Hotel Hellsten: Something Special In Stockholm
One of the most charming hotels in a charming city, Hotel Hellsten is the type of establishment that sends travellers home raving to their friends about the special place where they stayed when they were in Stockholm. One of the city’s most evocative hotels, Hotel Hellsten is located in a discreet building on a sidestreet of Sveavägen, one of the main thoroughfares of the beautiful capital of Sweden. A labour of love for a Swedish photojournalist and anthropologist cannot be expected to be a normal hotel; luckily, owner Per Hellsten far exceeded expectations in this boutique property for those
who like to mix their cultural spirits and shake well to create a tasty cocktail of East Meets West. Each of the 78 rooms varies in size and decor. Swahili-speaking Mr Hellsten has taken beautiful antique European, North African, Indian, and Far Eastern furniture and artwork and put them all inside a classic Swedish building. Bathroom walls are lined with stone imported at great expense from the Greek village of Karystos; some deluxe rooms at Hotel Hellsten have traditional porcelain stoves called kakelugnar, prized architectural features today. Endowed with a heart for culture and a head for business, Mr Hellsten’s first property was a harbinger of things to come, though he did not know it at the time. The Hellsten Hotel Group now operates several hotels in Stockholm among its 13 properties in Sweden and Finland.
Hotel Hellsten is the rare hotel that appeals to every kind of visitor. Affluent travellers will enjoy the special atmosphere and spaciousness of the larger rooms; millennials will like the casual vibe and the feeling of being at home; sophisticates will like the exceptional furniture and artwork found throughout the property; and business travellers will like the hotel’s convenient location which somehow remains quiet despite being in the middle of the city. The glass atrium that serves as the breakfast room is an airy space, as is the bar, a favourite spot for locals as well as guests. Among the exotic works of art lining the walls of the bar area are intriguing photographs taken by Mr Hellsten himself during his time living in Africa and elsewhere in the world. The bar is a favourite watering hole for urbane locals and cosmopolitan guests wanting to enjoy a night out in sophisticated but unpretentious surroundings among people who can be described the same way.