• Stockholm

    3 aktiviteter för den ultimata möhippan

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    För några helger sen var jag (Sheida) & Yasmin på vår barndomskompis möhippa som även Yasmin var med och organiserade. Wow så lyckat det blev! Vi har märkt att många frågat om tips till kommande möhippor så vi tänkte dela med oss av tre utav våra bästa aktiviteter för den ultimata möhippan i Stockholm:

    1. Spa & takpools-häng på Clarion Sign

    Efter det klassiska kidnappningsmomentet på morgonen följt av champagnefrukost, Kahootquiz om bruden samt uppdrag längs vägen, var det det dags för dagens första stopp: en härlig spastund på Clarion Sign. Vi bokade deras färdiga “möhippepaket” där man, förutom att få njuta i deras uppvärmda takpool med ett glas mousserande, även får tillgång till bastu, relaxavdelning och en hotellsvit med frukttallrik och dryck. Vi hade tillgång till rummet i tre timmar och började vistelsen med att byta om till badkläder, skåla och lyssna till ett tal av brudens mamma som överraskade sin dotter med att dyka upp på hotellet.

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    Bruden med sina brudtärnor, Yasmin längst till höger.

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    I hotellrummet väntade allas morgonrockar, tofflor, frukttallrik och bubbel.

    Möhippepaket på Clarion:

    – Entré till Selma City Spa med tillgång till uppvärmd pool, relaxavdelning, bastu, samt lån av badrock, handduk och tofflor.
    – Privat hotellrum i 3 timmar.
    – Ett glas mousserande per person.
    Pris: 695 kr per person

    Vi köpte även till:
    – Exotiskt fruktfat i rummet: 250 kr
    – 1 timmes massage till bruden.

    Paketen gäller för minimum 5 personer och tillgång till spa under 3 timmar.

    2. Förfest på hotellsvit, Scandic Anglais

    Det perfekta mellanstoppet innan middag & utgång är en förfest på Scandic Anglais som ligger perfekt beläget mitt på Stureplan. Att ha ett ställe att mellanlanda på, byta om och ta ett glas är en riktig partyhöjare och något som vi inte kan rekommendera nog! Så medan resten av tjejerna var på spa, skyndade jag (Sheida) till Scandic Anglais för att ställa iordning hotellrummet med ballonger, tårta, cupcakes och maskeradutstyrslar som brudens syster hade förberett i diverse resväskor. Teamwork!

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    Att hyra en svit är inte bara kul för hela gruppen under möhippan – bruden + 1 vän kan även sova där och äta frukost dagen efter. Det blir det perfekta avslutet på en intensiv dag/kväll!

    Vill dock påpeka att sviterna på Scandic Anglais har väldigt olika standard, så till nästa gång hade vi önskat att man får veta vilken svit man får redan vid bokning. Vi har tidigare hyrt “eventsviten” på Scandic Anglais (rum: 707, tips!) som har en enorm terass och sjukt snygg penthouse-inredning. Den går faktiskt inte ens att jämföra med deras andra sviter och det är lite märkligt att priserna är detsamma. Från början fick vi ett annat rum än den som syns på bilderna, men jag sade till personalen och fick då byta till det här rummet som inte hade någon terrass, men bra utsikt över Stureplan och helt ok inredning. Inget går dock att jämföra med eventsviten!


    Scandic Anglais

    Adress: 
    Humlegårdsgatan 23, 102 44 Stockholm
    Tel:08-517 340 00

     

    3. Middag + drinkbord på Kasai

    Efter att ha burit bruden från hotellet i en Marokansk tron (!) med lite hjälp av några tappra bröder & pojkvänner var det sista stoppet på möhippan en festlig middag med show och dans på Kasais middagsklubb Ochaya. Skillnaden mellan Kasais vanliga restaurangdel och Oschaya en trappa ner är underhållningen – medan du äter ackompanjeras du av allt ifrån fiolspelande varelser, DJ’s, akrobater och sjömonster! Vi vill ge Kasai pluspoäng för att så bra engagera alla brudar (det var tre möhippegäng bland middagsgästerna denna kväll) i allt från dans till att få bära ut shotbrickor till bröllopsmarsch-musik. Så uppskattat och roligt!

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    Stanna kvar efter middagen och ha drinkbord och dansa i sofforna tills kl slår 02:00 och fötterna inte orkar mer.

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    Kasai 
    Adress: Linnégatan 18, 114 47 Stockholm
    Tel: 08-442 89 00
    Pris: Middag: ca 600 kr/pers exklusive dryck. Drinkbord minimispendering 500 kr/person
    Reservera i god tid innan! Det kan vara fullbokat flera månader i förväg!

  • hobbit hotel stockholm
    Europe,  Hotels,  Stockholm

    Grand tour of Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel

    Fredrik Sandell, the owner of Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel

    Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel has opened – and it’s located in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm suburb Nacka, 15-20-minute drive from the city center. You can now spend the night in a replica of the Frodo and Bilbo Baggins-house, and experience the magical Hobbiton setting IRL. We are Nodes got a grand tour of the 1- room Bed and Breakfast, so join us as we interview the Hobbit Hotel owner, try on the precious ring (!), and learn about hobbit breakfast habits.

    Even though we had seen pictures of the Hobbit hotel before we visited, we both were surprised about the striking resemblance when we arrived. It’s almost unreal to see a full-scale replica of the Baggins house in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm. They opened only a month ago, but the Bed and Breakfast has already been featured in Swedish local TV (Nyhetsmorgon) and newspapers. And – to the owner Fredrik Sandell’s big surprise – without any real marketing efforts from their side, visitors from all over the world have started to find their way to Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel. “We had Germans visiting yesterday, and an English couple the week before. I want this to become an international tourist attraction.”

    hobbit hotel swedenWe were super happy to be among the first ones to visit Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel 

    Entrepreneurial Lord of the Rings fan

    During the time we were visiting, several neighbors stopped by for a chat, and an upcoming guest that had reserved the room for her parents, walked by to say hi and check out the 1-room building. “The interest from neighbours and people walking by has been huge”, Fredrik explains. And we can clearly see why – the hotel is extremely welcoming, and not only because of its extraordinary exterior and interior, but also because of its owner and founder; Fredrik Sandell. He’s a true entrepreneur who has a impressive amount of energy and passion for his project(s). Besides the Hobbit Hotel, he has a full-time job, runs two cafés and trains two soccer teams.

    Our first question was of course excatly HOW big of a Lord of the Rings-nerd he is? Fredrik laughs, he has heard the same question many times before. “I wouldn’t describe myself as a hardcore Lord of the ring-fan… Although I have read the books twice, and I stood in line from 4 am to get in to the movie premieres.”

    Don’t forget to check out our new vlog from HobbitStockholm!

    How it started

    Originally, the idea was to build a small apartment for their daughters to stay in when they got older, but the idea quickly evolved to become something bigger – and with time, the Hobbit Hotel was ready to welcome its first guests. However, it took almost 8 months to even get the permit to build the house. At first, Fredrik considered doing only the exterior inspired by the Baggins house, but when he mentioned the idea to his friends, he could tell by their ecstatic reaction that he should go all in with the Hobbit concept. And we’re lucky he did, because the interest for extraordinary and genuine travel experiences is just growing, and we’re confident that the Hobbit Hotel is going to be a huge success!

    Facilitates

    Fredrik has planned and designed the hotel, which has got underfloor heating, a fridge and freezer, toilet, running water – everything one could need for a comfortable stay. Visitors can try on the “Precious ring” (if they dare),  and Fredrik has geared up with plenty of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings video material for the dedicated fans.

    hobbit hotel swedenhobbit hotel swedenhobbit hotel swedenYasmin tried the Hairy Hobbit slippers and pictured herself as a Baggins…

    The ultimate Lord of the Rings experience

    Here’s how Fredrik recommends his visitors to experience the hotel in the best way possible:

    “You come here to unwind, preferably after a full packed day in Stockholm city. You arrive at the Hobbit house, sit down in the patio and pour up a drink (prepared in the fridge) and relax for a while. Later, you out for dinner somewhere nearby, come back home, light the fire and watch Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies as long as you are awake… There are 18 hours of video material! When you wake up the next day, it’s time for breakfast number 1. As you know, hobbits eat two breakfasts, so after the first round, you can take a stroll  around the area or go for a swim, and then it’s time for breakfast nr 2, which consists waffles.”

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    So, for any of our international readers or local followers, make sure to take your Stockholm visit or staycation to a new level! We want to thank Fredrik for the grand tour of the Hobbit house, and we look forward to following him in the future – something tells us this is not the last project he will launch that will take the travel community with storm!

    Practical Information

    How many can stay in the room: Double bed for 2 persons, plus extra mattresses (maxium of 4 persons)
    How to get there: You can take plenty of different buses (409, 471, 414) from Slussen. Jump off at Nacka Forum, and take a short 5-10 minute walk to the house.
    Address: Lillängsvägen 91, 131 41 Nacka
    Price: From 2000 SEK (200 euro) and up.

    Read more about the rates and practical information on their official website: http://www.hobbitstockholm.se/

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  • Stockholm,  Uncategorized

    A Swedish Summer Dream: Vaxholm Hembygdsgårds Café

    Written by Sheida

    Stockholm has shown itself from its best side this weekend. 26 degrees, sunshine and a clear blue sky. And while one half of We are Nodes (Yasmin) is in Palma (stay tuned for an updated Palma-guide) I, Sheida, have enjoyed the Swedish summer in the archipelago.

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    The best place for a Swedish “fika”

    Long summer luncheons by the sea are quite hard to beat, and one of our favourite places is Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café which is beautifully situated on a small peninsula. Here you will find all sorts of traditional Swedish dishes like cold-roasted salmon with dill stewed potatoes, smoked shrimps and the classic “shrimp sandwich” (in Swedish: räkmacka). Not to even mention the amazing desert buffet with cookies and pastries!

    This is the perfect spot for a rosé lunch or a after beach waffle + coffee (there’s a little beach just next to the café if you want to go for a swim!) Well worth a visit!

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    Today’s lunch: Chèvre Chaud with a cooling glass of lemonade, and lots and lots of shrimps with aioli.
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    … and the amazing desert buffet!

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    Adress: Trädgårdsgatan 19, 185 32 Vaxholm
    Phone: 08-541 319 80
    Open: Weekends in May, everyday from June 1- Middle of September
    How to get here: You can easily take the ferry from Stockholm City in no less than 1 hour.

     

  • Europe,  Restaurants

    Stocholm Guide: Welcome to Paraden!

    Written by: Sheida

    Welcome to Paraden, Bockholmengruppen’s latest addition of restaurants, located at the corner of Valhallavägen and Erik Dahlbergsgatan at Karlaplan in Stockholm. Since I (Sheida) live just a stones throw away, I have walked past this newly opened (and hyped!) local joint several times, and last Sunday I finally went there for brunch. 

    You can tell that the locals are happy that Paraden is finally up and running, because every time I have walked past this otherwise so quiet street, it has been busier than usual. On Thursday, when I walked home from work, I thought they were hosting an event of some sort, since there were so many people hanging outside the restaurant.
    I was wrong. It was just the after work that was in full swing!

    Old movie theater

    The owners of Paraden, Bockholmengruppen, also stand behind the popular restaurants Nybrogatan 38, Nytorget 6 and Österlånggatan 17, so you will find a lot of similarities in both the interior and the menu – even if each restaurant has its own twist. Paraden’s concept is actually pretty cool. It’s built inside an old movie theater from 1932 and has kept a lot of details that will remind you of its history. The theater seating behind me (in the picture above) is just an example.

    This morning, I went for a classic Egg Royale with smoked salmon, spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a cappuccino and I was good to go!
    Egg Royale: 145 SEK, Juice 45 SEK.

    Even though Karlaplan is a part of central Stockholm, this particular area is very quiet and can’t exactly brag with a wide and good selection of restaurants and places to hang out on.  Paraden is therefore a welcomed addition, and I can really recommend it for a cosy dinner or a date.
    Adress: Valhallavägen 147
    Reservations: 08 660 33 55 or 
    paraden@bockholmengruppen.com

    Opening hours: Mon-Thur 07:30-23:00, Weekends 10:00-01:00

  • Rollers n Bowlers We are Nodes
    Europe

    Date Night at Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge, Stockholm

    Written by Yasmin

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    Take the commuter train about 20 minutes from Stockholm city, and walk right into an American diner. What makes Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge Centrum so unique is not necessarily the diner itself, but their bowling alley and roller skating rink which makes the venue optimal for a full-blown American teenage date night  (at least the setup we are used to seeing in movies).

    My boyfriend and I decided to go for the traditional American date night experience a couple of weeks ago, and started off our visit at Rolles n Bowlers with burgers and shakes in the restaurant. Later, we head over to the rink to show off our roller skating “skills”. Even though I figure skated as a child, I can’t claim that my performance in the rink was something to be proud of,. However, the loud music and disco lights made the experience so much more fun (and sweaty) than I ever expected!

    Rollers n Bowlers We are NodesRollers n Bowlers We are Nodes StockholmThe restaurant was nicely decorated and seemed to be popular amongst children, teens and older people. The Oreo-milkshake was great but the food is slightly overpriced in comparison to its taste. 

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    More information
    Price: 130 SEK (roller skating) for 1 hour on weekends
    Website: http://www.rollersnbowlers.se/
    Location: Haninge Centrum
    Address: Runstensvägen 1, 13646, Handen
    Opening hours:
    Monday : 10.00 – 21.00
    Tuesday – Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00
    FrIday- Saturday : 10.00 – 01.00
    Sunday: 11.00 – 21.00

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  • Europe,  Restaurants

    Elegant Breakfast at Gretas in Haymarket by Scandic, Stockholm

    Written by Yasmin

    The opening of Haymarket by Scandic in Stockholm really made a splash in media. The renovation of the former department store PUB-huset was finished in May 2016, and when the doors finally opened, the public was welcomed to a brand new hotel with several cafés and restaurants in exquisite taste.

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    So close, but yet so far away…

    Recognize the feeling of having a special spot you walk by in your everyday life and never have the time to enter? Gretas, one of Haymarket by Scandic’s cafés, influenced by the 1920’s and decorated in pink colours in a glamorous setting, is THAT place for Sheida. So, once it was time for our “sister conference/ We are Nodes-planning”, she insisted that we should pick Gretas as our location for the day. Said and done, we were there a little before 9 on a Sunday morning (their opening hours is from 9 am on weekends, and 7.30 am on weekdays).

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    New favorite spot

    And here’s the verdict: There’s really nothing you can complain over at Gretas. We liked it all; Friendly staff, the well made and filling sandwiches that live up to their prices, the COFFEE, but most of all we enjoyed the the calm and elegant vibe. The central part of Stockholm has (in our opinion), always lacked a great café and breakfast spot, but enter Gretas – our new favorite breakfast place!Gretas Scandic Haymarket We are Nodes Toast on rye with Avocado with egg from Gotland “65” and cream cheese for 85 SEKToast on rye with Salmon and horseradish for 85 SEK

    It’s Champagne o’clock

    Once the clock starts being lunch time, more and more people find their way to Gretas, which is maybe why we prefer the early hours there (not sure if it’s a introvert trait or something…). However, before rounding off, we ordered in a glass of Champagne (140 SEK) to celebrate multiple personal victories (and also Sheida’s upcoming birthday!).

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    Breakfasts is our favorite meal of the day, so we’d love to hear about your breakfast spots in Stockholm! Where do you normally go out to eat breakfast?

    Want more Stockholm tips? Read our Stockholm guide here. 

    Gretas, Haymarket by Scandic

    Opening hours
    Cafe: Mon-Thu 07:00-20:00
    Fri 07:00-22:00
    Sat 09:00-22:00
    Sun 09:00-18:00
    Address: Hötorget 13-15
    111 57 Stockholm
    Contact info: Phone+46 8 517 26 700, Email: haymarket@scandichotels.com
    Website: https://www.scandichotels.com/hotels/sweden/stockholm/haymarket-by-scandic/restaurant-bar/gretas

  • Destinations,  Europe

    A Burlesque Dinner at Melt Bar, Stockholm

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, Burlesque

    I (Sheida) was surprised that I hadn’t heard of Melt Bar until a friend of mine made dinner reservations there one Friday night a couple of weeks ago. Dinner accompanied with burlesque and jazz performances, in the middle of Stockholm certainly sounded like a refreshing idea instead of the typical dinner out with friends.

    Golden Twenties

    The 1920’s restaurant and bar inspired by the prohibition New York, is suitably located at the infamous Malmskillnadsgatan 45 in Stockholm – and it really lives up to its expectations! As soon as I entered the restaurant, it felt like being thrown back to the happy 20’s again, the golden age of burlesque.

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    After hanging in my coat and being seated, we started off our evening by ordering Melt Bar’s famous ‘Punch in Crystal’. It is perfect for sharing and therefore a a great option for a larger company. The drink is presented in a lovely diamond cut punch bowl and served in porcelain teacups. We chose to start with a drink called ‘Obsession’ while waiting for our appetizers.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueMelt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueObssession – a mixture of passion fruit, lemon, rum and bubbles (price: 149 pp).

    Inspired by the prohibition era in NYC

    Since the theme of Melt Bar is the prohibition era in New York, where alcohol was forbidden (but didn’t stop a great party – as stated on Melt Bar’s website) many of the drinks have a fun touch that will make your dinner experience something out of the ordinary. What about drinking beer in paper bags? Or champagne in teacups? Or having a shot of absinthe? All while enjoying live entertainment (jugglers, dancers, jazz musicians and of course burlesque) throughout the dinner. You don’t necessarily come to Melt Bar for the food – you come here for the good vibe. To experience something different. And we weren’t disappointed.

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    Pop-up Entertainment

    After dinner, some complimentary chocolate truffles and yet another Crystal punch bowl (this time we tried ‘Bootlegger’ consisting of cucumber, apple, lemon, elderflower, mint and gin), we headed downstairs were the show continued. Every Friday and Saturday evening, Melt Bar has some of Sweden’s best burlesque dancers, jazz singers, magicians and dancers performing until 1 a.m. It surely will be a night to remember and We are Nodes definitely recommends you to go! After all, a little party never killed nobody.

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    Adress: Malmskillnadsgatan 45, Hötorget
    Website: www.meltbar.se
    Tel: 08-644 67 60
    E-mail: delicious@meltbar.se


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  • Europe

    Stockholm tips: Stockholm’s best coffee served by the ‘Epic Coffee Man’ in Hötorgshallen

    Some while ago, we started to hear rumors about the ‘Epic Coffee Man’ and decided to look him up. His real name is Andreas and he is the owner of Himalayas coffee bar, located in Hötorgshallen, a market hall full of restaurants and stalls with fresh meat, fish, cheese and other delicacies. Himalaya Coffee Bar opened 2012, after the big renovation of Hötorgshallen, and is a blessing to all coffee enthusiasts!

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    Brilliant customer service

    It does not take long to understand why Andreas’ good reputation is spreading. Despite long queues, the owner does his best to share knowledge about coffee beans and methods with all of his customers. His passionate and friendly customer service, making you walk away from the counter with a smile, is something you rarely run across in Stockholm.

    we-are-nodes-stockholm-best-coffee-himalaya-coffee-bar-9 we-are-nodes-stockholm-best-coffee-himalaya-coffee-barAndreas is teaching us more about the V60-method while brewing an organic coffee from Ethiopia.

    “High quality coffee comes with a price,” Andreas explains. “Sometime people ask why some coffee beans are so expensive, when they should ask themselves why others are so cheap. The answer is simple: They are not as good. ”

    Skip the Takeaway

    Most Himalaya Coffee Bar-customers order their coffee “to go”. However, if you are not in a hurry, we would advise you to skip the takeaway, and sip on your freshly made coffee at the counter desk instead, while soaking in the vibrant and international atmosphere in Hötorgshallen.
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    Recommends coffee bars in Berlin

    We ask Andreas where we can find the best coffee abroad. Here are his top 3 tips:
    1. Berlin has a lot of really good coffee bars. You will find the best coffee at The Barn, it is unbelievably good!
    2. The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen.
    3. I’m also a sucker for the laidback service in Italy, I continuously return to Rome and Florence. There, you can find high-end coffee almost everywhere.

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    Private coffee tastings

    Himalaya Coffee Bar offers private tastings for coffee entushiats who want to get a better understanding of the world of coffee. Contact Andreas to schedule a private tasting.

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    Himalaya Coffee Bar
    Opening hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 10.00-18.00
    Friday: 10.00-19.00
    Saturday: 10.00-16.00
    Sunday: Closed
    Address:
    Hötorgshallen,  11157 Stockholm. Metro station: Hötorget

    Website: http://www.hotorgshallen.se/handlare/cafe-restaurang/himalaya-espressobar
    Contact details: Phone: 0046-821 88 70. Email: himalaya.te.och.kaffe@gmail.com



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  • Europe,  Hotels,  Reviews

    A Private Tour of The Winery Hotel, Stockholm

    It’s July and the rain is pouring down. As usual, our umbrellas are left at home, so when we get off the bus stop at Järva Krog, we run the short distance to The Winery Hotel as fast as we can. Nearly out of breath, we step into a huge lobby, designed in industrial style with a raw warehouse feeling and magnificent ceiling height. The lobby with tables made of old wine barrels, stands out from all the hotels we have visited before. We are Nodes have been invited to The Winery Hotel to get a private tour by the hotel’s very own Jan Söder, Design and Concept Manager, and Moa Söder, Marketing Coordinator. Our guides for the day welcome us with big smiles.

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    Background

    The Winery Hotel felt like an exciting topic to write about for several reasons. The increasing curiosity and engagement around wine has created new ways to network and socialize through, for instance, dinners, wine tastings, wine tours and trips to different wineries. The Winery Hotel is therefore very timely. Wineries, a property where wine is produced, in combination with accommodation, food and drinks is already popular in big cities like New York and London. Now, the owner families of Winery Hotel (Söder and Ruhne) hope that the Swedes will jump on the trend too.

    Jan Söder has been the concept manager from day one. Together with Lina Östlund, he got the responsibility to create a design concept for the building inspired by the heart of the hotel; the winery. With inspiration from wineries and renowned concept hotels in New York, Jan began to formulate a vision for the hotel (some of his biggest source of inspirations was the New York City Winery, Red Hook Winery, Ace Hotel and Wythe Hotel). Jan and Lina also travelled to Tuscany and visited many different type of vineyards to get additional inspiration.

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    The location

    The urban winery/boutique hotel is located close to the bus stop Järva Krog in Solna, a suburb approximately 10 minutes from Stockholm. The location is strategic from several perspectives. Since the highway (E18/E4) where the airport shuttles stop is only a stone’s throw away, the Winery Hotel indirectly becomes an airport hotel. Rental rates are naturally lower than in the city center. Another reason for the location choice is the growth and development of Solna. The city was recently elected Super Municipality of Stockholm and is growing every day. Jan nods when we ask if the fast growth of Solna has something to do with the location choice:

    “We probably would not have chosen this location if we had not known everything that was planned for the area. Friends Arena was already built and we knew that Mall of Scandinavia and several big companies would move their headquarters to Solna. The hotel has now become a destination, you come here to take part of a whole experience.”

    Moa Söder agrees:

    ” The hotel packages that include guided tours, wine tastings and three-course dinners are very popular. Our impression is that people who come here really want to experience the whole concept.”

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    Working with concepts is Jan’s area of expertise. He created the concept for Nordic Light Hotel and Nordic C Hotel with the well-known ice bar. From experience, he knows that it takes about 1-2 years for a concept to “break through”. It took nearly five years for Nordic Light Hotel to be known as Stockholm’s first design hotel. Therefore, he is aware that it requires time and a great deal of patience before the word of Winery Hotel’s unique concept will reach a majority of the public. Despite their expected time frame, the hotel already has received a lot of attention and press coverage, both locally and internationally.

    The restaurant

    Jan and Moa show the way to the restaurant and it is noticeable how proud they both are of the venue. The same warehouse atmosphere that stroke us in the entrance is also apparent in the restaurant.

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    The restaurant can fit up to 140 guests. Additionally, there is a chambre séparée which is primarily used for wine tastings. The buffet table, where the breakfast is usually served, is the same place where the popular “Winemaker’s Dinners” are held.

    “Instead of people saying that they are going to AG, they will start saying that they are going to WK”, Jan smiles and continues the tour.

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    The hotel rooms

    Next stop on our tour is the hotel rooms. Our first thought when entering the room (a standard room of 20 m2) is the striking contrast between the industrial interior with colours from the nature and the heavily trafficked highway outside the building. We can see treetops and greenery emerge somewhere far behind the rushing cars. The window itself is framed by a New York-inspired brick wall. Urban meets Tuscany in its purest form. “It feels a bit surreal, right?” Jan says when he notices our reaction. “Like being on the countryside but with a city feeling.”

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    We curiously look around in the hotel room. The bathroom has white tile and fashionable gold taps. The closet in the hallway does not have any doors, a result of Winery’s own design in order to preserve their distinguishing interior style. Jan points at the mini-bar: “It is located at a good height. Usually mini-bars are hidden and placed very low, but ours are more visible which has been really profitable – we have increased sales a lot!” Jan does not seem bothered from sharing the best practices of the hotel, an entrepreneurial and modern attitude that we really like.

    “The industrial table-, floor- and bedside lamps are from a French company called Lamp Gras. There is an incredibly wide range of industrial lamps today, but these are of very high quality, which was important for us”, says Jan.

    It’s all about the details

    As we walk towards the meeting rooms, we point out how beautiful and carefully thought-out all the details in the hotel are, something even an untrained designer eye easily can notice. Jan lights up: “It’s not the first time we’ve been told that.”

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    He explains how the designer team spent hours on finishing the graphic profile and how time-consuming it has been to apply it to the entire hotel – as far as to material, color selection and fonts on the Do Not Disturb-sign. Jan talks about his passion for design in a joyful tone and claims he could talk about areas like radiators for ages. Speaking of heaters, Jan persistently opposed the radiators that were ordered to the hotel by Faberge. “They asked me if I could for once be happy with something they had chosen,” Jan laughs.

    However, it did not take us long to understand that Jan is not the type of person who backs down in a discussion about something he believes is important for the hotel experience. It is the same will power that, for instance, has made sure that the notebooks in the meeting rooms have printed wine stains on them as an extension of the hotel’s soul.

    We are excited to check out the meeting rooms, especially since Yasmin has a background in event planning and production. The Winery Hotel has chosen shutters instead of the classic blackout drapes and brick walls instead of the typical discreet light colors.  

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    “The chairs are from a brand called Offecct  that I did not really like because their design is so ‘corporate’. They have tried to sell their products to me for more than 10 years, but when I saw this chair I really got fond of it,” explains Jan when we test sit the chairs.

    The Winery – The heart of the hotel

    “Are you driving? No? Then you can have a glass of Winery Red!”, Jan proclaims as we are done with inspecting the meeting rooms. Our host and hostess leads us back to the winery. The hotel’s heart and pride. The same spot where the hotel’s wine is produced and where the popular 20-minute guided tours are arranged. The guided tours are always finished with a tasting of the hotel’s own wine; Winery Red. The really wine interested can add an in-depth wine tasting to their visits. At some occasions, the hotel fly in renowned winemakers from Italy to host their own ¨Winemaker’s Dinner¨ in the restaurant.

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    Visitors can also purchase an electronic card that can be topped off with the amount of their choice. The cards are later used to try different wines from the hotel’s ‘Vinotek, located on the ground floor. Guests can choose between a small sample, half or a whole glass.

    The hotel’s own Winery Red is sold as assortment order at Systembolaget for 179 SEK per bottle. The main grape in Tuscany is Sangiovese and it constitutes 80% of Winery Red. The remaining 20 percent consists of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape. “I think it’s pretty damn good,” says Jan with a smile and pours up two glasses for us.

    Travel Q & A with Jan and Moa:

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    What is your favorite weekend destination?
    Jan: New York, the city has everything when it comes to the areas I like; interior, design and atmosphere.
    Moa: I will go for Copenhagen, although it might be a boring answer. It is located on a convenient distance from Stockholm, but has a nicer and more relaxed atmosphere. Plus, many great restaurants!

    Where do you prefer to go on holiday in the sun?
    Moa: I recently discovered a new destination in India called Varkala, it is a surf town with nice and calm vibes. Those who previously traveled to Bali to surf and find it’s too much tourists there now are going to Varkala.
    Jan: I am absolutely crazy about Mallorca and a hotel called Esplendido in Puerto de Soller, 5-6 (Swedish) miles from Palma. (Read our Palma guide here.)

    The Winery Hotel
    Adress: Rosenborgsgatan 20, 169 74 Solna
    Website: http://www.thewineryhotel.se 
    Phone number: +46 (0) 8-14 60 00
    Booking: reservations@thewineryhotel.se

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    Have you been to The Winery Hotel or do you have any questions? Drop us a comment! We’d love to hear your thoughts!


    Want to know more about what to do and see in Stockholm? We have gathered all our previous blog posts about our beloved hometown. Read our Stockholm guide »

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    Our best Stockholm tips

    We want to take the opportunity to highlight a couple of our local favorites in Sweden’s beautiful capital Stockholm. We have gathered all our previous blog posts about our beloved hometown. If you want to know more about what you should do and see in Stockholm, this is a great place to start!

    Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel

    Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel has opened – and it’s located in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm suburb Nacka, 15-20-minute drive from the city center. You can now spend the night in a replica of the Frodo and Bilbo Baggins-house, and experience the magical Hobbiton setting IRL. Continue reading »

    Elegant breakfasts at Greatas in Scandic Haymarket

    Gretas, influenced by the 1920’s and decorated in pink colours in a glamorous setting, is one of our absolute favorite breakfast spots in Stockholm. Continue reading »

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    Restaurant Art on Döbelnsgatan, Stockholm

    This restaurant has it all! Great food for affordable prices, friendly staff, cool vibe and an entrance to die for (we don’t want to spoil too much, but the entrance alone is worth a visit).  Just reserve a table asap!
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    Burlesque dinner at Melt Bar, Stockholm

    How about dinner accompanied with burlesque and jazz performances? Every Friday and Saturday evening, Melt Bar has some of Sweden’s best burlesque dancers, jazz singers, magicians and dancers performing until 1 a.m. It’s the perfect dinner option if you are looking for something out of the ordinary. The 1920’s restaurant and bar inspired by the prohibition New York, is suitably located at the infamous Malmskillnadsgatan 45 in Stockholm – and it really lives up to its expectations! Continue reading »

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    Roller skating at Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge, Stockholm

    Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge Centrum offers an typical American diner, a cool bowling alley and roller skating rink which makes the venue optimal for a fun date night!
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    Stockholm’s best coffee in Hötorgshallen

    Stockholm’s best coffee is served by the ‘Epic Coffee Man’ in Hötorgshallen. His real name is Andreas and he is the owner of Himalayas coffee bar, located in Hötorgshallen, a market hall full of restaurants and stalls with fresh meat, fish, cheese and other delicacies. Despite long queues, the owner does his best to share knowledge about coffee beans and methods with all of his customers. His passionate and friendly customer service, making you walk away from the counter with a smile, is something you rarely run across in Stockholm. Continue reading »

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    Mini-getaway to the Stockholm Archipelago

    How amazing as the vibrant capital of Sweden can be, sometimes it is nice to leave the city pulse for a calm and relaxing weekend in the Stockholm Archipelago. We had a great fishing weekend at a charming red cottage in Mytting, known from the Swedish Elle Interior. It was the perfect weekend escape; offering both fishing, sauna and barbecue opportunities. Continue reading »

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    Hallwyl Museum in Östermalm, Stockholm

    The Hallwyl museum in Stockholm is more than a hotspot patio with a jam-packed outdoor seating during the summer. Behind the gates hides a unique and preserved building which belonged to a Swedish upper-class family from the turn of the century. We met the museum Director Heli Haapasalo and got a full tour of the museum! Continue reading »

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    Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café

    Traditional Swedish dishes and probably one of Stockholms best desert buffets… Vaxholm Hembygdsgårds Café is a real Swedish summer dream in the heart of Stockholm archipelago. Continue reading »

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    Winery Hotel – tastings and dinners for wine enthusiast!

    Wineries, a property where wine is produced, in combination with accommodation, food and drinks is already popular in big cities like New York and London. Now, the owner families of Winery hope that Swedes will jump on the trend too. We got a private tour of the winery (the hotel’s heart and pride), hotel rooms, restaurant and meeting rooms. Continue reading »

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    One last stop… ’Pontus in the Air’

    When you are about to leave Sweden, make sure your last stop in Stockholm is worth remembering. ‘Pontus in the Air’ is the latest addition to Pontus Frithiof’s collection of restaurants in Sweden. The restaurant is located at Arlanda Airport, terminal 5, and is probably among the better airport restaurants in Europe! We recommend the Market Breakfast Buffé för only 99 SEK (10,40 Euro) or the amazing Lobster Salad for lunch. It is also worth mentioning that ‘Pontus in the Air ‘ is one of three restaurants in Sweden who are official Krüg ambassadors. Continue reading »

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    Other Stockholm guides that we recommend

    Sandras Guide to Stockholm http://sandrabeijer.se/2015/03/20/sandras-guide-till-stockholm/