Scandic Hotel Hasselbacken
Lonely Planet review
It's hard to imagine a lovelier setting for a stay in Stockholm than this 1925 building on a slope overlooking the amusement park Gröna Lund. The hotel's plush amenities (saunas, satellite TV) and its location round out the luxurious-retreat experience. Slip into the vintage, jewel-box dining room for modern Scandi fare like white asparagus with rhubarb glaze, black morel and parmesan foam. In between swoons, take in the superb coffered ceiling.
The hotel's rooms were restored in the early '90s to their original look, with hardwood floors and perfectly worn antiques. Staff will bend over backward to meet the oddest request - go ahead, ask them anything. There's a semi-casual lobby bar and an excellent, highly rated restaurant on the ground floor, where guests are treated to live music at night and an elaborate breakfast buffet in the morning. The noted Wärdshus Godthem is right across the road, and the proximity to all of Djurgården's fabulous museums - not to mention the beautiful, away-from-it-all location - are perks that are hard to beat.