Scandinavians know good design. Clean, simple, minimal and functional, the popular aesthetic has been sweeping the world one interior at a time. This week we put a spotlight on six hotels that are serving up both Scandi design and luxury lodging for today’s trend-conscious travellers.
Situated at the centre of the city within what was once Copenhagen’s Conservatory of Music, Nobis Hotel is the ultimate spot for design-savvy folk. Inimitable Scandi-chic design marries effortlessly with the building’s original features making for relaxing, contemporary spaces hidden away from the city bustle. The restaurant, NOI, flaunts a delectable menu of European-inspired dishes and the adjoining Marble Bar is the place to go for a good cocktail (or two).
Juvet Landscape Hotel
Scandinavian functionality and natural beauty collide at this rural retreat in Northwest Norway. Comprising nine detached rooms–or small cubes on stilts (as described by the architects Jensen & Skodvin)–Juvet Landscape Hotel nestles unobtrusively into the landscape of a protected nature reserve. Interiors are dark and subdued, and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure the natural surrounds take centre stage. There’s also a spa area, a 19th century farmhouse for events, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits.
Blique by Nobis
Beckoning those with an affinity for architecture, design and cuisine, Blique by Nobis is a creative haven in the up-and-coming district of Hagastaden, also known as the Stockholm gallery district. It features 249 guest rooms, two restaurants, meeting and event spaces, and a rooftop bar with sweeping city views. The interiors, by Gert Wingård, are industrial-chic, so expect a striking blend of concrete, leather, wood and steel.
When this stylish property opened its doors in 2018 it was labelled as Scandinavia’s first real luxury boutique hotel. Located in Copenhagen’s historic quarter and set across three refurbished townhouses, Hotel Sanders was conceptualised by former Danish ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin, and design duo Pernille Lind and Richy Almond of Lind + Almond. There are 54 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar; interiors mix mid-century design with grand theatre-inspired décor; and the service is tailored, personable and second-to-none.
Ett Hem, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, is your home away from home in the Swedish capital. Located in a quiet residential area the former private townhouse, which dates back to 1910, has been transformed to offer contemporary travellers at-home comforts and five-star service. Packed with personality and a refined curation of furnishings, guest rooms vary in size and include intimate double rooms, a suite with king-size bed and dining area, plus a one bedroom mezzanine suite split across two levels.
Amerikalinjen has been a welcome addition to Oslo’s boutique hotel scene since it opened earlier this year. Housed in the former headquarters of the Norwegian American Line, the fashionable haunt takes design cues from its seafaring history and blends it with the building’s original Neo-Baroque details. A formidable display of all things local, everything from the staff uniforms to the crockery in the restaurant and furnishings in the rooms are sourced from local suppliers.