Why we love it: Forget Scandinavian minimalism. This new boutique hotel occupies a 1910 bank modeled off a lavish Renaissance palace and owns all the fabulousness!
- Weirdly refreshing aristo-opulence after all that sleek blonde wood
- Panoramic views of Stockholm from its rooftop terrace bar, Le Hibou
- Set in the chic Östermalm district, it’s convenient for museums, restaurants and high-end shopping
The review: Stockholm’s new Bank Hotel unapologetically celebrates its heritage as a commercial building designed to mimic an ornate palazzo. It leans into the old-school glamour, from bronze entry doors to mahogany-paneled walls. But the boutique property also brings in a fresh edge with an exhibition space in the old vaults. Art experts CFHILL have curated contemporary works, which often feature promising Swedish artists, along with world-renowned names like Scotland’s Albert Watson and Brit Annie Morris.
The 115 rooms start with the Elegant Essentials category: queen-sized beds with luxurious linens cradled by a soft, neutral décor with bespoke fabrics. Expect gracious touches like blackout curtains, rain showers and Chromecast-compatible high-def TVs. At the swankiest tier lie the Graceful Deluxe studios, which add high loft-style ceilings, floods of natural light and also a bespoke marble vanity in the spacious limestone-tiled bathrooms. Each room has robes and slippers, as well as a generous collection of diptyque Paris toiletries.
Guests stay well-watered at Bank Hotel with three bars, including the rooftop’s hip` Le Hibou. Its restaurant Bonnie’s salutes the infamous American bank-robbing lovebirds Bonnie and Clyde. Décor highlights include velvet chairs, vintage stucco and black-and-white-checkered marble flooring, all unfurling under six-foot-tall contemporary chandeliers. Start with a caviar and oyster brunch, then move onto sophisticated fare like veal tartar, chanterelle toast, halibut in puff pastry and reindeer with lingonberries. Finish with poached rhubarb or Comté cheese plate served with cloudberry marmalade.