Hotel J in Nacka Strand, Stockholm – a Design Hotel with a Nautical Theme

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!

View of the hotel
Hotel exterior

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.

Reception desk
Reception desk
Reception in the lobby
Reception in the lobby

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.

Workstation by the elevator
Workstation beside the elevator

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.

Building connector
Connector between the wings of the hotel

Room No: 357 Category: Deluxe (Standard) Room

Floor plan
Floor plan

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

Bathrobes and slippers in the closet
Bathrobes and slippers in 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.

Bathroom
Bathroom interior

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.

Bathroom and bedroom
Bathroom and bedroom view
Bath amenities by Muro Scents Co.
Bath amenities by Muro Scents Co.

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.

Base Deluxe Room
Bed inside the room

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.

Work desk with TV
Work desk with TV

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.

Deluxe room overview
Deluxe room overview

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.

Welcome to Hotel J
Hotel J welcome

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.

Balcony in the room
Balcony in the room

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.

Rooms with balconies
Rooms with balconies

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.

Circular staircase
Spiral staircase
Midnight sunset from the hotel
Midnight sunset from the hotel

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.

Restaurant for breakfast
Breakfast dining room

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.

Croissants and muffins
Croissants and muffins
Coffee
Brewed 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.

Breakfast rolls and buns
Bread and buns
Fruit jams and Nutella
Fruit jams and nutella spread

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.

Cheese selection
Cheese selection
Cold cuts platter
Cold cuts platter

Sliced vegetables and cherry tomatoes make up the fresh and healthy choices.

Sliced vegetables
Sliced vegetables

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.

Variety of yogurts
Variety of yogurts
Muesli and granola
Nuts, seeds and granola

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.

Bacon and scrambled eggs
Bacon and scrambled eggs
Pancakes and porridge
Pancakes and oatmeal

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.

Juice varieties
Juices from the bottles

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.

Breakfast platter
Breakfast plate at Hotel J

Other Facilities

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.

Lobby lounge
Lobby lounge

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.

Lobby lounge
Lobby lounge with TV

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.

J's Tornvilla
The Tornvilla building

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.

Bar in Tornvilla
Bar in Tornvilla
Lounge in the Tornvilla
Lounge in the Tornvilla

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.

View from the sundeck
View from the sundeck

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.

Unused jetty at the hotel
Jetty at the hotel
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