Lydmar Hotel wins luxury hotel award

Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report
, tracking luxury travel since 1979, has announced their 2011 Grand Award winners. Hotel Lydmar in Stockholm is one of them. Andrew Harper determines winners by finding those with exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place.

Two new Scandic hotels in Stockholm

The sustainable scandinavian hotel chain, Scandic Hotel, are opening two new hotels this year; Scandic Grand Central just next to the central station on Vasagatan in Stockholm and Scandic Victoria Tower in Kista Science City next to Kista Fair. 

I met with Scandics PR manager this morning for breakfast and heard all about the two new projects. And they are both very interesting I think, and will be a good addition to the city. The general idea with Grand Central hotel is to make it look as it has always been there by combining old and new and inviting the general public to be a part of the hotel in different ways. They have done this successfully before with Scandic Anglais and Scandic Malmen, so Im really looking forward telling you more. The Victoria Tower is a different story. The hotel is designed by Gert Wingårdh Architect and will be some thirty floors high and look like a big glass diamond and also furnished contemporary and yet cosy. Both hotels are opening in the autumn of 2011! 

Alexander Lervik takes on the refurbishment of Nordic Sea Hotel

Nordic Sea Hotel, the home of Absolute Ice Bar, is undergoing renovation. The swedish designer Alexander Lervik takes on the challenge to Nordic Sea Hotel is a brand new look. With 367 guest rooms at Vasaplan middle of the city, the hotel is one of Stockholm's largest. Total renovation starts in 2011.

Nordic Sea Hotel is Lervik's first hotel project.  "With Alexander, we have found a concept that will take the Nordic Sea Hotel along and that fits well into our portfolio of unique plants. Alexander's extensive background both as a furniture, product, and lighting designer and with a number of assignments as an interior designer for both stores and restaurants, means that he understands our business very well, "said Satu Andersson, CEO at Nordic Sea Hotel and Nordic Light Hotel.

Sheraton Hotel Stockholm 40 years

Looking better than ever. The Sheraton Hotel Stockholm celebrated its 40s anniversary yesterday with a fantastic party. The Sheraton Group chose Stockholm as their first establishment in Europe in 1971 and was very popular, and still is. In fact the hotel room scene in "ABBA - The Movie" was filmed at the Sheraton in Stockholm and not in Australia as implied in the film. The Sheraton Hotel is also featured in the famous Stieg Larsson books about Lisbeth Salander. 

The hotel had a face lift a couple of years ago and is now looking better than ever. The hotel is located in the city center with view over Gamla Stan, the City Hall and the lake.

Photo: Björn and Benny at Sheraton Stockholm in Abba-the movie

Stockholm new luxury hotel - Nobis - opens in a week


Stockholms new contemporary luxury Nobis Hotel opens in a week on December 1. Luxury today is not so much on the surface without the time, accessibility, individuality and personality.

- With function as a starting point, we have worked hard to create the feeling you can get in a home built up over many years, " says Ola Rune, architect and designer at Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Photo: Louise Bilgert/Nobis Hotel

New four star hotel opens in Stockholm

A new four star Best Western Hotel opens on the shopping street Drottninggatan 77 in Stockholm. The hotel, named Best Western Bentley Hotel will have 119 rooms and a restaurant.

New hotels in Stockholm

During this autumn and into next year, Stockholm will welcome several new hotels.

Nobis Hotel (image)—modern and luxurious hotel opening in December
The Nobis Hotel is an independent contemporary luxury hotel with 201 rooms that’s set to open in December 2010 on Norrmalmstorg Square. The hotel is designed by the architect firm of Claesson Koivisto Rune, who have won many awards and distinctions. The 24/7 bistro, in the same building, will be as open as its name implies—24 hours a day, every day of the week. The Nobis Hotel is a member of Design

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel opens in the beginning of 2011
The new hotel and conference facility in the center of Stockholm between the World Trade Center, City Hall, and the central railroad station will be the new watering hole for business travelers. The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel will have 418 rooms with a view of Stockholm, four suites, together with a restaurant, bar and fitness center. In addition, there’ll be a large and flexible auditorium for up to 3,000 persons, and an adjacent banquet hall for 2,000 guests.

Scandic Grand Central opens in 2011
The environmentally conscious Scandic chain will be opening one more hotel in Stockholm. The Scandic Hotels Grand Central is located a stone’s throw from the central railroad station and the commercial center of the city, and will be the flagship of the Scandic chain, with almost 400 rooms. The hotel is expected to open in August 2011.

Nordic Sea Hotel to be renovated
This hotel hosts one of the most well-known bars in Stockholm, the Absolute Ice Bar, and will be getting a thorough facelift beginning in December 2010. Considering that its sister hotel is the trendy designer Nordic Light Hotel, there are great expectations.

Connect Hotel City
Connect Hotels focuses on low prices. At this new hotel, you’ll be close to shopping, sights, restaurants and entertainment in the Kungsholmen district of Stockholm. The hotel will be opening late in the autumn of 2010.

Elite Eden Park Hotel
The Elite chain will be expanding with a new hotel in the exclusive Östermalm neighborhood in October.

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Nordic Light - best boutique hotel in Stockholm

Nordic Light Hotel
 in Stockholm won the category "Swedens leading boutique hotel 2010" for the third year in a row by World Travel Awards 2010.

New hotel opens at Bromma airport

SAS's former headquarters att Bromma airport will be converted to a hotel. Best Western chain will open the new hotel, named Best Western Sthlm Bromma. The new hotel, also the first hotel by Bromma airport, will have 214 rooms, a restaurant and conference facilities and open September 2011.

The building was originally designed by Paul Hedqvist who also have designed Västerbron-bridge and Skrapan in Stockholm. The new hotell will have a modern retro-design connecting to the functionalistic building from 1946.

Livemusic every evening at Scandic Malmen

Scandic Hotel Malmen
has an atmosphere of its own. Ofcourse it is part of the chain and is ofcourse focused on sustainability, but being neighbor with the laid back and trendy SoFo district, the bohemian-chic interior of the Hotel fits right into the environment. And they have just renovated 100 superior rooms in the same style.

Their bar, Lilla Hotellbaren, is a popular hang out place for music lovers with live performances almost every day of the week; jazz on tuesdays, the pop-rock-electronica club Fritz Corner on wednesdays etcetera.

Malmen has also got a great restaurant, and is actually a member of the gastronomic society Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

Snoopy checks in at Nordic Light

One of Stockholms design hotels, Nordic Light Hotel, are celebrating Snoopy's 60th birthday with an exhibition and a room in the hotel. The exhibit, produced by Rekostylisterna, is spread throughout the entire Nordic Light Hotel: from the heart of the lobby up to the seventh floor where room #710 has been transformed into an exclusive ”Joe Cool-suite”.

Even such details as room keys, the hotel staff’s uniforms and menus have been inspired by Snoopy. On display in the lobby are a series of unique Snoopy statuettes, each one personally styled by a well-known artist, designer or creator. The statuettes will be auctioned out later this fall in partnership with Bukowskis. All proceeds will go directly to Friends, in support of their work against bullying.

Contemporary Luxury Design Hotel opens

On December 1 the new Contemporary Luxury Design Hotel, Hotel Nobis, will open on one of the best addresses in the city, Norrmalmstorg Square. The Hotel is designed by the swedish trio; Claesson, Koivisto, Rune (CKR) and will be a member of the organization Design Hotels. The Hotel is situated in a beautiful house and will also have an italian restaurant and a diner, named 24/7 and will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

The owners, Nobis Group already have two design hotels: Hotel Skeppsholmen (also by CKR) and Hotel J.

Low budget hotels opens in Stockholm

Image: Omena Hotels

Finnish hotel chain Omena Hotels are building a hotel in Stockholm City. The hotel will be in a former Tradeunion building on Torsgatan. The new hotell will have 200 rooms and will open in the beginning of 2012 according to Dagens Industri.

If you are looking for a budget alternative, you don't have to wait too long. In a couple of weeks the Low budget chain Connect Hotels will open a new hotel in Stockholm City.

Nordic Sea Hotel is being refurbished

Nordic Sea Hotel
, the sister of the Design Hotel Nordic Light and home of the first Absolute Ice bar, is going to be refurbished. Well as I understand it will undergo a "gigantic fresh-up" starting in December. Well, Im looking forward to hearing about the new ideas for the hotel.

Book your Stockholm stay at best price

Via Stockholmtown, Stockholms official visitors guide, you can book your hotel at the best price available in Stockholm. The hotel booking service is available through
 direct partnership with hotels and hostels

  • No booking fees - no added booking fees or hidden taxes
  • Pay at check-out - you may pay directly to the hotel upon departure - no advance payment
  • No cancellation fees - cancel your reservation for free by 18:00 (6 PM) the day before arrival
  • Best available rate - we offer the best rates and offers through our direct partnership with hotels

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New Connect Hotel opens this autumn

The Connect Hotel Chain will open their fourth hotel in Stockholm. Connect Hotel City, situated on Alströmergatan 41 on Kungsholmen will be three-star in the price range budget to mid-range, with prices ranging from 795 SEK. Connect Hotels already run three hotels in Stockholm; at the Arlanda airport, Stockholm International Fairs and the Skavsta Airport outside of Nyköping. Connect Hotels focus on environment, safety and design, which will be reflected in the new hotel.

The Connect Hotel City will be open late autumn 2010. The address will be Alströmergatan 41, around the corner from S:t Eriksgatan. Opening hotels on Kungsholmen seems to be the latest trend in Stockholm. The Marriot Chain opened the Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen in February this year.

Stay at historic hotels in Stockholm

Two charming and privately owned historic hotels have joined the Historic Hotels in Sweden group:
Görvälns Slott (image above) is a beautiful palace offering trendy and yet majestic environment. The hotel is recently refurbished.
Trosa Stadshotell and Spa offers individually decorated rooms and a renowned restaurant and spa in the picturesqe town of Trosa south of Stockholm.

Gripsholms Värdshus (Inn), Hotel Stureplan and Södertuna Slott (palace) in the Stockholm area are already members.

Scandic Continental offers nice restaurant

Scandic Hotel Continental just by the centralstation have changed their concept. Nice contemporary looking restaurant offering a buffet for under 100 SEK. A colleague (thanks marcus) of mine spotted the new and fresch looking restaurant in the hotel the other day.

The scandic chain is a company in the drivers seat when it comes to sustainability work.

Marriott opens a new hotel

Marriott opened their first hotel in Stockholm just a couple of months ago. The Courtyard Marriott hotel Kungsholmen is situated just 10 minutes walk from the city hall. They have now announced to take over the former Stay At hotel Lindhagensplan and to turn it into an additional Courtyard marriott.

Best hotel prices in Scandinavia

Stockholm has the lowest hotel prices in the Nordic Countries. A hotel room costs about 1 100 SEK according to

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