The Story Hotel
by: Lizzie Evans
Husband was there on business so decided to join and make some business for myself.
Me exploring Stockholm, my husband Danny designing and making for Urban Outfitters.
If you're more of an inside person, or if it’s just too cold (it is Sweden after all) while away the small hours at Story Hotel’s bar. Think local beers, expertly made cocktails and excellent DJs.
The restaurant and bar that flank the hotel on either side are destinations in their own right.
Time to check in? This can be done using one of the self service computers in reception. You’ll be given your room number and your own personal key code and you’re ready to go. No waiting around.
And off to your room you go!
The hotel is a conversion of an old building that has been stripped back to its bare concrete walls. The original doors have been retained and used as headboards in the bedrooms. Nice eh?
Each room has been collaged with local artists' prints by the collective Wonderwall.
The furniture is a mix of contemporary and vintage pieces. Everyone seems to be loving the old and new vibe at the mo and Story Hotel is very much making the most of this ongoing trend.
The brass hangers and clothes rail in my room were a particularly nice detail. Brass is for sure the metal of the moment.
White brick tiling - check, glass wall - check, filament light bulb with woven flex cable - check, more brass - check. All you could ask for in a stylish hotel bathroom.
Story Hotel magazine was a nice touch too. The hotel’s branding in general is pretty kooky. I liked it.
And the sinks were pretty cool too.
In the spring and summer months the courtyard is a nice place to hang out. Either for a bite to eat at lunch or cocktails in the early evening. Fleece blankets are provided in case you catch a chill.
Story Hotel’s sign lights up at night to gather locals and travelers alike to this inner-city refuge. I love a good neon!
Highs + Lows
Staff were super friendly and helpful. They called me by name each day and seemed to know the name of every guest staying.
Breakfast is included and runs from 6:30am until 10:30am, which gave Danny time to eat before his early 7am start and me a huge lie in before I had to worry about everything running out.
The location of this hotel is great. So many cool restaurants, bars, shops and transport links nearby but it doesn’t feel like you’re in a soulless city center.
We used our £15 (150 SEK) token for room service on the last day before the rush to the airport. It was delicious and the guy from reception brought it up himself. We felt very looked after.
Hated the carpets in the corridors. I do seem to always hate hotel carpets though, so maybe this is just something I need to come to terms with.
The design in general could be just a notch higher. It’s almost there, but could be a little more coherent. A few more finishing touches would make a big difference - but now I’m being a perfectionist.
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A new hotel concept right in the heart of Stockholm by Swedish architects Koncept.
Relaxed, timeless atmosphere within a setting of raw concrete and reflective surfaces.
Sweden’s best…in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Nope - but didn’t miss them. If you’re a fitness freak, choose the attic apartment which includes its own workout area.
Yes. The ever-changing menu is the main attraction. I loved the salt-baked beetroot. Wasn’t so sure about the purple velvet banquets!
Yep. Serves its own menu of snacks and sandwiches by day and every cocktail under the sun by night. The trendy locals come in swarms.
The mini bar includes free water and Pepsi and you’re encouraged to fill the bar with your own drinks and treats. Cute idea.
Yes and its free.
Didn’t see any while I was there so maybe leave them at home.
Ranges from pretty cheap to luxury depending on whether you go for the super squeeze room with bunk beds or the spacious attic apartment with a huge bathroom, workout space and amazing views of Stockholm.
In the Area
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My favorite store in Stockholm.
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The best designed restaurant in Stockholm (and the food's delicious too!)
Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm’s photography museum is well worth a visit (and it’s very near to Grandpa and Bar Central so you should do them all at once).
The Story Hotel
Story Hotel, Riddargatan, Stockholm, Sweden
Neighborhood: Central Stockholm
Hotel Location: Riddargatan 6, Stockholm, Sweden