It’s felt like a long old year already hasn’t it? You're probably wondering whether it is too early to book an early summer break? It could well be, but as the temperatures are starting to climb and the holiday crowds haven’t started to make their escape yet, it’s not early at all, it's more of the perfect time. To continue our round-up of recommendations as to where you should stay this summer, we’re serving up a proper premium city escape with the help of The Blique, Stockholm.

The Blique

Where? Stockholm, Sweden

Inner-city boutique hotels can be much of muchness, all refined, tasteful interiors but nothing terribly special. No one could accuse the Blique of such. Conceived originally by celebrated architect Sigurd Lewerentz and now gloriously reborn at the hands of Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh, Blique by Nobis is a fitting testament to the many fine art galleries that surround it in the vibrant Stockholm neighbourhood of Vasastaden.

A social and organic venue for design, architecture, arts, food, music, and drinks, the property serves as a natural hub for artists and creative travellers alike. Here, amid a hotel, a courtyard, several restaurants and bars, and a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of Stockholm, one finds raw materials like metal and steel complementing the building’s many beautiful concrete surfaces. It's a warm and inspiring city retreat.

The warm and welcoming ethos is stitched into every detail across the hotel, particularly within the interior. By combining a largely industrial base, the interior is defined by its beautiful concrete surfaces and array of leather, textiles and wood. In total, there is 249 individual rooms and suites across The Blique but it still manages to maintain a boutique feel. But that could also be for the variety of rooms on offer, which makes the hotel feel like its tailored especially to you.

There is a room for everyone; including the special ‘Sleep Tight’ room which comes with a small double bed and a ‘Sleep Deeper’ room, which offers queen-sized beds compared to the premium king-sized beds you’ll find in all other rooms. But, these special ‘Sleep’ rooms aren’t for sacrificing space and saving a bit of money, they’re all completely windowless rooms, designed to optimise sleep for those who are sensitive to the bright Swedish summer nights. If that’s not for you, then check out the Studio Executive Suite on the top floor – complete with its own dining area overlooking the city.

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