Clarion Hotel Sign
Within stumbling distance of the Arlanda Airport express train, the young 558-room Clarion Sign Hotel (opened 2008) stands out with its shiny black granite and blue-glass facade. The hotel’s design (by Swedish architect Gert Windgårdh) is striking, in a sort of high-school-geometry-project sort of way, with two isosceles triangle forms jutting out from the 10-story shoebox. The first two floors are designed by Dane Arne Jacobsen, and the remaining eight feature works by designers across Scandinavia. All have a bare-bones minimalist look with clean lines; the sparse rooms are a touch on the small side, but many have floor-to-ceiling windows that tilt about five degrees outward, allowing you to lean over the edge and rekindle your fear of heights. There’s a small rooftop area with gym, backlit co-ed sauna, and possibly the tiniest adult (heated) pool ever (albeit tastefully designed), which have all been ambitiously dubbed a spa. Hotel guests have to pony up an extra $13 ($26 weekends) to use these facilities.
Insider Tip: To get more for a college-tuition-priced meal, forget the on-site Aquavit and head for Esperanto or Edsbacka Krog.
Room to Book: For the mildly daring, top-floor rooms facing the newly finished public square take advantage of the tilting windows. Or recline (sort of) in Arne Jacobsen’s “egg” and “swan” chairs.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.