So you have decided to visit Stockholm, the “Venice of the North”, but have yet to decide on where to stay? Do you want to stay somewhere trendy with a unique twist? Then you might want to check out Nordic C Hotel. Conveniently located opposite Stockholm Central Station, the hotel not only boasts a great location, it also offers cosy rooms as well as a rather unique bar.
Trendy rooms with unique theme
Be prepared for a warm welcome when you step into the hotel. The hotel has a large lobby area, with a special information desk area for all your questions about Stockholm. The hotel also offers a free luggage storage service, even on your check out day if you want to spend some time exploring the city before your departure.
You will find that your hotel room has a particular theme, as indicated by a small picture on the door. Inside the room, the same photograph is enlarged and used as part of the wallpaper behind the bed. The photographs are of different locations in Stockholm, taken during different seasons by Swedish photographers.
You can expect a modern and clean room with hardwood flooring that comes equipped with a desk and an armchair. There is also a kettle (teabags and coffee provided) for those who enjoy warm drinks. The bathroom is brightly lit, equipped with hair dryer and complimentary toiletry products by Dharma. One of the advantages of staying in the Nordic C is free Wi-Fi, available throughout your entire stay at the hotel. Although situated in the city centre, there is no issue with noise and you are guaranteed a peaceful night of sleep.
The Ice Bar
However, your stay at the Nordic would not be completed without paying a visit to its exclusive bar. Nordic’s Ice Bar, tucked away on the ground floor on the right side of the hotel’s entrance (when entering the hotel), where many things are made out of ice, i.e. table, seats and glasses.
At the entrance, you are required to pay a fee of approx. 24USD and you will be provided with a super warm hooded-jacket, complete with thick gloves (if you pre-book your ticket online, you will get a discount). Take a step inside and you shall feel a sudden drop in temperature. The atmosphere in the bar is chilly but lively. As people mingle, bartenders serve colourful drinks in ice glasses that would take the meaning of “ice-cold drinks” to another level. Around the bar, soft red, green and blue lights light up the place, reminiscence of the Northern lights; you could almost convince yourself that you were having a great time hanging out somewhere in the Arctic.
If you are travelling with kids, the bar actually allows entry for kids under the age of 18 at the price of approximately 11USD. Also, the bar usually holds a special event aimed at children. Icekids is free for children to enjoy the artistic ice sculptures, buy a milkshake or perhaps a toy. It is held every day an hour before the bar’s business hours and kids can enjoy their own fun icy experience.
The Nordic C is located at a walking distance from my favourite place in Stockholm: Gamla Stan. This “Old Town” is the birthplace of Stockholm. Full of beautiful cobbled-stone alleys, flowing with chic, classic-looking buildings, some painted in warm pink and yellow, Gamla Stan is a place you would expect to see in a fairytale.
This medieval hub is full of restaurants, bars and cafés. Souvenir stores line the criss-crossing narrow streets, selling small gifts, but others will offer you classy home décor items and even art works by local artists. Don’t miss the cluster of confectionery stores! Traditional Swedish sweets and chocolates are in abundance. My favourite is gräddkola, a soft chewy caramel candy. On another note, Gamla Stan is also a gem for antique stores where you will surely find an interesting item.
Aside from the shopping, there are many museums, historical buildings and churches. On a sunny day, you can sit outside one of the cafés at Stortorget square and then pop by the Nobel Prize Museum (conveniently located at the square). A trip to Gamla Stan would not be completed without a visit to the Royal Palace (Kungliga slottet). A large area of the palace is open to the public with museum displays and grand interiors. Gamla Stan is situated to the south of the hotel. Keep walking south on Vasagatan (the first street you come across when you leave the hotel eastward). Follow the street until you see a bridge, Vasabron. Gamla Stan is just across the bridge.
Getting to the Nordic C Hotel
The Nordic C Hotel is located in a very handy location. If you are arriving from Stockholm Arlanda Airport, you can take the Arlanda Express, a direct train from Stockholm. The trip takes about thirty minutes. The hotel is located at about 5 to 10 minutes walk to Stockholm Central Station. From the station, walk north up Vasagatan until you see Vasaplan to your west. Turn into that street and that is where the hotel is located.
If you decide to rent a car from the airport, the journey will just take a bit longer than the Arlanda Express. However, a Hertz car rental point is just five minutes walk from the hotel. From the hotel’s entrance, walk east then turn south on Vasagatan. Keep following the road until you see Mäster Samuelsgatan to your east. Hertz car rental is located just a few feet away.
No matter the season, Stockholm is a great place to visit at least once.
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