Victory Hotel

Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden Book from SEK1,190

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 an appealing restaurant, 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
  • Innovative breakfasts
  • 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
  • We've yet to try the Djuret restaurant, so we can't personally vouch for it

Best time to go

Closed Christmas and New Year. 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.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Foodie
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 45
  • Restaurant and bars
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 20 Dec 2015 - 6 Jan 2016
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Captain’s Double 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 well-stocked 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
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Breakfast is served in the attractive bar upstairs: prepare for some wonderfully unconventional touches. The traditional smörgåsbord of smoked salmon, salami, smoked cold ham, veal brawn, smoked sausage and meatballs is enhanced by pickled cucumbers and pickled beetroot salad, and an unusual choice of cheeses. The homemade mueslis have too many salted nuts for our liking, but delicious orange and apple juice more than compensates. 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. Allow more time than you think: service is slow when the hotel is full. As breakfast is not included in the room rate, you might prefer to try one of the cheaper options just a few minutes’ walk away - Chokladkoppen and Kaffekoppen in the market square Stortorget are both good.

For other meals you have the Djuret restaurant. The name means ‘meat’ in Swedish and the ethos is for to focus on one animal in the regularly changing menu. Therefore, making the most of the animal while being as sustainable as possible - we’ve yet to dine here, but it certainly sounds intriguing. For after dinner drinks, there’s the Tweed bar which as the name suggests is designed with tradition and comfort in mind.

However, Gamla Stan offers many other fine restaurants for a more atmospheric and typical experience; reservations are essential. For sophisticated traditional Swedish food, try popular inn Den Gyldene Freden, an atmospheric candlelit 18th-century tavern. 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 a reasonable set menu. 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 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: Captain\\\'s Deluxe Room

Our guests' ratings...

7/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
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