Stora Hotellet and Umeå seaman’s mission anno 1895

  • Stora Hotellet Umeå
  • Gotthards Krog Umeå Bar

Umeå has a long history as a seafaring town. During the 1800s shipbuilding and sea travel were big business and the seaman’s mission constructed an impressive building down by the river, a combination of mission house and hotel. When Stora Hotellet opened in 1895 it was a place where those two worlds met. This was Umeå’s major hotel for over a century and extensive refurbishment was carried out prior to the reopening to mark Umeå being named European Capital of Culture 2014. The hotel stands once again in its seafaring finery, ready to welcome guests for another 100 years. Stora Hotellet has 82 unique rooms that run from spacious suites to compact cabins. There is a restaurant, bar, library and conference rooms.

Read more about the hotel’s history

  • 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.