Bucket List: Miss Clara, an Art Nouveau-ish Hotel in a Former Stockholm Girls School

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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.

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Exterior

The 1910 building, located on Sveavägen, one of the neighborhood's bustling thoroughfares, boasts delightfully classic art nouveau windows.

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Room

"The easy, uncluttered rooms pay special mind to quality details, from the top-of-the-line beds from Bed Factory and lighting by Örsjö to the emphasis on traditional Swedish craftsmanship, says Catenacci,

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Room

Many of the rooms include handsome built-in storage units, custom created for the hotel.

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Suite

All of the spaces at Miss Clara are packed with warm and neutral tones, from the dark herringbone parquet floors to espresso-finish light fixtures, and — in the suite category — pieces like this burnt-orange plush sofa, even more eye-catching when paired with sensuous framed photos.

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Bath

Each of the room's baths flaunt a timeless look — white subway tiled walls and limestone flooring — that is just as relevant today as it might have been in the early 1900s. Glass walls separate bathroom and bedroom areas.

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Ballerina Room

The Ballerina project is a permanent exhibition of photographs by Max Modén, featuring ballerina Ella Persson shot at Miss Clara.


Based in Wisconsin, Kristine Hansen covers art, architecture, travel and food/drink, and lives in a 1920s bungalow.

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