Newly opened art and design hotel At Six brings luxury to a tired and forgotten part of Stockholm’s city centre. The Brunkebergstorg square is secluded and calm, hidden away from the busy shopping street just a few hundred metres away. There’s a mix of architecture in the square from neoclassical style buildings of the late 1800s to fortress like brutalist buildings of the 1960s. Hotel At Six is based in a former bank with a most impressive brutalist facade.
The interiors, carefully and meticulously designed by award winning London based interior architects, Universal Design Studio. A combination of hard materials such as sawn stone, blackened steel, fine timber and polished granite are warmed and softened with subtle tones of grey, natural leathers, tactile fabrics and classic furniture design. The hotel rooms feature bespoke lighting, dark oak clad window bays with tinted mirrors and long lengths of marble credenzas for table tops. Alongside Universal’s interior design, hotel At Six presents specially commissioned art works by leading international artists as well as exclusive furnitures and detailed fixtures by local and international designers.
The facade of this former bank of brutalist architecture is protected due to its architectural significance, though an extension of the top three floors was approved. I think it blends in perfectly. These floors are for the ‘elite’, the superior rooms and suites etc. I had a little tour around a few of these rooms and they are stunning! plus they get an incredible view!
The hotel lobby is becoming quite the attraction with this 2.5 metre high marble sculpture of a head , it’s pretty impressive! This signature piece named ‘Mar Whispering’ is by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa. Made from solid marble and in vast scale this sculpture feels peaceful and harmonious in the lobby with matching marble stairs.
To top off the luxurious feel of the lobby, blackened steel handrails are all wrapped in leather which took a local designer four days to complete. It is a beautiful detail and great way to tone down these hard spaces.
I stayed in a superior room (approx. 26 sqm.), not in the top ‘elite’ levels but a good enough floor with a fantastic view of the city. This kingsize bed (by Swedish Hilding Anders) was so unbelievably comfy!
A soft suede feel to the wardrobe fronts. Again this is a clever use of materials in softening areas against contrasting materials. It made the bedroom area feel quite cosy.
press image via Hotel At Six of a typical standard/superior room. Mine was quite like this but I forgot to take a full room shot. I was too excited. haha
Keeping within a well relaxed luxurious vibe, the room had a small lounge area with soft dark teal velvet sofa, oak clad window, cocktail bar, drinks cabinet and tinted mirrors with brass edging. We wanted to make all the cocktails but sensibly we opted to buy cheap gin and wine from around the corner. I’d be terrified of the mini bar bill if we got creative!
To contrast the chilly, not so spring like nordic air, the rooms were quite warm. We did have air conditioning though and asked if we could get it adjusted to make it cooler than the set lowest temperature. The staff happily sorted it out for us and was adjusted within the hour of me asking, call that efficient!
Brass fittings followed into the bathroom or in my case shower room. It was actually a lovely shower room with perfect detailing, including a brass At Six shower drain cover.. AXOR fittings from the Citterio range, designed by Antonio Citterio, all brass of course and organic beauty products by Gerd from Swedish Lapland giving an extra nordic touch.
I had a little wander around the hotel to take a few pics and found the super impressive bar, though we opted to stay in bed drinking wine and watching Swedish tv (a FUN thing to do, don’t judge), this bar actually looked like a nice place to hang out. Look at that massive bespoke Row pendant light by Areti, simple but still exuding glamour.
An area called the Listening lounge, a relaxed environment with comfy sofas and two turn tables ready for their guest DJ’s to party the night away. Of course my eyes went straight the Taccia table lamp designed by Achille + Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, but hey I’m a design geek.
I’d happily stay at hotel At Six again and maybe next time use the gym, then after make sure that I order some delicious grub from Chef Andreas Askling (he has an instagram account too!) in the very swish restaurant.
Photography © Hannah Trickett/Hannah in the house
*disclaimer, all words and thoughts are my own. I was gifted the first night to review this hotel (that’s my job) and paid for the second night myself. I’d happily pay for another night here.