Bank Hotel, a signature hotel from Stockholm-based hospitality group Stureplansgruppen will open its doors on August 22. The exclusive boutique hotel on Nybroviken Quay is in the capital’s shopping, culture and entertainment district. Tip: The hotel will have views of Stockholm’s archipelago.
Originally built in 1910 and home to multiple banks before its recent transformation, the structure welcomes guests through stately bronze doors into its light-filled atrium lobby, with design touches inspired by Renaissance palaces.
The hotel has 115 hotel rooms, with many offering terraces, as well as a collection of bespoke restaurants and bars. Top Swedish interior stylists Ida Lauga and Lo Biurlf created the contemporary aesthetics throughout the rooms and suites, weaving in elements of Bank Hotel’s history. Guests may choose from multiple room types, from intimate rooms ideal for solo travelers, to the top suite, the Bank Extreme Terrace Suite; it has lofty ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a sheltered balcony running the full length of the suite and views of the city and waterways.
Classic touches are mixed with natural textures of stone and wood among neutral shades, while the bathrooms utilize marble and bronze. Toiletries are from Diptyque, and additional in-room amenities include plush terry bathrobes and slippers, a curated minibar, blackout curtains, HDTV with Chromecast, free Wi-Fi and discreetly integrated technology features.
Bank Hotel also provides round-the-clock room service and offers a fitness center, complete with a yoga section.
Food & Beverage
Stureplansgruppen tapped industry veteran Carolina Westerlund to oversee the food and beverage program, which includes six different concepts; guest and locals can begin their day with an à la carte breakfast in the renovated banking hall and round off their evening with a mixed cocktail on the roof terrace, with views of Djurgården.
Bonnie’s, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is a 94-seat dining room with Mediterranean coastal cuisine, situated on the main floor. At the helm of the kitchen is Head Chef Magnus Persson, who won a bronze medal in Sweden’s culinary competition, “Årets Kock Chef of the Year” (2017). The restaurant has atrium-style ceilings, black and white marbled checkered tile floors and emerald-green booths. The restaurant offers a trolley service, bespoke cocktails, a wine list and tea program. Bonnie’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Open daily, Sophie’s Bar is an all-day lounge, where locals and hotel guests can meet for a low-key supper and after-work drinks. The Papillon Bar is inspired by the original Bank Director’s personal office, sporting a lush carpet and mahogany walls. Situated on the top floors, with double terraces overlooking both the archipelago and city life, Rooftop and Chambre Separé features Asian inspired menus in a laid-back environment.
The hotel’s semi-private culinary spot, Chambre Separé, is found behind a discreet door. A winding staircase leads guests to the secluded bar on the ninth floor. The chamber seats twelve and has a private terrace, with 360-degree views.
Design & Decor
In the original structure, architect Thor Thorén merged art deco design with traditional stateliness to exude the atmosphere of a Renaissance palace, yet the formality of a banking institution. Guests enter through massive bronze doors into a lobby reminiscent of the building’s past, with a checkered marble floor and walls clad in mahogany wood, with a custom chandelier from Venice and floor-to-ceiling window.
Historical elements are preserved throughout the nine floors, while presenting them in a contemporary style, with plush furnishings, lush planters and contemporary Swedish artwork selected from up-and-coming Swedish artists from YoungArt. The Bank Hall restaurant, Bonnie’s, with its glass ceiling, includes turquoise stucco work of the original columns. The hotel’s bars also display curated art pieces.