonal exhibitions at the Nobel Museum (+46 (0)8 5348 1800) close by, where the best and brightest in science and art flock for the awards and banquet on 10 November each year. The Vasa Museum ( +46 (0)8 5195 4800) on Djurgården has the world’s only fully intact 17th-century warship; close by ABBA The Museum (+46 (0)8 1213 2860) is a little less highbrow, but toe-tappingly fun. The Museum of Modern Art (+46 (0)8 5195 5200) on Skeppsholmen have an impressive role call of artists to ogle in their permanent collection and exhibitions by up-and-coming Swedish artists.

Local restaurants

Set by the Royal Swedish Opera House, Operakällaren’s (+46 (0)8  676 5801) dining room is dressed in 18th-century finery – chandeliers, gilded oak panels and a jade-hued marble fireplace. The à la carte is equally debonair. A 15-minute walk from the hotel, Stockholm institution Sturehof (+46 (0)8 440 5730) serves classic Swedish fare, including meatballs and herring. The menu has dishes to suit all tastes and budgets; we love the small and sweet desserts and the dining room’s quirky touches – tutu-covered lamps and decorative windows. 19th-century restaurant The Prince (+46 (0)8 611 1331) has embraced new Nordic cuisine, but classics such as herring with beetroot and veal with lingonberries remain. Decor is warm and old-school, with carved panels and stained glass windows alongside modern artworks.

Local cafés

Cool and colourful Östermalm Café Foam (+46 (0)8 660 0996) has trays of rainbow-coloured smoothies, fat muffins and artsy patisserie. It has a very fine brunch menu and a weekly-changing lunch menu that experiments with different cusines.

Local bars

Don’t mistake Corner Club (+46 (0)8 208 583) for one of the strip establishments nearby – this is a welcoming, nudity-free (well, officially) bar with old classics and new concoctions on the cocktail menu, shaken up by possibly Stockholm’s friendliest bartenders.



Anonymous review

It’s like the Swedes invented cool. That achingly-yet-effortless blend of it. If this wasn’t already clear as we cruised round Stockholm’s glistening waterfront then it certainly became so as we walked through the Lydmar’s grand white-stone façade and into this Scandi see-and-be-seen sanctuary.

A handsome crowd filled the bustling lobby, schmoozing, lunching and lounging on the plush inviting sofas. Bold photographs of beautiful men adorned the walls and the affable receptionist explained the hotel’s revolving exhibition series: for our visit it was an homage to men’s fashion. Without wishing to pay the posterboys too much notice and upset Mr Smith before we got as far as our room, I refocussed my attention on the bookshelves and hand-picked artwork. There are books everywhere you look; among the hefty design and travel tomes there was a kitsch vintage Butlins holiday annual as well as an exhaustive guide to sausage-making – the Lydmar caters for all.

Up the grand sweeping staircase and up to our spacious room and all well-intentioned thoughts of exploring Stockholm’s every corner disappeared as we feasted our eyes on the white-linen-covered bed. Through the expansive windows there was an unparalleled view of the city, from the cobbled streets below us to the stucco walls of the terracotta houses across the water.

Steeling ourselves to resist the siren call  of the bed and the bathtub, we wrapped up warm and bravely booked onto a winter ferry ride leaving from Strömkajen port – right on our doorstep. Embracing the –5 degrees temperatures, we headed straight for the top deck and cosied up together on a reindeer skin; thanks to blankets adding to our initial five layers, we were soon snug.

Sweden’s snow-covered landscape is even more striking from the water, and our trusty tour guide Ulrika was brimming with impressive facts about submarines, Vikings and – of course – Abba. The Stockholm archipelago is made up of some 30,000 islands; Ulrika waxed lyrical about how spectacular they are to sail around in summer. In fact, it seemed as though Ulrika’s number-one Stockholm tip was to visit in summer. We held our blankets a little closer and our hot chocolates a little tighter, and our minds drifted to that most popular of Swedish pastimes… no, not that one.

The Lydmar Hotel doesn’t have a spa of its own but it does have the next best thing; access to the Nordic Spa in the neighbouring Grand Hotel. And what could be more Swedish than an afternoon in a sauna in Stockholm? The spa is a dramatic labyrinth of pools and relaxation rooms lit by a dim firelight. I finally managed to find Mr Smith among the bubbles; a Jacuzzi, steam and green tea or two later and we were wholly defrosted.

Aiming to match the natives in the style stakes, I slipped on a black number I’d found earlier in Cos (one slice of Sweden I can afford to take home with me) and joined Mr Smith at the bar. There was no Scandi minimalism in the restaurant-bar area at the Lydmar – it felt more like a friend’s welcoming living room than anything else. The Swedes have a specific word – mysig (pronounced me-sig) – to describe this cosiness. So appealing was this atmosphere, and so numbing was the temperature outside, that we opted to keep our cockles warm and not stray for dinner.

Having feasted on traditional Swedish fare while out exploring this city, a menu that didn’t threaten to wheel out any pickled herrings or meatballs was welcome. Our first-rate steak tartare and grilled tuna devoured, and as tables were cleared, the lights went down, the volume cranked up and a crowd of chic locals descended for the night as though it was their own. Our marshmallow-soft bed beckoned.

Come daybreak and the view from our room came into its own as the sun rose over the Baltic Sea showcasing the Old Town and Royal Palace in a new and romantic glow. Tough decisions settled (stone bath versus rain shower), and one L’Occitane soak later we were set for another day’s exploring. Downstairs the Lydmar’s brunch crew were already up and at it; Cara Delevingne’s doppelgänger was spinning Sunday tunes as her dog doze quietly under the decks. We took advantage of the breakfast spread and tucked into pancakes, poached eggs, fresh fruit and pastries, all washed down with a top-notch Bloody Mary.

To banish Saturday night’s cobwebs for good, we took a stroll around snow-covered Djurgården island, a city park also home to countless monuments and museums. An amble down a winding path brought us out unexpectedly at the rather wonderful Rosendals Trägård. This charming hidden garden sits beside old greenhouses selling locally made homewares, fresh organic produce and insanely good cakes. This might be the most populous city  in the Nordic region, but we got a true taste of rural Swedish life without stepping out of it.

Stockholm, with its elegant buildings, open spaces and expanses of water, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and the Lydmar sits in its heart. This may be a dream base for urban adventures – Bibliotekstan’s designer shops, the National Museum and the Old Town are just a skip away – but Lydmar Hotel also has a scene of its own: in warm weather, when Stockholm gleefully makes the most of those blissfully long summer days,  its pretty second-floor terrace and live music make it a lively evening hang-out. We better follow Ulrika’s advice… and head back in the summer.

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 Lydmar Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Outstanding Service from very friendly Staff. Prinsen Restaurant at Maester Samuelsgatan 4 is highly recommended for good food and atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Not easy to park a car nearby.


Stayed on 27 Jul 2016

We loved

The cool vibe of the hotel. The ambience is laid-back, Scandinavian cool, but with very efficient and helpful service. Hanging out in the terrace, listening to soulful house music and people watching made me feel young again! The breakfasts were also a highlight, with delicious, fresh pastries and juices. The location is ideal for visiting the sights and restaurants of Stockholm. We had an excellent meal at East in Stureplan – very fine Asian-fusion cooking; fairly expensive, but not out of keeping for what one would expect to pay in a good restaurant in a major city.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet, although our room was not in an overly noisy area.


Stayed on 22 Jul 2016

We loved

The overall ambience and the friendly, helpful staff who made our stay so enjoyable. Great room, lovely dining room with a menu to match. Laid back but with a lively buzz. Superb upper terrace bar and one in front of the hotel overlooking the water ideal for people watching! Recommend B.A.R. Fish restaurant in the street immediately behind the Grand Hotel and get a Travel Pass if you are exploring. Works on all forms of transport.

Don’t expect

Anything cheap! Or much in the way of instructions in the room, but we eventually worked out how the shower operates.


Stayed on 27 May 2016

We loved

Homely feel, very friendly staff and perfect central waterside location

Don’t expect

On-site gym spa - guests can use the facilities at next for Grand Hotel


Stayed on 11 Apr 2016

We loved

Stylish and central


Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The DJ in the lobby and the vibe! Recommend Nytorget restaurant in SOFO for lunch

Don’t expect

To figure out the shower without assistance


Stayed on 18 Mar 2016

We loved

Perfect position, friendly welcome, beautiful room, fabulous food, in short, everything! 10/10 

Don’t expect

To be disappointed, eveything was fabulous


Stayed on 14 Mar 2016

We loved

The staff, the ambience, the great vibe of the hotel. Perfect location and nice room. Go to Italian restaurant Il Tempo or Matbaren at the Grand Hotel next door. Really good food. Also the Vasa museum.

Don’t expect

Big party - but do expect a cool chill-out.


Stayed on 29 Oct 2015

We loved

The service, the staff, the location, the decor, the breakfast, the vibe... If you want to sit with tradition, a must is a visit to the Opera Bistro, 5 minute walk from the hotel.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet in the restaurant Thursday evening through to Sunday as there is a resident DJ into the small hours. Eating to loud music seems to be the scene.


Stayed on 1 Oct 2015

We loved

Well located for all the main sights in Stockholm. Really nice hotel. Spacious, well equipped room and bathroom with the necessaries. Big feature is the bar and dining room, which is designed as a club and has a nice vibe and serves excellent food and drinks. A real hub, including for local office workers early Friday evening. A really nice space to spend time in.

Don’t expect

Contemporary bedroom design, which would suit the hotel, but it was still good and the bar/dining area is very special.


Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

The very popular outside bar.

Don’t expect

Warm service in the breakfast room.


Stayed on 20 Aug 2015