A Stockholm Favorite of Both Sinatra and Hepburn Gets a Second Life as a Designer’s Haven

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Just a short walk from Stockholm’s Old Town, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Strand Stockholm can be found occupying a rather large slice of bayfront real estate in the central neighborhood of Nybrokajen Bay. The hotel, known for its historic guestlist of A-list regulars—including Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, and Brigitte Bardot—has been a Stockholm landmark since its early days. Originally opened in 1912 to coincide with the Stockholm Olympics, the antique hotel’s walls are surely full of glamorous stories.

Recently, the hotel has added a new chapter in its book. Having undergone an extensive renovation and redesign by Swedish Architectural Studio, Wingårdhs, the hotel has become a Stockholm must-see for the design enthusiast and modern traveler—Hollywood walk of fame star, not required.

During the planning phases of the redesign, preserving the original details of the historic hotel while creating more inviting and functional spaces were the guiding principles.

“It has been important throughout the project to honor the infamous past whilst updating the property for modern use,” says Eva Kalling-Hansson, the general manager who has worked at the hotel for nine years.

Natural materials, mainly oak and walnut, as well as soft textures and rich colors characteristic to the hotel’s structures established a palette for the property’s redesign. Additionally, Wingårdhs developed a custom color, “Strand Grey”, which was used throughout the spaces. Classic pieces were incorporated in both communal areas and private rooms, such as the 2097 FLOS chandelier and the Fritz Hansen Swan chair, while existing furniture and fittings were refurbished to maintain as much of the hotel’s original character as possible. For additional charm, Radisson joined forces with a local firm, Young Art, who commissioned young artists and designers to showcase their paintings, photography, and various other mediums throughout the lobby, restaurant, rooms, and meeting spaces.

Another update to the property is a new stylish, 200-seat brasserie called The Strand, which serves distinctly Swedish cuisine. Chef Richard Williams and his team personally grow vegetables, herbs, and spices for food and drinks in a herb garden located on the roof of the hotel. Their gourmet dishes are presented to guests and locals alike while drinks are poured at two different bars — a larger one in the restaurant and another on the corner of the hotel, which is an inviting spot for locals for after-work drinks and private events. The restaurant and bars serve breakfast, brunch, dinner, and cocktails well into the night on long sofas and comfortable lounge chairs upholstered in rich-colored velvets.

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