Parts of the
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
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
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
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.
Sweden’s main tourism and marketing organization, the
Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, changed it name in March to
VisitSweden and can be accessed at www.visitsweden.com.