by Terence Baker | August 01, 2006

The Trollehas Slott


Golden oldie:
Parts of the
Trollehas Slott
date from
the 14th century.

Known for its political and religious tolerance, Sweden also is justly proud of its high standard of living, long summer nights, smorgasbord buffets, Nobel prizes, strong brands (think IKEA and Volvo) and melodic pop music.

In the capital
In July, Stockholm’s stately Grand Hotel converted the adjacent Burman Palace into 76 additional guest rooms, including one suite with its own 12-seat cinema, for a total of 376 rooms. Facing the Royal Palace, the expansion will debut meeting space for up to 220 people in September.

Trendier digs can be found in the 99-room The Rival, owned by native son Benny Andersson of ABBA fame. This boutique spot is a renovation of two 1930s art-deco landmarks, the Aston Hotel and the Rival Cinema. Meeting space includes the 703-seat cinema and four meeting rooms, the largest seating 95.

The newly renovated 233-room Scandic Anglais on Stureplan Street offers 16 meeting rooms for up to 700 people. Also on site are a 120-seat restaurant with open kitchen, views of Hum-legRrden park and free wireless Internet throughout.

Two hotels will open in 2008 and 2010, respectively: a 558-room Clarion, with the city’s largest room count and space for 400 attendees, and a 420-room as-yet-unnamed property adjacent to the city’s Central Station; the latter will include a three-story convention center with 160,000 square feet of exhibit space for up to 3,000 people.

In the southern Stockholm suburb of Alvsjo, adjacent to the Stockholm International Fairs exposition center (with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space), is the Rica Talk Hotel, which opened in May. Its 248 rooms complement a restaurant, a bar, meeting room for 250 and function space for 1,000.

This southern region of Sweden has experienced an upsurge in interest since its recent link to Denmark by train (it takes just 23 minutes to ride from Malmo to the Danish capital of Copenhagen).

Revitalizing Malmo is HSB Turning Torso, a 54-story condo tower designed by Santiago Calatrava that opened in April. The top two floors offer a business center, six meeting rooms holding up to 110 people, and spectacular 360-degree views of the Baltic Sea.

In the region’s second largest city, Helsingborg, is the stylishly modern Henry Dunker Culture Center, which opened on the waterfront in 2003. Inside are art museums, a concert hall, a theater and a restaurant from which diners can see the Danish castle of Elsinore, the setting for William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Near the town of Landskrona, the Orenas Slott (slott is Swedish for castle) has 114 rooms and a newly renovated conference center with 10 rooms and space for 190.

The Trollenas Slott, near the town of Eslov and dating from the 14th century, is undergoing a renovation but still offers 12 guest rooms, meeting space for 100, grand dining in the Riddarsalen (Hall of Knights) and extensive lawns and grounds for events.

The latest star in this western city is the Museum of World Culture, which opened late in 2004 with a collection of 100,000 artifacts. Up to 2,000 people can gather here; a lecture room supplements four meeting rooms, and the Tabla Restaurant is highly regarded.

Bureau news
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