Berns Hotel, Stockholm $$$$
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You can eat, drink, party, and sleep at the Berns. Originally built as a music hall in 1863, it remains one of the city's top entertainment hubs. The 65 guest rooms were added in 1989, but unlike in many such conversions, they don't feel shoehorned into the space. Hardwood floors and built-in wooden furnishings lend the rooms a nautical flavor, and regular spruce-ups have kept them among the most fashionable in town. You'll find the city's best brunch at the Berns Asian restaurant, while the Berns Bistro serves French favorites like beef bourguignonne. There are several bars, too, as well as a subterranean members-only nightclub (overnight guests are sometimes permitted, depending on the event) and an adjoining theater. Club nights, which often take place in the public salons, are worth attending just to see the stunning 19th-century interiors illuminated by a 21st-century light system. But don't think that this is only a hotel for party animals (although it is advisable to request a room removed from the club noise if you plan to turn in early). The location, close to the waterfront in the city center, is unbeatable: One of Scandinavia's best auction houses, which regularly holds art and antique sales, is right next door; NK department store is around the corner; and Svenskt Tenn (the famous interior design store) and Wedholms Fisk (the city's best fish restaurant) are also nearby. As an extra perk, guests get free access to the city's most exclusive gym, Sturebadet.
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