In the 1870s the city began to reclaim the swampy Östermalm area, making it the city’s most desirable neighbourhood. The Swedish King, Oscar II, envisioned a grand boulevard running alongside the harbour, and this became Strandvägen. By 1882, there were 83 buildings standing here, and two decades later, only one building plot remained: Strandvägen 7.


In the Picture: Sune Malmström, second standing from the left, and his father (Swedish Champion in both golf and tennis in the early 30’s) as fourth from left. Karl and Dagmar Bergsten sitting as second and third from the left, and Sune Malmström’s mother, Elisabeth Malmström, to the far right.

In 1907-1911 one of the city’s most magnificent buildings was created here – a beautiful Art Nouveau palace with two wings flanking a central courtyard. In 1917 the east wing, Strandvägen 7C, was bought by the Malmström family. The new owners were Karl and Dagmar Bergsten – grandparents of the hotel’s current Chairman, Anna Cappelen.

During the 1930’s Depression, many of the building’s tenants moved out, but in the following decades it housed the embassies of Romania, Chile, Persia, Hungary, Italy and Canada. Some of the remaining space became a small lodging house, Strandvägspensionatet.


In the early 1960’s the hotel business gradually extended, and in 1962 the Romanian Embassy’s premises were made into 15 hotel rooms. Demand grew and in 1966 the entire building was converted into a hotel, a project led by owner Sune Malmström (also in the picture above, with his father). To reflect its history as a home to many ambassadors, it was named Hotel Diplomat.

Today Hotel Diplomat is still a privately-held hotel with 130 individual and unique rooms and suites that reflect international and Scandinavian influences. Elements from the former state apartments have been carefully preserved and internationally renowned architect Per Öberg has helped develop the Diplomat into a modern luxury hotel of unrivalled style, quality and comfort.