måndag 29 oktober 2012 | hotel
The New Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport will open its doors on November 1. With the new hotel, immediately next to the airport runways, and with four new hotels in the North of Sweden, Petter A. Stordalen’s hotel empire is now the largest in Sweden. The investment in a new hotel at Arlanda Airport is the largest ever made by Clarion Hotels. The hotel chain is also continuing its partnership with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson with the launch of a new food concept, Kitchen & Table, which will be served at Clarion Hotels throughout the Nordic region.
The 13-storey glass-and-granite building, which rises high above the airport runways, is located next to Arlanda Airport and offers immediate access to Sky City.
“The fantastic location makes Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport the most strategically-placed hotel in our portfolio. More than ever, the focus has been on the environment and sustainability, and this is reflected in the whole project, including the hotel exterior and interior, the choice of artworks and our new food concept. Guests will enjoy the proximity to the Continent, and the fact that they don’t even have to put on their shoes to walk from the aircraft to the hotel”, said Stordalen.
Clarion Hotels meets the world
The Norwegian entrepreneur and hotel mogul Petter A. Stordalen is the person behind the Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport. Swedavia owns the property, and Sweco, formerly known as Aros Arkitekter, and Anders Björkén of Börjkén Architects are responsible for concepts, drawings and interior design. The building is inspired by the airport control tower located opposite the hotel. The building has a flowing design, with both convex and concave lines depending on which side it is viewed from. The wide Sky Bridge provides a link between the hotel and Sky City.
“Building a hotel so close to an airport was a real challenge. The construction is specifically designed to provide a pleasant and relaxing indoor environment. We have created a tasteful, timeless interior, with a building combining modern creativity and discrete exclusivity. Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport has an international flair which has to be experienced first-hand,” said architect Anders Björkén.
A room with a view
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport offers a total of 414 Standard, Superior and Deluxe rooms, as well as seven corner suites. It also has a gym with mixed steam and dry saunas and an outdoor pool on the roof above the lower entrance. Most of the interior has been specially designed by Björkén Architects, but selected items have come from Italian furniture houses.
”We will be the natural choice for business travellers who will be able to organise meetings here by offering both first-class conference facilities and accommodation. We see the hotel as an excellent complement to existing hotels and conference facilities at Arlanda, but believe that we can give our guests and visitors something special,” said Johan Svensson, General Manager of Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport.
Kitchen & Table
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport will be the first hotel to launch the completely new Kitchen & Table and Bar food concept created by Marcus Samuelsson. The menu is influenced by the international and culinary melting pot of Manhattan, including China Town and Little Italy. Kitchen & Table offers guests the opportunity to socialise over a relaxed and informal dinner or cocktail. The menus at all the hotels will also feature the culinary specialities of the local area, made from local produce. The restaurant at Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport, with seating for 60 guests, is located on the 12th floor of the building. It also has a bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and watch the aircraft take off and land.
“Kitchen & Table brings Manhattan’s multicultural atmosphere of tastes and aromas to Scandinavia, with a range of exciting dishes influenced by various parts of the world never previously experienced by many guests. The menu also features local specialities made from seasonal ingredients supplied by the farmers in the surrounding area,” said Marcus Samuelsson, Co-operator, Kitchen & Table.
From 2013 onwards, the concept will be rolled out at all 21 Clarion Hotels in the Nordic region. The only exceptions are Clarion Hotel Post with its Norda Bar & Grill and Clarion Hotel Sign with its American Table.
Efficient meeting place
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport is a perfect alternative for board meetings, conferences and events of all sizes. With conference facilities for up to 1,200 delegates, the proximity to an international travel hub makes organising both national and international meetings easy. The building has a total of 44 conference rooms, of which 17 are board rooms, and a banquet hall with seating for up to 900 guests. The hotel also features a spacious dining room and lounge next to the banqueting hall, as well as conference rooms on the ground floor.
Art – a symbol of nature and mankind
On the 13th floor, guests can enjoy a series of nature photography exhibitions at the Klum Gallery. The first exhibition is “Horse People”, which features the work of photographic artist and film producer Mattias Klum. A selection of Mattias’ atmospheric and engaging pictures is displayed throughout the hotel and are also on permanent show at the Klum Gallery. The gallery will be open to the general public on Sundays.
Photographer Mette Tronvoll’s amazing images from Greenland are also on show throughout the hotel. The photographic duo of Sara Appelgren and Johan Willner have created a series of huge photo portraits of people associated with the airport, which intensify the atmosphere in the spacious dining room. Julian Opie has created a floor-to-ceiling LED sculpture which highlights the hotel entrance and foyer. The sculpture depicts a large crowd of colourful people on the move. Ernst Billgren’s mosaic and terrazzo fountain from 1991 has been restored and new bronze details added. The fountain has been relocated to the piazza outside the hotel entrance. ”Dawid”, Björn Dawidsson’s photograph of an eagle’s wing hangs in the hotel foyer and symbolises strength, watchfulness, flight and freedom.
Focusing on the environment at the world’s most environmentally-sustainable airport
The wardrobes in all 414 rooms will feature a special environmental exhibition with works by the photographer Mattias Klum. The message of the exhibition will be the plight of wildlife threatened by extinction, the efforts made by Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport and what guests themselves can do. The photographs in the exhibition will be replaced very six months.
Clarion Hotels supports the Rainforest Foundation, and saves 100 square metres of rain forest for every guest staying overnight. Guests’ carbon footprint is off-set through a tree planting project in Malawi, the Clinton Foundation and WWF. The local dishes served at the hotel are largely made from locally-produced ingredients. The hotel is one of only five hotels in Scandinavia to be classed as a ”green building”. Beehives, which will help increase the number of flowering plants and trees within a 1.5 km radius, have been established on the hotel roof.
Sweden’s largest hotel chain
"I am delighted to announce the addition of four new hotels in the North of Sweden to our Group. Counted by the number of hotels, this makes ours the largest hotel chain in Sweden,” Stordalen concluded.
In addition with the establishment of the Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport, Nordic Choice Hotels is expanding by four new hotels in three locations in the north of Sweden. These are two Quality Hotels, one in Skellefteå and one in Boden, one Comfort Hotel and one totally-new hotel under the Clarion Hotels brand in Luleå.
Photo: Exterior, Sara Appelgren