Named after a beloved, boundary-pushing headmistress, Miss Clara boutique hotel – in central Stockholm – began life as a girl’s school when it was built in 1910. Architect Gert Wingårdh’s firm preserved many of its dainty art nouveau features in its tasteful remodeling, but these days you’re more likely to study the retro bar’s cocktails or the brasserie’s Nordic menu than a textbook. Cast thoughts of Catholic schoolgirl uniforms from your mind – this Miss’s serenely simple rooms and eye-catching artwork make it one hell of a class act.
Art nouveau artefacts
Central Stockholm location
A selection of Swedish sweets
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All public areas are wheelchair-accessible, and there are disabled-access rooms on the first five floors of the hotel. Miss Clara has a well-outfitted gym. Please note: there is no in-room air-conditioning.Architecture firm Wingårdhs, who gave the hotel its tasteful facelift, are the creative geniuses behind hip Swedish shops Ease and Emporia, the thatch-covered visitor’s centre at lake Tåkern and Spira cultural centre.
Decadent duds and a digital SLR – packed in a large cracked-leather satchel, naturally.
A Schiaperelli-esque floor-sweeping dress as a nod to the pre-war setting, or a clean-cut COS ensemble with a string of pearls – and nothing scruffier than chinos for Mr Smith.
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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from their vintage-chic boutique hotel in Stockholm and unpacked their trendsetting Scandi threads and pralines from hip chocolatier Robert E’s, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a scrawled note torn from a schoolbook, confiscated at Miss Clara…
If you want to duck behind a bike shed at the thought of going back to school, former all-girls' academy turned boutique hotel Miss Clara (named for glass-ceiling-nudging headmistress Clara Strömberg) will be an educational experience. On entering, the disarmingly gorgeous staff – primed for an impromptu lumberjack-themed Swedish Vogue shoot – are faultlessly welcoming, and the retro interiors feel cosily nostalgic. Flirty feminine touches – Max Moden’s graceful ballet portraits, virginal white linens and soft organic fabrics – and a low-lit, glad-rags-recommended bar are inherently romantic; and there are proliferating svelte-Swede-crowded hangouts in the hotel’s Norrmalm locale. Strömberg would undoubtedly give architect firm Wingårdhs an A+ for leapfrogging Stockholm’s lofty coolness yardstick while honouring the hotel’s history; best to book a room before Wes Anderson starts shooting there…
Sveavägen 48, Stockholm, 111 34
0.3 mi / 0.6 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
Chef Daniel Guest (formerly at the Connaught in London) has crafted a brasserie-style menu with indulgent fare, such as lobster-cream soup with a cheese pie, and steak tartare with truffle caviar and parmesan. Art nouveau grandeur permeates the dining room: leather banquettes, vaulted windows and cut-crystal glassware sets an upper-crust scene, but arch updates – industrial-chic, factory-style lights with repurposed-decanter shades – ensure it’s far from stuffy. The chef can adapt meals for health-conscious – or dairy and gluten-avoiding – guests. The Ballerina Room café has Max Modén’s ballerina portraits, Kaare Klint seating and a selection of well-thumbed Swedish and English tomes to flip through.
Spy on the stylish Swedes ambling along Sveavägen from a window seat.
Breakfast is from 6.30am to 10am, 8am to 11am on weekends. The restaurant opens until 10pm Monday to Saturday, and from noon to 5pm on Sundays. Drinks at the bar flow until 1am from Wednesday to Saturday, 11pm from Sunday to Tuesday.
During restaurant hours, you can enjoy the full à la carte in the comfort of your room, and alcoholic drinks can be delivered while the bar’s still buzzing. A more modest menu and soft drinks are served after hours.
Mixologists Joel Constantino and Robert Radovic are a dab hand with surprising spirit blends – served up in a space as on-trend ornate as the dining room. We love their signature drink, the decadently dry Rob Rad (scotch, Punt e Mes, Heering and absinthe), but we’ll happily substitute it for a quirky ‘beer cocktail’ or a grown-up-slushy-style, flavoured-ice concoction.
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