A new meeting place on Stureplan
Stockholm’s oldest hotel has undergone a spectacular transformation. Entering the building is like stepping into another world. Elegant floral patterns blend with pink marble, soft velvet and a sparkling cocktail bar. Like an image of Paris in the middle of Stureplan.
The hotel enjoys a prime location. With panoramic views of the very heart of Stockholm, Hotel Kung Carl’s new entrance opens onto the corner of Kungsgatan and Birger Jarlsgatan.
The hotel, which is the oldest in Stockholm, boasts an impressive history. It was established in 1866 on Brunkebergstorg by wine merchant Johan Lundberg, and took its name from the reigning monarch. In 1925, the hotel relocated to its current address, where it soon became a natural hub for the cultural elite of the time. August Strindberg, Greta Garbo and Selma Lagerlöf are just some of the legends who have had their second home in this magnificent Art Nouveau property.
When the Östlundh family acquired the hotel in 1977, it comprised 46 rooms and a simple dining room. Much has happened in the intervening years. These days the hotel boasts 143 rooms, two bars, a bistro, function rooms, a gym, conference facilities, a rooftop terrace and its own jazz club. Fabege’s purchase of the property in 2005 also marked the start of a close collaboration that has resulted in a major facelift.
“The last few years have been extremely eventful. Together we’ve added a floor, replaced the plumbing, renovated the entire facade, refurbished the bathrooms, and, of course, the key thing we’ve done is create our new entrance, with all the refurbishments that involved. The building used to stand out because it looked so tired; now it catches the eye because it’s so beautiful,” says Marcus Östlundh, CEO of Hotel Kung Carl, as we take a seat in the new Bistro La Belle Epoque restaurant.