“Nautical design is given a stylish twist at this relaxing waterfront hotel, just 15 minutes east of Stockholm”
It's blissful in the summer, when deckchairs with blankets line the terrace, but step inside on a wintry day and find a perfect refuge from any storm. The spacious lounge is fragrant with lilies in huge vases and woodsmoke from the open fire, so help yourself to leaf tea and a fresh muffin, or sink into an armchair with a G&T from the honesty bar. Come evening, wander down to the marina and feast on fresh seafood at nearby Restaurant J, gazing out towards Stockholm’s lights glinting in the distance. Hope to be stranded for several days at least.
- A wonderful waterfront location - hop on a ferry to explore central Stockholm or nearby islands, then return to peace and quiet
- Fresh design, with smart and comfortable rooms (many with balconies) styled by GANT
- The homely, candlelit lounge - sit back in a fireside sofa and watch the watery world outside
- Tempting fare at popular Restaurant J, 300m away - as good during our 2015 revisit as our first stay
- A genuinely warm welcome: couples, families and business travellers are all made to feel at home
- It's much larger than most i-escape hotels and hosts lots of conferences, but this doesn't diminish the relaxing vibe
- It's a 20-minute boat hop (or a 15-minute taxi ride) from the city centre, though the journey is part of the fun
- Not much to do in the surrounding area; the hotel is near a business centre and most places close during evenings and weekends
- Service is friendly but pretty relaxed: don't expect to have your bags carried
- Baby cots
- High chair
- Baby bedding
- Bottle warming
Some equipment may need to be requested in advance
Kitchen staff will make small children something special for breakfast, or heat up baby food. Snacks are available all day in the lounge.
- Outdoor playground nearby
- Grounds to play in
- Small pebbled beach and jetty
- Catamarans for hire
- Vasamuseet - a 16th-century warship housed on Djurgården
- Skansen - a huge outdoor museum of Swedish life on Djurgården, with reindeer, bears and replica villages
- Gröna Lund amusement park or Junibacken Museum inspired by Pippi Longstocken (both on Djurgården)
- Boat trips to the archipelago and around Stockholm harbour
- Take photos from viewing point Montelilsvagen, reached via cute cobbled streets
- Royal palace and armoury on Gamla Stan
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Boat hire
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
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's meals
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- There’s something mesmerising about sitting back and watching boats drift past on their way between Stockholm harbour and the open sea: very relaxing
- Or you could take a boat out yourself: the Hobie Cat catamarans on the beach are available for hire, with an instructor if you prefer. You can swim in the water, too - though the chilly temperature isn’t for the faint-hearted!
- Take the ferry into town. There are regular boats to Slussen (for trendy Södermalm and medieval Gamla Stan), Djurgården (home to many of the city’s top museums) and Nybroplan (the main shopping area)
- Or head in the other direction to the islands of the archipelago. Ferries from the hotel stop at Vaxholm (with restaurants, boutiques and a castle), peaceful Grinda, and countless wooded islets dotted with cabins
- Hotel J has an arrangement with a good nearby spa, Njuta Spa, and will book massages and other treatments, as well as use of the sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Well being