Stockholm, Sweden

Story Hotel Riddargatan

Rates from (ex tax)$131.21

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 (SEK1,290.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Urban Swedish chic

Setting

Stockholm’s style centre

Sweden’s capital has long been a style and design haven, and Story Hotel Riddargatan is one of Stockholm’s hippest spaces. From the courtyard with its graffiti-adorned exposed-brick walls to the flock of beautiful locals that hit the bar every night, Story offers pure urban cool, Scandinavian style.

Smith Extra

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

83, including one suite.

Check–Out

Noon. Check-in, from 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $131.14 (SEK1,152), 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 (SEK1,290.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates always include buffet breakfast.

Also

If you’re not in the mood to party, avoid the lower floor rooms near the courtyard.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Face Stockholm toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The Attic apartment is an amazing spot with a huge bathroom, pantry, workout space and spectacular views of Stockholm. Another of our favourites is the quirky Lily Dam suite, where you can easily pretend you’re in your own hip flat as you survey the city from the two private balconies.

Packing tips

Bring your coolest pair of trainers; you’ll fit in with the locals in the bar.

Also

All public areas except the backyard are wheelchair accessible.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome at no extra charge. See more pet-friendly hotels in Stockholm.

Children

Kids won’t be turned away, but this very cool spot is best left child-free.

Food and Drink

Photos Story Hotel Riddargatan food and drink

Top Table

Tables at the back of the restaurant give you more elbow room, if you don’t want to get too cosy with your neighbours.

Dress Code

Pick up some new unisex jeans from super Scandi style hub Acne round the corner, then do your best to emulate the effortless cool of your fellow diners at the next table.

Hotel restaurant

Ling Long restaurant (named after a 1930s Chinese lifestyle magazine) serves stylish Asian fare made from high-end Nordic ingredients, for lunch and dinner. Korean bibimap (rice with meat and vegetables), pot stickers and bang bang chicken are some favourites that have been elegantly interpreted under the guidance of restaurateur Umur Telman (the brains behind popular Stockholm spots Grek Plus Turk and Café Bagdad).

Hotel bar

Story’s bar, like its restaurant, is a destination in itself (both have their own discreetly signposted entrances from the street). During the day, it’s a laid-back place to read the paper; by night, every cocktail ingredient you’ve ever heard of (and quite a lot you haven’t) is put to use by good-looking bartenders serving a beautifully coiffed crowd of locals. Resident DJ Linda Romanazzi lines up house tunes on Friday and Saturday nights. The barmen shake up a mean cocktail, and Asian ingredients breath new life into classics; the Tyred of Tinis with Elyx vodka and nine-year-aged yuzu-infused vermouth is dangerously drinkable. Light dim sum complement the drinks, such as shu mai dumplings with brisket, and scallops with algae and grapefruit.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 6.30am–10.30am weekdays and 8am–12pm weekends; lunch is served 11am–2pm (except Sundays), and dinner 6pm–11pm (except Sundays). The bar opens at 4pm, and the last drink is poured at 11pm (1am Tuesday–Thursday, 2am Friday–Saturday)..

Room service

Order snacks, meals or drinks any time you like, round the clock.

Location

Photos Story Hotel Riddargatan location
Address
Story Hotel Riddargatan
Riddargatan 6
114 35
Stockholm
Sweden

Planes

Touch down at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (www.swedavia.com/arlanda), about a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Flights arrive regularly from throughout Europe (including London Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports) as well further afield, including New York JFK.

Trains

The nearest station (Sweden’s largest) is Stockholm Central, a 10-minute drive from the hotel, which has trains bound for destinations throughout the country (www.jernhusen.se).

Automobiles

If you choose to drive around Stockholm (or are heading further afield) there’s parking a few steps from the hotel.

Other

It’s easy to get around town (including from the airport and train station) by public transport. Story Hotel’s nearest subway station is Östermalmstorg.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stockholm is a top choice for stylish shopping, and design fans will be in their element with Story Hotel Riddargatan as their home from home. All the usual delights of a capital city are nearby, too, with museums aplenty just a short walk or subway hop away.

Duchamp? Check. Matisse? Check. Picasso, Dalí and Rauschenberg? Check, check, check. Even if you’re only very slightly into modern art, the 1900-to-present-day collection here makes the Moderna Museet a must-see (Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 16382; +46 (0)8 5195 5200; www.modernamuseet.se).

The Swedish Museum of Photography, Fotografiska, is lovely even before you get inside: once you do head beyond the art-nouveau beauty of a façade, there’s a wealth of ever-changing contemporary photography exhibitions by the likes of LaChapelle and Leibowitz (Stora Tulhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22; +46 (0)8 5090 0500; www.fotografiska.eu).

Stockholm’s beautiful 1908-built Royal Dramatic Theatre, Dramaten, has five stages, ranging from the grand, 770-seat Stora Scenen to the intimate, 60-seat Tornrummet. If taking in a play isn’t enough, book an hour-long backstage tour: guides are multilingual (Nybroplan, Stockholm 11147; +46 (0)8 6656 100; www.dramaten.se). Fancy a night at the opera instead? Operan, Sweden’s Royal Opera, presents cutting-edge performances within an ornate, jewellery-box-esque setting. There’s no official dress code, but plenty of people pull out their finery for the occasion. Opera glasses can be rented at the cloakrooms on the second and third tiers. (Gustav Adolfs torg 2, Stockholm 10322; +46 (0)8 7914 400; www.operan.se).

On Djurgården (‘game park’) island, Skansen – an open-air zoo and museum – is worth a visit for a unique day out. It’s set up as a pre-industrial Swedish village spread out over 75 acres, and most of its exhibits date back to its foundation in 1891. If the sun’s out, pack a picnic basket and head to Torslunden, Tingsvallen or Orsakullen (Djurgårdsslätten 49, Stockholm 11521; +46 (0)8 4428 120; www.skansen.se).

Local restaurants

For top-class seafood, go to StureHof: it’s an elegant restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere (Stureplan 2, Stockholm 11446; +46 (0)8 4405 730; www.sturehof.com). Fancy a traditional Italian meal in the heart of Stockholm? Italiano Papà is the spot: the family-run restaurant (inspired by 1940s Little Italy in NYC, but very chic) serves dinner from 5pm to midnight, Tuesday to Saturday. Almost everything, including pasta, can be made gluten-free if you call ahead in the morning (Riddargatan 9, Stockholm 1145; +46 (0)8 6618 972; www.italiano.se). Smart restaurant Miss Voon has an intriguing pan-Asian-Nordic-fusion menu. For partiers, it’s open late, with dinner available till 1am. There’s a fun bar, too, with Asian-inspired cocktails (Sturegatan 22, Stockholm 11436; +46 (0)8 5052 4470; www.missvoon.se).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

When Story Hotel Riddargatan opened in Stockholm in 2011, the city’s trend-sensitive hipsters were excited. They had a new hangout worthy of their presence. After years of yearning, Stockholm had a properly contemporary boutique hotel and words like ‘bohemian chic’ and ‘urban industrial’ were effortlessly worked into the vocabulary. Set on Riddargatan among turn-of-the-century houses, just around the corner from Stureplan, this is where the magic happens. Or at least this is where the cool people go to party…

A born and bred Stockholmer (more recently distracted by love and life in London and Hong Kong), I was curious about unravelling the hype around Story. When Mr Smith and I were invited for a wedding weekend, it was a done deal – we were off to hang with the hipsters. We arrived late Friday afternoon, just as the after-work crowd starts drifting in. Instead of a formal reception area, two large Apple screens greet you, inviting you to check yourselves in using your booking code. The idea is to save money to help keep room rates low. With two staff members roaming the entrance, you kind of wish that they did have a desk to hide behind – especially since one was pregnant. But the DIY check-in approach totally works, and before long we’d punched in the same five-digit code to get into our fifth-floor room. The locks are a clever way of sidestepping key cards, although partied-out guests forgetting their digits must be a staple.

The proximity to Stureplan makes Bar a popular place for pre-clubbing drinks or a liquid dinner with friends. By eight in the evening this concrete-pillared, pink-lamp-shaded rendezvous was jam-packed, and a DJ was laying down the likes of Swedish House Mafia. Mr Smith and I flopped at a table in the bar and opted for a bar-snacky dinner (cold cuts, salad), which went nicely with our steady flow of cocktails. Orange-lemon-gin Storypolitan, a few flamboyant mescal-enhanced numbers and a sherry-rum-vanilla-wheat-beer Pan American Monk showed us why this place is making so much noise on the world-class cocktail circuit. And the great news is that in the unlikely event you’d want to give Stureplan’s gregarious crowd a miss, none of the noise translates to the rooms upstairs.

Cosy, clean and homey without feeling stuffy, our bedroom was as we’d hoped from this self-proclaimed Urban Chic hub. Story’s creative personality extends to a series of prints on the bedroom walls (all available to buy below) care of Wonderwall – purveyors of affordable art. The bathrooms have an industrial thing going on, with bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling and a glass wall into the main room – lucky Mr Smith getting to enjoy his favourite view (Mrs Smith). Toiletries from Swedish cosmetics brand Face were a nice surprise.

The most compact of the room categories is called ‘Small’ – my favourite room-type name being the ‘Super Squeeze’. We were in one of the larger rooms – although it could seem snug to a space-spoiled American, though not a New Yorker. Spilling out onto a lovely balcony with flowerpots and white wooden benches, we overlooked a charming Stockholm courtyard and rooftops with the typical attic windows popping out the top. The view takes you back to a time when Story Hotel Riddargatan was still an apartment building. Who lived here? What were they like? we wondered. Another reminder of Story’s past is the original resident’s lift.

Having left our baby behind to enjoy a party weekend, we in turn got to sleep like one all night. When Mr Smith woke up, what was the first thing on his mind? Telling me he couldn’t have been more excited about how comfortable the pillows are at Story. Still, he is a frequent traveller, so I took the endorsement seriously.

Breakfast is my favourite part of staying at a hotel. No matter how many eggs you poach in your own newly renovated kitchen, some things aren’t the same. With its softly dimmed lights and people moving about, coffee cups in hand, there was a relaxed uplifting vibe in the restaurant. We scanned the buffet and were determined to eat ourselves awake. Crispbread with aged local cheese, newly baked Swedish cinnabuns, nut-packed breads and delicious Scandinavian soured milk to be enjoyed with the house granola all ensured the hotel got this breakfast connoisseur’s stamp of approval. We hope to try Kitchen at night too one day for local classics such as Norröna herring with egg, red onion, sour cream and buttered bread.

Östermalm is rather posh and one of Stockholm’s oldest residential neighborhoods. The houses are beautifully preserved, the streets are broad and airy and the people are good looking. After a morning of gazing through the windows of its high-end boutiques, we finished with lunch at Stockholm’s famous Lisa Elmkvist fish restaurant, where there are four types of salmon alone. Perched at one of the blue-checked tablecloths in the historical market place Östermalmshallen, only two blocks from Story, we savoured world-class seafood dishes.

Time to get wedding-snazzy, we made our way back to the hotel. Our room’s fully fitted carpet and clothes rack instead of a wardrobe, made us feel as though we were in a luxurious dressing room, which helped get the party mood going. We opened our balcony doors to hear the distant chatter from the courtyard downstairs and it all felt very civilised.

Before leaving, we thought we should toast this hip hangout. Even though the bar wasn’t open at 3pm, getting a glass of chilled champagne was no problem. Off we went after our fizz, had a blast and came back just in time to enjoy the morning sun from our room’s generous balcony, contemplating why we ever left the Sweden’s capital in the first place.

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 Story Hotel Riddargatan’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The quirkiness of the hotel. Visit the Lucky Horse Bar - very cheap!

Don’t expect

...huge rooms but it is city centre and pretty central for your needs.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jan 2017

We loved

The modern rooms, the cocktails in the bar downstairs, the breakfast spread and the big bath! We had an amazing dinner at Speceriet (modern Scandinavian food cooked in a surprising and delicious way).

Don’t expect

...A large room.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Oct 2016

We loved

Everything!!! The hotel was fantastic. I was travelling with a friend and we shared the twin room. It was very spacious and beds were extremely comfortable. Bathroom was great, and offered a good amount of privacy. Shower was excellent. Breakfast was delicious and took place in the hotel's very stylish cafe. And the bar, Ling Long, was so much fun! Delicious cocktails and very stylish crowd. The location was also perfect for exploring Stockholm on foot. We went off the recommendations on the hotel website ("13 things to do around the block") and were not disappointed! We loved Sturehof restaurant and also Sturebad spa was a luxurious way to spend a Sunday morning.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed. This place is the best.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Sep 2016

We loved

The style of the hotel and the room, the cool art and the nice bar at the hotel. The staff were super friendly and very service-minded! Loads of nice stuff around there - I grew up in Stockholm so the list would be too long :) But as a basic suggestion, go for dinner and drinks at Riche around the corner - great food and fantastic vibe in the bar. But make sure to reserve in advance :)

Don’t expect

Air conditioning in the rooms (and especially with very good Swedish windows, the room can get stuffy in the summer, and if you have a street-facing room, it can be noisy). Worth trying to get a "courtyard" room in the summer.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jul 2016

We loved

The bar. The bed. The breakfast. Recommend Yuc Mexican restaurant. Really good. 

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet. Bottles emptied outside our room at 9am every day

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jun 2016

We loved

The design, the bar, the rooms, the service. Pepstop opposite is great for organic treats. Go to Matbaren restaurant at the Grand Hotel is it amazing. 10/10

Don’t expect

Somewhere to relax with a coffee in the day, the doesn't open and the restaurant only serves breakfast

Rating

Stayed on 14 May 2016

We loved

The location, the decor, the city. Recommend Prinsen for classic Swedish meatballs, Weinercafeet for classic tea and cake. Fotografiska on Sodermalm has great photography exhibitions and stunning views from the trendy cafe across Normalm. Explore some of the underground if you're interested in street art, apparently you can book guided tours in the summer months.

Don’t expect

A cooked breakfast, shops to be open after 6pm

Rating

Stayed on 23 Apr 2016

We loved

Quirky style, location, décor, simplicity. Skansen, within walking distance, is great for all the family.

Don’t expect

Luxuriousness, pampering, its not that kind of hotel. Anything anywhere in Stockholm to be cheap!

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

We stayed for two nights over a weekend. It was perfect for a fun, short stay in the city. Very cool decor, good breakfast which is served until midday, cool bar at ground floor which was open late and you get a discount as a guest. We stayed in the Standard King room which was big and the bed was extremely comfortable! Location is great - so easy to get to from the airport and we walked everywhere from here. Plenty of shops and restaurants nearby: great burger in Viagarda, also Meatballs for the People in Sodermalm area. Venture to Sodermalm for shopping too.

Don’t expect

It's not 5 star but top 4 star - breakfast is a buffet (but a good one!), room was super comfy with toiletries etc but no slippers/dressing gowns. We werent expecting that but just in case you do.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Mar 2016

We loved

The perfect, very central location. We walked almost everywhere, but when needed, the subway station was a two-minute walk away. Staff are ultra friendly and professional. Very cool decor and excellent breakfast. 10/10

Don’t expect

Cold, impersonal large hotel. This is a lovely boutique hotel with quirky touches everywhere. Oh, and the fruit platter for Mr and Mrs Smith bookings was turned into kale chips and kale juice from the vegan shop across the road!

Rating

Stayed on 28 Feb 2016

We loved

The interior design was amazing. The staff were very friendly. The location could not be better!

Don’t expect

Bland, corporate hotel style - you won't find it here.

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Stayed on 27 Nov 2015

We loved

Stockholm, the bar, and the breakfast!

Don’t expect

Huge rooms.

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Stayed on 29 Oct 2015

We loved

The breakfast was amazing, all baked by a lovely woman from Lapland. The fresh bread was a real hit in particular with the children. Lovely location, friendly people, great place for a week or so. Wonderful sunsets from the terrace. Great to use the hotel bikes too. Very relaxed vibe. 9/10.

Don’t expect

Our room was quite small without much hanging space. We also had the Scandinavian passion killing single beds pushed together, which kept sliding apart... Unfortunately the bigger rooms weren't available when we booked.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Aug 2015

We loved

Location, rooms.

Don’t expect

Being able to pass the bar without stopping for a drink.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

We loved

the staff, the breakfasts, the bar, Cecilia (bartender), the contemporary atmosphere, the Story Burger, the patio. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Enough clothes hangers, essential furniture (such as wardrobes and chests of drawers), carpeting, space in the bathrooms for toiletries and nécessaires, phoning out from your room.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jul 2015

We loved

The hotel design is amazing, the bar is very cool and a great place to start and finish your evening, the breakfast was great food nice relaxed timings, and they upgraded us to the attic apartment, which was amazing. Loved the whole experience.

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Stayed on 10 Jul 2015

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