For a city built on water, it was fitting that our Deluxe Park View suite at Stockholm's Berns Hotel had a nautical edge in its design. The steel-rimmed circular windows that look over the nearby park and the wooden hand rail on the suite-long balcony gave the impression that we would be shortly setting sail for distant lands – not staying put in the heart of one of Europe's most stylish locations. From the Bang & Olufsen TV to the clean furnish-ings, the room was a tribute to modern design. It wasn't the largest suite, but was comfort-able and chic enough to make me want to hang out longer than I could. The boutique sister to the City's more famous Grand Hotel, Berns has a historical sense of cool. Today, its ballroom hosts jazz, salsa and rock concerts but back in the day such luminaries as Josephine Baker and Marlene Deitrich performed in what is now the restaurant. Despite the size and popularity of this grand dining room the Berns couldn't have felt more secluded once through the doors and off into the suite.
With a great restaurant in house, the very varied Stockholm museums, the old town and the fashionable shopping district on the doorstep staying at the Berns meant we never had to wonder or wander far for something to do. Business or weekend break travel is always so much easier when you have a hotel you automatically know to head for when visiting a city, and the Berns is one I wouldn't hesitate to rebook in.
Berns Hotel, Näckströmsgatan 8, SE-111 47 Stockholm
+46 8 566 322 00