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.
After years of struggles due to depopulation, the northeastern Swedish city of Skellefteå has turned over another leaf. Thanks to its past as a mining town, especially for gold, it was nicknamed Guldstaden – the city of gold. What makes the city shimmer in this day and age is its burgeoning restaurant scene and its focus on becoming a city of culture, art and sustainable living.