The Clarion Sense is the best hotel to be found in the gateway to Swedish Lapland. Recently built in the heart of the isthmus that is the town of Luleå, this sleek and stylish hotel is a great option for travellers looking for a staging post on the route to the remote wildernesses of northern Sweden. It’s also a great option for those wanting to explore the stunning Luleå Archipelago nearby. As well as chic and comfortable rooms, the Clarion Sense offers fine dining and an exciting programme of winter activities.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson is in charge of culinary affairs at the Clarion Sense. An intriguing figure, who has received widespread critical acclaim and has cooked state banquets for Barack Obama, the Swedish-Ethiopian chef serves up an inspired menu. His restaurant, Kitchen & Table, transforms the freshest Atlantic ingredients into cosmopolitan Manhattan-inspired dishes. The Lobby Bar is a great place for a stylish cocktail or two; the hearty breakfasts included in the room rate will take care of any indulgence the night before.
The exceedingly contemporary rooms at the Clarion Sense, with their colourfully modern murals, feature bold, dark furniture, super comfortable beds, lovely large windows that create an airy atmosphere. The design of each floor is inspired by the four seasons of the year, with art and lighting and colour schemes carrying the theme through to create a charming atmosphere.
Unlike other hotels in the region, the Clarion is located not in the wilderness but in the centre of town, but the exciting range of winter excursions offered in the Luleå region can easily be arranged. Closer to home, the town’s pubs and bars provide a selection of warm and sociable spots to meet the friendly locals, and, should you be loathe to stray further than the hotel’s front door, the state-of-the-art spa should offer ample temptation.