With winter but a memory and summer beckoning, Stockholm returns to its most glorious state of being. Meaning, of course, warm enough for an extended visit. And nothing tempts us to a destination like a brilliant new hotel.
And so it is that we are now eagerly looking forward to our first visit to the new Blique by Nobis (a member of Design Hotels). Located where the up-and-coming Hagastadan district meets the Vasastaden quarter (oh, how we love the names of Swedish neighborhoods), its manifesto of sorts has to do with acting as a galvanizing force for the local creative scene. It doesn’t hurt one bit that it’s housed in a 1930s Functionalist masterpiece, by exalted architect Sigurd Lewerentz.
The Nobis Hospitality Group (who boast additional hotels in Stockholm and Copenhagen) brought in modern master Gert Wingårdh, whose signature “high organic” style decisively guided the design of the space. Concrete and exposed piping live in harmony with more tactile materials like leather, oak, wool and velvet, resulting in an “all the comforts of home” feeling – if, that is, your home had been designed by Corbusier. An Italophile touch comes by way of select furnishings by De Padova.
The 249 rooms exude warmth, despite an ideological lack of embellishment; the industrial grey palette actually comes off surprisingly inviting. And the white Terrazzo-flecked-with-amber in the bathrooms palpably nods to elements of nature.
The scene? On the ground floor, the open-plan lobby and Origo Bar invite socializing, music and visual arts programming, which will be a regular feature. When the belly grumbles, descend the stairs to Boketto, where a Euro-Asian menu is complemented by Neapolitan pizzas and Scandi-rustic surrounds. Soon to follow is the Arc Rooftop, where you can soak up the beauty of Stockholm over a sophisticated tipple.
Walking distance from the hotel is a favorite of ours, the Carl Eldh Studio Museum, which contains hundreds of works by the classically influenced 20th Century sculptor. Yet one more great reason to check in.