Raise your hand if you've had that terrible dream where you are back in school and suddenly have to take an exam for a class you've never attended. (Um, hi.)
But good dreams can exist in school settings — well, former ones at least. Meet Miss Clara, a 92-room Stockholm hotel housed in a 1910 building that was once a girls school. (Its name even pays homage to the institution's headmistress.)
Architect Gert Wingårdh had good bones to work with when overhauling the art nouveau building: high ceilings, stone floors, tall arched windows, and a spiral staircase were unaltered. This all contributes to a sense of history that isn't stuffy. "Miss Clara is a symbiotic study in modern day art nouveau and timeless Scandinavian design," says Gustavo Catenacci, the hotel's managing director. The rooms offer minimalist decor that still feels Scandi in nature: think classic wood herringbone floors, bentwood furniture by Swedish company Gemla, and neutral-toned linens.
You'll find Miss Clara smack-dab in the middle of Stockholm's Norrmalm neighborhood, a bustling central area that's also home to the city's greatest cultural institutions. As such, it's become a popular spot for locals who laze the weekends away during all-day brunches or to meet up for cocktails and live DJs on Fridays.