The Scandic Grand Central Hotel exceeded all my expectations… this is because the website does not do justice to this palace of design. Invited to review the fashionable city of Stockholm, this hotel was the ideal place to stay. Located within easy reach of the train station and temptingly close to the city’s shopping district, it is the perfect spot for young bohemians. The hotel, which only opened a year ago, occupies the fully renovated quarters of the 1885 Lundberg Palace. After three days in the vicinity, I was still discovering incredible details and quirky design features of this hotel.
With 391 rooms on offer in all shapes and sizes, there is something for everyone. The modern Scandinavian décor is dangerously cool and luxurious. The eclectic mix of artwork adds character and charm to every room, song lyrics are scribbled on canvases and photographs of local celebrities embellish the walls. Suites have record players, Wi-Fi is available everywhere and every other amenity you could hope for or need is politely organised and arranged in the room.
Appropriately the Grand Central has a super glam Bloggers Inn room dedicated to online journalists staying in the city of Stockholm. This is a perfect cost free offer for digital writers. The room which is surprisingly indulgent was designed with the help of Frida Ramstedt (of blog Trendenser) following the results of thorough market research. Every detail has been carefully tailored to suit the needs of a thoroughly modern blogger! The room comes equipped with an iPad, speakers, camera tripod, selected magazines and inspiring books. I spent the first hour playing with everything! Spacious and trendy it is a lovely place to hang out, with huge windows offering impressive views of the city and a comfy sofa and desk for convenience. The bathroom is slick and cleverly arranged with a powerful bath-shower and shiny new fittings.
When we weren’t enjoying our room, we visited the spa and sauna downstairs and relaxed in the gorgeous lobby. I was amazed by the hotel’s extras… a lovely bright and colourful coffee shop, several bars (where legendary cocktails are served) and two restaurants where guests can experience classic Swedish and contemporary dishes. My favourite things about this hotel though were those little particulars that I’m sure would go unnoticed by most, details that make this hotel simply unforgettable. For instance, downstairs a retro photo booth is available for guests to use and on the floor are specially designed carpets which point to different local attractions. In the evenings talented musicians and DJs entertain the guests with atmospheric sets. It seems the Scandic Grand Central has thought of everything.
I am not exaggerating when I say this hotel is one of the most stylish I have visited… recently it was the only hotel in the city to be nominated for the prestigious European Hotel Design Award. I wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else in Stockholm.