Miss Clara Stockholm review: Too cool for school

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Could those Scandinavians get any cooler? It seems so, with the opening of Miss Clara in one of Stockholm's prized art-nouveau buildings.

Once a schoolhouse and named after its first headmistress, Clara Stromberg, the beautifully restored 1910 building with high ceilings, original spiral staircase and arched windows overlooking Sveavagen Boulevard offers guests an "outward-facing" stay in the island capital. Running north-south, the boulevard intersects with Kungsgatan Avenue and is near the Royal Palace, Storkyrkan (Great Church) and Nobel Museum.

The rooms are simple, each with a bespoke oak storage unit incorporating a pull-out work desk and luggage storage.

Glass-enclosed marble and tile bathrooms can be left open or screened off and bedheads are made of traditional bentwood.

The country's long history of craftsmanship is also here, with woven woodwork and leather work by Tarnsjo Garveri - House of Leather, one of the remaining tanneries in Europe dyeing skins with tree extracts.

If all the cool gets too much, the hotel's basement has a gym, sauna and relaxation lounge.

In the restaurant, Swedish favourites on the menu include shrimp cocktail, roasted Gotland lamb and rhubarb and cardamom crumble.

Rooms cost from SK1590 ($259) a night. See designhotels.com/hotels/sweden/stockholm/miss-clara.