Room for a lady?

Hotel Lady Hamilton in Gamla Stan offers rooms with something extra just for women called Lady room. Makeup mirror, water kettle, slippers, magazine, fruit, mineral water etcetera are included in the price. Lady Hamilton is situated on Storkyrkobrinken 5 at Gamla Stan

Globe-trott a new attraction in Stockholm


Photo: Globe Arenas
Have you evert thought how the view would be from the top of the Globe Arena in Stockholm? Well, it will soon be a reality. Two globe-formed gondolas on tracks will take you from tha Globesquare to the top in ten minutes. Each globe has room for 17 people and the Globe Arenas hope that this will be a new attractive attraction in the Stockholm area. The goal is to launch the new attraction, named Skyview, in 2009.

New eco fast-food concept opens in Stockholm

Can Fastfood and ecological food produced in the neigbourhood be combined? This is the concept behind the chef Marcus Samuelsons new fastfood concept Street Food. The first restaurant opens at the Central Station in mid October according to Dagens Industri and two restaurants at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. A lunch will cost about 65 SEK and there will be noodles, tacos, soup and pizza on the menu.

The german fast-food franschise concept Vapiano will also open Fresh & fast casual food restaurants in Stockholm on October 12. Location is still a secret.

Another low fare hotel group in Stockholm

Economy and budget hotels with city locations are not easy to find anywhere. According to DN the hotel group Accor would like to change that with its new hotel concept All Season. During the next five years 20 new budget hotels will open in Sweden. The hotels will have private shower, toilet, TV and internet but not all the extras. Accor owns Ibis, Formule 1 and Novotel in Sweden.  Low budget hotels seems to be a trend at the moment. The first, Hotel Micro, opens already in November followed by the new Moment Hotels chain.

Arlanda Visitor Centre greets tourists first


Photo: Arlanda Vistor Center

The new Arlanda Vistor Center (AVC) will be a great complement to the Stockholm Tourist Centre in Kungsträdgården, being situated at Arlanda where many foreign tourists land. AVC will open on September 21 and will be a complete tourist office. The staff has all been educated by the Stockholm Visitors Board and have all worked this summer at the touristoffice.

50's environment in the new rooms at Wallin Hotel


Photo: Sven Markelius design
27 new business rooms at Wallin Hotel were built on the roof terrace of Folkets Hus. These rooms are called the Markelius rooms. Drawing on inspiration from 1950s textiles designed by Sven Markelius, the newest rooms boast classic styled interiors with a modern twist. Guests are transported from the new rooms by a glass lift down to the main reception area and the restaurant. The lift even goes directly to the congress level at the City Conference Center  (Folkets Hus) making access easier for the hotel's conference guests. Guests staying at the hotel can also enjoy a 20 pct discount at Centralbadet Spa.

Quality Hotel at Globen build 3 suites and a banquethall

The Globe Arenas closest hotel, Quality Hotel Globe, build to house the stars performing in the arena. With their three new suites - the largest beeing 125 square meters - will be the second largest suite in Stockholm. The largest is the 330 square meter Princess Lilian Suite at Grand Hotel. The Quality Globe suites will open in November-December this year. Quality Hotel Globe will also open their new banquethall, which will seat 300 people, in november.

New York Times loves Stockholm

New York Times  journalist Andrew Ferren thinks that Stockholm is the fun Capital of Scandinavia:
"Stockholm has recently declared itself the "Capital of Scandinavia," and for the moment at least, none of the other style-conscious Viking superpowers is mounting much of a challenge. With discount airlines like Ryanair bringing the rest of Europe to what is still technically just the Swedish capital, Stockholmers no longer fill weekend flights to Copenhagen for a dose of the international high life. The Swedish version of a good time is all about high glamour, haute cuisine, more high glamour and having fun"

Stockholm, je t'aime

The french-swedish Gallerie Pascal Cottard-Olsson shows her love to the city of Stockholm, according to DN på Stan. The graphical designer Owe Gustafson have invited ten creators that are illustrating or photographing Stockholm on the theme: Stockholm, je t'aime (Stockholm, I love you). Ida Björs, Lotta Kuhlhorn and Roland Haeberlein are three of the participants. The exhibition takes place from Saturday September 15 to October 13.

New PUB-departmentstore opens


Picture: Pub
PUB-department store in Stockholm has gone through a refurbishment. The old-new department store, named PUB 03, will open on September 27 with a new profile: A open eclectic studio with the latest in fasion, art and music - and with a continuate changing collection of new designers and designs.

Free bustransport to Millesgarden

During eight Sundays it will be much easier to reach one of Stockholms top sights, Millesgården on Djurgården. Between Sunday September 16 and November 4 september Millesgården arranges with a free bus from the City Centre, Royal Dramatic Theatre to Millesgården. The bus leaves from the Royal Dramatic Theatre at 12, 13, 14, 15 and returns from Millesgården 12.30, 13.30, 14, 30 samt kl 15.45

Airport coaches expands traffic to Skavsta


Photo: Flygbussarna

Airport coaches (Flygbussarna) expands traffic to Skavsta Airport with a new route between Gullmarsplan south of the City centre and Skavsta Airport starting October 28. The new line will stop at: Gullmarsplan, Västberga, Skärholmen, Södertälje Syd and end at Skavsta Airport. This route will complement the Cityterminal-Skavsta route.

Classic Stockholm restaurants


Photo: Arla

Autumn rainy weather in Stockholm makes me long for traditional Swedish cooking. Read in DN på Stan about twelve classic Stockholm restaurants - and I agree with them: Restaurants come and go but the classical stays: So here goes:
Eriks Bakficka, Fredrikshovsgatan 4, Östermalm.
Prinsen, Mäster Samuelsgatan 4, Norrmalm.
Operakällarens bakficka, Karl XII Torg (entrance Jakobs Torg), Norrmalm.
Rolfs Kök, Tegnérgatan 41, Norrmalm.
PA & Co, Riddargatan 8, Östermalm.
Operabaren, Opera house, Karl XII:s torg, Norrmalm.
Gyllene Freden, Österlånggatan 51, Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Teatergrillen, Nybrogatan 3, Östermalm.
Konstnärsbaren (KB), Smålandsgatan 7, Norrmalm.
Tennstopet, Dalagatan 50, Vasastan.
Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40, Södermalm
Tranan, Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan.

Stockholms new fair in ICT-centre

The autumn of 2008 sees the opening of Kista Expo Center and, with that, the creation of a completely new meeting place at the heart of Kista Science City. The area is already one of the country's foremost in the field of leading technology, ICT, attracting people and companies from all over the world. The direct connection with the E4 motorway, commuter trains and underground means that the Kista Expo Center is accessible regardless of transport type, and its proximity to the Arlanda and Bromma airports creates favourable conditions for international contacts too.

Stockholm hosts major neurological congress

The European Federation of Neurological Societies, EFNS, has recently decided that Stockholm will play host to Europe's largest neurological congress in 2012. The congress is held annually in various European cities. Read more here.

New swedish restaurant opening in October

Niklas Ekstedt, one of our top chefs, a popular tv-personality and with two restaurants in southern Sweden will open a restaurant in Stockholm in October, according to DN.  The new restaurant will be named 1900 and serve swedish traditional food - turnofthecentury meets modern. The restaurant will be located on Regeringsgatan 66 in the former restaurant Centro and will open in september-october 2007.  

Great view from Södermalms own skybar


Photo: Svenska Bostäder

According to DN, Imperiet is the name of the new Sky-bar, situated in (studentskrapan) just accross the street from Skånegatan and SoFo on Götgatan. I believe that this bar will be a great success; the location on Södermalm, the location in one of the citys landmarks and the owners. The new bar will be operated by Ahlbom who successfully runs Storstad, Olssons Video and Solidaritet. The 25 floor sky scraper, former home of the Tax-authority in Stockholm, has turned into the coolest student dorm in Stockholm. 600 students are moving into the house which will also include lifestyle stores and the new cool Skybar on top opening in November.

Hammarbybacken is expanding


Picture: Hammarbybacken/Skistar
The popular city skislope Hammarbybacken is expanding in all directions. The slopes will be longer and wider when it opens later on this year.  The new slope will be 92 metres high. You will reach Hammarbybacken with the Tvärbanan Tram to Sickla Kaj station. Its a five minute walk from the station towards Max Hamburgerbar and you see the slope.

Apartmenthotels in Stockholm


Photo: Accome

A great alternative accommodation is the apartmenthotels (one room apartments with kitchenette) especially if you stay longer in the City. Accome Hotel Apartments has three hotels in Stockholm - all situated outside the city centre in Bromma, Kista and Solna. There fourth Stockholm apartment hotel will open at Gärdet on Östermalm. Will return when I know more. The longer you stay, the better the price is their concept. The Accome chain will also soon change name to "Stay at".

Architects elected for the Abba-museum


Photo: Abbamuseum
Stockholm-based architecture studio Codesign and the architects Peter Ullstad and Patrick Rehnberg will design the ABBA-museum, scheduled to open in the spring 2009. Soon they will begin the renovation of the hundred-year-old building and they are now in the exciting phase of planning for elevators, stairs, entrances, the café and a thousand other details related to the exhibition.

New low fare hotel chain in Stockholm


Photo: Moment Hotels
The Hotel Micro is maybe the first low-fare hotel to open in Stockholm, but Moment Hotels is a new franschise hotel chain based on three cornerstones: function, economy and design.
- We have tried to develop an "IKEA-concept" for the hotel market, and we have excluded everything that does not add any value for the customer says Öjvind Norberg, to Restauratören recently. The hotels will be compact in size but with good comfort  and a strong image.

First low fare hotel opens in the city

Stockholm will get its first city-centre low fare hotel. Hotel Micro,  Tegnérlunden 8 in Stockholm, will open in November 2007 with 33 rooms. The rooms are 5-6 square meters and does not include private toilet, shower or TV. Rooms will cost 495-695 SEK which does not include breakfast. The hotel will be situated in the basement of  Hotel Tegnérlunden and are without windows.  

Do you love Pop-art?


Photo: Waldemarsudde
I LOVE POP-ART is the name of an interesting exhibition this autumn at Prince Eugenes Waldemarsudde on the island Djurgården. The exhibition opens September 15, presenting masterpieces from the Lilja Art Fund Foundation of American pop art of the 1980s. The exhibition includes works by Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Frank Stella and will be presented on Waldemarsudde from September 15-January 6 2008.
If you have not been at Waldemarsudde its really recommended. Not just for this exhibition, but for the beautiful location, the building and interior it self and for the paintings by Prince Eugene.

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