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Stora Hotellet

Hotels and restaurants     |     City: Umeå, Sweden    |     Designed by: Stylt Trampoli AB

Stylt dresses venerable hotel in salt-stained grandeur. Umeå, a city of about 120,000 on the Bothnian Bay in northern Sweden, has a long and proud maritime history. That heritage is the inspiration behind the reimagining of the hotel by Swedish concept - and design agency Stylt Trampoli, which has resulted in the splendour being brought back - along with the scent of the sea. “The whole concept is about contrasts - velvet and sailcloth, sea spray and champagne”, explains Erik Nissen Johansen, founder and creative director of Stylt Trampoli. “We have let the ocean back into the elegant parlours of the hotel.”

Stora Hotellet ("Grand Hotel") was built in 1895 with funds provided by the local Seamen’s Mission. The building housed the finest hotel in town as well as the Mission’s own offices. It was a meeting of two worlds - high society, and even royalty, rubbed shoulders with the captains, sailors and old salts off the ships in the harbour.

The room categories are named for the sailors’ preoccupations, such as Superstition, Longing and Adventure. In the main stairwell hangs a three stories tall chandelier made from rope and glittering plexiglass crystals. The menu at the new hotel restaurant, Gotthards Krog, is based on local produce and flavoured with inspiration from the great port cities of the world. 

“The new Stora Hotellet belongs as much to the locals as it does to our guests from afar,” says hotel manager Anna Gemrud Mörner. That the locals are curious became obvious during the opening weekend, when over 2000 people took part in guided tours of the hotel.

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