Nobis Hotel Staircase Medium

Ever heard of the term ” Stockholm syndrome”? Now here’s a little story that traces back to the origin of the term.  In 1973 Stockholm,  bank robbers held four employees of the Kreditbanken hostage in the bank’s vault, during the six days of their captivity, the hostages gained sympathy for and even loyalty to their captors. This unusual development in hostage situations has been referred to as the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ ever since. The Nobis Hotel buildings are the site of a dramatic attempted bank heist and the origins of a psychological phenomenon dubbed ‘Stockholm Syndrome.’ and the bank vault is now part of ACNE store at the hotel.

Nobis Hotel Facade Low
Nobis Hotel Lounge Lamp High


Designed in a style of timeless contemporary elegance by renowned architect and design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune. The new design interacts and contrasts effectfully with the buildings’ culturally protected late 19th century original interiors. Both buildings are signature representation of Stockholm’s unique, lavishly decorated bourgeoisie stone architecture, and both brim with Stockholmian history. Turning from a rough and smelly place next to a swamp named Katthavet (“The Cat Sea”) into Stockholm’s most elegant and representative focal point renamed as Norrmalmstorg in 1866, the location of now Nobis hotel became the city’s most prestigious address.


Like other hotels under Nobis Group, the interiors were created in collaboration with  Swedish design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune to combine Comfort, personality, warmth, atmosphere, casual elegance, contemporary timelessness and durable quality. The minimal and low key designs are in contrast and harmonizing with the magnificent 19th century bourgeois stone architecture. Drawing inspiration from the moods, colors and features of the city of Stockholm itself on those winter days when the light is weak and flat,  you don’t find bright and loud colours in the hotel.


My room was facing the prestigious square of Stockholm that links the shopping boulevard Hamngatan which branches off Norrmalmstorg, nearby Nybroplan, in front of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, and the Strandvägen seafront esplanade.

All 201 hotel rooms are decorated with a mellow color scale that boasts the atmosphere of calmness, relaxed and sophistication. It is a little loud though if your room is facing the square especially over weekends, because the of the vibrant night life of the city, and the restaurants nearby play lour music. Even with the double-glazed windows there will still be some noise. So if you’re a light sleeper I would suggest ask for a room that faces the courtyard instead.

The Caina Restaurant (originally opened in 1980 on Södermalm in Stockholm) was the first truly Italian restaurant in Stockholm. The one at Nobis also serves classic italian dishes and delicacies. Breakfast is till 11.30am over weekends (what a treat!), and no wonder the coffee I had for breakfast was so amazing.


The Gold Bar is one of the hip spot in the city- it is packed with locals almost every night, particularly on weekends. Almost impossible to find a seat even as early as 10pm on a Friday night. But you can see why, simply because the location is great, service is amazing and they serve a list of special cocktails on top of the classics, and hey- where’s better than people-watching of all the beautiful and cool Scandinavians in one place?


The hotel is at a very ideal location to explore the city, both city centre and the old town Gamla Stan which is only a decent 20 mins walk away. 5 mins from one of the most stylish shopping area and about 15 mins walk to the central train station, it is basically walkable everywhere. Staff are very friendly and helpful too. They are attentive and pretty much recognise all guests staying at the hotel! Thank you for making my long weekend in Stockholm so homely.

Nobis Hotel
Norrmalmstorg 2-3
111 46 Stockholm