Stockholm, Sweden

Miss Clara

Rates per night from$124.54

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SEK1,130.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Artfully refashioned retro

Setting

Super-trendy Sveavägen

Miss Clara boutique hotel – in Stockholm’s cosmopolitan Norrmalm district – has been the muse of several renowned Swedish architects: built in 1910 by Hagström & Ekman as the Ateneum girl’s school, in 2014 Gert Wingårdh’s firm remodelled it into one of the city’s most stylish stays. Different eras dally well together here – the elaborate art nouveau staircase, pre-war-style cut-crystal light fittings in the buzzy bar and restaurant, mid-century modern furnishings, Seventies-style parquet floors and bang-on-trend industrial-chic flourishes earn this Miss top grades for style.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

92, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but guests can stow their luggage before this time.

Rates

Double rooms from $124.54 (SEK1,131), excluding tax at 12 per cent.

More details

A buffet breakfast with hotel’s own-recipe sausages, waffles, home-made breads, cakes, granola and jam is SEK175 an adult, SEK95 a child.

Also

Architecture firm Wingårdhs, who gave the hotel its tasteful facelift, are the creative geniuses behind hip Swedish shops Ease and Emporia, the thatch-covered visitor’s centre at lake Tåkern and Spira cultural centre.

At the hotel

Sauna, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with built-in entertainment system, minibar and Orla Kiely bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love the hotel’s Superior Rooms, which overlook the pretty church and garden at the corner of Sveavägen and Adolf Fredriks Church Street. Parquet tiles, soft organic fabrics and a few retro fittings liven up the rooms’ monochrome decor. Honeymooners should book one of the two elegant and spacious Etage Suites; converted prayer halls with a cosy mezzanine-level bedroom nook that’s set for far less pious shenanigans.

Packing tips

Decadent duds and a digital SLR – packed in a large cracked-leather satchel, naturally.

Also

All public areas are wheelchair-accessible, and there are disabled-access rooms on the first five floors of the hotel. Miss Clara has a well-outfitted gym. Please note: there is no in-room air-conditioning.

Children

All ages welcome, but the hotel has sparse baby kit – aside from cots and highchairs – so pack anything you’ll need. Babysitting is available for SEK475 an hour (a minimum of three hours is required), must be booked four days in advance.

Eco‐friendly

The restaurant uses seasonal, organic, exclusively Scandinavian produce (or carefully chosen imported ingredients, if there’s been a poor harvest). Most rooms are lit by low-energy LED lights, and waste is recycled where possible.

Food and Drink

Photos Miss Clara food and drink

Top Table

Spy on the stylish Swedes ambling along Sveavägen from a window seat.

Dress Code

A Schiaperelli-esque floor-sweeping dress as a nod to the pre-war setting, or a clean-cut COS ensemble with a string of pearls – and nothing scruffier than chinos for Mr Smith.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Daniel Guest (formerly at the Connaught in London) has crafted a brasserie-style menu with indulgent fare, such as lobster-cream soup with a cheese pie, and steak tartare with truffle caviar and parmesan. Art nouveau grandeur permeates the dining room: leather banquettes, vaulted windows and cut-crystal glassware sets an upper-crust scene, but arch updates – industrial-chic, factory-style lights with repurposed-decanter shades – ensure it’s far from stuffy. The chef can adapt meals for health-conscious – or dairy and gluten-avoiding – guests. The Ballerina Room café has Max Modén’s ballerina portraits, Kaare Klint seating and a selection of well-thumbed Swedish and English tomes to flip through. 

Hotel bar

Mixologists Joel Constantino and Robert Radovic are a dab hand with surprising spirit blends – served up in a space as on-trend ornate as the dining room. We love their signature drink, the decadently dry Rob Rad (scotch, Punt e Mes, Heering and absinthe), but we’ll happily substitute it for a quirky ‘beer cocktail’ or a grown-up-slushy-style, flavoured-ice concoction.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 6.30am to 10am, 8am to 11am on weekends. The restaurant opens until 10pm Monday to Saturday, and from noon to 5pm on Sundays. Drinks at the bar flow until 1am from Wednesday to Saturday, 11pm from Sunday to Tuesday.

Room service

During restaurant hours, you can enjoy the full à la carte in the comfort of your room, and alcoholic drinks can be delivered while the bar’s still buzzing. A more modest menu and soft drinks are served after hours.

Location

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Address
Miss Clara
Sveavägen 48
Stockholm
111 34
Sweden

Planes

Arlanda International Airport (www.swedavia.se/arlanda), a 40-minute drive away, is closest to the hotel. There are direct flights from major European cities; flights from the US connect via Oslo or Sheremetyevo International; and flights across the Pacific arrive via Beijing, or Abu Dhabi and Berlin. Taxis charge a fixed rate of SEK520.

Trains

From the airport, the Arlanda Express train takes just 20 minutes to arrive in central Stockholm. When you reach subway stop Hötorget, take the staircase to Olof Palmes street; the hotel’s a 100-metre walk from there.

Automobiles

For a short city break, it’s unlikely you’ll need a car – most landmarks are within walking distance, and Stockholm is best explored on foot. However, if you’re staying longer four wheels will come in handy for exploring the islands and countryside beyond the city limits. There’s a waiting zone outside the hotel on Sveavägen street, where you can drop off your luggage, and valet parking is SEK495 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

At one end of Sveavägen lies Sergel’s Square, a public space with a unique mosaic floor, at the other, Haga Park, a popular socialising spot with a butterfly house and a small museum – and in between are some of the city’s hippest shops, bars and eateries. Pick up some Nordic style essentials in designer-shop-thronged malls NK (+46 (0)8 762 8000) at Hamngatan, and MOOD Stockholm (+46 (0)7 6325 4575) at Regeringsgatan. Afterwards, stroll down to the Old Town, the city’s mediaeval quarter, a 20-minute walk from Miss Clara. Tour the lavishly gilded reception rooms of the official residence of Sweden’s monarchy, the grand 18th-century Stockholm Palace (+46 (0)8 402 6130), then explore the antique taverns and begging-to-be-explored historic alleyways nearby. Just south of the palace is tribute to formidable yet inspiring achievements, the Nobel Museum (+46 (0)8 5348 1800). The awards ceremony is held on 10 December, so keep your eyes peeled for famed geniuses if visiting then. Alternatively, the perky pop songs and scandalously tight costumery of ABBA The Museum (+46 (0)8 1213 2860) – in the Södermalm district – are fun guilty pleasures. Head to the Vasa Museum (+46 (0)8 5195 4800) on Djurgården island, to see a remarkably well-preserved, sculpture-clad, 17th-century warship. Open-air museum and zoo Skansen (+46 (0)8 442 8000) is close by, where more than 150 historic houses – from turf abodes to mansions – have been recreated; wolverines, bears and moose strut about its zoo, too. If you have a day to spare, visit 17th-century Drottningholm Palace (+46 (0)8 402 6280) – a Unesco World Heritage Site with magnificent gardens and a theatre. Or see the city by Stromma Hop-on – Hop-Off Boat tours.

Local restaurants

At Smak (+46 (0)8 220 952), a five-minute walk from the hotel – you order a selection of flavours rather than a starter, main course and dessert: ‘Tea’ is infused into duck with hazelnut and pumpkin, and ‘Cardamom’ is sprinkled over French toast. Each dish has an ideal wine pairing too. If you like to see the machinations behind your meal, there’s a very open kitchen at Rolf’s Kök (+46 (0)8 101 696) – a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The French and Spanish-influenced menu will undoubtedly satisfy, but the chefs welcome any recipe-tweaking suggestions. Grill (+46 (0)8 5052 4420), on Drottninggatan, is delightfully absurd – shark sculptures swim over the bar, palm trees sprout through the floor and diners sit at opera-box-style tables.

Local cafés

Music is the main attraction at Glen Miller Café (+46 (0)8 220 952), with three performances each night, but the food doesn’t play second fiddle; the Francophile-pleasing menu has moules-frites, lobster and charcuterie platters. 

Local bars

The punnily named Gold Bar (+46 (0)8 614 1000) at Nobis Hotel – Miss Clara’s sister property – does indeed have a touch of Midas about it; however clean minimalist lines and a strictly black and gold palette save it from an overdose of bling. Its list of classic cocktails comes served up in jam jars and teacups, and the crowd’s formed of sleekly dressed Swedes. A little less sleek, but no less fun is Pub Anchor (+46 (0)8 5052 4420), Stockholm’s oldest and most-beloved live-rock venue. In addition to gigs seven days a week, this pseudo-divey, dimly-lit bar offers more than 70 different kinds of bottled beer.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from their vintage-chic boutique hotel in Stockholm and unpacked their trendsetting Scandi threads and pralines from hip chocolatier Robert E’s, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a scrawled note torn from a schoolbook, confiscated at Miss Clara…

If you want to duck behind a bike shed at the thought of going back to school, former all-girls' academy turned boutique hotel Miss Clara (named for glass-ceiling-nudging headmistress Clara Strömberg) will be an educational experience. On entering, the disarmingly gorgeous staff – primed for an impromptu lumberjack-themed Swedish Vogue shoot – are faultlessly welcoming, and the retro interiors feel cosily nostalgic. Flirty feminine touches – Max Moden’s graceful ballet portraits, virginal white linens and soft organic fabrics – and a low-lit, glad-rags-recommended bar are inherently romantic; and there are proliferating svelte-Swede-crowded hangouts in the hotel’s Norrmalm locale. Strömberg would undoubtedly give architect firm Wingårdhs an A+ for leapfrogging Stockholm’s lofty coolness yardstick while honouring the hotel’s history; best to book a room before Wes Anderson starts shooting there…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Miss Clara’s Guestbook below.

We loved

I stayed at Miss Clara last week for five nights in a single room and really enjoyed my break. The room was as descibed, a small single, but it was perfectly comfortable for me. The bed was good and the room was serviced daily. My only criticism would be the lack of hanging space for shirts etc. – it didn't bother me too much but could be an issue for someone with more formal clothing wishing to hang it up in a conventional manner. Breakfast served in the restaurant was a real treat – scrambles eggs, bacon, sausages, fruit, various juices including freshly squeezed orange, various yoghurts, cereals, pancakes, cold meats and cheeses, pastries, bread, rolls etc. with unlimited coffee and varieties of loose tea. The breakfast service team were really friendly and helpful – all of which makes for a great start to the day. I only ate in the restaurant in the evening once and would highly recommend my choice of Torsk (fillet of cod with pine nut crust, broccoli, new potatoes brown butter), which was delicious.

Don’t expect

To see lots of children at the hotel – I didn't see any.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Sep 2018

We loved

The location was perfect - really central and easy to get to everything. The room was small but perfectly formed- a very comfy bed and lovely bathroom products. Staff were really friendly and helpful. For some food outside the hotel, Urban Deli is a 2-minute walk and has a great roof garden.

Don’t expect

Any outside space- but it's a city hotel

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jul 2018

We loved

Fantastic, large, light and airy room with the highest ceiling you've ever seen! Our room faced into the courtyard at the back of the hotel, away from the main road and was very quiet. Comfy bed as well, and a brilliant, powerful shower. We've stayed here before but had the breakfast this time which was really fantastic (although there are loads of good places nearby to go and eat). The location is excellent as it's easy for exploring and getting all around the city. Green Rabbit bakery around the corner was amazing – best cookies and pastries (the coffee machine wasn't working when we went, but it's supposed to be excellent).

Don’t expect

Any outdoor space.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Mar 2018

We loved

We enjoyed a romantic getaway/executive mini break(!)/exploratory city trip at Miss Clara in mid-January, which is a cosy time of year to stay in this beautiful hotel. If you like good design, this is the place for you – it's impeccably kitted out and decorated. The service was peerless too, some of the best I've experienced, from the chilled out and friendly reception staff to the lady who proudly stocks up the breakfast buffet (as an aside, this is the best hotel breakfast I've ever had: in an expensive city like Stockholm, you can fill yourself with every tasty breakfast item you can think of (four different dietary types of yoghurt, for example; plus a waffle machine!) and skip lunch and beat the cold with a happy full belly). Stockholm is an amazing city – everything about it is quietly efficient and well-designed – it's not in your face, it's all working perfectly in the background, and Miss Clara's operation is no different. The cheapest rooms are on the small side, but I'm told that Stockholm is a bit like Manhattan in that sense – you don't get a lot of square footage for your krona (and on comparable hotel sites, Clara was coming in bigger than many other similarly boutique places) – and for me the high ceilings, stylish look and feel of the rooms and the quality of experience far outweighs the cost/room size ratio and delivers genuine value. The pizza restaurant next door (Giro) and connected to the hotel is terrific – a collaboration with the famous Da Michele pizzeria in Naples. Don't just dismiss it as another hotel restaurant – the pizzas are great.

Don’t expect

Large rooms without paying out for the premium rooms.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Jan 2018

We loved

The hotel rooms and decor.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Sep 2017

We loved

The friendly service and beautiful room. Urban Deli and especially the roof bar.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jul 2017

We loved

Look of the hotel was nice and the food was good. Farrang restaurant was amazing, as was Matbaren.

Don’t expect

Much atmosphere. It was pretty dead in the bar and restaurant at night. The bedroom bathrooms have very little privacy – a glass wall with mesh curtain, and then a sliding door which doesn't quite shut. The staff were hit and miss, some very helpful, others not so much – we were incorrectly charged twice for our full stay even though we'd already paid in full via MMS. Both times we lost money via currency conversion once we pointed out their mistake and they'd refunded us.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jun 2017

We loved

The friendliness of staff, as well as the incredible food and cocktail recommendations of the bar and restaurant team. Every part of the service felt personal, even before we arrived – the team were more than happy to recommend and arrange transfers for us as we were getting in late at night. We kicked off the first day of our honeymoon at Miss Clara, and the rooms were absolutely perfect for winding down and recovering from a hectic week. Miss Clara is well positioned to walk to lots of interesting parts of the city. The old town is around 15-20 minutes away, with lots of tourist friendly bars and cafes, as well as great Swedish and international dining experiences. A personal favourite was Cultur restaurant for tapas and wine. For those looking for the Scandi-cool experience, Sodermalm is just across the bridge from Gamla Stan and is home to great restaurants (Nytorget Urban Deli, Nytorget 6) and great vintage, design and homeware stores.

Don’t expect

Outdoor space or a place to kick back for a long and relaxing week. We had a very laid back trip, but this is definitely still a city break spot, not a week by the pool.

Rating

Stayed on 31 May 2017

We loved

The bed (big and extremely comfortable) was amazing, the friendly staff were very welcoming and helpful, and the convenient location (you can walk pretty much everywhere from the hotel). The shower room felt luxurious (as other people have mentioned though, there isn't a lot of privacy!) and the room was light, bright and had some lovely quirky touches. We didn't eat in the restaurant, but the food looked good.

Don’t expect

Much storage space for clothes and a totally silent night – our room faced the busy main road so it meant some noise late at night.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Mar 2017

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