Miss Clara is a boutique hotel that opened last April in a handsome Art Nouveau building from 1910 that was formerly a private girls’ school. Though the name is a tribute to a one-time headmistress, Clara Stromberg, there’s nothing schoolmarmish about this stylish 92-room property.
Owned by the same hospitality group as Stockholm’s luxurious Nobis Hotel, Miss Clara can be considered the more accessible (read: budget-friendly) younger sibling with a similar dedication to beautiful design. The Swedish architect Gert Wingardh updated the interiors with modern artwork, furnishings and lighting, but preserved period details like the wrought-iron staircase and large arched windows that overlook Sveavagen, a bustling artery that cuts through the heart of the city.
The seven-story property is in the center of Stockholm, within walking distance of the central train station and most major tourist sites, including the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan (the Old Town). The surrounding neighborhood is rapidly evolving, and a number of new bars, bakeries and cafes have recently opened nearby. The nearest subway stop is only three blocks away.
I booked a standard double, the least expensive room, and at check-in, my husband and I were offered a choice: a quiet room on a high floor or a less quiet room with street views on a lower floor. We chose the former.
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Our spacious, seventh-floor room had dark parquet floors and a row of windows overlooking neighborhood rooftops and the domed cupola of the adjacent Adolf Fredrik church. Instead of a closet, there were a few hangers on hooks near the door and a long oak cabinet with drawers along one wall.
One small hitch was that the room had been prepared as a single, with one robe, one set of towels and two pillows. After a call to reception, additional pillows and towels were delivered within minutes. The double bed was comfortable but small, with only one bedside lamp. But as promised, the room was quiet and the blackout drapes proved effective (and essential) when the sun rose before 5 a.m.
The gleaming white-tile bathroom had glass windows open to the room and a semi-sheer curtain that could be drawn for privacy. A bar above the entrance to the large shower stall was, inconveniently, the only place to hang towels. Small luxuries included a proper hair dryer and heavenly gardenia-scented shower gel.
As for amenities, a small gym in the basement was well equipped with cardio machines, free weights, fitness balls, and an adjacent sauna with showers. There is a glassed-in terrace between the fourth and fifth floors. Wi-Fi was fast and free.
The street-level restaurant, with cut-glass pendant lamps, leather oxblood banquettes, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Sveavagen, is an attractive place to enjoy breakfast (included in our rate). The ample buffet has options including muffins, fresh bread with Swedish cheese, eggs and sausages.
At lunch and dinner, French-inflected brasserie fare is served in the atmospheric space — a better option than room service, which had only five choices. However, special requests for in-room delivery of anything from the restaurant’s menu will be accommodated during operating hours.
▪ Miss Clara, Sveavagen 48, Stockholm; 011-46-8-440-6700 ; missclarahotel.com. Rooms from 1,890 Swedish kronor (about $226).