The Nordic Light Hotel
Absurdly comfortable beds and spectacular lighting spell a dream stay for our reader reviewer of the week, JC Tomlins
On a recent post-New Year’s break to Stockholm, my girlfriend and I stayed at the Nordic Light Hotel. Its sister hotel, the Nordic Sea stands bang opposite and houses the famous Ice Bar. Both hotels are adjacent to the central terminus for the Arlanda Express, which will whisk you from the airport into the centre of Stockholm in just 20 minutes.
The Nordic Light hotel itself is a perfect mix of Swedish cool and a modern contemporary style – something that you would not expect from its rather dour office block-like exterior. On entering the lobby, you’ll immediately notice that there is a lot of white: white walls, white tiled floor and white reception desk. However, this is complimented by the hotel’s chief selling point – its lighting.
The lobby is bathed in a continually changing display of colour as spotlights rotate through the spectrum, (all personally overseen by the hotel’s lighting director). And this extends to every room in the hotel, where the lighting effects can be individually programmed to create the ultimate setting for you and your loved one. Whether you want calm and relaxation or romance or whatever mood takes your fancy, at the twist of a dial by the bed, it’s yours.
The beds themselves are absurdly comfortable and clad in very high thread count white linen. There’s also a fully stocked bar and tea and coffee making facilities available. The bathroom was an equally stylish mix of white, black and grey but with face-cloths stating ‘hand me light.’ The shower was decent too. A full breakfast is included with the price of your room and served every morning from 7-11am and you can eat as much as you like. You can choose from a range of cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, cold meats, cheeses, juices, teas, coffees, egg, bacon, tomato and sausages – perfect fuel before braving the cold weather outside.
The hotel even provides a free shoe polish service for guests. Just hand your shoes in before you go to bed and they’ll be waiting outside your room the following morning. Be warned though, this is a five-star hotel and not cheap. We went in low season and booked throughwww.stockholmtown.com, which should offer you the best deals on a choice of rooms. Expect to pay upwards from £100 a night for the more superior rooms. The service was exemplary, however, and the locals we met at the hotel bar were incredibly friendly and very proud of their capital city. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves though and plan to return again this summer.
• The author of this review also won a copy of the Alastair Sawday guide to British Hotels, Inns and Other Places. For your chance to win.
The Nordic Light is a modern design hotel just 100 metres from the Arlanda Airport Express Train at Stockholm Central Station. It offers in-room light therapy and free internet access. All rooms at Nordic Light Hotel have air conditioning, a tea/coffee maker and a laptop-sized safe. The luxury beds are by Swedish brand, Hästens. Bathrooms include quality Temple Spa toiletries. The atmospheric Light Bar & Lounge offers Californian, Mexican and Asian cuisine. The cellar has one of the world’s largest collections of American wine. The trendy bar regularly offers live DJs. Leisure options include a sauna, gym and massage treatments. Nordic Light Hotel is within a few minutes’ walk of the main square, Sergels Torg, and the Drottninggatan shopping street.