you're looking for an attractive, traditional four-star hotel that's close to
tourist sights and shopping, the Hotel Diplomat deserves a place on your
The family-owned hotel occupies a Jugend Style mansion on Strandvägen,
the elegant waterfront boulevard that connects the city center with the
museum and park island of Djurgården. During the
Great Depression, the Romanian, Canadian, and Iranian embassies replaced the
building's apartment tenants, and a boarding house--Strandägspensionatet--took
over the first floor. In the 1960s, the embassies moved out and the Malmström
family converted the east wing of the building into the 128-room Hotel Diplomat.
The Diplomat is currently in the midst of a renovation program.
I spent a week in one of the older singles, which was comfortable but a bit
austere. The new rooms (see small left photo above) are much more attractive,
with a decor by architect Per Öberg that combines
restored Art Nouveau architectural details with furniture and fabrics that were
inspired by 1950s Swedish Modern design. Swedish DUX beds are another luxury
Hotel Diplomat's more expensive rooms have small iron balconies overlooking the
harbor, with delightful views of boat traffic and the historic buildings on the
opposing waterfront. Still, I was quite happy with the view from my room on the
western side of the hotel (see inset photo), which took in neighboring buildings
and a courtyard. My room felt light and airy despite its location, thanks to its
high ceilings, tall French windows, and white walls.
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