Sweden is home to many of the world’s number one tennis players such as Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg. And as one of Sweden’s most important international events, the Stockholm Open is fast approaching for its place along the ATP world tour on October 17 – 25 2009.
As one of the oldest indoor tournaments on the ATP tour, this year is host to local Swedish tennis greats, Joachim Johansson who held the runner up position in Stockholm Open 2007 and Robin Soderling who also was runner up in last year’s open against the winner David Nalbandian of Argentina. And like any great Open you are going to want to get your tickets as soon as possible. Luckily you can book your seats at the Stockholm Open’s website (http://www.ifstockholmopen.se/en-gb/Tickets/Buy-ticket/)
Outside of the great tennis event itself, Stockholm is doing its best to strengthening the side events this year to give its city’s visitors extra value. Its promise is to make the Stockholm Open 2009 bigger and more exciting than ever. Organizers have a great rock concert on the opening day, a singles event on Friday the 23rd and a large business day with focus on the stock market, new hospitality solutions and much more.
While in the city for the event, Kiwi Collection has some of the best luxury hotels in Stockholm for you to choose from. They’re both close to the court and ready to give you world class service and hospitality.
Grand Hotel Stockholm:
Often referred to as Scandinavia’s leading hotel, the Grand Hotel Stockholm is an experience beyond the ordinary. Listed as one of the top 50 hotels in Europe for 2008 according to Travel + Leisure magazine this 135 year old hotels has a long and fascinating history.
Located opposite the Royal Palace by the water, each of the beautifully designed rooms and suites feature stunning view of either the quiet courtyard, the harbor, Old Town or the Royal Palace.
For those of you who love to relax the Grand Hotel Stockholm has recently debuted its now spa offering guests an unparallel spa experience. Spread out over two floors featuring eight treatment rooms the spa also offers a state of the art training fitness center.
Food and drink have always had a central place at the Grand Hotel Stockholm. The hotel’s exclusive a la carte restaurant Mathias Dahlgren, offers two different dining experiences which complement each other though the duel concept of “Matsalen” (the dining room) and “Matbaren” (the floor). This year Matsalen at Mathias Dahlgren, was granted its second Michelin star as well as four out of five possible “knives & forks” indicating the total level of comfort and service. If that wasn’t enough, Mathias Dahlgren also debuted on the renowned list “the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants” making it a world tourist destination in and of itself.
The Hotel Diplomat is a beautiful small hotel situated in one of the most luxurious and fashionable boulevards in the city with plenty of shopping and entertainment within walking distance.
This classic art nouveau building has 130 individually designed rooms and suites which have been recently renovated by renowned architect Per Oberg. Many of the spaces feature stunning views of the dark turquoise waters and Stockholm’s glorious skyline.
Art lovers are sure to appreciate the large collection of Swedish art is displayed throughout the hotel giving guests a genuine taste of the extraordinary Swedish talent and culture. The lounge on the mezzanine floor is also frequently used for exhibitions of contemporary local artists.
Hotel Diplomat also offers a unique weekend experience for all of its guests. At 12 noon each weekend day the s/s Stockholm will take you on three hour cruise that includes a luscious and delicious brunch on board. This boat cruise displays the fantastic scenery though Stockholm’s inner archipelago. And when you book your stay, make sure to take advantage of their Cruise Package offing complimentary breakfast and welcome gift of a glass of champagne. The offer is subject to availability.