Located in one of the most upscale areas of Stockholm, and more specifically in the small and picturesque Riddargatan Street, the Story Hotel is a true design star in the Swedish capital. With a well thought-out design that mixes industrial elements with fashion, modern furniture with original older details from the building, this boutique hotel in Stockholm is an experience in itself. It is filled with lovely details and really interesting art, and it’s endlessly satisfying to just bask in the ambiance.
Although modern and hip, this place doesn’t put design before comfort, and it’s definitely focused on providing guests with a very cosy experience. Here’s my takeout from this beautiful lodging!
1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 5
2. Rooms & Other Facilities: 5
3. Food & Drinks: 4
4. Service: 4
5. Location: 5
Design & Boutique Feeling
It’s easy to see there was a lot of love put into the design of this place. The modern feel and décor is simple and soothing, with earthy tones taking a leading role in the look and feel. There’s a well-balanced mix of industrial design and art, fashionista elements like the open wardrobe in the rooms combined with the original features of the building.
The Story isn’t just a hotel: you’ll also find a restaurant here as well as a very hip bar. Each of the areas has a very distinct feel, without neglecting a more general setting for coherence. In all, I really loved the design altogether, particularly the room!
Rooms & Other Facilities
The rooms are downright breathtaking. On their website, this boutique hotel in Stockholm brags about the “high standards on their rooms,” and they definitely deliver! Hotel rooms in Stockholm are generally quite small but the extra large double rooms in Story Hotel feels spacious with enough space to make you feel at home. I loved the open wardrobe, the beautiful stone wall and, mostly, the art: the decorators went the extra mile on the rooms, adding collage-like superimposed paintings around the bed, which also happens to be huge and very comfy. The room also includes a beautiful full body mirror and a hipster desk.
The bathroom is lovely in pastel colors and with pink, black and beige tiles. In all, the décor made me fantasize about setting up a photo shoot here.
As for the rest of the facilities, they impress just the same. There’s a cosy restaurant and a very hip bar, for an all-around unique boutique experience. Both the bar and restaurant, are popular places for lunch and evenings and in the summer they have a cozy little yard, perfect for after work!
One thing that really caught my eye is the fact that there’s no reception per se, just a few computers where you can check yourself in. They’ve also done away with room keys: you just have to use a code!
Food & Drinks
Ling Long, the Story’s restaurant, is actually one of the top eateries in Stockholm. The cuisine is Asian fusion, particularly Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Indian, with a lot of interesting options; however, their morning menu is more on par with Swedish breakfast. The food is excellent and the service and ambiance are top notch. The drinks are also very good, with auteur cocktails.
The service is really good and Swedish meaning that you do not get a very professional service but I missed the true personal feeling needed to score a 5 on this one!
Absolutely perfect location, near everything. The Stockholm nightlife and Stureplan is right outside the door, and the area is filled with restaurants for different tastes. It’s also a great area for shopping, with the luxury Biblioteksgatan right around the corner and if you want some fresh sea air, have a morning walk along Strandvägen!