Spotlight on: Hobo Hotel

Hobo Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden
Photography courtesy of Hobo Hotel

An eye-catching highlight in the up-and-coming neighbourhood surrounding Brunkebergstorg square in central Stockholm, Hobo isn’t just another pretty boutique hotel: rather, the four-star address understands itself as a vibrant community, where locals and international travellers come together to make friends and experience a side of the Open City you won’t read about in your average travel guide.

Staying at Hobo, whose name is inspired by the on-the-road lifestyle of 1930s America, isn’t just about having a comfortable place to sleep at night or enjoying your first cup of coffee in the morning – it’s about being part of a community.


What’s the atmosphere like at Hobo Hotel?

Walk into the hotel’s lively, open-plan lobby and you’ll get a perfect idea within seconds. Other than the reception, you’ll get a first glimpse of Hobo’s bar-meets-restaurant space, used by some as an office-away-from-the-office and by others as an ideal meeting place for their daily fika.

Hobo’s guests tend to be on the younger side, and the hotel’s staff and visitors will strike you as a diverse bunch of people appreciative of good food, good music and just generally a good vibe. Needless to say, it’s inclusive, too – so much, in fact, you can even bring your dog along for your stay!


What are the rooms like?

Spread across seven floors and split into four categories suiting every budget, Hobo’s rooms and suites are contemporary yet quirky, with plenty of details to add a fun element to your stay. The interiors, designed by famed Studio Aisslinger, feature smart beds whose headboards can be turned into desks, as well as tech-gadgets such as a pocket synthesiser (because why not!).

Guests love the large showers with raindrop-effect, the in-room guide to ‘local Stockholm’ and the peg wall on their rooms, from which a number of ever-changing items for borrow to enhance their stay will hang. If you want to go all out and book the suite, be prepared for sweeping views over the city…


Other than the rooms, why stay here?

There are so many additional reasons to stay here, but our favourite has got to be TAK: located on Hobo’s top floor, this casual but chic restaurant combines local produce with Japanese flavours in a bright, friendly ambiance courtesy of starchitect Gert Wingårdh. Since opening in 2017, TAK has become one of the capital’s hottest places to wine and dine.

Arrive for dinner and treat yourself to grilled eggplant on miso, served alongside a refreshing bean salad, sesame yoghurt and rice, and down it all with one of the many types of sake available at TAK – in fact, there’s no place in Stockholm offering a larger variety of sake than Hobo’s rooftop eatery!


Something every visitor should know

The most important thing to remember is that there’ll never be a dull moment when staying here. Whether you shop at Hobo’s 24h Grandpa Kiosk in the lobby, whose curated selection of Swedish goods makes for memorable souvenirs, or you explore the hotel’s events offering at its in-house venue 5EMMAN, where Hobo hosts everything from panel discussions to intimate mini-concerts.

What’s more, you’re based at the beating heart of the Open City, within walking distance of many of its prime attractions, from the Royal Palace to the retail paradise of Bibliotekstan… If you’re looking for a more personal and fun stay in Stockholm, you’re guaranteed to find it at Hobo. Join the community!