Næzén’s library and Giisa

A space to study, meet or party

  • Stora Hotellet Armchair
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  • Stora Hotellet Decoration
  • Stora Hotellet Bird Decorations

In Næzén’s library you can have an inspirational meeting, simple chat or a magnificent party. There are two rooms – Library and Giisa – and they can be hired separately or together.

The rooms were inspired by Daniel Erik Næzén who was a district doctor and lived in Umeå from 1782 to 1808. He was a versatile intellectual, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Næzén founded Umeå’s first library and was a student of botany, entomology, mineralogy, meteorology and much more. He examined the spa that was on the site before Stora Hotellet in Umea was built and he used the spa waters in his treatments.

The carefully furnished library is the larger of the two rooms. It has a conference table for 12-14 people and a cosy lounge area with sofas and armchairs. There is a fireplace and a series of features linked to Næzén’s world of science and art. The library is available for the hotel’s guests and the doors are always open unless a conference has been booked.

Giisa, a room full of Sami treasure

From the library you enter Giisa, the next room, through a Maplewood door. Giisa is the name for a Sami chest where you store silver, coins and other precious objects, and the room is decorated with a unique collection of Sami handicraft. There is a conference table for 12 people and a separate entrance.

Our Giisa is a celebration of Sami culture and our Sami heritage. There is yet another link to Daniel Erik Næzén here. Whilst district doctor he had responsibility for people within an area of 24,000 square km, which at that time was two fifths of all Sweden. For Næzén it meant a lot of long journeys inland where he could indulge his interest in the culture and customs of the Sami people.

Room details

Two rooms: Library 36 sqm with room for 14 people + Giisa 18 sqm for 12 people

  • Stora Hotellet’s Freedom Suite is in the old banqueting hall and comprises a bedroom and living room covering 89 square metres. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen.

  • At Stora Hotellet, King Oscar II and many a common sailor have walked up the staircase, built in 1895. In the background is Gotthard's restaurant and bar. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen.

  • Night time at Stora Hotellet’s reception. In days gone by, party goers from the hotel would have mingled here with busy sailors from the seaman’s mission. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen

  • When the 1895 staircase stops, a new staircase takes you to the attic. The new staircase was built from ship wreckage wood, old furniture and stuff found in the hotel's old attic. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen.

  • Næzéns library is always open to our guests. A tribute to doctor Daniel Erik Næzén and his health spa that was located here. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen.

  • The bar in Gotthard's restaurant is next to the lobby. It’s a meeting place for both Umeå residents and guests from near and far. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen.

  • Gotthard's restaurant mixes fresh, local ingredients and inspiration from the world's ports. A tribute to the Gotthard Zetterberg, the first director of the hotel. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen.

  • Superstition rooms are compact and cozy sailor berths in Stora Hotellet’s old attic with sloping ceiling, nooks and crannies. Photo: Erik Nissen Johansen.