The Financial institution Resort is a sublime base for exploring Sweden’s cool capital.
Stockholm, Sweden’s capital metropolis, has no scarcity of stately and trendy buildings. With few exceptions nonetheless, the extra intimate and welcoming of those are both locations of enterprise or private residences, off limits to guests. Which is why pushing previous the bronze double doorways to enter the Financial institution Resort, a part of the celebrated Small Luxurious Accommodations of the World (SLH) portfolio, feels further particular.
Even higher, checking in to the resort confers all of the privileges of a financial institution president, although one who’s right here to play, not work. Each “grand and intimate,” a mix of the previous and current day, the Financial institution is our favourite type of boutique luxurious resort, with a wealthy architectural historical past fantastically reinterpreted as a mannequin of latest consolation.
Set in a surprising 1910-era constructing that was as soon as a sequence of high-profile non-public banks, and set near Stockholm’s picturesque waterfront, in late 2018 it was reinvented as “someplace to mark moments moderately than rely cash.” Because the pandemic and lockdowns arrived not lengthy after, solely now’s it actually beginning to get the eye it deserves.
The proficient Swedish architects and designers who breathed new life into the constructing created each opulent, moody, retro-glam areas and funky, clear and brilliant art-filled interiors for the resort’s marble-clad public areas and posh suites. They spotlight the Renaissance, Artwork Deco and Artwork Noveau particulars from the unique construction in a skillful evocation of eras extra elegant than our personal, with modern artwork and ornamental objects tying all of it collectively.
And all through the constructing there are “hidden surprises” like an artwork gallery, a wood-paneled cocktail bar, library nooks, and rooftop terraces. “The factor about Financial institution Resort that units the aside from Stockholm’s different lodges I believe is that we provide a complete expertise after they go to us,” says Tilde Zetterström, PR & Content material Supervisor for the resort’s high-end hospitality mother or father firm stureplansgruppen.
“We now have three bars and two eating places, probably the most lovely suites, and personal venues,” she explains. “You possibly can keep at Financial institution Resort for a weekend and by no means really feel that it’s a must to depart the constructing. We provide the most effective service and excessive class on every little thing we ship. To not point out the resort is simply a stone’s throw to Nybroviken Quay”—separating town’s Östermalm district from the Blasieholmen peninsula—”and a few of Stockholm’s finest purchasing streets.”
What was previously the primary banking corridor, with a hovering glass ceiling almost 20 ft. excessive and ornamental columns, is now Bonnie’s, one of many metropolis’s most trendy eating places. Named after legendary financial institution robbers Bonnie and Clyde, acclaimed chef Fanny Rönnblom gives an opulent eating expertise appropriate to the horny environment. You can begin off with champagne, oysters and caviar earlier than happening to one of the vital scrumptious shows of filet mignon we’ve had in latest reminiscence, in a pink wine discount accompanied by upscaled french fries and salad.
Financial institution Resort additionally has three completely different bars. Papillon, with an inside is impressed by what was as soon as the financial institution director’s non-public workplace, is intimate and unique with mahogany-paneled partitions and wealthy upholstery and carpets. Le Hibou is the favored rooftop terrace with panoramic metropolis views, which additionally has an indoor room impressed by a Parisian condominium. After which there’s Sophie’s, designed as a higher-energy venue “the place the champagne cork is all the time unfastened,” and which has a DJ spinning each Friday and Saturday evening.
Staying for the evening, or ideally longer, is the correct option to expertise all of the resort has to supply. On the highest finish, there are six completely different suites to select from. Coloration palettes are heat and welcoming, and the most effective of the bunch is the Financial institution Rooftop Terrace Suite which is almost 2,000 sq. ft together with its non-public terrace, a characteristic additionally discovered within the aristocratic Penthouse Govt Terrace Suite. And all suites have sybaritic marble-clad spa baths, that are simply the icing on the cake.
We’d count on no much less from a resort proudly bearing the brass SLH plaque subsequent to its entrance door.