Eric Young stays at Ett Hem, in Stockholm.

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Staying at Ett Hem is less like staying at a hotel than it is hanging out at a really rich uncle's place, if that uncle was Swedish, with extraordinarily good taste, a rather nice wine cellar and never at home. A small door in a wall off a Stockholm side street leads you into a discreet courtyard. Up a few steps, you find a room filled with contemporary art, and one of Ett Hem's famously friendly staff.

The room: There are just 12 rooms in this completely updated former private mansion in Stockholm's embassy quarter. We stayed in two rooms. The (entry level) Double at $635 and the (all right, bugger it, let's have a splurge) Suite at $1280. For that kind of money you expect spectacular and you are not disappointed.

The bed: As the American president-elect might say ... "uuuge".
What's so good about it? Where to begin? Quite easily, the most beautiful urban hotel in which we have ever stayed. Early 20th century Scandinavian aesthetic meets contemporary luxury near the centre of Stockholm. A handy Scandy dandy.


And the bad? Are you kidding?

What's in the neighbourhood? In some ways, Ostermalm is to Stockholm as Herne Bay is to Auckland. The Humlegarden, one of the Swedish capital's most beautiful central parks, and home to the National Library, is a five-minute walk, as is the wonderfully historic Olympic Stadium. Central Stockholm is a 20-minute stroll.

Food and drink: This is where Ett Hem goes next level. The philosophy is that of a country house, with the kitchen available 24/7 to cater to the guests' every whim.

Breakfast in the courtyard? No problem. A drink in the library? Excellent idea. Ett Hem has so many private areas, your stay can be as discreet - or not - as you prefer.

Exercise facilities: The usual gym equipment is there, but this is Sweden, so obviously there's a sauna and a stone spa. Pro tip: Try not to fall asleep.


Would I go back? We already did.

Perfect for: Pretending.