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The 132 year-old Grand Hotel, a Timeless Landmark on Stockholm's Waterfront, Completes a Multi-million Dollar Refurbishment 
The Evolution of Grand Hotel Continues with New Dining Options, 
Accommodation and Conference Facilities 

Stockholm, May 23, 2007 - The 132 year-old Grand Hotel, a timeless classic and a beautiful landmark on Stockholm's waterfront, has completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment.  

The project, which started in July 2006, included the renovation of the Burmanska Palace, an adjoining building dating back to 1871, as well as the creation of the Princess Lilian Suite, a newly renovated Cadier Bar, new conference facilities and the opening of the exclusive Mathias restaurant by acclaimed Chef Mathias Dalhgren. 
 

The Grand Hôtel is a classic landmark in the center of Stockholm. The location is perfect and the view over the harbour, Old Town and Royal Palace is much appreciated, both by international and Swedish guests. 

The Grand Hôtel has a long and fascinating history. The hotel was built in 1874 by the Frenchman Régis Cadier and has since been a well-known landmark in Stockholm. The building and its long frontage may look imposing, but it is above all the beautiful rooms and restaurants on the inside that make the hotel that it is. History is written in the walls at the Grand Hôtel. Here, we will try to give you a small sample of everything that could be told about the hotel.

Mathias Dahlgren at The Grand Hotel Stockholm 

On May 14, 2007, renowned Swedish Chef, Mathias Dahlgren, launched his eponymous restaurant at Grand Hotel Stockholm.  The Restaurant Mathias Dahlgren offers two different dining experiences which complement each other through the dual concept of "Matsalen" (The Dining Room) and "Matbaren" (The Food Bar).  Mathias aims to create a new Swedish identity - a theme which not only resonates through his offering in cuisine but also through every detail of the restaurant's design, a result of leading British Designer and Creative Director, Ilse Crawford's interpretation.  A new menu is presented on a daily basis, which makes it possible to offer the customer the very best in fresh local and global ingredients and products of the day. 

Mathias Dahlgren is a well-known profile in culinary Sweden and also awarded as a chef. He is the only Swedish chef to win the prestigious contest “Bocuse d’Or”. He is also the only chef in Sweden to have been selected “Chef of the Year” four times by the Swedish trade magazine “Restaurang & Storhushåll”, in 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2004. In 1996, Mathias Dahlgren opened the restaurant Bon Lloc in Stockholm, which gained a Guide Michelin star in 1997.

The Burmanska Palace

Seventy-six new luxurious rooms, including one of the largest penthouse suites in Europe: The Princess Lillian Suite. 

Regis Cadier, the hotel's founder, attempted to buy the plot where the Burmanska Palace now stands as early as 1871 and now more than 135 years later, his dream is being fulfilled. After several incarnations, the 95-year old Burmanska Palace is the second neighboring estate (the first being the Bolinder Palace) to be integrated into Grand Hotel Stockholm. 

Spread over 80,700 square feet the refurbishment includes new double rooms, junior, superior and executive suites, many of them commanding magnificent views of the Royal Palace and the water.  Louise Nilsson, the interior designer responsible for the refurbishment, incorporated seven different styles, including Jugend, Neo-classicism, Rococo, Gustavian, the 1880's, the 1920's and American Classic. 

The Princess Lilian Suite 

Named after H.R.H. Princess Lilian, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Halland, the new suite is located on the eighth floor of the Burmanska Palace. Measuring 3,552 square feet, one of the largest suites ever built in a European hotel, this luxurious accommodation has been elegantly appointed by Louise Nilsson, who combined elements of art deco with a mix of artifacts from auctions and modern pieces from some of the foremost furniture manufacturers in Europe with treasures from the Grand Hotel itself. 

The suite has a private cinema with seating for up to twelve people, outfitted with acoustically optimized wooden panels. For grand entertaining, guests have the convenience of a fully-equipped kitchen, should they desire a private lunch or dinner prepared.

There are two generous bedrooms decorated in contrasting styles; one in a darker, more Oriental spectrum of colors and the other one in Scandinavian blue with grey nuances. There is an option to extend the suite to four more rooms to accommodate larger parties. Two balconies overlook a view, which extends across the water to the Royal Castle and over the capital city beyond. 

The library, with its magnificent couches, has office facilities that open up onto a spacious living room with a piano, a large dining hall and lounge furniture. 

In the "Relaxation Zone," guests find a spacious mosaic bath on a granite stand, several showers, a waterfall and classical cane furniture for those looking for relaxation and recreation. Guests may pre-program the specially designed scenario sauna with relaxing light, sound and aromatherapy. 

Guests who book the Princess Lilian suite benefit from chauffeured limousine service, as well as the hotel's Private Guest Service, among other facilities. The price for the suite per night is approximately $8,200.00. 

The Cadier Bar 

Drink up! The Cadier Bar has reopened with a stylish new look after a seven-month, $4.4 million overhaul.  The new 4,575 square-foot bar area offers seating to 100 guests to enjoy cocktails and extensive bar menu, or an ala carte breakfast, brunch, lunch or Afternoon Tea. Enjoying a Europe-wide revival, the latter is traditionally English with a Swedish twist comprising sandwiches, pastries, scones and macaroons accompanied by lime curd, whipped cream and an assortment of preserves.  Cadier Bar is open seven nights a week and offers a view over the waterfront and Royal Palace. 

New Conference & Technology Facilities

The Burmanska addition also introduces seven state-of-the-art new conference rooms ranging in size and design - with lounges and open spaces for mingling -  to accommodate between eight and 220 participants. These modern conference facilities complement Grand Hotel's existing more classically styled facilities including the famous Vinterträdgården, the "Winter Garden" and Spegelsalen (Hall of Mirrors). Wireless Internet access throughout the hotel will be available by the summer 2007. 

The Grand Hotel collaborated with Sony to design and develop a new multimedia solution -  the first of its kind to be introduced to a hotel - opening up almost unlimited possibilities of digital connection. Guests will be able to preview what will become the future norm in all households - one user-friendly window providing access to a 'smorgasbord' of information. All rooms are equipped with a specially designed hidden multimedia-pc with access via a single LCD screen and remote control to the internet as well as the Grand Hotels high-speed network offering TV channels, films, music and more. 

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Contact:

Tarcisio Costa
Tel: 212- 251-1015 
Email: tcosta@prco.org

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Also See: The 320 room Hilton Stockholm Infra City Reopens After Multimillion Renovation / Aug 2002
Roland Nilsson, President & CEO of Scandic Hotels, Named 'Leader of the Year,' Within the Swedish Business Community / Nov 2000
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