Located in the heart of Sweden's capital, the Story Hotel is hidden away down a quiet side street just a short walk from the city's beautiful waterfront.
The hotel has an unusual, compact lobby – there's no traditional check-in desk. Instead, there are two computer terminals to one side, where guests are invited to check themselves in. However, staff are there to assist if required. This lack of grand entrance makes the hotel feel a little more intimate than its 83 rooms might suggest.
The lobby sits between a restaurant and a bar – both lively establishments that attract plenty of locals, despite the comparatively quiet location.
The room is compact but functional and comfortable enough. There is a small entry hall for storing luggage and hanging coats. The are several quirky and stylish touches to the room – the bedhead is actually a large, old wooden door lying on its side (complete with mail slot) while the wall behind it is exposed brick with a few pieces of distressed wallpaper clinging on.
On the opposite wall is a series of paste-up artworks. But there is a slight sense of artificiality to its hipster style. The king-size bed is comfortable with oversize pillows (though standard pillows are also provided). There's also a free mini bar with bottled water, soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer.
The ground floor of the hotel is occupied by a bar and a restaurant, both of which are highly popular with locals. Restaurant Ling Long is so popular in fact we're unable to get a table at any time except 5pm when booking a day in advance.
The Asian-themed cuisine is good, though perhaps causes more excitement in Stockholm than it would in Melbourne or Sydney, where excellent Asian food can be found easily. The restaurant also provides a buffet breakfast which is included in the room rate.
A short walk or tram ride along the waterfront will lead you to the Vasa Museum, one of Stockholm's major attractions and the most visited museum in Scandinavia. This maritime museum's centrepiece is the incredible Vasa ship for which it is named. The enormous Vasa is the world's only surviving 17th century ship and it must be seen to be believed. Aside from its physical presence, the story of how it was built and why it remains preserved is fascinating. It's a maritime tale to rival the Titanic in its folly and tragedy. See https://www.vasamuseet.se/en
The Story Hotel is well located, stylish and lively for those looking for a boutique spot during a visit to Stockholm.
Story Hotel, Riddargatan 6, Stockholm, 114 35. Rooms start from SEK1390 including tax ($$232)
Phone 1300 896 627 or see https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/story-hotel-riddargatan
The writer stayed as a guest of Mr and Mrs Smith.