Stora Hotellet’s doors were opened for the first time in 1834, by Mamsell Charlotta Hanqvist. Back then it was an inn and general store. Since then the building has had many different owners, including two sea captains from 1884 to 1912. It’s not until 1904 that you find Captain Hjalmar Andren’s wife named in church records as a hotelier. Stora Hotellet has become a hotel instead of an inn.
In 1996-97 the hotel is given a total makeover. Electric wiring, water pipes and drainage systems are completely modernised, and the whole hotel is made fire safe with new walls and a sprinkler system.
The well known interior design practice Stylt Trampoli was given the brief of giving the hotel a complete facelift and on 29 May 1997 the hotel was ready to re-open. Each room has been individually decorated in the style of Captain Klassen’s journeys all over the world. A detail imported directly from the country represented can be found in each room, such as Moroccan tiles, Indian fabrics and décor from the West Indies. All the rooms have been rebuilt according to the layout of the old building’s joists and beams, so they are all different, with lots of quirky nooks and crannies.
Outside each room there’s a framed letter that Captain Klassen wrote to his brother back home in Fjällbacka, where he describes his sorrows and joys from each of the ports he visited.