“Nautical design is given a stylish twist at this relaxing waterfront hotel, just 15 minutes east of Stockholm”
The 158 rooms are split between the main building and a few newer wings, but all share the same nautical theme. Bold navy and white stripes give a stylish feel, and wood is used to great effect, with white tongue-and-groove walls and black-stained floors that echo the boat sheds nearby. Crisp GANT linen is covered with star-emblazoned blankets, and wide windows bring in lots of light. References to boat design include neat racks storing glasses, and wooden wardrobes with bleached cotton linings and knotted leather handles. Bathrooms are clad in smart navy and white tiles, and come with chrome rainshowers; the larger rooms have roll-top tubs, too.
Categories differ in size and lookout, and it’s definitely worth trading up to a sea-view room if you can (cheaper options face the woods behind the hotel). Most rooms have balconies, and the J Newport Sea View Rooms come with vast roof terraces; we stayed in one of these on our last visit, and loved lounging in deckchairs as boats chugged past. Top of the pile are the split-level J Suites, which have a kingsize bed on the upper floor and a spacious sitting area with panoramic windows on the lower level; one also has a Jacuzzi tub - ideal for honeymooners and romantics.
Restaurant J is a short stroll from the hotel, in a converted boathouse by the marina. It’s a lofty yet cosy space, with flickering hurricane lanterns, open rafters, wooden tables and a buzz of cheerful chatter. Sun-weathered easy chairs line the deck outside, and in summer you can dine on a covered pier directly above the water. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner, and serves imaginative bistro-style creations featuring plenty of fish and seafood (meat and vegetarian options are available, too). Every dish we sampled was delicious: a chanterelle salad with radishes and Swedish cheese, a mound of fresh prawns with aioli, and a Mediterranean fish stew that was so good we ordered it on both evenings of our stay.
If you fancy a lighter meal, you can tuck into pasta, burgers and the like in the hotel’s lounge from 3pm onwards. There’s also an honesty bar where you can help yourself to wine, beer and spirits, and tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are available throughout the day.
Breakfast is served in a restored 19th-century summerhouse in the hotel grounds. Tables are adorned with candles, and large windows look out over the water. The buffet is a generous smörgåsbord of pastries, hams, cheeses, cereal and fruit, alongside a few more unusual additions (pancakes, eggs and bacon, cardamom-dusted donuts, and wonderful homemade marmalades).
Children are welcome and will thoroughly enjoy being by the water, watching boats of all shapes and sizes pass by. Stockholm is an easy place to be with children, and the ferries to and from the city centre are fun (and largely buggy-friendly). There are plenty of museums and attractions that will appeal to all ages, too.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Choose either a J Newport Large Room, which sleeps 2 adults plus 2 kids on a double sofabed, or a J Suite, which is a duplex with a double sofabed in the downstairs lounge. All rooms can take an extra bed and/or baby cot, though note that many don't have bathtubs.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kitchen staff will make small children something special for breakfast, or heat up baby food. Snacks are available all day in the lounge.
Keep an eye out on balconies and by the water if you're bringing little ones