02 November, 2011
East Coast Vibe at J Hotel
Hotelj and its restaurant at the water’s edge on Nacka Strand has become a popular spot for Stockholmers to anchor their boats in the summer, for people-spotting and an ice-cold beer or two. The hotel has now increased its amount of rooms to an impressive 158 by taking over an old house close to the original, much smaller hotel.
The look of the new rooms is unabashedly American East Coast, and the hotel even names itself the Newport of Stockholm. Adirondack chairs are lined up by the shore looking towards the city, the bedlinen in the nautical rooms are by Gant and marine touches like model ships are scattered throughout. But this is no mere over haul following an interior designer’s whim. The original bistro and hotel is named after the J-class ships that sail the America’s Cup, and there is undoubtably a feeling of marine wilderness about the area, with bare flat rocks underfoot, the blue Baltic outside the windows and straight pines standing tall on the horizon.
The fact that all this is a 15min bus ride from Stockholm (or even better, a boat ride from Nybrokajen in the centre of town), makes it a pretty spectacular place, worthy of its inclusion under the Design Hotels umbrella. With its two restaurants, marine bistro J and the newly opened Club House in a magnificent brick villa built in 1899, spa and conference facilities, J is ideal as a weekend break, for conferences, weddings and christmas lunch. Or you could just rock up for a cold one and watch the sun sink into the sea.
Double rooms from SEK 1,395; £133; €152; $209; Y16,092
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