With destinations including the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket) in idyllic Smaland, center of the na- tion’s glassmaking industry since 1742 and home to group-ready
venues such as the Kosta Boda glass works and Kosta
Boda Art Hotel, design is deep in the Swedish DNA.
Renowned for its lakes and forests, Smaland, in southern Sweden, is also
home to the year-round showrooms and other attractions of the Kingdom
of Furniture (Mobelriket). Synonymous with Swedish lifestyle, the design
sensibility also gives distinctive shape to the nation’s food, fashion and music
From lifestyle hotels and haute cuisine to cool couture and iconic interiors,
the Swedish scene is made to measure for memorable MICE moments—by
Sweden’s historic capital has savvy and style to spare—and stories to tell.
The 201-room Nobis Hotel, for instance, is housed in the former bank
where in 1973 a six-day robbery and hostage-taking is credited with producing the Stockholm Syndrome, in which hostages have sympathy for their
captors. A model of Nordic minimalist cool, the hotel offers five conference
rooms, the trattoria-style Caina restaurant and fabulous Gold Bar.
Close to Stockholm Central train station (directly linked to Stockholm
Arlanda Airport), the granite and glass Clarion Hotel Sign is Stockholm’s
largest hotel and a showcase of Swedish design. With 558 rooms and conference space for up to 1,220 delegates, the hotel is also home to the event-capable American Table Brasserie and Bar from Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised
celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.
The city’s culinary star keeps rising. At present, Stockholm boasts three two
Michelin-starred and six one Michelin-starred restaurants, with eight more
on Michelin’s highly recommended Bib Gourmand list.
At the waterfront Grand Hotel, from 1874, master chef Mathias Dahlgren
delivers his two Michelin-starred Matsalen, and in keeping with the practice
among leading Swedish chefs of creating a more casual counterpart (known as
bakficka, or “back-pocket”) to their high-end flagships, also his one Michelin-starred Matbaren.
Opened in 1787 as the cellar tavern of Stockholm’s original opera house, the
main dining room at Operakallaren (The Cellar of the Opera) is as ornately
center impresses with
and artful interiors
BY JEFF HEILMAN
Western Harbor, Malmo