High ceilings, expansive windows and grand rooms have been preserved in one of Stockholm’s most treasured buildings: the former Ateneum girl’s school, built in 1910 and now reborn as a sweetly stylish hotel titled Miss Clara. Architect Gert Wingårdh of Swedish firm Wingårdhs worked carefully to preserve the cherished structure, showcasing the many original Art Nouveau traits of the Hagström & Ekman-designed building while interpreting them in a modern, functional manner.
All 92 rooms follow the Swedish architect’s unique concept of an outward-facing property, so the windows facing Sveavägen boulevard are treated as ‘centre stage’. Guests can expect a chic intermingling of marble bathrooms, retractable workspaces and contemporary riffs on the property’s Art Nouveau history via furniture and installations. At street level, a warm, inviting restaurant and bar are a delight for guests and savvy foodies alike. Evening menus include fresh oyster options of Fines de Claires served with mignonette dressing and lemon, or you can opt for the champagne gratinated Normandy oysters atop a fondue of leaks. Mains highlights include a Peruvian fish and shellfish stew with sweet potato aioli, and a northern gem, roasted Gotland lamb with rolled brisket, new season garlic and onion compote with a farro risotto.
Miss Clara, the Design Hotels group’s newest member, was developed by Alessandro Catenacci, a driving force behind many of Stockholm’s top restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. His name reveals his Roman origins, but a distinctly Scandinavian sense of luxury is obvious in everything Catenacci does. Most of all he hopes to offer guests a place where they can feel as comfortable and humbly self-assured as he is. ‘I sometimes look at myself in the mirror and think, “Am I really good at anything, or was it just luck?” ’ Catenacci says.
48 Sveavägen, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel +46 8 440 6700