So few people want to stay in faceless chain hotels these days. And that’s why the Långholmen Hotel in Stockholm can provide you with a truly different accommodation experience. This is because the hotel is a converted nineteenth-century prison!
It’s located on an island – rather like Alcatraz in the USA – and thanks to the labours of its former inmates, the once rocky island is now a lush, green area offering bike tracks and hiking/jogging trails. It’s close the the centre of Stockholm too and everything the city has to offer.
The hotel has all the amenities that the modern traveller would expect and what I love is that your accommodation will not be referred to as your ‘room’ but your ‘cell’. There are double rooms. singles and family rooms (or cells, rather).
For the extreme budget traveller, part of the hotel is a hostel where guests can choose to stay in dorms or shared cells. The dorms are single-sex and some have their own en-suite bathrooms. There is even a romantic cell that can be booked for those special couple occasions and sparkling wine, fruit and chocolate will be supplied when you check in.
Unlike any other prison you’ve ever been to (!) here, you’ll get the key to your own cell and if you’d like to know what they place was like in the days when they cell doors were banged closed every night you can visit the onsite museum, ‘From Crime to Chains’.
Where is The Långholmen Hotel?
102 72 Stockholm,