Capital of Sweden, largest city in the Nordic region and one of the fastest growing commercial hubs in Europe, Stockholm oozes down-to-earth confidence and dynamism. Nestled between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, spread across fourteen islands connected by bridges and canals and surrounded by forests and abundant countryside, few cities on the planet can match Stockholm’s stunning natural setting. And, unsurprisingly, Stockholm has a long and proud history. Gamla Stan, the old city dating back to the 13th century, is one of the best-preserved medieval districts in Europe. Elsewhere, buildings and boulevards from the late 19th and early 20th centuries abound, giving the city elegance in spades. The combination of architectural marvels set in such a natural environment makes Stockholm a visually unique metropolis and a complete delight to explore. Though the visual experience alone should be enough to position the Swedish capital at the top of everyone’s city break list, it is the city’s contemporary design and fashion industries, as well as its cosmopolitan hospitality, café and restaurant culture, that allows Stockholm to stand globally alongside much larger international peers. Nowhere is the city’s sophistication more evident than the recently opened 494-room Downtown Camper, conceptualised by Swedish design practice Stylt Trampoli and owned by Nordic hotel company Scandic.
Downtown Camper’s location – on Brunkebergstorg Square slap bang in the centre – offers spectacular views of Stockholm’s most famous landmarks, including the Royal Castle, Stockholm City Theatre and Globen arena, and its close proximity to the city’s main shopping streets and cultural venues makes the hotel a veritable hub for urban exploration.
Accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes, from a 12m² “Cozy Single” with city views, to a 25m² “Double Sleep” window-less cabin with a king-size bed, spacious suites in three different sizes, and “Camper Co-Living” rooms which comprise adjoining bedrooms, central gathering areas and can sleep up to 12. A warm, earthy, nature-inspired theme runs through the interiors, complete with welcoming reading nooks, log-shaped bedside tables and pendant lamps reminiscent of a campfire. Crowning the hotel is the “Nest”, a private, residents-only rooftop wellness sanctuary, set against a backdrop of panoramic urban vistas, and featuring experience showers, heated pool, gym, sauna, yoga area and a juice and cocktail bar.