Grand Hôtel Stockholm, Stockholm
Tel: 46 8 679 3560
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Grand, in continuous service since 1874, has the best location of all, fronting the harbor, with views of the Old Town and the Royal Palace. There are plenty of frequent travelers—some of them extraordinarily famous—who wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. Then again, if you're not a fixture of celebrity weeklies and are landed with the short end of the room stock, you may not like it quite as much. The best rooms, needless to say, overlook the harbor—for which you pay a premium. In 2006, 76 of the 376 rooms were opened in a neighboring 19th-century building—including the two-bedroom Lilian Suite penthouse (one of the largest hotel suites in Europe at 3,552 square feet, with a private screening room, library, and fully equipped kitchen). Facilities include a fitness center with sauna and spa; the Veranda restaurant (with its megabreakfast buffet); Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren's eponymous restaurant; plus a bar that's one of the city's see-and-be-seen spots. All in all, you have the sense of being inside a great, big, slow Victorian machine, and it runs quite well, but you may need to squeak a bit to get attention.