Past the lobby and reception desk is a magnificent lounge with 28-metre ceilings. Dubbed ‘Stockholm’s living room’, the space is furnished with an eclectic mix of sofas, armchairs and tables to create space to convene and hang out. Next to it is the striking Gold Bar which, as the name implies, offers a warm, kaleidoscopic atmosphere. Bino, the hotel’s street-level bistro, is a popular lunch spot in the summer months when it opens up onto the square. The low-lit subterranean restaurant Noi, designed by Swedish firm Wingårdhs, presents a menu that draws on gastronomic influences from all over Europe.
Norrmalm is the central borough of Stockholm. Peppered with parks, waterways and an island, this neighbourhood shows off the city’s ritzy side through theatres, museums and glorious plazas. Norrmalm has some excellent places to stay, great shopping, some very good restaurants and a couple of must-visit museums – not least Nationalmuseum, which was re-inaugurated in 2018, and Hallwylska Museet, an incredible inner-city palace that remains virtually untouched since the late 1800s.