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BACKSTORY: Many of King Charles XII’s marines never made it home to see their new barracks, which were built in 1699 on the island of Skeppsholmen. Yet almost up until its makeover into a hip design hotel in 2009, “The Long Row,” as locals know it, provided unusually elegant lodgings for military employees.
DESIGN NOTES: Design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune came up with the theme of “Fog” for this chic project. Frosted bathroom doors, tropical wet rooms and wooden floors all reference its maritime heritage. Navy officers would have loved the streamlined aesthetic.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The hotel is a stone’s throw from Saltsjön Bay, an inviting spot for a stroll. Also nearby are the Museum of Modern Art and the Swedish Museum of Architecture, so there’s no chance of missing your serving of culture.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: Most options here look out onto the surrounding parkland—don’t be surprised if you come eye to eye with a willow warbler when you open the window. In leafless winter months, the front rooms afford a clear view of the bay and the trendy island of Södermalm.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: The sunny terrace is popular with lunching locals. The same goes for the indoor restaurant-bar, a coolly elegant space whose afternoon fika (coffee break) offers ample opportunity to mingle with the natives.