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A Castle Staycation - Stockholm, Sweden

The Ulfsunda Castle Hotel is located in Ulvsunda, and is Stockholm’s nearest castle close to the buzz of the city, nature, and cultural attractions. The hotel’s nearest neighbours are Bromma Blocks for shopping and Bromma Airport. With 54 uniquely designed hotel rooms and 10 individual conference and banqueting premises, spa, as well as a restaurant, you have everything you need for a complete hotel stay and your dog is welcome too.

The castle dates back to the 17th Century and was built during the thirty years war 1644-1647, by Lennart Tortensson who was one of Swedens leading generals. The castle was built in a Dutch-German renaissance style, the facades decorated with fresco paintings and the original roof would of been pointed and made of copper. The castle sits on the banks of Ulsundaviken, from where the castle got it's name, ornamental stone staircases lead down to the waters edge where a dock would of once stood welcoming guests who had crossed lake Mälaren by boat. The Torstensson family owned the Ulfsunda Castle until 1727 and fell into the hands of many owners who made the castle their home including Baron von Essen who sadly removed the original copper roof and painted over the facades frescos following the trends of the 19th Century.

Today the castle's exterior features have remained unchanged since those glory days and the stone staircases still remain that lead you up to an open courtyard terrace that is flanked by two wings of the castle, each containing hotel rooms. The front of the hotel is painted in a rich ochre yellow and features white windows topped with greek style pediments and a solid oak front door.

With a study push of the front door you are welcomed into the entranceway with flag stones and an ornate vaulted ceiling. A grand stone staircase leads you to various rooms, including conference rooms, if you want to relax or play a game of pool you’ll find the elaborately decorated music room on the 2nd floor. There you can unwind over a game of chess or even a book while sinking into the comfortable leather sofa, by the intricately carved marble fireplace or admire the ceilings of 17th Century renaissance inspired motifs.

On the entrance floor, you’ll find the restaurant. The restaurant consists of several smaller rooms that gives the feeling of sitting in different chambers. Here you a tasting menu is offered which is well composed and varies depending on the season, think venison, lobster soup, carpaccio fillet beef, rainbow salmon and of course dark chocolate mouse, passion fruit cream with roasted white chocolate. Champagne is the hotels focus and the dishes are created to be enjoyed with the combination of bubbles.

The not to miss hotel breakfast offers a generous buffet with cold and hot dishes. Enjoy baked bread, yogurt, granola, fresh fruits, cold meats, eggs, bacon, and a lot more. The perfect way to start your day in the city of Stockholm.

The hotel room was located in the east wing (Östra Flygeln) a studded wooden door opened into a corridor with rooms running down one side, one swipe of the key card opened the door to the 'Space Room' it's distinctive feature, a glass wall separating the bathroom from the bedroom. The room felt light and airy decorated in a minimalist style, with exposed floor boards, high ceilings and white walls, details of the room consisted of industrial style lighting, that could be controlled remotely, smart TV, adequate storage for coats and comfortable grey armchairs with a view through a small window overlooking the snow covered grounds.

Whether you come for a relaxing weekend trip, a business meeting, or a party, the hotel wants you to feel like a guest of honour and enjoy a golden night at Stockholms nearest castle. Therefore, they have created a homely environment where you should feel like home and as welcome as possible. The hotel is part of Stockholm Meeting Selection and consists of around eight hotels and castles within the county of Stockholm and all unique with their own personal history and character. You can read more about the wonderful and cosy staycations at Staycation Stockholm.

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