From the outside, the two imposing and ornate 19th-century buildings on ritzy Norrmalmstorg that house the Nobis hotel look traditional and almost staid, promising classical opulence. They hardly seem the place that once housed the bank at the heart of the 1973 hostage crisis (from which the term “Stockholm syndrome” originates) nor do they bring to mind sultry and avant-garde decor by the likes of renowned Swedish design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune. And yet, both of these inform the identity of the Nobis, one of Stockholm’s first luxury design hotels and a new icon of contemporary Scandinavian style and hospitality. From the lobby lounge, whose colorful ceiling is meant to evoke a pixelated vision of a treetop canopy from below, to the inlaid wood that somehow complements the clean-lined decor of rooms, the Nobis feels modern and yet out of another time. Each restaurant and bar embodies a distinct style, channeling various international influences and attracting the city’s elite to acclaimed cuisine, inventive drinks, and a lively scene. At every turn, the Nobis defies expectations.
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Located in the heart of Stockholm, the Nobis presides over Norrmalmstorg, one of the city’s ritziest squares, and Berzelii Park, one of the city center’s many waterfront green spaces that come to life in summer. During the warmer months, the area is abuzz with activity, with festivals and live music in parks and along the water; even in the winter, the Kungsträdgården is popular for ice skating and cold-weather activities. Bordering the busy Norrmalm and hip Östermalm neighborhoods, the hotel is surrounded by high-end shopping and fine dining, including favorites such as seafood hot spot Wedholms Fisk and the designer boutiques along Biblioteksgatan. The city’s famous ferries also stop nearby, whisking guests around the city via its waterways.
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Rooms: 201 rooms, 10 suites. From $234. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With black-and-white checkered floors, columns, and leather booths, the iconic Caina restaurant takes its rustic Italian cuisine a step beyond. Its inspiration relies heavily on imported ingredients and the freshest of seasonal produce. The more modern Bistro, with its zinc bar and open kitchen, feels straight out of Italy, with its rich fragrances and lively atmosphere. Touted as “Stockholm’s living room,” the Lounge, at the heart of the hotel, is a sleek, cathedral-inspired vision of white and gray, where the city’s cognoscenti mingle at all hours. A stylized gold and black affair, the shimmering and sultry Gold Bar attracts discerning locals and hotel guests to its light bites and creative cocktails. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a well-equipped gym, as well as a sauna. No traditional spa, but in-room spa treatments can be arranged.
Who's it best for: Luxury lovers with a sense of style. Our favorite rooms: All rooms are similarly stylish and elegant, but the Corner Suites stand out for their panoramic views of the city’s rooftops, Norrmalmstorg, and Berzelii Park. Those staying in Corner Suites also get VIP access to the trendy Café Opera nightclub. For history buffs: Even if you’re not a fitness fiend, pop into the gym to see if you can find the marks in the floor where the police drilled into the subterranean bank vaults in the 1973 “Stockholm syndrome” hostage situation.