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Stockholm – "The Prize" worth winning

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An October 2005 trip to Stockholm by Esigodini

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Quote: Paul Newman’s room at the Grand Hotel is where he kisses Elke Sommer in "The Prize." He wonders if the king can see them from the Royal Palace across the water. We had a similar (but different) experience during a memorable stay at the Grand Hotel.

Stockholm – "The Prize" worth winning

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Overview

Stockholm Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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A long weekend at the Grand Hotel was the prize in a newspaper competition that we were lucky enough to win. We – Tina, me, and Gioia (our 3-month-old daughter) – behaved like kids in a candy store and had a wonderful time. The location of the Grand Hotel is hard to beat – opposite the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s old town), above the embarkation point for sightseeing boats, near the shops, and across another bridge from the leafy island of Skeppsholmen.We had expected the Grand to be luxurious. It is, but the service is also friendly and spontaneous. The view from our balcony was fantastic, and I have not had a more memorable breakfast than that on the Ve...Read More

Grand Hotel

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Hotel

Grand Hotel Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The Grand Hotel is where Nobel Prize winners (and assorted other celebrities) stay when they come to Stockholm. It is also where we stayed, having been the lucky winners of a newspaper competition. We (Tina, me, and Gioia, our 3-month-old daughter) enjoyed three nights of luxury, friendly and professional service, great food, a beautiful view, and a very convenient location.Our "deluxe double" room had the biggest bed I have ever slept in, and a balcony with a great view over the water to the Royal Palace and Stockholm’s old town (Gamla Stan). It also had a cot for Gioia, a friendly teddy bear for her parents, and a great big fruit basket for all of us. It was absolutely quiet, and a gr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2005

Grand Hotel
S Blasieholmshamnen 8
Stockholm, Sweden 10327
+46 08 679 3500

Veranden at Grand Hotel

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Restaurant

Veranden at Grand Hotel Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Reindeer, herring, mackerel, salmon, cheese, salamis, lingonberries, blueberries, anchovies, pastries, breads, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto tomatoes, eggs, bacon, sausages, kiwi, watermelon, grapefruit, mango smoothie, melons… I had three mornings to work on the breakfast menu at the Veranden, but still had to leave much to try at another time. Breakfast at the Grand Hotel is a memorable experience that requires determination, a good appetite, and enough time to savour some of what is on offer. It also required a strategy – Friday was for an overview sampling of the full range, Saturday was for new (to me) delicacies, and Sunday was for the more familiar eggs-and-bacon fill-up. I loved all three. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2005

Veranden at Grand Hotel
S Blasieholmshamnen 8
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 08 679 3500

Af Chapman

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Restaurant | "Bar Chapman"

Af Chapman Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The beautiful, tall-masted "af Chapman" boat is a distinctive landmark on the southern shore of the leafy island of Skeppsholmen. It also houses the youth hostel where I stayed sometime last millennium. The youth hostel has expanded a bit since then, and we enjoyed a couple of fun meals at its casual restaurant on dry land. The Chapman restaurant is open from 2pm until 11pm every day. Equally importantly, it offers a happy hour between 6pm and 8pm every day. We enjoyed leisurely walks around Skeppsholmen, ending with a couple of satisfying meals at the Chapman restaurant. IKEA aficionado that she is, Tina went for the Swedish meatballs (SEK60). They were served with lingonberries and a generous ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2005

Af Chapman
Flaggmansvägen 8
Stockholm, Sweden
08 463 22 66

Stockholm Sightseeing boats

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Story/Tip

Stockholm Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Much of Stockholm’s allure lies in its beautiful situation on the water. Sightseeing trips by boat are a good introduction to waterside Stockholm, to its boats, and to its connections with the sea. Visiting Stockholm with our three-month old daughter, our tourism ambitions were more relaxed than they would have been a few months ago. We enjoyed a couple of leisurely boat cruises around the city, admiring the water and the boats and relaxing to the hum of the engine. "Stockholm Sightseeing" boats leave from their embarkation point in front of the Grand Hotel. We tried both the "Royal Canals" tour (50 minutes duration, SEK 110 per person) and the ""Bridges of Stockholm" tour (1 hour 50 minutes, ...Read More