Published on : Tuesday, February 23, 2021
The Grand Hôtelin Stockholm recently completed an extensive renovation of hotel rooms and suites, encompassing a total of 19 rooms and suites in the BolinderskaPalace part of the hotel. While exuding a Grand Hôtel ambiance, the new rooms and suites bring to mind the continent and international residences, with bold wallpaper, light woods, and surprising detail-rich interiors. In addition to the eclectic decor, the renovation facilitates a new, flexible room solution, in which a number of rooms can be connected to make up a larger suite of 200 sqm.
“We are an international hotel, with a goal to exceed the high expectations of our guests – that means staying fresh and up to date. In an 1894 turn-of-the-century hotel like this, there are always adjustments to be made,” says Pia Djupmark, CEO Grand Hôtel Stockholm. “Over the past decade, we have been actively updating our rooms and suites, the Winter Garden banquet hall, our restaurants and the facade of the main building.”
All hotel rooms and suites in the Bolinderska Palace have been renovated from the ground up. Decorated with contemporary Scandinavian-style accents, the rooms come together in strong colour choices combined with sober materials, creating a completely new room experience not seen before at the Grand Hôtel. A large part of the interior design is locally produced and complemented with carefully selected components from Southern Europe and India. Fine art photography in flower motifs by artist Anneli Wikman hangs on the walls; as does chequered tape art created by interior designer Susanne Josephson. The rooms are equipped with the latest in bathroom and garment-care technology. The bathrooms boast the acclaimed shower toilet AquaClean from Geberit and the corner suite is equipped with a garment steamer for freshening up and ironing clothes.
“In this project, I have tried to recreate the private palace that Bolinderska Palace once was,” explains Susanne Josephson, interior designer. “I like using different types of wood and colour tones in my interiors. For me, it is important to keep things playful and inspiring.”
On one of the floors, there is the option to connect five hotel rooms to each other, making up a larger suite of around 200 sqm. It is also possible to close off an entire floor and make it private, providing unique room solutions for different purposes. In addition to the newly completed rooms and suites in the Bolinderska Palace, the hotel has plans for two duplex suites, with expected completion in mid-March 2021.
“When we began our work on the Bolinderska Palace, we turned to Susanne Josephson with the question: ‘How would you do the interior decor, if you could choose?’. Giving her free reign has given us wide-ranging interiors not seen in our other rooms, even if the new rooms still exude the Grand Hôtel. For us, it is important that our hotel rooms live up to international, five-star expectations both in terms of experience and standard, at the same time as we would like to preserve Swedish elements and the local connection – something that Susanne has really succeeded in doing,” says Djupmark.
Over the past year, the hotel has also reviewed and strengthened its cleaning and disinfection protocols and procedures. As a result, Grand Hôtel in Stockholm is the first hotel in Sweden to achieve the international GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation. The accreditation verifies that the hotel applies the most stringent cleaning processes to prevent the spread of infection, including COVID-19. The hotel has also started to use Tersano, a new type of cleaning agent. This state-of-the-art cleaning product applies aqueous ozone technology, which disinfects all types of surfaces and objects in a climate-friendly way and has passed all texts in inactivating COVID-19.
With its beautiful interiors and superb waterfront location at the very heart of Stockholm, the Grand Hôtel has been home to international celebrities, prestigious events and discerning bon-vivants since 1874. The hotel houses the stylish Cadier Bar, Mathias Dahlgren’s award-winning restaurants and the classic Veranda, all offering spectacular views of the Royal Palace and world-class food and drink. The Grand Hôtel also boasts relaxing saunas, steam baths, and refreshing plunge pools at Nordic Spa & Fitness. The Grand Hôtel is owned by Investor AB via The Grand Group.