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 TRAVEL Jan 3 2014 Comment

First of all I wish you all the best for 2014!

I’ve spent a few lovely days with my husband in beautiful Stockholm and celebrated New Years Eve. The break was exactly what I had in mind. Peaceful and romantic, with good food, good wine, a beautiful nature and the necessary shopping. What else could you wish for during a city break?

Well, there may be one thing you could wish for… Slightly lower prices? Stockholm is not cheap I can tell you. But hey, it’s the only minus and sometimes you just have to pamper yourself and ignore expensive receipts right ;)?

During our stay we spent our nights in the nautical Hotel J (the name refers to J-Class yachts). A beautiful boutique hotel with a very friendly and helpful staff. “The Swedish Newport” as they call it, is located in Stockholm’s harbor, offering amazing views over the water and has an interior that is inspired by the classic mansions in the American sailing paradise Newport. Comfort and luxury are keywords, and I can assure you that you’ll feel at home here. The Hotel breathes an accessible cozy atmosphere, with a lobby where the fireplace is always burning and where you can nestle in one of the comfy chairs. The open bar/kitchen is accessible to all the guests. Make your own hot cocoa or take a sandwich out of the fridge, ‘make yourself at home’ is the message.

Our room, located on the top floor, was amazing! It was decorated with a lot of wood, linen from Gant, a chic bathtub on ‘paws’ and a large roof terrace offering a stunning sea view. From here you could see boats cruising along and other islands lying across the water.

Although the hotel is not located in the city centre, it has a perfect location. 15 minutes by bus or 20 minutes by ferry and you’re in the city center. Walk 10 minutes in the other direction and you’re in the beautiful nature reserve ‘Nyckelviken’. It’s up to you.

The first day we went shopping, we ended up in the area where the Designer and high-end brands were located. Think Bottega Veneta, Acne, Marc Jacobs, Malene Birger etc. The stores looked so pretty! And next to that, sales started… Well, you do the math ;).

For New Years Eve we booked a table at Hotel J Restaurant, located in the harbour next to Hotel J. Because of the restaurant not being located in the center, we expected it to be quiet on New Years Eve but instead the place was fully booked. We enjoyed a great 4-course dinner with a glass of champagne (or two or three… or four) and at midnight we had a 180 degree view of the fireworks all over the city!

I couldn’t think of a better 2013-2014 New Year break and I will definitely return to Sweden in Spring sometime!

Photography by Danique Bauer – © WhatIWouldBuy & Hotel J