In a few days, my daughter and I will be cruising across Sweden on the Gota Canal. Since Friday, however, we have been exploring Stockholm, making our home base at the Nobis Hotel.
I love the location of the Nobis Hotel, on Norrmalmstorg, which coincidentally is the site of the bank robbery and hostage crisis that took place in 1973.
During the six-day ordeal, which marked the first robbery to be broadcast on live television in Sweden, some of the hostages began to express empathy toward their captors, thus giving rise to the pyschological phenomenon known as the Stockholm Syndrome.
A conference room at the Nobis Hotel was used as the police headquarters during the robbery. The ACNE clothing store next door, which was then Kreditbanken, was the actual site of the robbery and where the hostages were held. So that’s the history. What about the location of the Nobis Hotel?
It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact center of Stockholm, but Nobis Hotel is probably as close as it gets. From the hotel, you can walk along Strandvägen to Djurgården and its many attractions: Skansen and the Vasa Museum, to name a couple of worthwhile diversions. Or you can tread your soles to Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, and the Royal Palace.
Stockholm’s best shopping is only a few steps away from the hotel, including the largest department store in Sweden, NK, and the shopping complex known as Gallerian. Drottningatan, with its great shopping, is fewer than 10 minutes by foot, and the entrance to Biblioteksgatan, a trendy shopping street in Stureplan, is a 15-second walk (that’s right, only a few dozen steps) from the hotel.
Multiple modes of Stockholm’s public transportation system pass the hotel, including the city’s extensive tram system, a great way to get to Djurgården or to Sergels Torg.
Of a total 201 rooms are four categories ranging from 15 square meters (161 square feet) to 33 square meters (355 square feet), and four suites ranging from 32 square meters (344 square meters) to 98 square meters (1,055 square feet).
Our room was a Superior Twin, about 23 square meters (247 square feet), larger than many cruise ship staterooms. Beds were ultra-comfortable, with Egyptian cotton sheets.
We had a view, albeit a rainy one, over Norrmalmstorg (Norrmalms Square). Also provided: turndown service with two complimentary bottles of water.
Bathrooms feature Carrara marble as well as Byredo toiletries. One of the clerks at the reception desk informed me that Byredo is the best-selling fragrance brand in Stockholm and also at several well-known stores in major cities worldwide.
Guest rooms also feature a minibar and safe, complimentary WiFi and flat-sceens televisions featuring a library of free films and music. The high-tech hotel even offers complimentary use of iPads. Also included is free access to the Hotel Nobis’ fitness center and sauna.
The hotel is home to Caina, which some consider to be Stockholm’s best Italian restaurant. Caina is also where an expansive and healthy complimentary breakfast is served each morning.
Public rooms include a large Lounge, The Gold Bar, and a smaller Bistro that serves freshly cooked brasserie food and drinks.
We found the service to be excellent, despite a few grumbles on TripAdvisor, where the hotel ranks #34 of 160 Stockholm hotels. The popular publication Wallpaper, however, ranked Nobis Hotel among the world’s seven best business hotels.
Our take? Situated in a classic building with a fascinating history, the trendy Nobis Hotel makes for a great home base, convenient to all that Stockholm has to offer.
Have you stayed at the Nobis Hotel? Or do you have a favorite hotel in Stockholm?