Tuesday, October 12, 2010

HOTEL CHECK: Lydmar Hotel Stockholm

Art sets the tone. Lydmar lies beside National art gallery, between two waterways
Stockholm’s growing reputation as a cool-chic destination is partly due to hotels like Lydmar. Arty and playful, yet homely; luxurious and exclusive, yet understated, the hotel has won rave reviews for its ambience. But it also enjoys a fabulous setting facing water, boats, old town and Royal Palace.

So what is Lydmar’s secret? Owner Per (Pelle) Lydmar has followed his own tastes to create an atmosphere of home away from home.

“At home you mix old and new,” explains market & sales manager Emma Nordström – so that is what Pelle has done to make a homely, relaxed feeling in the grand old building. In the lobby is a lustrously purple Oriental mat –threadbare – along with ultra-modern white leather and brocade art nouveau. Haphazard piles of books invite reading. Art photographs, playful and provocative, adorn the walls, as if by impulse.

The lack of ostentation goes through to the naming of the 46 rooms. There are three room types. “Small”, “Medium”, “Large”, X-Large and then the Full Security Suite for world leaders and celebrities. The large room we saw was actually a suite, one of the medium rooms was really a junior suite, and the small room – simply chic.

The restaurant attracts the beautiful people and smart execs from town and elsewhere. In summer there are two outdoor terraces for food and cafĂ© life. But you have to be in the know … typical of its laid back style, the hotel has no sign outside…
Old and new, careless chic: Lydmar lobby

Lounge of “Large Room” no. 415: suite with views in 3 directions

Bedroom of “Large Room” no. 415: also has lounge, brownstone bathroom & guest toilet

Medium Room” no. 501, cosy attic style with views

Another “medium” room – L-shaped with sleeping and lounge areas

Small Room” no. 405: simple earthy chic

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