Whether you are an active holidaymaker, seeking relaxation or a culture and design enthusiast, Northern Europe is sure to give you your money’s worth. The stunning variety of the Nordic countries is reflected in breathtaking volcanic landscapes, pristine nature, beautiful waters and vibrating metropolises offering attractive sights. Not just that, the Far North is also known for the excellent design shops and showrooms of renowned designers.
Today, we would like to present to you the most beautiful design hotels for your stay, where you can wander on the traces of the Nordic designs. The presented hotels are member of the Design Hotels AG. For bookings please visit the website www.designhotels.com.
Nobis Hotel Copenhagen (Denmark)
The Nobis Hotel in Copenhagen with its 75 rooms is located in a historical building erected on 5,400 square meter, which was originally a royal music conservatory. The Nobis Hotel is an excellent example of the Danish classicism blending wonderfully with the modern times. Architect Gert Wingårdh converted the building into a modern luxury hotel. The challenge lay in retaining the historical elements, accentuating the characteristic features and yet presenting them in a modern style. Original architectural elements such as the wooden and marble stairs have been retained and refurbished.
While the original decor dates back to 1903, Wingårdh has appreciated it using high quality materials such as marble, stone, wood and glass. He used a daring contrast of the varying styles, and took inspiration from Kloster Sainte Marie de La Tourette designed by Le Corbusier in the late 1950s. Even in the hotel restaurant, you will come across various design styles from the 20th century. In this restaurant, you will be served traditional Nordic dishes, combined with a modern, seasonal cuisine. The design of the spacious rooms and suites, all equipped with parquet flooring and high windows, is characterised by a mix of Swedish and Danish influence, and is maintained in calming green-blue shades.
Hotel Klaus K Helsinki (Finland)
In Helsinki, a building from the late 19th century houses Hotel Klaus K. It is inspired by the Finnish national epic Kalevala with its brave heroes, beautiful girls and evil powers. The original hotel was called “Klaus Kuki” and was one of the landmarks of Helsinki since many years. It was the vision of the renowned Finnish architects group SARC that transformed the hotel into a welcoming and venerable world full of brickwork and Nordic grandeur. Some of the leading architects involved in the project were Antti-Matti Siikala and Sarlotta Narjos, who were responsible for some of the most well-known architectural projects in Finland, including the Sanoma House and the city’s groundbreaking Kone building, among other things.
The interiors are inspired by the Finnish national painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Stylt Trampoli’s team rose to the challenge to design the Klaus K Hotel with sparkling walls, enchanting floors and rooms evoking emotions. Each of the 171 rooms has a unique theme, which reflects the most important emotional elements of the Kalevala: Desire, passion, mystique and envy. The building additionally houses a Renaissance-inspired ballroom. The three restaurants that stand out through their unique design, as well as a champagne bar ensure that the guests are well-cared for. The hotel’s own night club offers an excellent place for some evening entertainment.
Nobis Hotel Stockholm (Sweden)
Yet another Nobis Hotel, situated at the historical Norrmalmstorg square in Stockholm. This hotel presents a luxurious Scandinavian design to the guests of the city. An 800 m2 majestic lounge with the ceiling as high as 25 meters forms the heart of the hotel. It reminds you of a cathedral and is towered by two glass domes. The Swedish architecture firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, also known for its ingenious product designs, converted the 19th century building into a place full of grandeur, which appears modest and yet has a special vibe, which invites customers to stay.
The rooms are designed in grey and brown tones, and have high ceilings. The materials used, which include local woods, zinc and even rusty iron with beautiful patina, are said to reflect the history of the building. The hotel bar, decorated with golden walls and ceilings, is even more a luxurious experience! The Bistro is open throughout the day to welcome guests for small bites. And a new restaurant will open in mid March.
Hotel 101 Reykjavik (Iceland)
Groundbreaking in its design, Hotel 101 in Reykjavik is one of the first boutique design hotels in Iceland. The office building from the 1930s once housed the Icelandic Social Democratic Party. It is located right next to the Icelandic Opera House, and in the vicinity of the Icelandic Art Centre as well as the Reykjavik Art Museum. In the middle of the heart of the city centre of Reykjavik, this little gem represents the connection with the art world: Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir is the designer and owner of the 101 and the adjacent 101 Gallery. The public areas of the hotel are characterised by a clear line management, local works of art and the colours black, grey and white, which represent pure Nordic coolness.
You can continue to see this aspect in the rooms, but it blends with a rustic and cosy atmosphere, created due to the heated oak floors. The matt-black furniture stands out in contrast to the white Italian bed linen. And the freestanding bathtubs only seem to be waiting to be filled with geothermal water. The lounge has seating classics designed by Eero Saarinen, Piero Lissoni and Philippe Starck, which stand out particularly well in the warm light of the wood fire. The hotel bar, having a masculine touch, accommodates an innovative combination of Chinese painted tables, wooden blocks and Edwardian chairs. It stands out in contrast to the feminine vibe of the restaurant, where guests are seated on the iconic “EroS chairs” designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell.
For more tips for your visit to the Nordic cities we recommend our Red Dot Design App. We wish you an unforgettable stay marked by Nordic Designs.
And if you like to discover more design hotels we recommend to read our article design hotels around the world.
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Posted on 23.02.2018