Nordic Light Hotel
At 120 mph, Stockholm’s airport express train takes just 20 minutes to reach the city center. And it’s just a couple steps from the train platform to the reception of the Nordic Light Hotel—which makes it just about the most conveniently placed hotel in town. As the name implies, it’s about the lighting. The lobby is revamped every three months; incarnations include a futuristic Sleeper-esque space conceived by Stockholm’s renowned lighting architect, Kai Piippo, who added a 24-hour mood schedule: yellows and oranges in the morning, pastels midmorning, white lighting during lunch, blue in the afternoon, and deep purples and reds for the evening club effect. The lighting of each über-minimal white Deluxe or Superior Mood Room, however, is left in the hands of the guest, who can choose from a dozen tricked-out settings. Needless to say, this hotel is going to be a more interesting experience without the summer midnight sun—try September to March.
Insider Tip: Kitsch alert: across the street is the world’s first permanent Ice Bar (hey, have a drink inside a walk-in freezer!). Use of a jacket and a cup of solid ice come included with the drink. And for $20, they should.
Room to Book: The more you pay, the more light settings you get to play with—it’s a bit gimmicky, but playful. Try any of the Superior Mood rooms with light beds (lights directly surrounding the beds) in adjustable colors of green, blue, or red.