Hotel Birger Jarl
Although it’s named after the man who founded Stockholm in the 13th century, the Hotel Birger Jarl is all about modern design. The 235 guest rooms showcase the work of more than two dozen local architects and designers, who combined their own personal styles with natural motifs drawn from the Swedish countryside, such as birch trees and icicles. Custom decorations might also include zebra-print chairs, original photography, tutu-shaped light fixtures, and white walls brightened by colorful, hand-painted polka dots. An extensive breakfast buffet is included, and the on-site restaurant serves contemporary Swedish cuisine, such as elk meatballs with juniper-berry sauce.