Talk about the best of all worlds: the Nobis has Swedish interiors, Italian food and an American bartender mixing cocktails in the Gold Bar. All this, plus pitch-perfect service and a location on a square in the heart of town have made it the must-stay hotel for both business travellers (the elegant meeting rooms are a legacy from the building's days as a bank) and tourists (it's an easy stroll to the old town and NK department store). As they did at the nearby Hotel Skeppsholmen, the owners deployed one of Scandinavia's coolest design firms, Claesson Koivisto Rune, to create the interiors. Despite having to work around preservation rules so stringent they were not permitted to polish the vintage doorknobs in the 19th-century buildings, the firm created something utterly modern. Grey beige-brown bedrooms are calm and cosy, with bright-white marble bathrooms featuring trendy Byredo products. There are a couple of design stumbles: odd perforated manhole covers on the bathroom basins that splash water all over the place, and plastic bedside tables with domed tops so your water glass slides off in the night. However, dinner at the restaurant, Caina, is superb. And be sure to admire Octopussy, a stunning, seven-metre-long lighting sculpture hanging in the lounge that resembles a deep-sea creature. Covered with a thousand pieces of Orrefors crystal, it's a suitably sparkly centrepiece for Stockholm's most glittering hotel.
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