The 700-year-old Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, is also renowned world over as the “Capital of Scandinavia”. The city’s harmonious mix of tradition with modernity makes it a fascinating city to visit. With a number of peninsulas and islands forming the city of Stockholm, it has also been nicknamed as the “Venice of the North”.
The city continues to be a most frequented destination in Scandinavian region. With its three UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Woodland Cemetry, Drotningholm and Birka – and various other attractions including art galleries, theaters, world-class museums, and the Nobel Institute, the city has become a preferred vacation destination for a large number of leisure seekers from different parts of the world.
Apart from leisure travelers, Stockholm is also largely visited by scores of business travelers from different countries because of the presence of headquarters of many multinational companies here than any other Scandinavian city. Some of the leading global brands such as appliance maker Electrolux, technology giant Ericsson, international clothing retailer H&M, and furniture company Ikea have their headquarters based in the city.
If you are headed to or considering a leisure-cum-business trip to the city, here are some of the best hotels you would prefer staying at. Some of the accommodation options that seek your attention include Grand Hotel, Nobis Hotel, Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Hotel Skeppsholmen, Clarion Hotel Sign, Clarion Hotel and Best Western Plus Time Hotel. An insight into the offerings by some of these hotels is quite important to plan ahead for your forthcoming trip.
The five-star Grand Hotel has a rich tradition and history behind it. It was founded in 1874 and has since been home to many celebrities, royalty, heads of state, famous artists, and the Nobel Prize laureates and their families. Its scenic waterfront location overlooking the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan makes it the most sought after accommodation for wealthy tourists and business persons. The hotel offers exquisite, well furnished rooms and suites, with The Princess Lilian Suite, The Flag Suite and the Nobel Suite being the most notable ones. The two Michelin-starred restaurants here are the only eateries in the city where traditional smorgasbord is available year round. The hotel’s Nordic Spa & Fitness club offers cool dipping pools and hot saunas for the ultimate relaxation.
The Nobis Hotel is the city’s first contemporary hotel. The hotel is housed in two historic late 19th century buildings and is situated at the famous Norrmalmstorg Square. The hotel offers 201 rooms, including three suites – Nobis Suite, Panorama Suite and Corner Suite. The guests can also opt for one of the hotel’s five stylish and exclusive one-room suites. There are many restaurants in the hotel as well, including new version of the city’s legendary Italian restaurant Caina. The small Gold Bar at the hotel also stands true to its name with the golden mirrors covering its ceilings and walls.
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel
The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is located in the heart of the city’s central business district, near the Stockholm City Hall and The House of Culture. While staying here the guests can also enjoy the local performing arts scene by visiting the Royal Dramatic Theater, Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm Concert Hall situated nearby. Its strategic location therefore makes it convenient for guests to connect and explore this beautiful city. The hotel offers 465 chic rooms which are tastefully furnished with air conditioners, safe deposit box, coffee and tea maker, iron/ironing board and flat-screen TV. The guests can treat themselves to a wide choice of delicious gourmet cuisine at the hotel’s Sheraton 360 Restaurant. An impressive list of fine wines is also offered at the Bar 360. Among other facilities provided here include spa treatments at the fitness center and Wi-Fi Internet access.
The Hotel Skeppsholmen is situated on the central island of Skeppsholmen. The hotel is strategically located near prominent landmarks such as the Royal Palace, National Museum, Museum of Architecture and the Museum of Modern Art. The hotel comprises of 81 rooms prominently featuring luxurious Dux beds, flat LCD televisions, hairdryer, minibar and free wireless Internet. Each room has its own bathroom equipped with showers, luxury designer toiletries and bathrobes. Some of the exclusive Seaview rooms at the hotel offer panoramic views to the guests. The hotel also has a lounge, a restaurant and a beautiful terrace as well. All these are open from 7 am to 1 am. Among other amenities include valet parking.
These are some of the leading hotels in Stockholm which are most preferred by rich leisure tourists and business travelers for their stay in the city.