Scandic hotels, which Scandic Grand Central is part of, is the largest hotel group in the Nordic countries with over 230 hotels under their belt. Like the name indicates, Scandic Grand Central is located in the heart of the Swedish capital with 391 rooms. Despite its size the hotel remains humble at heart with a boutique feel.
The beautiful building is placed on the corner of Stockholm’s two most tourist friendly streets – Kunsgatan and Vasagatan. This means you are a short walking distance from the Central station with access to trains, underground, buses and Arlanda Express (airport rail link), as well as all the cultural sights and nightlife.
Stockholm’s most prestigious architecture firm Koncept are behind the playful look of this hotel which includes large portraits of the cities well-known personalities decorating the walls. The hotel’s large windows make it an inviting space not only for those who are staying but also passersby who can drop in to enjoy a cup of coffee in the relaxing atmosphere.
The strong cultural link can be seen and felt throughout the hotel with lines from songs decorating the walls in the rooms. The rooms are a good size with clean Scandi look running throughout. The bathrooms are equipped with full size products from the high-end Swedish beauty brand Face Stockholm making your shower experience relaxing and one to look forward to. The suites look like a beautiful large Stockholm flat, giving you the feel of being in the comfort of your own apartment
Eating and drinking
The hotel restaurant Teaterbrasseriet offers a lunch buffet and dinner, serving famous Swedish dishes with a twist. You can enjoy creative cocktails and a good mix of music, played by a DJ in the upstairs bar Acoustic. Guests can catch live performances downstairs in the Bistron which is the Vasa theatre’s old café, now part of the hotel. It is also worth mentioning that until September 2015 you have the chance to eat at the hotel’s new outdoor patio called Little Italy. As you enter the courtyard the decor will have you feel as if you have left Sweden and entered a backstreet restaurant in Italy where you can try Italian classics as well as simple finger foods and beverages. This is one of those hotels worth visiting if only for the breakfast, with a cheese collection beyond anything you have experienced.
Placed in the cultural hub, you are walking distance to the main theatres and more notably the hotel’s next door neighbour Vasateatern (Vasa theatre) which is one of the oldest theatres in the country. It is reopening to public in 2016 in a joint venture with Scandic Grand Central where guests will be able to step right into the theatre from the ground floor bistro of the hotel. Scandic Grand Central is already knows for the great concert it hosts and now together with the theatre they can host even larger audiences for music, plays and dance shows.
Scandic Grand Central is a great and affordable option for anyone who wants to enjoy a break in the Swedish capital. Easy access to all the main spots makes this ideal for those who wish to skip public transportation and expensive taxi fares. The hotel is also great for larger groups with a fantastic staff at hand to help advise on the must see spots of the capital. The hotel also has fully equipped conference facilities making this perfect stay for business visitors too. Did we mention the great gym? The hotel’s bar is also a hot hangout spot on the weekend.
All images courtesy of Scandic Hotels.