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The 2023 hot list: the 10 best new hotels in Scandinavia and the Nordics

The list of all-new 2023 hotels in the Nordics

Do you want to know where to book a stay in Scandinavia and the Nordics, right now? Hotel aficionados want to know what’s new, what’s popular and where to go – and with a slew of highly anticipated debuts, there are more hotels to explore than ever before. We maintain a current list of all new hotels along the Nordics that are set to open in 2023, conveniently divided down month by month so you can see exactly when they opened. Here is the complete guide to the Nordic region’s newest, best and buzziest hotels, inns and guesthouses.

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December

15/12

The Hotel Maria

The Hotel Maria in Helsinki, conceived by Samppa Lajunen, an illustrious former Nordic combined skier and Olympic champion, stands as a testament to luxury and elegance. Located within four historic buildings, the hotel showcases a fusion of Finnish and American design. It features 117 rooms, including 38 suites, each a sanctuary of sophistication. The culinary experiences range from the French-inspired finesse of Lilja to the relaxed ambience of the Garden Terrace. Bar Maria adds a swish of sophistication with its curated cocktails and live music. At the heart of the hotel, the Maria Spa, rooted in Finnish wellness culture, offers bespoke treatments, exemplifying Lajunen’s commitment to excellence in every aspect of luxury hospitality​​​​​​.

The Hotel Maria
Mariankatu 23
Helsinki
Finland

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Photography courtesy of The Hotel Maria

November

Radisson Red Helsinki Finland hotel review
Radisson Red Helsinki Finland hotel review

5/11

Radisson Red Helsinki

Radisson Red Helsinki, a collaboration between Fyra design team and Anttinen Oiva Architects, brings a fresh narrative to Helsinki’s design scene. Situated at the edge of Kaisaniemi Park, this architectural gem marries nature’s tranquillity with urban flair. Its modernist exterior by Anttinen Oiva Architects is a standout feature, complemented by Fyra’s masterful interior design, blending Nordic elements with the Radisson Red brand’s global identity. The hotel’s raw elegance is balanced with warm, dark woods, creating an inviting atmosphere. Each guest room reflects this design ethos, offering a unique blend of style and functionality; this hotel is truly a fusion of bold architecture and understated Nordic elegance​​.

Radisson Red Helsinki
Vuorikatu 24
Helsinki
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Radisson Red Helsinki

Panorama Landscape Hotel Nilsiä Northern Savonia Finland hotel review

1/11

Panorama Landscape Hotel

Panorama Landscape Hotel, envisioned by the acclaimed Finnish architect Sami Rintala of Rintala Eggertsson Architects, redefines the essence of a serene retreat. Perched atop a hill in Eastern Finland, near the Tahko ski resort, this novel establishment invites guests into the heart of the Finnish forest. Ten cabins, each a masterpiece of design inspired by the local wildlife like bears, lynxes and wolves, offer a unique stay. The hotel’s approach to luxury is unorthodox yet compelling, trading opulence for a raw, immersive experience in nature. Its distinct character is further cemented by its environmentally sensitive construction, ensuring a minimal footprint on the surrounding natural beauty.

Read the full article on Panorama Landscape Hotel.

Panorama Landscape Hotel
Tahkomäentie 335
Nilsiä
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Rintala Eggertsson Architects and Panorama Landscape Hotel

October

Clarion Hotel Dranken Gothenburg Sweden hotel review
Clarion Hotel Dranken Gothenburg Sweden hotel review

1/10

Clarion Hotel Draken

Clarion Hotel Draken, soaring in Gothenburg‘s skyline, captures the essence of its dragon namesake with a blend of historic significance and contemporary flair. Opened in October 2023, this architectural marvel houses 474 rooms and suites, each crafted by the visionary Stylt Trampoli, evoking a vibrant and bold aesthetic. At its heart lies the revitalised Draken cinema, a cultural icon since 1956, now a pulsating centre for diverse experiences. Culinary delights abound at Heurlins, where sweet meets savoury amidst live music, and Brasserie Draken on the 33rd floor, offering breathtaking city views and exquisite fare. The hotel‘s spa, inspired by Japanese bathing culture and adorned with dragon motifs, provides a unique, rejuvenating retreat.

Clarion Hotel Draken
Olof Palmes plats 2
Gothenburg
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Erik Nissen Johansen and Clarion Hotel Draken

September

Noli Katajanokka II Helsinki Finland hotel review
Noli Katajanokka II Helsinki Finland hotel review

28/9

Noli Katajanokka II

In the heart of Helsinki, Noli Katajanokka II, a chic aparthotel housed in a revitalised 1929 warehouse, redefines urban hospitality. Its 226 studios, elegantly crafted by Studio Joanna Laajisto, span seven floors, each radiating contemporary style. The rooftop boasts a sauna and a terrace with captivating city views. Culinary adventures await with Mikko and Andrea’s Noli Icons Coffee, showcasing sustainable, Finnish-Colombian coffee expertise. The wine bar, managed by the discerning Czech connoisseur Radim, features select wines from boutique producers. This spot, steps away from Helsinki’s lively centre, merges luxury with the vibrancy of local culture, making it an unmissable destination for discerning travellers.

Noli Katajanokka II
Kanavakatu 3
Helsinki
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Studio Joanna Laajisto

July

Highland Base Selfoss Suðurland Iceland hotel stay
Highland Base Selfoss Suðurland Iceland hotel stay

1/7

Highland Base

Highland Base, a summer 2023 revelation by the Blue Lagoon hospitality group, manifests as a revolutionary retreat in Iceland’s untamed Ásgarður Valley. Straddling the line between rugged adventure and luxurious seclusion, Highland Base offers a unique blend of eco-conscious elegance and raw natural beauty. Masterminded by the creative synergy of Basalt Architects and Design Group Italia, its design ethos harmoniously intertwines with nature, adhering to BREEAM’s rigorous sustainability standards. The essence of this extraordinary destination lies in its ability to offer a diverse array of accommodation types, including the Highland Base Hotel with its mix of rooms, suites and luxury lodges, all embodying a cosy, minimalist charm that whispers a story of place, warmth and comfort.

Read the full article on Highland Base.

Highland Base
F347
Selfoss
Iceland

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Photography courtesy of Highland Base

June

Moxy Tromsø Troms og Finnmark Norway hotel stay

1/6

Moxy Tromsø

Step into the young Arctic playground of Moxy Tromsø, a beacon of cosmopolitan charm in the untamed wilderness of Northern Norway. Tromsø is a city that dances to the rhythm of the natural world – swathed in the spectral glow of the Northern Lights in winter and bathed in 24-hour sunlight during the summer months. Moxy Tromsø is a carefully curated blend of style, service and affordability, providing the discerning traveller with a gateway to the Arctic, without skimping on urban comforts.

Read the full article on Moxy Tromsø.

Moxy Tromsø
Huldervegen 2
Tromsø
Norway

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Photography courtesy of Moxy Tromsø

May

Hotel Sandsund Tempere Pirkanmaa Finland hotel stay
Hotel Sandsund Tempere Pirkanmaa Finland hotel stay

30/5

Hotel Sandsund

Hotel Sandsund, located in the verdant Herrainmäki area of Tampere, Finland, emerges as an embodiment of architectural renewal. This Art Nouveau marvel, sculpted by the legendary architect Birger Federley in 1912, stands as an emblem of times gone by. Previously the residence of the industrial elite, its contemporary transformation has been deftly orchestrated by Laura Tuomisto, Hilma Ryösä and the discerning touch of Nádor + Nádor Interior Architects. Combining Tampere’s rich cultural threads with modern allure, Sandsund offers travellers an immersive blend of history and contemporary luxury.

Read the full article on Hotel Sandsund.

Hotel Sandsund
Valumallinpolku 12
Tampere
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Unto Rautio

April

Villa Inkognito Oslo Norway hotel stay
Villa Inkognito Oslo Norway hotel stay

17/4

Villa Inkognito

Explore Villa Inkognito, a noteworthy addition to Oslo’s hospitality landscape, and the final element in the restoration of the eye-catching Art Deco hotel Sommerro. Offering privacy with its own separate entrance, this unique villa aims to provide a distinctive level of exclusivity in Norway’s capital. Developed by Petter A. Stordalen, founder of Nordic Choice Hotels and owner of Strawberry, Villa Inkognito presents customized experiences, historical surroundings and attentive personal service in an attempt to create a memorable stay for its guests.

Read the article on Villa Inkognito.

Villa Inkognito
Inkognitogata 37
Oslo
Norway

Photography courtesy of Francisco Nogueira and Villa Inkognito

February

The Bolder Forsand Rogaland Norway hotel stay

1/2

The Bolder

Few Nordic hotels can compete with the view from The Bolder, a unique retreat located on a cliff edge overlooking Lysefjorden in Norway. The complex is made up of two types of cabins – Star Lodges and Sky Lodges. Star Lodges were designed by Norwegian studio Snøhetta and homeware brand Vipp, while Sky Lodges were designed by Norgeshus. Commissioned by local developer Tom Bjarte Norland, the project is designed to immerse hikers in the nature surrounding the fjord. The cabins are scattered across the natural setting and elevated on large concrete pillars to reduce their impact on the site. The architecture and interiors of the Star Lodges are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings, featuring untreated red cedar for the cabin’s structure and cladding that greys with time, blending in with the rocky terrain. Sky Lodges offer an even more elevated experience and provide an even more panoramic view of the surroundings.

Read the article on The Bolder.

The Bolder
Forsand
Norway

Photography courtesy of The Bolder

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