Hip Design Hotels: Nobis Steals the Show in Stockholm

Nobis Hotel, StockholmStockholm has its share of impressive design hotels. But ever since the Nobis Hotel debuted in December 2010, it’s hogged the spotlight. A member of Design Hotels, this downtown hot spot “is all clean Scandinavian lines, muted colors and modernist furnishings,” says Time Magazine. Days after opening, the Nobis was drawing the crowds of well-heeled locals, its trattoria packed every night and its happening lounge quickly becoming a social focal point for the city: “Stockholm’s new living room.” The New York Times T Magazine blog recently recommended this noteworthy newcomer for a stay in Stockholm-- along with a nightcap at its Golden Bar, "decked out in wall-to-wall gold mirrors."

The renovation of two 19th century stone buildings on Norrmalmstorg Square took two and half years. Swedish star architect studio Claesson Koivisto Rune designed contemporary interiors “influenced by the colors, moods and features of the Swedish Royal Capital,” to quote the official website. The 201 guest rooms have high ceilings, sleek custom décor, and Carrara-marble bathrooms. And services like high-speed Internet and video/music on-demand are free. As explained by The Globe and Mail, “Like most things Swedish, the Nobis puts functionality and community before high design.” Needless to say, the Nobis recently landed a spot on Travel + Leisure’s “It List” of the hottest new hotels of 2011.

Note: There's also a gym, sauna/steam room, and iPads are available at the front desk for guests to borrow.