Lunch at Berns Hotel
We wanted to finish our weekend in style, so for Sunday lunch we headed to Berns Hotel. Alex had read that this was one of THE hotels in Stockholm, and a great place to have lunch. We were not disappointed.
Dining was only available on the terrace, which suited us perfectly, as it looked over a pretty park and it was a mild summers day.
This was going to be a good dining experience - the table settings were good quality, the waiting staff well groomed, professional and friendly. The people next to us were eating the Entrecôte (steak)...and it smelled soooo good that we just had to order it too! So, some tasty bread to start, 2 Entrecôte with flavoured butter, grilled potato, corn on the cob and small green salad and a couple of glasses of red wine and we were well and truly smiling!
Not a cheap lunch, but fabulous, and well worth every kronor!
Surprise weekend to Stockholm
I was a very spoilt girl this birthday - Alex took me on a surprise weekend to Stockholm, Sweden! I had no idea where we were going until we were at the airport having some lunch before our flight (I even managed to get through check-in without knowing the destination).
We took the day off work on Friday(which was a treat in itself!) as the flight was at 2:15pm. A short 2 hour flight later we arrived in Stockholm. We jumped on the Arlanda Express train from the airport, and 20 minutes later we were in the heart of the city. The sun was still shining, the sky was blue, and better still, our hotel was 50 metres from where the train pulled up!!
We stayed at the Nordic Light Hotel, one of the top 'Design Hotels' in Stockholm, which makes use of light as its method of decoration. It was an excellent hotel - very stylish, we loved it!
After checking in and freshening up, we headed to a nearby restaurant for dinner - it was Belgian cuisine, tasty and always great with a nice Belgian beer. After dinner we headed to a very special bar that was located at our hotel's sister hotel (Nordic Sea). It was the world's first permanent icebar, Absolut Icebar. The interior is kept at around -5°C all year round. The walls, bar and glasses are all made of ice, taken from a river in northern Sweden. It was a great experience! They give you a large furry coat with hood to wear and gloves - which you definitely need when you hold your ice-glass! It is not a large bar - takes a maximum of 30 people at one time but was a great experience. It is pretty cold in there though, so most people, including us, only stay for 1 drink. To warm up we retired to the bar at our hotel for another vodka.
Saturday morning called for a sleep-in and then a visit to the hotel's breakfast buffet. We spent the day strolling around the old town area doing a small amount of site seeing and window shopping, really enjoying the beautiful sunny day and taking photos. We also visited some shopping malls and a fancy department store in the city. That night we headed back to the old town area and enjoyed a traditional meal of Reindeer in Loganberry sauce...and a bottle of Australian red wine ; )
Sunday dawned grey and a further sleep-in was in order. We had a pretty lazy start to the day, enjoying every minute of our stay in the funky hotel. Venturing out, we wandered through the city, visited the Kulturhuset and had a walk by the water. A late lunch was then on the agenda so we headed to another stylish hotel, Berns Hotel, and had a delicious lunch on the terrace over looking a pretty park. After lunch it was time to make our way back to the airport.
We really had an excellent weekend. It was very relaxing and great to be away for a change without the usual long itinerary of sites to visit. Beautiful city, amazing hotel and the BEST company a girl could ask for!!
Alex enjoying lunch at Berns Hotel
English football in Stockholm
i wil be in Stockholm on Wednesday evening and would really like to watch a football game involving my team from England - is English football popular and is there anywhere close to Berns hotel where i could definitely watch this match? it involves Manchester United
thanks in advance for any help at all
RE: English football in Stockholm
Have a look at this site. Maybe someone can tell you if one is close.
RE: English football in Stockholm
Premier League is big in Sweden so don't worry. My dad's been betting on it since the 70s...:))) Most clubs have Swedish fan clubs and Man Utd is of course one of the most popular...
A bar that springs to mind immediately is the O'Leary's at the Central station. Not that close to Berns but they are a sports bar and have screens all over the place, which means that they can even show several sports events at the same time in an afternoon. The big screens are usually for the big games though. But you might find somewhere closer too. Just around the corner from Norrmalmstorg for instance is an Irish pub (Dubliners) which might show it. Those which do usually display it clearly so you see it when walking around.