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Blique by Nobis

Gävlegatan 18, 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
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Blique by Nobis

Why we love it: heritage marries high-style in this trendy hotel, originally designed by the famous Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz

- A sauna and small cinema
- Sake and Korean shared plates at the spectacular rooftop bar
- Located where the emerging arts district Hagastaden meets mellow, largely residential Vasastan

The review: Set in Stockholm’s gallery district, Blique occupies a 1930s warehouse, designed by acclaimed architect Sigurd Lewerentz, creator of Functionalist masterworks such as the Malmö Opera House and the World Heritage Site Skogskyrkogården (aka the Woodland Cemetery). He’s known for simplicity, elegance and careful material choices, as well as deftly navigating between modern and historical elements. Long considered an under-recognized genius, Lewerentz (1885-1975) started attracting international attention again in 2012.

The space was reimagined into a 249-room contemporary hotel by Wingårdhs, a firm renowned for its “high organic” style. Here it allowed industrial elements to shine, such as concrete, steel and exposed metal pipework. Oak and leather bring in softening touches, along with velvet and wool fabrics. Nordic design dominates with Fogia Tiki sofas in the lobby and the classic CH47 chairs found in Boketto restaurant. But keep an eye out for pops of Italian flair too — including the couches and armchairs by De Padova — that salute the Roman heritage of the hotel’s owner Alessandro Catenacci.

Rooms range from sleep-focused ones without windows up to studios with kitchenettes. All rooms have Bed Factory mattresses, tufted wool carpets and amenities from the Swedish luxury brand Byredo.

Its subterranean restaurant, Boketto, focuses on Euro-Asian fare like Korean-style beef tartar with nashi pears and Bleek roe pizza. Meanwhile Arc Rooftop unfurls city-skyline views, while shaking up highballs and serving sake. Seafood and Korean shared plates rule there. Don’t miss the chili crab with fried Chinese bread and Sichuan-pepper fried ribeye steak. The Origo lobby bar doubles as a funky coworking space, and serves ramen, pizza and salad.