Blue Strand Hotel in Stockholm pays homage to one of its most renowned guests in the form of a hotel suite.
The newly furnished Greta Garbo suite is part of the hotel’s centenary celebration. This was Stockholm’s first celebrity hotel and the suite is meant to convey the feeling of stepping into a black and white film in which glamour, splendor and drama comprise a tantalizing blend. Greta Garbo’s dramatic characters on the silver screen have inspired the colours – black and gold – of the interior design. The choice of fabrics – velvet and silk – was inspired by Greta Garbo’s gowns. Also, one of the rooms is furnished with mirrors inspired by her jewellery. Why not stay a night with Garbo in Stockholm?
– It’s been great fun to honour the memory of Greta Garbo in this way, since she stayed at the hotel on several occasions and, primarily, because she is one of the best actresses of all time, says Eva Kalling Hansson, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel in Stockholm.
In collaboration with interior designer Maria Nordin, the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel has transformed the suite into an oasis of everything Garbo. In order to get every detail right, Maria Nordin enlisted Rune Hellquist, chairman of Garbosällskapet (The Garbo Society). Furthermore, the suite was the designed with the approval of Greta Garbo’s family.
– It’s been very enjoyable to interpret film star Greta Garbo and the stylish elegance of her times my own way. My aim is to make the hotel guests feel like they’re stepping into a scene from a film starring the legendary, glamorous Greta Garbo, says Maria Nordin.
The number of details is rather astonishing – a plethora of hats, sunglasses and other objects with an immediate connection to Greta Garbo. The walls are adorned with numerous black and white photographs of the star herself, wearing different kinds of hats – an accessory Garbo seldom went anywhere without. Another example is a bottle of whisky. Garbo’s first line in a talking picture was “Give me a whisky”.
Published with kind permission from Z Lifestyle Magazine, created exclusively for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.