Melody hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

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Melody Hotel is one of Stockholm’s newest boutique hotels. Smart, relaxed and very minimalistic, with nothing particularly musical apart from a simple sound wave graphic etched onto a wall and a few records displayed at reception.

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The unique new Melody hotel, Stockholm, Sweden, opened in May 2013 on the scenic island of Djurgården in Stockholm.

The hotel offers a calm, less-touristy base from which to explore the Swedish capital. The Abba museum can be entered directly from the hotel while the Gröna Lund amusement park, the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and Skansen, one of the world’s oldest museums, are also close by. The triangular-patterned Sergels torg, a centrally located public square, is a few minutes away by ferry or tram.

One part of the building contains the 50 rooms, each with a terrace and floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. The black-grey colour scheme is simple without being sterile and accented with purple or lime green touches. The three top floor suites feature a panoramic terrace. These mini-lofts are also large enough to host a private party of 20 to 30 guests.

Working out how to dial reception on the room’s quirky, but not particularly user-friendly, phone was tricky without instructions in English. Look out for the tiny note buried within the holder for your room key, which I discovered later, detailing breakfast/gym hours, how to access the free Wi-Fi and call reception.

The elegant restaurant offers a small but eclectic menu of artfully-presented American- and French-inspired dishes, from fennel and vodka-marinated cod to steak tartar and beef rib burgers.

The second part of the building contains ABBA the Museum and the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, which is the latest in Stockholm in terms of museums, musical experiences and lots more.