Nobis Hotel: What Lies Beneath Its Cover

Stockholm – the design capital of the World? To me yes – in every single aspect. Stockholm is also my favorite Scandinavian capital. The city is already located in a geographically beautiful location but anything human made is very stylish and beautiful as well.

Nobis Hotel, which is located right in the middle of this stylish city is no exception. The experience at Nobis Hotel can even be described as Stockholm in a nutshell – stylish decoration, good food, nice people and lively atmosphere. On top of all of this, Nobis Hotel is a hotel with a very striking history.

Nobis Hotel: Stylish and Historical

As usual, I found out about Nobis Hotel through the amazing hotel website Tablet Hotels. Even though Nobis Hotel does not occupy a gigantic building (which makes it nice), it is still big enough to host a separate bar, bistro, many  common areas and a restaurant. The rooms and common areas all have their own unique design. The rooms are immaculately clean with most of them having good sized windows overlooking one of the nicest squares in Stockholm – Norrmalmstorg Square.

The only thing that I wish was different was the location of the breakfast area, which is in the basement floor in a windowless room. That’s probably why I spent better part of my stay in this hotel at the upstairs bistro, which had good food, nice atmosphere and full size windows overlooking the street. The separate bar is also on the first floor and gets quite full as early as 4 pm during winter days in Stockholm (it gets dark at around 3.30 pm).

The Origin Story of Stockholm Syndrome

Now are you ready for the surprise? Are you familiar with the physiological phenomenon of “Stockholm Syndrome” – a state where hostages develop some sort of emotional connection with their capturers. Well – as internet tells us, a bank robbery that occurred in Stockholm in 1973 gave rise to this phenomenon and guess where it was located? Right in the building, which is now occupied by Nobis Hotel and the neighboring Acne store. Four bank employees were held hostages by a prison escapee during the robbery for six days but they grew an intense connection with their capturer. Even the police had at some point thought that some of the hostages could also be a part of this plot. Jan-Erik Olsson, the prison escapee, demanded the release of another convict Clark Olofsson (who was delivered by police who complied with the demand) in addition to nearly USD 700,000. The robbery quickly became a media event with daily features on TV. The capturers did not harm to the hostages and the siege ended after six days when the police entered the premises with a tear gas. It is reported that some of the hostages visited the capturers in the prison. 

Nobis Hotel: Budget Friendly? 

Well, we are in Stockholm. Just like anything else in Stockholm, Nobis Hotel cannot be described as a budget friendly option with its nightly rates of around USD 270-300 but check out their website as they usually publish promotions if you stay for three or more nights. Ah also – I just heard that Nobis is opening another hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark and they again picked a remarkable building – a building that has originally served as Royal Danish Conservatory of Music.

In terms of the location, Nobis Hotel is within a fifteen minutes walk from Gamla Stan – the famous historical district of Stockholm. Fifteen minutes can sometime be a long walk in Stockholm especially during winter with the bitter cold but the city is well covered by a subway network, which is an attraction on its own with its artsy lighting and different design work at each station.