If you’re traveling with small kids and looking for a fantastic modern, eco-friendly, family-friendly hotel in Stockholm that is walkable to many experiences, the Hotel Skeppsholmen should definitely be on your list. This Stockholm hotel offers “the very best of both worlds, with one foot in the city center and the other in the Swedish archipelago.” This is no exaggeration as we literally walked everywhere! It was also a perfect place to bring our 6-year-old son as the hotel was awesome for families traveling with little kids.
It’s almost as though the Hotel Skeppsholmen was designed for kids. It boasts an expansive lawn that’s ideal for letting the kids run loose. Every staff member we encountered engaged so nicely with our child; they gave him extra Easter candies, let him help gather tennis equipment, and so much more. They created such a relaxed atmosphere that we just felt right at home. It was eye opening to me just how family friendly Stockholm was. We were so warmly welcomed at restaurants, museums and everywhere in between. It was absolutely refreshing.
Location of the Hotel
This waterfront hotel is situated on the small island of Skeppsholmen. A 10-minute walk in one direction will take you across a beautiful bridge and into the city center. A 5-minute (or less) walk will bring you to the passenger ferry which will take you to Gamla Stan or to the Allmanna grand terminals. You can pick up your ferry tickets at the hotel front desk. With a 6-year-old, this location was perfect as it offered easy access to Skansen and the Vasa Museum, as well as to Old Town whose superb architecture you will just love! There’s also a fun Viking restaurant which is not to be missed.
Our room was fantastic–we walked directly into a room with a desk, the bathroom off to the side, and then into a separate bedroom which could be closed off by French doors. The size was perfect for our small family of three. The hotel offers additional rooms that are great for larger families. Not to mention that the windows actually open, unlike in most modern hotels these days. We had beautiful weather during our stay there and enjoyed the fresh air and the sound of the birds singing in springtime. We were also fortunate to be on the side of the building facing the lawn, tennis court, and waterfront.
Style & Character
I absolutely loved the style and character of this unique Stockholm waterfront hotel. Located in a historic landmark dating back to 1699, it has been exquisitely restored and renovated to suit 21st-century decorative tastes. While our bathroom featured dark tile and lighting, the rest of the hotel was light and airy, complete with hardwood floors. The beautiful restaurant opened right onto the patio. Thanks to the fantastic weather we had during our visit, the doors were left open, letting in the fresh air. Hotel Skeppsholmen makes you feel totally at home. That’s the biggest reason I consider it the best family hotel in Stockholm.
Service & Facilities
The hotel has a restaurant with indoor seating. You can also order food and drink and bring it to enjoy in their outdoor seating area. There is also a very small fitness room, tennis court and equipment that you can reserve. In addition to room service (which we didn’t use), the hotel features a mini-bar with snacks and wine in every room for an added cost.
The hotel itself doesn’t offer many activities beyond the tennis court and a fantastic lawn for sitting and enjoying a glass of wine while the kids run around. However, there is no shortage of things to do with the many museums, restaurants, and other attractions all within easy walking distance, or Uber distance if you prefer.
Food & Drink
Breakfast is included in the room rate–hands down one of the best breakfast buffets I’ve ever had at a hotel. First of all, they had Kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon rolls) which were my absolute favorite. I craved them so much when we got home that I learned how to make them! They also offered French toast, hard-boiled eggs, meats, cheeses, vegetables, and delicious bread. Also provided were coffee, various juices, and water.
The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, or you can order a glass of wine or beer and enjoy it out on the patio. We didn’t have a meal in the restaurant. However, we attended a wedding and the dinner reception in the hotel. We had salad, fish, vegetables, and ended the meal with fika (the Swedish variation of a coffee break usually involving coffee and some pastry and socializing). As it was all absolutely delicious, I would assume the normal restaurant food is just as good.
Value for Money
While Hotel Skeppsholmen is definitely not the cheapest, I believe it deserves to be considered the Best Family Hotel in Stockholm as it was reasonable given the location and the experience we had. I slept better in that hotel than anywhere we had been the previous week. The bed was comfortable, the hotel extremely clean, and the staff fantastic. Having breakfast included was a great perk. The other benefit is that the hotel is a Marriott property so we were able to get points for our stay.
Hotel Contact Information
+46 8 – 407 23 000
Low season starting at approximately $300 per night.
High season starting at approximately $500per night.
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