Victory Hotel

Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden Book from Book from £129 per night

Quaint, cosy, nautical-themed hotel with a privileged position in Stockholm’s old town
What a treat to stay on the alluring medieval island of Gamla Stan, the oldest part of Stockholm: a maze of narrow streets and cobblestoned alleyways between charming old buildings of terracotta and ochre. Rare, too, to find a hotel that perfectly fits its surroundings. The building was constructed in 1640, and has been lovingly converted by a couple fascinated by Nelson (and his ship HMS Victory) and inspired by Sweden’s long seafaring history. The foyer is filled with rare sea-faring artefacts, from painted figureheads to Captain Hardy’s own tea set, and a letter from Nelson himself.

Walking along Victory’s narrow corridors of mahogany and shining brass handrails is akin to being on board ship - though mercifully with more comfortable cabins. Each of the rooms is named after a different Swedish captain, evoked through paintings of his ship and nautical antiques, creating something really special from this quaint interior. Add to this cheerful young staff and a remarkable range of dining options for a hotel of this size, and you have a quirky base in Stockholm’s most atmospheric district.

Highs

  • Right in the heart of Gamla Stan - perfectly situated for exploring the oldest part of Stockholm
  • The foodie vibe; innovative breakfasts and a variety of options for dinner
  • Well-equipped, comfortable rooms
  • Fascinating array of marine memorabilia on display
  • Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff
  • Small sauna and plunge pool which can be booked for private use

Lows

  • Rooms are definitely on the small side
  • Service at breakfast can be slow when the hotel is full, allow more time than you think
  • We've yet to try the restaurants, so we can't personally vouch for the food at dinner

Best time to go

Stockholm is fun all year round, but remember it’s pretty cold from November to March. Spring and autumn are lovely, and summer can be positively hot - so consider using the city as a starting point for a longer trip exploring the archipelago.

Our top tips

From Wednesday to Saturday you can do a 'Walking Dinner', a multi-restaurant dining experience in which you get to sample signature dishes from each of the 5 restaurants and bars at the hotel. Foodie heaven!

Great for...

Eco
Family
Foodie
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 45
  • Restaurants and bars
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Victory is so nautically minded, with its wood panelling, polished brass handrails and ship paintings at every turn, that you almost expect to find a ship's cabin when you open your bedroom door. Instead, there are swish furnishings in warm ochres and navy blues: brocades, velvets, a pleasing mêlée of traditional textiles and carefully chosen antiques.

Each of Victory’s rooms is named after a Swedish sea captain. The owners went to great trouble to track down the descendents of each one, finding photographs of the captain - and his wife, if he had one! - and an original painting of his ship. There’s also an antique model ship in each room, and you might find other antiques - ours had a 1900’s dressing table mirror - all of which add character to each individually designed room.

Don’t expect much space though: even the Deluxe rooms are compact, Double Rooms and Single Rooms even compacter, and some of the rooms are in the eaves. The original building was constructed in the 17th Century, and many of the rooms retain the original proportions. Ask for the opulent Captain's Luxury Suite if you want to spread out - the original 1640’s ceiling is stunning - or one of the Grand Cabins, which have a sitting room (and a Jacuzzi).

But what Victory lacks in scale it makes up for in details. Each room has a minibar, trouser press, hairdryer and sumptuous navy blue bathrobes and satin slippers, all emblazoned with the gold embroidered Victory ship. All rooms have flatscreen TVs, phones, and Bang & Olufsen stereos.

Fortunately, the bathrooms bear no resemblance to those of Nelson’s day: gleaming marble, underfloor heating, walk-in power showers, huge white towels and the most extensive array of Molton Brown toiletries imaginable.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

For breakfast there's the traditional smörgåsbord of smoked salmon and meats, enhanced by pickled salads and an unusual choice of cheeses. Our 'Eggs Royal' with crispy ham turned out to be a sweet crème brulée, and the rice pudding with cinnamon was a touch salty. Stick to the superb homemade breads instead, with flavoursome berry jams.

For dinner you have an array of options in the hotel's 'Gastro Block'. There's Djuret, which means ‘meat’ in Swedish - no prizes for guessing the specialty here. For bistro style dining there's Pubologi; for intimate counter-top dining there's Flickan. The ethos at all is to focus on food in season, so the menus change regularly. For drinks, choose between The Burgundy, which is actually a bistro as well as a wine bar, and claims to have one of the largest wine cellars in Sweden, or Tweed bar, which as the name suggests is designed with tradition and comfort in mind.

Alternatively, Gamla Stan offers many other fine restaurants; reservations are essential. Wonderfully opulent Le Rouge does red velvet swags, antique lamps, and excellent service. Eriks Gondolen, suspended over Slussen with magnificent views, is a must. Have an evening drink or book dinner – there’s a less expensive dining room in the main building. Lunch in Stockholm is cheaper than dinner, as many places offer reasonable set menus. Two favourites nearby: Reisen, on the eastern shore of Gamla Stan and, at the back of the opera house, Bakfickan (Hip pocket) where you sit at the counter for delicious fresh crayfish and herring. The Opera Bar is even more swish, with art nouveau carved wood and a stained glass ceiling.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander around Gamla Stan, admiring the splendid 17th-century architecture. Kungliga Slottet is the imposing royal palace. Nearby, the impressive Storkyrkan is the scene of royal weddings and coronations, near the charming market square of Stortorget. The German church Tyska Kyrkan is also worth a peek

  • Shopping. The main shopping area is Norrmalm, with its familiar international chains as well as the Swedish department store Åhlens. And that great Stockholm institution, the NK department store: Scandinavian fashion upstairs, homewares, interiors and a great little café down. International designers are also to be found in Ostermalm - and you should pop into the beautiful covered market Ostermalms Saluhall for the fabulous fresh produce including seafood. Then head along Götgatan to the showcase shop 10 Swedish Designers, before crossing the river to Södermalm, where there’s a profusion of antique shops specialising in 20th-century Swedish design. Nordlings Antik usually has some great pieces

  • Galleries and museums. The must-see is the stunning Vasamuseet, on the pretty leafy island of Djurgården, open daily. This exemplary museum presents the magnificent Vasa, built in 1628, and sunk on her maiden voyage just a few hundred metres from port. Walk around the ship on several levels, see fascinating exhibits on shipbuilding and Swedish life and how the ship’s design proved fatal. Design enthusiasts will be thrilled by the survey of 20th Century Swedish design in the Nationalmuseet together with some beautiful Swedish paintings and a fine collection of Rembrandt portraits. Head for the Moderna Museet for Swedish modern art, along with some superb Rauschenbergs and Warhols, and outdoor sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle

  • Stockholm’s many beautiful waterfront buildings are best appreciated from the water. Boat trips with the excellent Stockholm Sightseeing leave regularly from the quayside outside the Grand Hotel - make sure you buy your ticket at least an hour ahead of sailing times as they sell out, even in winter. The 1hr 15minute trip gives you an informative introduction to the city and some of the outlying islands

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Children up to 3 years of age are free of charge. Those aged 4-12 are charged at children's rates; for children over 13, adult rates apply if staying in their parents' room, or they can have a room of their own, also at adult rates. There’s a lift big enough for buggies and prams.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting available by arrangement

Kid Friendly:

Location

Victory Hotel is right in the middle of Stockholm, on the medieval island of Gamla Stan, the oldest part of the city. The nearest underground station is Gamla Stan.

By Air
Stockholm Arlanda (44km) or Skavsta (106km).

From Arlanda Airport
By Taxi: From Arlanda it’s a 40-minute drive with Taxi Stockholm to any hotel in the centre for a fixed price.
By Train: Or take the efficient train Arlanda Express (20 minutes).
By bus: or the frequent bus Flygbussarna (45 minutes) – both arrive at Central Station.

From Skavsta Airport
Skavsta Airport is connected by a reliable bus service with Flygbussarna; buses leave 20 minutes after each arriving flight, and take 90 minutes to Central Station, or you can take a taxi.

By Car:
See our car rental recommendations and valet parking is available at the hotel.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Stockholm Arlanda 42.0 km ARN
  • Stockholm Skavsta 100.0 km NYO

Other:

  • Beach 35.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Fantastic location, fantastic service, fantastic room and amenities, fantastic breakfast in a room full of Swedish history...an actual city tower ruin!
What else can I say..so glad this is an i-escape hotel.

10/10,

All staff were very friendly and eager to help. We loved the type and quality and choice of food for breakfast. The room was wonderful, on the top floor with views over the roof tops. Antiques and curiosities throughout the hotel, it was like staying in museum. Fantastic.

10/10,

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