Thursday, April 29, 2010

Inspiration: Renaissance Hotel, Malmo, Sweden

I dream of a fab­u­lous apart­ment in Europe, a home base from which to absorb all the won­ders of the Con­ti­nent. Usu­ally in this dream my get­away is in Paris, but that may have changed after my recent stay in Malmo, Swe­den. An enchant­ing small city, Malmo has it all – Old World charm, cut­ting edge design, his­tory, shop­ping and excite­ment all wrapped up in a bite sized pack­age.  And the inte­rior of my fan­tasy apart­ment now resem­bles the Rosen Suite (Rooms 245 & 246) at the newly-opened Renais­sance Hotel.

This hotel really is swoon-worthy! Vibrant color envelopes you, but never over­whelms. Isn’t this bed­room amazing?

The bed is as com­fort­able as it is beau­ti­ful. The assort­ment of pil­lows includes poly and down, and the dec­o­ra­tive pil­lows in embroi­dered silk (“Ambon” from Osborne & Lit­tle) are purely deca­dent. The enor­mous wardrobe has funky details and looks like it might open into another world entirely. The desk area fea­tures an ergonomic task chair with pearly insets in the legs and an iPod dock.

The Rosen Suite includes a sep­a­rate liv­ing area with two win­dow walls, a pur­ple sofa, two slip­per chairs with ottomans, another tele­vi­sion, desk area, and a sec­ond full bath­room. Did I men­tion the espresso machine?

Let me gush over these bath­rooms – they are under­stated luxury.

The Duravit under-mount sink and quartz top (at a decent height), com­bine with the zebra­wood veneer cab­i­netry for a fresh look with all the prac­ti­cal­i­ties. The van­ity area fea­tures plenty of stor­age, ter­rific light­ing and a makeup mir­ror. Aro­mather­apy toi­letries are high qual­ity and have amus­ing names (which I for­got to write down!). The fix­tures are from Hans­grohe, and those sleek mar­ble floors are heated (dou­ble bonus!).  A live bam­boo plant and mod­ern art round out the com­fort­ing design.

From our suite, there was min­i­mal street noise and no noise at all from neigh­bor­ing rooms. Smaller rooms in the hotel are equally styl­ish (I peeked around the clean­ing staff). High ceil­ings, exposed beams and columns appear through­out , as befits a repur­posed old building.

The hotel’s pub­lic spaces are so much fun!  The din­ing room is to die for — teal leather chairs and dark wood with gor­geous wall­pa­per. The front desk area, lobby, and open con­cept bar are so col­or­ful it makes you smile to see it — unless you are an all-beige fan.

I love this hotel, want to buy the Rosen Suite and bring it with me to every place I travel!

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  1. Cynthia says:

    Erika — I'm so glad you like it! It's divine, pure and sim­ple. Enjoy your stay!