by Matthew Wexler
Born and raised in Hawaii with an American father and Swedish mother, Sean Naughton studied international relations at the University of Oregon before moving to Sweden. He has now called Stockholm home for over 23 years. After several years of working in restaurants and bars in management, he made the switch to the hotel side of the hospitality industry. Sean has been a member of the Rival Hotel (Mariatorget 3. Tel: +46-0-8-545-789-24.www.rival.se) team since the property opened in 2003. Considered Stockholm’s first boutique hotel, the Rival features an art deco design, 700-seat theater, and popular restaurant and bar. For the past five years, Sean has held the position of concierge, drawing on his love and knowledge of Stockholm to help visitors make the most out of their stay. His blog, The Stockholm Tourist (www.stockholm-tourist.blogspot.com), has received over one million page views since its inception in 2010 and has become a practical online tool for visitors planning their trip to the city. Sean has been a proud member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or for three years and is a board member of concierge union’s Swedish chapter.