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A Former Stockholm Department Store Will Sell Hotel Rooms Instead of Hats

Where: Stockholm, Sweden
March 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM | by | ()

Once a place to shop, The PUB department store in Stockholm will become a place to drop once Scandic Hotels, a progressive and increasingly hip brand (hip as in HTL Kungsgatan) which dominates the Nordic region, conducts a top-to-bottom makeover of the spot.

The PUB, named for savvy businessman Paul U. Bergstrom, was one of Stockholm’s largest department stores. Greta Garbo fans will know that the legendary film star worked at the PUB in 1920 as a clerk and a model. There’s even a web page devoted to her early days (“Greta at the PUB.”)

Now Scandic, along with Stockholm developer Axfast, will team up to dream up a grand luxury hotel inspired by the grace and style of the 1920s. The hotel will have approximately 400 rooms and go by the name Scandic Haymarket.

In other Scandic news, there's another hotel concept in the works coming to Stockholm in the spring of 2017. This will be a redo of the present Scandic Sergel Plaza and will be Scandic's first self-proclaimed “city resort.” Follow ups to follow for sure.

[Photo: Scandic Hotels]

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Hotel Skeppsholmen Stockholm Is a Country Hotel Hiding in the City

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  Site Where: Gröna gången 1, Box 1616, Stockholm, Sweden, 111 86
July 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Looking at the above photograph of the front yard and entrance to Hotel Skeppsholmen, you’d be forgiven to think it’s somewhere in the scenic Scandinavian countryside rather than a 20-minute walk from Stockholm’s Old Town.

Its split personality is a result of its setting on the tiny island from which the hotel takes its name, which is almost entirely parkland, and the 18th century buildings that have been converted into the hotel. We spent an overnight at Skeppsholmen on a short visit to the Swedish capital – read on to see what we found.

Check-In: we arrived at the hotel by taxi, having taken the Arlanda Express from the airport to the city’s central station. Big mistake: it cost us $35 for the short journey, and bus no65 does the same journey for a few dollars. Given that a return on Arlanda Express alone is $65, we made sure to save the cab fare on the way back. Check-in was quick and easy, and we were on our way to our room in a few minutes.

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The Lydmar Hotel Is Bringing Music (And Then Some) to Stockholm's Harbor

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  Site Where: SÖDRA BLASIEHOLMSHAMNEN 2, Stockholm, Sweden
June 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM | by | ()

Walking across one of Stockholm’s many bridges earlier this week (the Swedish capital stretches across 14 islands), our attention to the pretty historic buildings and passing yachts was drawn away by a DJ’s tunes and thumping bass, reverberating magnificently around the harbor, courtesy of the city’s abundant water.

Investigating a little further, it turned out to be the terrace at the Lydmar Hotel, which was packed out and literally jumping on a fairly grey late afternoon. The short video we shot doesn’t really translate how much the music was bouncing off of the buildings around and the Royal Palace across the water; you could feel the bass in your bones.

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Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel

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  Site Where: Vasaplan 7, Stockholm, Sweden, 11120
April 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We would have to agree that the most studied, re-purposed, and re-designed space within the modern day hotel is the lobby. It’s all about social interaction, whether it be real or virtual. Typically, it is both. We need a comfortable place to relax, work, or have an informal meeting. Oh, and we want to feel welcome and unpressured. The last thing that a hotel lobby should be today, as it has been in the past, is a busy transfer station for arriving guests and their luggage.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we are featuring a hotel lobby that was intentionally designed around the concept of luggage. At the Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, it’s done ever so playfully and in a modern design context, so we’re going to run with it.

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A Swedish Girls School will Turn into a Design Hotel Next Month

Where: Sveavägen 48, Stockholm, Sweden
March 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | ()

If any hotel can buck that strangely persistent masculine naming trend, surely we can count on a girls' school-turned-hotel to do so. And so, here we have the prim sounding, new member of the Design Hotels Collection, Miss Clara,from Sweden's Nobis Group.

Centrally located north of Kungsgatan Avenue, the century-old Art Nouveau building that houses the former Ateneum girl’s school has been lovingly restored under the direction of Gert Wingårdh of architecture firm Wingårdhs. High ceilings and large windows remain intact and all 92 rooms follow the hot Swedish architect’s unique concept of an outward-facing property, where the windows facing Sveavägen boulevard are treated as "center stage".

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'Less is More' Defines Scandic Hotels' New Brand, HTL, Opening This May

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  Site Where: Kungsgatan 53, 111 22 Stockholm, Sweden
February 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

Stockholm-based Scandic Hotels gave itself a great 50th Anniversary gift last year, announcing the launch of a spinoff brand for a new generation of traveler (ahem, Millennials)-- HTL Hotels.

The first hotel under the new flag, HTL Kungsgatan, is scheduled to open this May with 274 rooms in Stockholm. The concept is simple-- provide an affordable, Nordic-mod (we just made that up), digital and mobile friendly, urban accommodation that leaves out what you don’t want anyway.

Nordic Hotels has long been technology driven, and we congratulate Scandic for receiving “the digital winner” award earlier this month (HSMAI European Award) for their on-line check out system.

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New Hotel Nobis Has 21st-Century Stockholm Syndrome

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  Site Where: Norrmalmstorg 2-4, Stockholm, Sweden, 111 86
January 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM | by | ()

Ever seen that Charlie Sheen movie The Chase? Remember how he steals the beautiful blonde's car and takes her hostage, but he charms her so well that she ends up straddling him as they cruise down the highway, her back to the steering wheel?

Typical Charlie, we know, but it's also a perfect example of what's called the Stockholm Syndrome -- when the victim begins to identify with the person holding the gun. It doesn't take a genius to figure out this phrase stems from Sweden, but how? And why? According to the FBI, roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome during or after an incident.

Why compassion arises for captors is still up for debate, but we got an up-close look at the origin of the phenomenon last week during a visit to the new Hotel Nobis in Stockholm. In 1973, Stockholm made headlines around the world when a bank robber held four people hostage for six days. The southern part of the hotel building (the white part adjacent to the Nobis in the photo below) was where the bank used to be, where the hostages were held.

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Radisson Blu Stockholm Unveils New Garbo Suite

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  Site Where: Nybrokajen 9, Stockholm, Sweden, S-103 27
December 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM | by | ()

It’s no secret we love a swanky suite, but ones dedicated to Hollywood divas of yesteryear are even better. The Radisson Blu Strand Stockholm is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a new suite named after one of its most famous guests, Greta Garbo.

The Greta Garbo Suite is inspired by the star's costumes and jewelry, as well as art and items from her movies of which grace the black and gold room, and were given to the hotel by Garbo’s family, who still holiday there and had a hand in the design.

Garbo, who was born in Sweden, first visited the 152-room hotel as an aspiring actress back in the ‘20s and it continued to be her favorite spot well after she made it big in Tinseltown.

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Rich Swedes are Mad About Plans for a Tiny, Seemingly Non-Posh Hotel in Their 'Hood

Where: Stockholm, Sweden
December 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM | by | ()

Engelbrekt Church, a Stockholm monument near the site of a proposed boutique hotel that has locals "up in arms"

Residents of one of Stockholm's most well-to-do neighborhoods are throwing a ritzy hissy fit over the construction of a new hotel, though it's unclear whether they take issue with the fact that the boutique property will require converting a historic building, because it won't live up to their posh standards, or a combination of both.

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Stockholm's Clarion Hotel is Now Testing Keyless Hotel Rooms

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  Site Where: Ringvaegen 98, Stockholm, Sweden, 118 60
November 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM | by | ()

It seems as if Holiday Inn isn't the only hotel to begin testing keyless hotel rooms.

The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm has also started to replace hotel room keys with guests' mobile phones. But while Holiday Inn uses Open Ways technology, whose software guests download to their phones, the Clarion is using Near Field Communication technology so that guests can simply hold up their phone to the room door to open it.

The technology also lets guests check-in before arriving at the hotel and to check-out remotely. And the hotel hopes the keyless technology will actually help with guest saftey.

If a mobile phone is lost, the access credentials can be revoked remotely and then reissued. This makes it impossible for unauthorized people to use a lost or stolen NFC mobile phone.

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What Would The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Think About This?

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  Site Where: Berzelli Park, Stockholm, Sweden, 11147
September 27, 2010 at 8:54 AM | by | ()

We've always been, ahem, excited by the presence of sex kits in hotels, often found in the mini-bar with products ranging from the merely protective (a packet of condoms) to the truly scintillating (vibes, silk ties, gold handcuffs, et.al.) But as with on demand hotel porn, sex kits aren't always an excitable amenity for everyone.

The Berns Hotel in Stockholm recently started offering sex toys in their minibars. Nothing as scandalous as pictured on this news site but the for-purchase options include handcuffs, stay ups and a vibrator. Yet apparently, these new offerings are not jibing with the police crackdown on prostitution:

The hotel is trying to glorify something that we are working to de-glorify," said Tom Eckerling at Stockholm police to the newspaper.

The hotel has no plans to change its minibar assortment however and reported that the response has been positive from guests, which it claims is made up of a chic fashion, art and music clientèle.

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No More Birch Beatings At Grand Hotel Stockholm's New Spa

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  Site Where: S Blasieholmshamnen 8 , Stockholm, Sweden, 103 27
November 13, 2009 at 9:52 AM | by | ()

OK so normally we wouldn’t be so excited by the idea of a “Nordic spa”. In our heads, Scandi beauty treatments scream naked saunas, self-flagellation with birch sticks and lots of snow. But we’re making an exception for the Grand Hotel in Stockholm which opened a subtly different “Nordic-inspired spa”, Raison d’Etre, yesterday.

Yes, they have the birch – harvested from local forests, don’t you know – but they do far more exciting stuff than beat you with it. The Be Rested package is a massage ad “hot birch pack” to make you sleep, while the Be Balanced treatment claims to “gently realign” your bones through the power of, um, mung bean pillows.

They’re pretty pricey – 2190 Kronor, or $318, apiece, but last two hours. And the website – which asks you questions like “How do you want to be today? Like a raindrop falling from the sky?” and “If you were a tree, what would you be?” – is really calling to us. And how idyllic does that pool look for a winter soak. Gimmicky, us? Never.