Given the frequency of our travel and flights, we to some extent grew numb to our surroundings across cities: check in to similar airports, take similar trains to downtown, and rest at similar hotels. This kind of deja vu may or may not be a good thing: on one hand, I'm proud to be a citizen of the world; on the other hand, it's getting hard and hard to find a place to stay that really impress us with originality.
When we DIY checked in HTL hotel through an iPad (fancy, fancy), we immediately had another sort of deja vu--this time a good one: its Scandic style lobby and casual, indie atmosphere reminded us of ACE hotel in the U.S., except that HTL is even more modern and vivid with the all the Nordic furniture. The one we stayed at is located in central Stockholm, the middle of everything. What else can we ask for?
We soon became so attached to the lobby (after reaching to a conclusion that we were not able to steal home any piece of the decor). Given that the room is not spacious, the lobby naturally serves as the common place for community. People gathered down here to take breakfast, or grabbed a drink to chill at the end of day under the string lights and groovy music.
(Try not to mention that breakfast again to me, which still make me crave for a croissant every time I think of it.)
The room decor is full of interesting details. Marble, copper and velvet hooks line up on the wall and pretty much summarize all the design elements that we love.
Our room, while petite, is simple and modern, with ample soft light giving the windowsill a tranquil touch. We love its in-house bath products; whose packaging and quality resemble whose of Aesop. You may take home a bottle at the front desk with a goodwill for local product support.