Like its next-door neighbor Hotel Diplomat, the Esplanade is a family-run hotel with extraordinary water views, standing on one of the finest streets in town. To stay here is to be just steps away from the heart of downtown and ferries to the archipelago. You'll find a real oasis of peace and quiet, decorated with classic Swedish furnishings and beautiful Art Nouveau stained glass. (The hotel is so proud of its heritage that the website boasts about its creaky floorboards.) An ideal choice for people who want to be in the heart of Stockholm but slightly removed from modern life.