The Nordic Nomad

Skellefteå, Sweden

The Wood Hotel

What’s the hotel in a nutshell?

In an attempt to curb the depopulation of the northern Swedish city Skellefteå, its inhabitants came up with the idea to create Sara Kulturhus – a new landmark and epicentre for art, culture and literature designed by White Arkitekter. The 20-storey building, one of the world’s tallest buildings constructed in wood, also houses The Wood Hotel, designed as a tribute to the city’s history of forestry and timber construction.

What are the rooms like?

The Wood Hotel’s 205 rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the city of Skellefteå and the landscape beyond. With decidedly Scandinavian interiors, the decor gives a mountain-cabin-meets-minimalist-sanctuary vibe with crisp white bed linen, wood and leather headboards and stylish floor-to-ceiling curtains.

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What else?

Considering the fact that Skellefteå has an inner-city population of no more than 33,000, ambitions are sky high at The Wood Hotel, which has set its aim to become one of the region’s destination hotels. On the ground floor, Paolo’s serves us a carb-heavy, Med-inspired meal while restaurant Mandel, on the fourth floor, is Sami-inspired and focuses on local produce. On the 19th floor, Tomas Sandell-designed restaurant Miss Voon seduces with Asian flavours and its panoramic sky bar. Vana Spa, on the 20th floor, is designed by interior architect Per Öberg and features a year-round heated outdoor pool, three saunas, two treatment rooms and a lounge area. The building also houses a museum, several galleries, a theatre, a concert stage and Skellefteå’s new city library.

What’s the region like?

Västerbotten, a dynamic slice of Sweden’s northern expanse, juxtaposes urban sophistication with untouched wilderness. Its major cities, Umeå and Skellefteå, buzz with cultural vibrancy, playing host to rich Sami traditions and cutting-edge design museums. Venture further and the landscape unravels into dense forests, rapid rivers and the breathtaking Kvarken Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site. But, it’s not just nature that draws admirers; the region’s distinct Västerbotten cheese, an age-old delicacy, is famed far beyond Swedish borders. With midnight sun and dazzling Northern Lights captivating visitors throughout the year, Västerbotten offers a harmonious blend of tradition, innovation and natural splendour.

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The Wood Hotel
Torggatan 3
Skellefteå
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of The Wood Hotel

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The Wood Hotel
Torggatan 3
Skellefteå
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of The Wood Hotel

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