Berns Hotel: Stockholm Chic
Its reputation as the hotel of choice for the in crowd was cemented long ago, and Stockholm’s Berns Hotel continues to exert its power over both the city’s hotel scene and its nightlife. It’s no wonder; a combination of excellent position, friendly staff, welcoming rooms, and historic ambience make it a very appealing choice for visitors to what has become one of Europe’s most stylish cities.
Rooms at Berns are creatively designed and decorated, with the top-floor rooms and their balconies in a city where proximity to the outdoors is highly coveted and never far away. Despite the artistic inspiration of the accommodation, the hotel’s pièce de résistance is its spectacular restaurant, Berns Asiatiska, where Asian-influenced food is served in an enormous, classically European 19th-century dining hall illuminated by massive chandeliers. In contrast to the large scale of the dining hall is the intimate Red Room, a parlour where famed Swedish author August Strindberg and his friends would gather for discussion and conversation.
The public image of the hotel is its strongest attraction to the members of the art, fashion, and music industries who favour Berns for its convenient location as much as for its nightclub and calendar of in-house events that have made it the premier destination hotel in the Swedish capital. Found in the centre of the city facing the pocket-size Berzelii Park at the foot of Birger Jarlsgatan, Stockholm’s most fashionable shopping street, Berns provides easy access to the sights as well as to the popular day cruises and other boat excursions departing from the quays along the Nybroviken waterfront adjacent to the park. Several museums are within a short walking distance, including the impressive Hallwyl Museum across the street from the park.
Thanks to Scandinavian Airlines’ nonstop flight from Hong Kong to Stockholm, introduced last year, it has never been easier for Australian travellers to reach Sweden, still somewhat off the beaten path for Europe-bound visitors despite the wealth of sights and experiences to be had in one of the continent’s most beautiful cities. Brand-new aircraft with the airline’s new Business Class and Premium Economy Class cabins and service bring comfort and style to the inflight experience.