49 rooms including 7 suites
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ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN
Rits Arkitekter AB
Ricard Lundberg Arkitektkontor AB
Stallmästaregården was originally a farm owned by stable master Ebbe Håkansson, who quickly turned it into a hotel after Queen Kristina decided she would like to hold her midsummer celebration there in 1645. It is not hard to see why, with sublime views over Brunnsviken Bay and the royal residences of the city center so close by. Since then, it has been an inn, restaurant and pub in various guises before becoming the sensitively remodeled hotel and conference venue it is today.
Stallmästaregården has a long and complex history, and its public spaces in particular reflect this. The chandeliered banqueting room is named after Swedish artist Hilding Linnqvist, whose murals depicting rural Swedish life cover the walls. Elsewhere, the Söderman room is named after Swedish composer August Söderman, who wrote some of the music for his drama The Wedding at Ulfåsa following a dinner at Stallmästaregården. With a tiled stove that warms diners and businesspeople holding meetings, it’s a relaxing space for contemplation.
The most unusual public space at Stallmästaregården is Queen Kristina’s Pavilion, in the grounds overlooking Brunnsviken Bay, which has its own Art Nouveau ceiling decorations. Originally built in the 1640s, the pavilion was eventually brought to Stallmästaregården in 1740, and has stayed here ever since. In 2000, the new hotel building was added, merging seamlessly with the remainder of the centuries-old hotel.
The rooms and suites feature brightly colored walls, wooden floors and pretty, floral curtains that emulate the Swedish style of the 1700s. Interior designer Ricard Lundberg has added subtle hints of Oriental opulence that were common during this period, as seen in the Chinese Pavilion at Drottningholm and the Swedish East India Company. The Executive Etage rooms are duplexes with a living room on the lower floor and a bedroom on the upper floor. Both floors are flooded with natural light. The three Haga suites place added emphasis on 1700s style with elegant wooden furniture, floral soft furnishings and further Chinese influences.
Stallmästaregården has for centuries been one of Stockholm’s most prestigious spots for eating, drinking and meeting. But it’s hard to imagine that any of its previous owners melded the historic and modern as successfully as its current owner.