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In a prime location in central Stockholm, Berns is one of the city's oldest and most famous properties. The glory days may be behind it, but it still manages to draw the crowds as a hotel but also as a place to eat and as an entertainment venue with a bar and magnificent concert hall. Rooms can be on the small side and the marriage between the old and the new not always a success, but they are still well-appointed and as comfortable as you will find anywhere. Arguably the jewel in the crown is the Asiatiska room which is absolutely worth seeing even if you choose not to stay at the hotel. Expect excellent service and a real buzz about the place pretty much all year round.

A landmark Stockholm hotel, Berns has some remarkable architectural features and some unique public spaces and venues.

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    Location 9.0 /10

    The Berns has one of the finest placements of any hotel in Stockholm. Right in the centre of the city on the edge of the Berzelii Park just a few minutes from the water, it is close also to the old town and lots of shopping, restaurants and bars. But the hotel itself is a landmark with a prized bistro in the park, a concert hall and an exclusive private club (open to guests). Berns is also within walking distance of the lovely island of Skeppsholmen which is a great place to escape to if the hubbub of the city gets too much for you. Central station is around 15 minutes away by foot while Stockholm Arlanda Airport is roughly 25 miles from the hotel.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    You may be surprised to hear that despite its size, the Berns has just 82 rooms - few enough to save it from being characterless, but too many, in our opinion, to merit the boutique status it has awarded itself. Each room has been decorated individually, the interiors having been conceived by the manager and CEO, but despite these differences the amenities remain uniform. Those rooms on the sixth floor, which was added at a later date, are different yet again and guests residing in these accommodations have use of a private bar/terrace (see 'Food and Drink'). Standard rooms, some of which can be on the pokey side, feature wooden flooring, rather dated wallpaper and cherry wood fittings. They have a queen bed dressed in good white linens as well as a bed skirt and a plaid which is of the same colour and material as the curtains. Above the suede headboard are two flexible reading lights while the bedside tables either side of the bed are, unusually, empty. A couple of armchairs sit either side of a coffee table with books and magazines on a round rug and there is a simple writing desk to one side on which you will find a telephone, iPod docking station, touch lamp and a couple of bottles of wine. Sitting beneath the desk is a stand-alone minibar and the famous Eames DAR armchair is tucked under it too. Other amenities in the room include a flatscreen television, bath robes and hairdryer. Most of the standard rooms also have a French balcony (one on which it is not possible to sit). Their bathrooms, which were due to be refurbished sometime after our July 2013 visit), are fitted out in a green, white-veined marble and have a large mirror above the wash basin, as well as a make-up mirror and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Taking up the width of the bathroom is a regular walk-in shower, this time fitted out with white, black-veined marble. Despite the old fashioned colour scheme, the bathrooms are in good condition and as functional as can be.

    If you are after a little more space, then opt for either a superior or deluxe room. The former enjoy extra living space with a salon at the end of the room featuring a sofa and coffee table as well as black and white photography and modern art prints. Effectively dividing the living space from the sleeping area is a television unit which contains books and magazines and a flatscreen television which swivels round so as to be visible in either half of the room. The chairs and beds differ from room to room but are all works of well-known designers. Many of the superior rooms also have real balconies on which it is possible to sit out and enjoy meals and drinks. The deluxe rooms are bigger still and, in some cases, enjoy high ceilings, round windows and Svenskt Tenn fabrics. Extras such as a coffee machine, DVD player and shoe service box are also to be found in the deluxe rooms. Their bathrooms, tiled in white, have bathtubs with two showerheads and large mirrors and heated towel racks.

    Junior suites as well as feature suites are also available for those with larger budgets. The largest of these is the clock suite which is situated just behind the timepiece which can be seen on the exterior of the building. In addition to a view over Berzelii Park, guests can take advantage of the generous living space, dining table and original black and white photography.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Take a moment to enjoy the building's architecture before you step inside the Berns hotel. Unfortunately much of it has been hidden behind a modern glass terrace but arguably the most interesting part, the clock feature with its statues and porthole-style windows (which are part of the hotel's main suite), is still visible at the top of the 1802 building. The lobby, which is perhaps relatively small considering the size of the hotel as a whole, comprises a marble welcome desk adorned with orchids and scented candles and a small seating area up a few stairs opposite. This latter has a classy checkered marble floor with a sofa and chairs as well as a glass-topped coffee table on a zebra skin rug. The whole space is very intimate and calm and the staff is of the highest quality and very professional.

    Despite being such a big hotel, the only other public space which does not come under 'Food and Drink' (see below) is the extension to the main Asiatiska room which is used as a venue for some of the city's biggest concerts. The magnificent space, whose highlight is the intricate ceiling, has welcomed the likes of Diana Ross and The Supremes and Rihanna to its stage and continues to attract some of the biggest names in music to come and play at this unlikeliest of venues.

    While the hotel does not have its own fitness or wellness facilities, it does have a partnership with several local centres for which guests can purchase passes at reception.

    Otherwise the hotel is in excellent condition throughout and is kept clean and tidy. The corridors are more or less simple to navigate and are wide and light, although some are looking a little dated (in terms of design, not condition). It is also a pretty quiet hotel in terms of noise coming in from outside as it is not directly exposed to any roads. There are three lifts serving all six floors of the hotel for which you need your room key to operate.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    Berns has a number of food and drink outlets throughout the hotel, however the real star is the magnificent Asiatiska which was built in 1802 and during the 1940s became the country's first Chinese restaurant (although today it serves mainly Thai cuisine). In what must be one of the single biggest dining rooms in Stockholm, guests, locals and tourist alike can come and dine at any time of the day against a stunning backdrop of 19th century architecture. The old wooden floors are partly covered in Persian rugs while tens of both round and square tables are smartly set up under immense crystal chandeliers. At one end of the room is an enormous mirrored wall, the other side of which the hotel's concert space. The wall can be drawn back to create a huge dance floor which is used at the weekend as the space turns into a night club. Around the top of the room is a gallery on three sides from which you can get a great view of the room. In the middle of the front wall of the Asiatiska is the bar while a large terrace extends out the front of the building.

    The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and brunch. In the morning you can choose either to opt for the buffet breakfast, which features homemade items as well as hot dishes, or go for the few à la carte items such as pancakes, French toast or porridge. Highlights from the lunch menu are too kaa goong soup, grilled salmon in spicy coconut sauce with turmeric, tomato and okra and the grilled ribeye of moose yakiniku style with sourish red cabbage and wasabi and apple sauce. A bento box is also available and homemade pastries are on offer between 12:00pm and 6:00pm. The à la carte menu, which can be ordered from at lunch or dinner, has a wide selection of sushi and maki, appetisers (jellyfish and cucumber salad, Thai style razor clams), dim sum, stir fry, tempura, salads, soups and grilled meat. Afternoon tea involves tea of your choice, three dumplings and whatever you wish from the Berns dessert buffet. There drinks list is of an impressive length and features a wide selection of spirits, champagnes and wines from both the new and old world.

    The other main eatery at the hotel is Berns Bistro & Bar which sits in the Berzelii Park just across from the building. Open all year round and heated in winter, there is both indoor and outdoor seating and is packed around meal times. Although it is open to the public, guests at the hotel have priority when it comes to seating. The restaurant is surrounded by beautiful plants and there are nice decorative touches such as the bikes with their baskets full of flowers and Ricard jars used as vases. Small tables are set up with green Vichy tablecloths on which punters enjoy classic French cuisine with dishes such as escargots à la provençale, croquet monsieur and choucroute as well as traditional fish and meat dishes and typical desserts like crème brûlée and strawberry and rhubarb compote. The Bistro & Bar is open until late every night serving both food and drink.

    The other two drinking venues at the hotel are the sixth floor terrace and the Gallery 2.35:1. The former is only open during summer and is exclusively for guests on that floor or special invitees. It has its own bar which serves numbered cocktails and has a dedicated bar team. The latter, a private members club, is open to guests and has a very niche musical scene with the very best DJs of the particular genres of music that the house specialises in. It is very different from any other club in the city and has a rotating art collection. Gallery 2.35:1 is closed in the summer.

    To know

    Berns is perhaps most famous for its quite stunning Asiatiska room which was built in 1802 and was the city's first Chinese restaurant (although today it serves Thai food and sushi). Even if you do not stay at the hotel we urge you to visit for a meal or at night when it turns into a nightclub. You will never experience a setting like it anywhere else. The hotel has 2 rooms which are adapted to those guests in a wheelchair.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access

      (2 x guestrooms)

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath, beauty salon, keep fit, spa, massage, sauna

    • Sports equipment

      gym, sports, fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • History
    • Magnificent interiors
    • Central location
    • Service

    disadvantages

    • Discordance between old and new
    • No fitness/wellness facilities

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