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Simply the swankiest place in town to spend the night since 1874. This is where most superstars and world leaders stay when they come to Stockholm, plus practically every Nobel Prize winner since they started handing out the awards in 1901. And many more come for events at the hotel's ballroom, an exact replica of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. The hotel also proudly retains the tradition of serving an opulent daily smorgasbord (it's one of the last in Sweden to do so).  For those seeking more contemporary fare, the Grand Hotel is home to the three restaurants of celebrity chef Mathias Dalgren, the first Swedish winner of the Bocuse d'Or. You'll find a review in the restaurant section of this website. Or just hang in the Cadier Bar, one of Stockholm's finest, and try to spot celebrities—you'll likely get lucky.

As for the rooms, all 300 are smoke-free as of 2013, and designed in an updated French Empire style—lots of handsome patterned brocades, thick carpets or oriental rugs, chandeliers and even wall murals and inlaid wood floors in the ritziest of suites. Unit sizes run from a 160-sq.-ft. single to the 3,200-sq.-ft. Princess Lilian Suite, which includes a library, kitchen, grand piano, and 12-seat cinema.

The hotel is located across the street from the Royal Palace. We've knocked one star off the review for some recent lapses in service and the turgid speed of the Wi–Fi. Well, no place is perfect!