STOCKHOLM, August 28, 2012 — You might think a hotel chain honoring the seafaring exploits of Admiral Lord Nelson would be located in
The story begins in 1973 when Majlis Bengtsson and her husband, Gunnar, purchased the old Hotel Ignatius on Vastarlangatan on the
When the Bengtssons bought their hotel, there was no hot water and only one bathroom in the entire building. Needless to say, it was not conducive to hosting a multitude of guests.
With true entrepreneurial spirit, Majlis purchased new bed coverings by the end of the first week and raised the price of each room from 27 Swedish kroner to 29.
Though each of the Collector’s Hotels features a naval motif relating to the life and times of Horatio Nelson and his exploits, they also possess characteristics that gives each property a unique individuality.
Guests at the Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton or the Victory Hotels are treated to museum-hostelries featuring memorabilia in every room as well as the corridors and common areas.
Major renovations for the Lord Nelson were undertaken in 1978 when the single bathroom problem was solved by providing private facilities in each of the 29 chambers.
Each room displays an antique model ship from which the room derives its name.
Rather than numbers, hotel floors are named after different parts of a ship; Gun Deck, Middle Deck, Poop Deck and so on. Each floor also features its own grandfather clock which must be wound by hand every day.
Located at nearby Storkyrkobrinken 5, the Lady Hamilton Hotel was once three houses that were connected to make a single building. Archaeologists date the street to about 1470 when it served as the northern entrance to the center of town.
As might be expected, the Lady Hamilton, which opened in 1980, features a feminine touch that is a unique blend of antique charm combined with modern comfort
Lady Hamilton’s 34 rooms feature wildflowers that are symbols of the counties of the country. Perhaps the most romantic of the three hotels, Lady Hamilton highlights peasant-style antiques along with the usual naval memorabilia.
Guests particularly enjoy the spa facilities in the cellar which contains a well dating to the 15th century. Majlis and Gunnar ingeniously incorporated the well into a plunge pool that allows visitors to cool off after using the sauna.
Nelson’s flagship was the HMS Victory so it is only natural for the flagship hotel to be the Victory. With 45 rooms the Victory is the largest and newest of the Bengtsson properties opening in 1985.
The building dates from 1640, and was later owned by the Lohe family at the end of the 18th century. In October, 1937 while five workers were doing renovations in the basement they discovered treasure in a corner of what is now the hotel bar, Leijonbaren.
The find was the largest silver treasure in
During construction by the Bengtssons, the base of the Lion-tower, Leijontornet, which formed part of
Leijontornet is a gourmand’s delight featuring traditional Swedish cuisine served up by Chef Gustav Otterberg. Otterberg uses farm-fresh ingredients for hearty dishes, such as venison with dried cherries, ox marrow, and crispy black pudding.
Pictured outside each of the rooms are 45 sea captains, each of whom has been meticulously researched to obtain their place of honor. Double rooms also feature the captain’s wives.
The reception desk is enhanced by a love letter written by Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton.
Rates at the Lord Hamilton begin at about $215 a night. The Lady Hamilton Hotel starts at approximately $150 a night and rooms at The Victory begin at $180.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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