Upon arriving from at Stockholm, I took a taxi to the Nacka district in the outskirts of the city, where the Hotel J is located. Taxi fare was around 220-280Kr from the Central Station. Upon my arrival at the hotel I was greeted with a beautiful view even though it was close to midnight. As they say, Sweden is truly a land of the midnight sun!
Proceeding to the lobby myself since there was no staff on hand to assist in the outdoor terrace, I was welcomed by the receptionist who seems to be closing up the restaurant for the night. Receptionist had to manually input my SPG member and status. Needless to say no upgrades were mentioned for this stay, though I just wanted a bed to crash on for the night.
After mentioning the breakfast hours and how it will be served in the building across, I was provided with my room keys and directed to the adjacent wing which is where most of the rooms are located at. On the way to the elevator next to the lobby, I noticed a small workstation for guests to use.
Getting to my room involved taking an elevator to get to one floor up and make way across the walkway to the other elevator lobby before reaching the 3rd floor where my room was located at.
Room No: 357 Category: Deluxe (Standard) Room
As a standard room, the layout is like most hotel rooms with the closet on the right side of the door when entering. Bathrobes and slippers can be found inside the closet
On the left side of the door was the bathroom that has white “Euro” tiles with a retro-style free-standing sink. With these free-standing sinks, there is usually limited countertop space for toiletries but a ledge built into the wall provided the space to store towels and other amenities.
To the left of the sink was the shower area that is fitted with a rain-shower and hand-held shower head while the toilet is located on the right of the sink. While there was no bathtub option, this modern bathroom was nice to use. As a boutique hotel, there was a special amenity kit by Muro Scents Co., the first time I interacted with this brand of amenities.
Inside the bedroom, guests can find a Queen or Double sized bed. Unlike most hotel rooms that have white bed sheets, this hotel room has navy blue sheets to coincide with the nautical theme of this hotel.
Across from the bed there was a work desk with the flat-screen TV hanged above it. The wooden desk and paneling continued with the nautical theme, while the panels on the wall gave the room a beach house feel.
Beside the work desk was a bar cabinet on the right and an armchair with a small circular table on the left. Altogether they make for a functional room to unwind after work. Beside the bed there was 2 more circular night stands, allowing easy access to the power outlets below.
On the desk, there was a welcome amenity of a pack of chocolates. As a Design Hotel, the desk contained stationeries with the hotel’s branding and it was very consistently done.
Another feature of the room I like was the balcony in the room. As there was no upgrades, the basic room view was that of the forest at the back of the hotel. For a city hotel, it was a relaxing sight while the premium rooms have views of the sea.
In the balcony, guests can find a stool, an armchair and a table, and they were a nice place to enjoy the summer breeze. Nearly all the rooms seems to have a balcony while ground floor rooms have a patio that opens out directly to the hotel grounds.
Since the building that houses my room was on higher ground, there is a better view out from the elevator lobby, so guests not staying in a sea view room can us the spiral staircase to go up to the higher floors for a view.
Breakfast in the Hotel
Breakfast was stated to be from 7am to 9:30am but the buffet was open even until 10am with guests still coming down for breakfast at that time. The breakfast was served in the Tornvilla building which is separate from the rest of the hotel. The dining room is medium sized and can get full during peak hours.
The buffet spread consists of Continental selections like croissants and muffins at the front section with a dispenser filled with brewed coffee. There was no espresso machine available so guests were unable to make their own coffee.
The next section of the buffet located in the inner section of the dining room has more breads and buns with a toaster. Various marmalades and fruit preserves were available in canisters.
Beside the basket of breakfast rolls and buns, diners can find the main of a Continental breakfast which is the cheese and cold cuts selection. Aside from some Swedish cheese, there was whipped butter, cream cheese and chickpea spread for the bread. For the cold cuts there was turkey, ham, salami and pates to choose from.
Sliced vegetables and cherry tomatoes make up the fresh and healthy choices.
After the cold cuts, there was a variety of yogurts that has been presented in single serve containers. There was plain, vanilla or sour milk to choose from while granolas and assorted nuts, seeds, raisins and dried apricots was placed in canisters next to the yogurts as toppings.
The last section of the buffet contains the hot food which was served from casseroles. There was bacon and scrambled eggs in one side and pancake-crepes and oatmeal on the other. Boiled eggs was also available from the buffet counter.
Other beverages in buffet includes several bottles of milk and 3 types of juices (Swedish apple juice, orange, and a Proviva mix of raspberry and pomegranate.
For a hotel breakfast, the choices was standard and slightly underwhelming. It was enough for a light breakfast but the choices was not complete when compared to other hotels I have been to.
Most of the hotel’s facilities are located outside the tower housing the rooms. There is a nice lounge beside the lobby where guests hang out after dinner by the fireplace.
There is an oddly positioned TV as well in the lounge for guests to watch TV but the positioning did not make for optimal viewing conditions, since the space is best for reading and socializing.
The other facilities were located in the Tornvilla where the breakfast restaurant is at. As a villa with a historical significance, the interior has been preserved as much as possible.
Inside there was a bar and formal restaurant that are open in the evenings. Events can be held here as well and this would certainly make a great space to host a wedding! The bar and lounge are beautiful spaces for drinks as well with the modern furniture creating a sharp contrast with the decor, since this is perhaps the only space that does not have the nautical theme.
There is another building that houses the spa where guests can go for massage treatments with a bay view. If one does not find the need to splurge, they could enjoy the summer day outside on one of the deck chairs or take a stroll by the waterfront.
For the one night stay here, the rate was 1,490SKr (~$165) inclusive of taxes. This was a relatively affordable stay considering it includes breakfast and the rooms are a decent size. The only drawback of staying here is that there is virtually no convenience stores or any public buses or trams in the vicinity. That does make it a very secluded area that is best accessed when guests have their own car since taxis are costly in Stockholm. In the end, I actually enjoyed the one night stay in the beautifully decorated rooms since this is truly a Design Hotel that I would love to return.