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Looking for a Wintry Getaway? Sweden's Icehotel Will Reopen Next Month

November 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

While we hate it when we walk into a hotel room and the A/C is blasting a below 72-degree temperature, we'll have to make an exception at The Icehotel, which is opening for the season early next month in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

The hotel is actually an 80-room hostel which is rebuilt annually from snow and crystal-clear ice.

The Icehotel is a spot where half the fun is in staying there. It begins from the moment that you open the main, reindeer-skin-clad doors and are greeted by a grand, ice-pillared hallway illuminated by a spectacular ice chandelier. The interior temperature, hovering around 23 degrees Fahrenheit, actually feels almost balmy, especially when compared to the outside temperature which can drop to minus 34 Fahrenheit.

Balmy? We'll see about that. Guests do get special gear to wear during their stay such as a one-piece thermal suit, mittens, hat and thermal waterproof boots. At night, you'll snuggle down into your thermal sleeping bags.

The room categories at the Icehotel start at a standard Snow Room and work up to an Ice Room (complete with actual ice "furniture") and the Art Suite (individually themed with ice art). Looking for a special getaway for your honeymoon? The Art Suite has lockable doors and double sleeping bags available. We're guessing that candles are out of the question though. (Incredibly, the hotel has a very popular Ice Chapel where several weddings are held each season.)

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Is It a Hotel or a Treehouse? In Sweden, It's Both

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  Site Where: Edeforsväg 2 A, Harads, Sweden, S-960 24
July 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't had your daily dose of caffeine yet, load up now. What you're looking at is one of the newest hotels in Sweden. No, we haven't lost our marbles. This is the Mirrored Cube room, part of the Treehotel which opens this Saturday in the village of Harads, just south of the Arctic Circle.

We're all for high-concept hotel design, but this has to be one of the wackiest rooms we've seen yet. And lest you think this is as out-there as it gets at the Treehotel, you should know that other rooms have names such as The Bird's Nest, The Cabin and The Blue Cone. These four will be ready for the grand opening, and another 20 will be designed and unveiled over the next five years.

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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 | Comment (1)

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.

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Floating Hotel in Sweden Just A Bit Fishy

October 29, 2008 at 2:33 PM | by | Comment (1)

AmandaK lets us know about the latest Floating Hotel on the scene.

This sounds just like something those functional-but-hip (think Ikea) Swedes would: start up a floating hotel just because there was no more land left on the island. It’s really happened at Klädesholmen on Sweden’s west coast where the Salt & Sill Hotel opened this month.

A Guardian reviewer who’s already spent the night at the salt & Sill was impressed with the sleek design, but we’re a bit worried about the wobbliness; he mentioned feeling drunk while going to the bathroom but it was a feeling caused by the undercurrent rocking the hotel boat.

The other thing that is a bit of a turn-off is the thought of herring for breakfast. The nearby restaurant that inspired this hotel has made a name for itself with herring dishes but serving them up as our first meal is not something we’re keen on. But they say “normal” breakfast is available too.

The Salt & Sill has an opening special running through 'til the end of February, with doubles for 1,490 Swedish krona (US$190). It’s not right on the beaten track but it’s something a bit different. And if you know any big herring lovers then it is definitely the right spot.

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Swedish Hosteler Converts Jumbo Jet into an 85-Bed Hostel

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  Site Where: Arlanda, Sweden
September 3, 2008 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've all salivated over those fancy first class airplane seats up front that fold down into a bed, but unless we come into an inheritance soon, we'll never get out of the back of the plane.

However, there is a novel way of sleeping on a 747--by spending a night at the Jumbo Hostel.

Gizmodo reports that Oscar Diös--a hostel owner in Sweden--managed to purchase a grounded Boeing 747, finagle all the necessary red tape, and convert the plane into a hostel anchored at the entrance to Arlanda airport (north of Stockholm, in case you're wondering).

If you're headed to Sweden in December or later, you should book one of the 25 rooms. WiFi and flat screens (showing departure times) are included in the 6-square-meter rooms. Private facilities, for the most part, aren't.

If you're feeling splurgey though, you should definitely try to nab the pilot's digs -- the luxury suite in the converted cockpit with a panoramic view of the airport.

We hope Oscar has better luck with his hostel than the plane's last owner, the bankrupt Transjet.

[Photo: Gizmodo]

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Stockholm Hotel Scene: Thank You For The Rival Hotel

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  Site Where: Mariatorget 3, Stockholm, Sweden, 118 48
February 15, 2008 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

Once again, our roaming correspondent Monica Guy is summing up a hotel scene for us. This time, she's checking out hotels in Stockholm. Got a question or suggestion about Swedish hotels? Send it our way.

We can't talk about hotels in Stockholm without talking about the hotel everyone's talking about - the Hotel Rival.

The first thing everyone will tell you is that the Hotel Rival's owned by former Abba star Benny Andersson. He's not the only celebrity to own a hotel - Clint Eastwood owns the Mission Ranch in California, Bono owns the Clarence in Dublin and Cliff Richard has the Arora in Manchester, complete with, er, Cliff-themed rooms. But by all accounts Benny seems to be doing the best job of it.

Anyone who's anyone has stayed at the Rival....we're the exception that proves the rule, although we did peer in through the window.

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Stockholm Hotel Scene: Clarion versus Clarion Sign

Where: Stockholm, Sweden
February 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, our roaming correspondent Monica Guy is summing up a hotel scene for us. This time, she's checking out hotels in Stockholm. Got a question or suggestion about Swedish hotels? Send it our way.

Family strife in Stockholm, where the Clarion Hotel Stockholm (pictured above) competes in arty pretentions with the brand new just-opened (last week) Clarion Hotel Sign.

The two Clarions look fairly similar on the outside, and they both cost a packet. But whatever you do, you mustn't ever confuse the two. Here's why:

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Stockholm Hotel Scene: Chillin', Literally, at the Nordic Sea Hotel

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  Site Where: Vasaplan 4, Stockholm, Sweden, 113 31
February 13, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, our roaming correspondent Monica Guy is summing up a hotel scene for us. This time, she's checking out hotels in Stockholm. Got a question or suggestion about Swedish hotels? Send it our way.

Spending the night on a mattress of ice in the designer igloo hotel IceHotel, 200km north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, may well be something to boast about. But we HotelChatterers like our creature comforts and the simple pleasures in life.

So we're sticking to Sweden's slightly warmer southern capital of Stockholm and to its Nordic Sea Hotel, whose proudest selling point is its Absolut Ice Bar.

Absolut bloody freezing, we guess. But as you know, in Sweden, hotels aren't about cosy mattresses and comfort but about style, design and the being seen. To get in with the A-crowd in this city, it's no pain, no gain.

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Stockholm Hotel Scene: Noble Prizes Galore at the Grand Hotel

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  Site Where: S. Blasieholmshamnen 8, Stockholm, Sweden, SE 103 27
February 12, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, our roaming correspondent Monica Guy is summing up a hotel scene for us. This time, she's checking out hotels in Stockholm. Got a question or suggestion about Swedish hotels? Send it our way.

There are two things that make the Grand Hotel Stockholm special.

Firstly, it's the hotel in which all the Nobel prize-winners stay before being ferried over to the City Hall for the grand prize-giving ceremony everyone would love to be at.

Secondly, it's the only hotel we've seen that manages successfully to combine old-style traditional furniture and antiques with brand spanking new modern design from some of Sweden's most spanking modern designers.

That means....

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Stockholm Hotel Scene: Top Tips For Booking Hotels

Where: Stockholm, Sweden
February 11, 2008 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, our roaming correspondent Monica Guy is summing up a hotel scene for us. This time, she's checking out hotels in Stockholm. Got a question or suggestion about Swedish hotels? Send it our way.

The key to understanding the Stockholm hotel scene is that nobody goes to a Swedish hotel in order to sleep.

That's not because Swedish hotels are noisy, dirty or uncomfortable - the complete opposite - they're superb. But staying in Sweden's capital is a fundamentally different hotel experience from staying anywhere else in the world. It's because staying in Stockholm is all about style, health and design.

This week we'll be breaking down the Stockholm hotel scene for you starting with our four Top Tips before you book your room.

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Luxury Hotels in Isolated Locations: IceHotel, Sweden

February 4, 2008 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

If we said the Explora Hotel on Easter Island was the most isolated luxury hotels in the world, we were wrong.

The IceHotel is the latest, craziest name on the Luxury Hotel circuit and it's 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

It's the world's first ice hotel and it's exactly what it says on the packet - a hotel with over 80 individually designed rooms, a bar, reception, and even a church, all made entirely out of blocks of ice taken from the nearby Torne River.

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Stockholm's Nordic Light Has Great Lighting

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  Site Where: Vasaplan 7, Stockholm , Sweden, 10137
February 15, 2007 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you're staying in a hotel with a name like the Nordic Light Hotel, you'd probably be disappointed if the lights didn't make a good impression. But according to a recent Guardian reader review, the Nordic Light gets a thumbs up, despite looking like an office block from the outside:

On entering the lobby, you'll immediately notice that there is a lot of white: white walls, white tiled floor and white reception desk. However, this is complimented by the hotel's chief selling point - its lighting. The lobby is bathed in a continually changing display of colour as spotlights rotate through the spectrum. And this extends to every room in the hotel, where the lighting effects can be individually programmed to create the ultimate setting for you and your loved one. Whether you want calm and relaxation or romance or whatever mood takes your fancy, at the twist of a dial by the bed, it's yours.  

Apart from super-fancy lighting, the beds are described as "absurdly comfortable", and if you hand your shoes in the night before, you'll wake up to a freshly polished pair for free. Get a preview of some of the funky lighting ideas at the top of the Nordic's website--don't make a reservation if it all seems too psychedelic to you.

[Photo: Metal Sky]

Related Stories:
· Nordic Light Hotel [TripAdvisor]
· Nordic Light Hotel [Guardian UK]