I'm not sure how to write this post without sounding grandiose. Last week I had a minor life-changing/affirming trip to Stockholm. I always had a feeling that I would like Sweden, I am drawn towards Scandinavian interior design and fashion - I can't get enough of the laid-back, relaxed style that retains warmth and comfort. So where to stay for a trip of a lifetime? I put it to the people of Instagram - and the overwhelming response was to stay at Scandic Grand Central. And we weren't disappointed. Part of the Nordic group Scandic, the hotel has all the benefits of a large reputable chain and all the atmosphere of a cool, ambient boutique hotel.
The hotel is located on the corner of Kungsgatan and Vasagatan - a lively area that feels like you could be in New York as much as Stockholm. Wide streets, tall, historic buildings and an indescribable buzz. As soon as we arrived, I felt like I had found my spiritual home.
Inside, it just got better... I was trying to take as many mental notes as possible - I want to redecorate our home in the sumptuous, playful luxury that Koncept has created. The decor feels fresh but sympathetically pays tribute to the hotel's history. The lovely Azize explained that the hotel was erected in 1885 and was known as The Lundberg Palace, after the renowned builder.
In addition to the 391 rooms, the hotel has a restaurant, café and acoustic bar. We arrived on Friday and the bar was alive with a hum of activity that lasted all weekend. There's a real buzz around the hotel, helped by the live music events throughout the week.
Scandic Grand Central is more than just a hotel - it is a meeting place for locals and music-lovers. The interiors were designed with a nod to the street culture and the 'downtown' feel of the area. There are quotes from songs on the walls, like inspirational quotes. On our floor, there was a snippet from the New Radicals - one of my Mom's favourite songs, so particularly pertinent. In our suite, there was a vinyl player which contains a selection of vinyl from the hotel manager's personal collection - a lovely personal touch.
Small details, such as the room numbers in the style of old-fashioned printing letterpresses and the carpet running throughout the hotel with the design of Stockholm's manhole covers, bring the building's history to life with a modern twist.
Now, our room. We've stayed at some nice hotels in our time, from Paris to Monaco and London (mainly because I'm prepared to fork out a month's wages to get a little taste of the high-life). This room was, without doubt, the most suited to our style and needs that we've ever stayed in. There's something about Scandic Grand Central that I can't quite put my finger on - it feels like staying at your cool friend's super-chic apartment, in a buzzing location in a new city. The decor is understated and chic, but keeps that sense of fun and being fresh. At no point does it feel like you're staying in just another room, which could easily happen when there are almost 400.
I left Scandic Grand Central with a bittersweet feeling; absolutely distraught to be going home - but delighted to have found a home from home for the next time we visit Stockholm.
We stayed at Scandic Grand Central FOC in exchange for an honest review