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Experience Stockholms naval history at Victory Hotel

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

Near the metro station in Old Town, Stockholm (Sweden) you will find the gorgeous Victory hotel. The hotel is part of the three Collector´s Hotels, all found in Old Town, owned by the antique collectors the Bengtsson family. The Victory Hotel is a personal and exclusive hotel and it’s even a tourist attraction in itself with its unique private collection of maritime antiques, passionately selected by the founder, Gunnar Bengtsson.

A bit of history

Victory hotel is the largest hotel among the Bengtsson family’s private hotels in Old Town and it’s named after the British naval hero Lord Nelson’s ship, HMS Victory. The Victory Hotel opened its doors in 1987. The hotel has many stories to tell, but the most significant one is probably the fact that historic relics still hide in the building. In the beautiful breakfast and conference room, remnants of Leijontornet can be seen, a tower that was once part of the defense wall in Stockholm in the 14th century. The Victory hotel will leave you speechless and even more curious about Stockholms naval history.

The reception (and whole hotel) is filled with maritime antiques and curious artefacts that all bears an interesting story. One of the stories is the love between naval hero Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton who’s love letter is found in the reception. I find it very interesting with these true stories and all the memorabilia that is found within the Collector’s collection!

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The reception

The rooms

The hotel has borrowed its name from a British ship, but all the rooms are named after a Swedish sea captain. Every room contains photos, memorabilia and interesting facts about the captain that the room is named after, including a model of his ship. All the rooms have a genuine feel and a personal touch, and the hotel offer everything from comfortable single rooms to a stunning 18th century suite.

I stayed one night in the lovely room “Kapten Svensson” and was greeted with a luxurious kit of strawberries, chocolate and champagne. The room was spacious with a nice little view of the Old Town street outside. The room was as promised filled with photos, a model ship and other memorabilia. My favourite detail was the port wine carefully set out on the bedside table. Such small details really make the whole experience so much nicer!

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Outside my room Captain Svensson
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Captain Svensson

Wow what a welcoming!
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Photos and model of the ship

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The portwine
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A chocolate coin in front of a Swedish folklore cabinet in the room

The restaurants and bars

Inside the hotel you will find the popular and award-winning restaurants, Djuret and Flickan, the comfortable bar Tweed and the wine bar The Burgundy.

I went for a drink at the bar Tweed, it is lovely decorated with big and comfortable arm chairs, but as the hotel also has a beautiful courtyard I decided to sit outside and enjoy a very well made Moscow Mule. The courtyard is found if you take the narrow stairs up one floor, the courtyard it’s very well hidden from the outside. I think that the bars and restaurants are very well known to the Stockholmers, for those who know, if you get me! This is not a place you stumble upon, but a place to be recommended to and then explored. Good thing I can recommend this to you now then, right?

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A Moscow Mule and a Negroni in the courtyard
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Sit outside if the weather allows!

I didn’t have dinner at the hotel this time, but I hope to visit soon and share my experience with you. Djuret and Flickan are supposed to be two of Stockholms best restaurants!

The breakfast

The breakfast at Victory hotel is served in a lovely setting, in the cellar of the hotel, and there is most definitely something for everyone on the buffet. From cold dishes to warm – the food is well prepared and best enjoyed with a cup of Swedish coffee. Sit and eat for a long while, be amazed by the old defense wall and prepare for a full day in Stockholm!

My overall impression is very good of the Victory hotel. The staff is lovely, the location perfect, the rooms gorgeous and the food and drinks amazing. There’s really not much that can be improved at the Victory hotel. I do recommend to come here during low season to explore all the areas of the hotel without any stress.

Visit the other Collector’s hotels Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson to enjoy even more history and amazing antiques.

Victory hotel, Lilla Nygatan 5, 111 28 Stockholm

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

Sleep well at Swedens narrowest hotel the Lord Nelson in Stockholm, Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Stay near Stockholm city centre at the hotel Lord Nelson

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

On the main street of Old Town, Stockholm (Sweden) you will find the beautiful hotel Lord Nelson. The hotel is part of the three Collector´s Hotels, all found in Old Town, owned by the antique collectors the Bengtsson family. Lord Nelson is Swedens narrowest hotel (its only 6 meters wide) and it is filled with marine themed antiques. Also, it will only take you 10 minutes to walk to Stockholm city centre.

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The hotel building is only 6 meters wide

A bit of history

The Lord Nelson has been open and been receiving guests since 1974. It’s named after the famous Admiral Lord Nelson, one of England’s greatest heroes of all time. The Lord Nelson hotel is housed in a building that dates back to the 17th century and is reminiscent of an old ship. Throughout the interior you will find marine themed antiques that will have you dreaming about life at sea. The building, with its powder-pink facade, was originally home to the printer Ignatius Meurer. He printed the Karl X Bible together with Göran Helsing. This bible is now back in the house as part of the antique collection. It can be admired in a showcase in the hotel lobby.

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A replica of Lord Nelson in the hotels reception

The hotel rooms

As you gathered, the marine theme runs throughout the whole hotel. The rooms feature sealed deck flooring, a ship valve and an exact model of the antique ship that the room is named after. The room categories are also named after and inspired by life at sea. I stayed in the hotel room called Hotspur and I also found the ship replica over my bed. The rooms are of the smaller kind, but they are carefully furnished to fit everything one needs for a perfect hotel stay. You will find three different sizes of rooms at this hotel; single rooms, small double rooms and double rooms.

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I took a walk in the building and I am impressed by all the antiques that are carefully placed out on the different floors. There is a cozy living room area where you can find a good book and just relax, or look out the window and admire the beautiful setting of Old Town.

The reception and breakfast area really makes you feel like you’re on a ship. The staff is very friendly and will help you with any kinds of requests. The hotel is perfect for a one or two night stay if you want to live close to the city center. The hotel is also located near the Swedish parliament, so it’s not uncommon to see various politicians from all over the world staying at the Lord Nelson.

The real love story between Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson

Horatio Nelson, born in 1758, was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, which together resulted in a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was shot and killed at the age of 47 during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar near the Spanish port city of Cádiz in 1805.

Lady Emma Hamilton (which one of the three Collector’s hotels are named after) was a gorgeous model and dancer born in 1765 in England and is best known for being British Admiral Horatio Nelson’s mistress. She was also a woman known for her scandalous behaviour. After being a mistress of another man, she eventually married his uncle who is said to have paid off her former lover’s debts. She then got the title Lady Hamilton and became a leading socialist lady in Naples and close friends with the Queen of Austria.

Over time, she got to know and became a lover of Lord Nelson. Emma was Lord Nelson’s great love despite her past. Lady Hamilton lived openly with Lord Nelson after her husband’s death. Together they got a daughter and they were deeply in love. Nelson died later in the war and it is said that Lady Hamilton was not allowed to attend his funeral. After his death, she is said to have returned to her wasteful life and she died indebted and poorly in France.

Visit Victory Hotel  to read the real love letters between the couple.

Visit the other Collector’s hotels Lady Hamilton and Victory Hotel to enjoy even more history and amazing antiques.

Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel, Västerlånggatan 22, 111 29 Stockholm

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

Relive a lost and romanic era at the Lady Hamilton Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Find romance again at beautiful hotel Lady Hamilton

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

In the mystical alleys of Old Town in Stockholm (Sweden) you will find the gorgeous hotel Lady Hamilton. The hotel is part of the three Collector´s Hotels, all found in Old Town, owned by the antique collectors the Bengtsson family. Lady Hamilton is, as the name suggests, a feminine and romantic hotel and its also filled with folk style antiques.

A bit of history

The amazing old building where the hotel now is located dates back to the 1470s. The time of regent Sten Sture the Elder. The building was originally three separate properties, but once bought by the merchant Lorens Erdtman, they were converted into one single building.

The Bengtsson family purchased the property in 1975 and turned it into Lady Hamilton hotel. Don’t miss Lady Hamilton’s cellar which houses a unique feature – a 15th century well. This entitled the owner to a lower fire insurance premium in the 18th century. Today the well is used as a plunge pool in which hotel guests can cool off after taking a hot sauna.

A replica of Emma Hamilton in the hotel's reception
A replica of Emma Hamilton in the hotel’s reception

The hotel rooms

The rooms all have a personal touch and they are decorated with a traditional ”dalamålning” on the wall and don’t miss the antique wall cabinet containing a bottle of Swedish liquor aquavit.

At Lady Hamilton you can choose to stay in a comfortable single room or in one of the bigger double rooms with a view over the Old Town rooftops. The hotel is located right next to the Royal Palace, so you’re guaranteed an amazing view just by walking to the hotel entrance.

Since the hotel is popular amongst ladies travelling alone you can also stay in a Lady Room, which includes a special treat for the ladies… Of course it’s a surprise what that treat is!

Lady Hamilton also offers several fully furnished apartments for you who want to stay a longer period in Stockholm or if you want an even more “homey” stay.

My visit at Lady Hamilton

I stayed in beautiful room nr 24, called Hässelklocka. All the rooms are named after Swedens province flowers. This room was beautifully decorated with both the “dalamålning” on the wall and with the antique wall cabinet. I enjoyed a great sleep in the big double bed and I also used the sauna in the cellar before going to bed. Of course I also tried the famous Afternoon Tea right at the beginning of my visit.

What struck me the most about this hotel is the antiques and the feeling of finding new pieces wherever you turned. I took a walk though all the floors and I’m amazed by all the antiques this hotel holds. If you like history and quirky locations this is definitely the place for you.

The hotel also has a beautiful courtyard that sadly was closed during my stay since I visited in the winter. I can only imagine how cozy it must be during the spring and summer. I’ll definitely come back for a drink in the courtyard.

Afternoon Tea at Lady Hamilton

The Afternoon Tea at this hotel is absolutely magical. I visited on a Saturday and I enjoyed delicious treats such as great sandwiches and pastries in the carefully decorated restaurant. Don’t miss out on the freshly baked scones, with marmalades and clotted cream. My favourite was of course the sweet pastries with the finest ingredients. Of course I also tried the delicious teas and a glas of well-chilled champagne.

When: One session a day every Saturday and Sunday between October to March: 14:00-16:00. Be sure to book a table to ensure your visit.

Price: Afternoon Tea 279 SEK/person, Afternoon Tea including champagne 369 SEK/person, Afternoon Tea with a glass of non alcoholic cider 305 SEK person.

The real love story between Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson

Lady Hamilton is not only a beautiful name for the hotel, she also existed in real life. The gorgeous model and dancer Emma Hamilton was born in 1765 in England and is best known for being British Admiral Horatio Nelson’s mistress. She was also a woman known for her scandalous behaviour. After being a mistress of another man, she eventually married his uncle who is said to have paid off her former lover’s debts. She then got the title Lady Hamilton and became a leading socialist lady in Naples and close friends with the Queen of Austria. Over time, she got to know and became a lover of Lord Nelson. Emma was Lord Nelson’s great love despite her past. Lady Hamilton lived openly with Lord Nelson after her husband’s death. Together they got a daughter and they were deeply in love. Nelson died later in the war and it is said that Lady Hamilton was not allowed to attend his funeral. After his death, she is said to have returned to her wasteful life and she died indebted and poorly in France.

Visit the other Collector’s hotels Lord Nelson and Victory Hotel to enjoy even more history and amazing antiques.

Collector’s Lady Hamilton Hotel, , 111 28 Stockholm

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.