Stockholm’s Lydmar Hotel: Scandinavian Chic

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Casual Luxury In A Waterfront Location

Ask any young and moneyed Swede where to stay in Stockholm, and the answer will likely be "Lydmar".  Lydmar Hotel is a classic example of Swedish sense of style, combining smart interiors with elegant touches like a grand piano unexpectedly located on the second floor landing.  The location is one of the best in the city; central to everything and right next door to the National Museum on Sodre Blaisieholmen, Lydmar offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit singles, couples, or those seeking larger accommodation.  Rooms and suites come in a variety of sizes depending on the configurations created in its historic building; even the smallest rooms are generous in size, comparable to at least mid-level rooms in other properties. 

Just behind Lydmar is Strandvagen, one of Stockholm’s most elegant residential streets

Lydmar also impresses with the clientele, a fun mix of people from all walks of life out for a good time.  The hotel seems to have attained that ideal but elusive balance of satisfaction among its business, leisure, local, and visiting guests to keep the kind of buzz a rent-a-crowd simply cannot deliver.  The welcoming lobby sets the tone right away, with big armchairs inviting visitors to linger over magazines or a cappuccino.  Lydmar’s restaurant is not tucked away down a corridor; the lobby flows right into it, as if walking from living room to dining room.  Just try getting a table here; the place is very popular for both lunch and dinner.  Some chefs in Sweden find it hard to match the creativity and flair of Swedish designers, but that is not the case at Lydmar.  The menu itself is a teaser of happy flavours to come, with succulent meat dishes set off with excellent sides, all of which is preceded by an eclectic array of hors d’oeuvres such as Russian Dolls (hot dates wrapped in bacon) and followed by scrumptious desserts.  The licorice mousse was amazing.  An outdoor terrace upstairs offers a refreshing setting for enjoying views across Stockholm’s harbour to the Royal Palace in the city’s Old Town.  Look behind the hotel for more water views to the elite Strand running along the water’s edge.  Stockholm’s nickname is Beauty On Water and it’s not hard to see why—neither is it hard to see why Lydmar Hotel earned a spot on Condé Nast’s Hot List for 2009; it’s just the kind of place CN adores.

Lydmar Hotel is located next to the outdoor sculptures of the National Museum

Lydmar is often a venue for art exhibits and live music performances to go with the style of the hotel.  Much of Lydmar’s pizzazz can be credited to Swedish style guru Jonas Andersson, who happens to be the hotel’s marketing director.  One of those people whose charisma enters the room before he does, Jonas is well known for his distinctive style and energy, both of which he graciously shares with the hotel.  The building’s original 75 rooms were converted into a mere 46, with big bathrooms to keep the big rooms company.

Lydmar’s eclectic furniture makes a statement in style

Those already familiar with Stockholm’s happening hotel scene may recall the previous incarnation of the Lydmar, located just off the upscale Birger Jarlsgatan shopping avenue.  That location was forced to close in 2005; the intervening time—and a whole lot of money—was spent looking for just the right place for a reincarnation to make a new Lydmar even better than its predecessor.  Who says money can’t buy happiness?

Stockholm’s Old Town is a picturesque trip into the past.

 

Source = Mr. eTraveller
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