< SWEDEN | STOCKHOLM: Radisson Blu Strand Hotel
The Strand Hotel was built in 1912 in connection to the Olympic Games taking place in Stockholm - both the hotel and Stockholm's Stadion, the official sports arena, were built with similar brick and material in order to match. Following the Olympic theme, before the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, the Olympic Fire also stayed in one of the corner suites enjoying the harbour view.
The hotel is built on the same place as the famous royal war ship, Wasa, which sank on its maiden voyage 1628. The wreck was recovered in 1961 and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions
in Stockholm. On February 24th, 1912, the opening party was held and the most prestigious guest was the present king Gustav V.
The Strand Hotel has been managed by SAS International Hotels since 1986 and it became Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts in 1994. Overlooking Stockholm's scenic waterways, the Strand Hotel is one of Stockholm's most recognized landmarks today.
The hotel has 152 rooms, where of approximately 60 has a sea-view and 20 are suites. The most famous suite is the Tower Suite, which is located at two floors in the tower. The suite offers a spectacular view of Stockholm and a large terrace where the guests can enjoy their breakfast or a glass of champagne, with the whole Stockholm at their feet.
International classical stars, such as Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman, as well as modern celebrities like Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Pavarotti, Will Smith, Elton John, have all stayed at The Strand and highly enjoyed the genuine atmosphere and personal service. Greta Garbo spent her last night ever in Sweden - and on earth - at The Strand.
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