Stockholm’s Hotel with Urban Deli: Eat, Sleep, Love It
As in so many other ways, Sweden is a world leader in innovation in hotel experiences, too. The unusually named Hotel With Urban Deli is a fine example of a new style of hotel for 21st-century travellers. Combining buzzy public areas with very quiet guestrooms seems to have been a successful formula for the hotel; it is immensely popular with both domestic and international travellers seeking casual and stylish accommodation in a convenient location.
As the name implies, the deli plays an important role at the hotel. From the nibbles for guests at the check-in counter to the well-stocked deli that sells so many wonderful European foods just off the main entrance, food and drink are central to the social scene here. The buffet breakfast is one of the best in the city, offering a variety of new-generation delights like coconut chia pudding and lime-ginger smoothies to accompany the more traditional Swedish morning dishes such as dried meats, cheeses, salad, and excellent breads.
Another innovation here: the rooms are all located underground. They have no windows―a condition that may seem odd to Australians, but in a land where the summer daylight interferes with sleep for many people and winter darkness can be gloomy, they are regarded by some people as a godsend. The bright colours of the decor and the absolute silence that reigns in the rooms are apt recompense for any absence of natural light, which can be found on the lower level in the atrium that serves as the centre of the hotel both downstairs and upstairs. Outdoor space is found on the open-air rooftop bar, from where there are nice views of the beautiful city of Stockholm.
Rooms at Hotel With Urban Deli range in size and configuration ranging from rooms with shared showers (“for dirty girls and dirty boys” it says on the shower doors) to corner suites with separate sitting and sleeping areas and private baths. Minimally fussy, the decor is stark and warm at the same time. Playful details throughout the hotel bring smiles to guests’ faces.
Avant garde in every way, Hotel With Urban Deli has a plaque on its wall saying “Here are employed lesbians, Muslims, Kurds, gays, Jews, Africans, Asians, Swedes, and many others, and we all get along just fine.” If only the world outside the hotel functioned the same way.