Region overview: Over 16,000 new rooms slated for Scandinavia

by | 17 Oct 2020 | Projects

Scandinavia’s hotel pipeline is looking healthy with 16,178 new rooms planned across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, according to the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. 

Our research team has found that 63 hotel projects with 16,178 rooms are planned to open across Scandinavia in the coming years. We take a closer look at these upcoming launches.

New projects by year

The last few months of 2020 will see six schemes with 1,394 rooms open their doors. 2021 will be by far the busier year, however, with 31 projects and 8,268 keys on the cards. Then in both 2022 and 2023, 13 projects will complete, adding 3,238 and 3,278 rooms respectively to the regional offering.

The focus is clearly on upscale hotels – 54 of the 63 properties will be in the four-star segment, while only nine will be in the five-star category.

Scandinavian hotel openings by country

Denmark and Sweden share the lead on a country-by-country basis with 18 upcoming openings each. However, Denmark comes out marginally ahead when we look at the size, with an additional room count of 5,595 versus Sweden’s 4,126 extra keys.

Finland follows with 14 launches and 4,069 rooms, Norway is next in line with nine projects and 1,704 rooms, with Iceland completing the list by virtue of its four properties and 684 rooms.

Key urban hotel markets in Scandinavia

Copenhagen takes a decisive lead in this area with 13 new hotel projects and 3,883 keys. Next up is Helsinki, which will get nine additional properties and 2,599 rooms.

Elsewhere, Gothenburg’s hotel offering will grow by four schemes with 1,355 keys, and Aarhus and Reykjavík will both see three properties open with 957 and 489 rooms respectively.

Top hotel brands expanding in Scandinavia

Scandic Hotels will grow its portfolio by 15 schemes and 4,569 rooms, whereas Clarion Hotels by Nordic Choice will get five new properties and 1,792 rooms.

Comfort Hotels by Nordic Choice and 25hours Hotels, meanwhile, will both complete three projects – Comfort Hotels boasts almost twice as many new rooms as 25hours though. Finally, Radisson Red is adding two schemes to its Scandinavian portfolio.

Noteworthy hotel projects across Scandinavia

The 632-room Scandic Spectrum hotel in Copenhagen is the largest project currently underway in Scandinavia. Its opening is planned for late 2021. Designed by architects at Dissing + Weitling, the hotel will feature an entire floor dedicated to restaurants, bars and a terrace, which will help the hotel become a modern lifestyle hub in the city. Scandic Spectrum’s proximity to Copenhagen’s central station, Tivoli Gardens, the harbour and city hall also promise to make it an ideal place to stay for both local and international travellers.

Over in Norway, the 224-room Radisson Red Okern Oslo will open in early 2022. It’ll feature spacious, bright rooms and suites, several meeting rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar with a garden and unparalleled 360-degree views of Norway’s capital. Dark Architects was tasked with the design of Norway’s first-ever Radisson Red property, and has really surpassed expectations in terms of sustainable and future-oriented building design.

Lastly, Clarion Hotel SeaU Helsingborg in Sweden will offer 250 rooms upon its completion in February 2021. Jais Architects was the creative mind here and gave the project its futuristic yet elegant facade and light-flooded interior. Apart from the hotel rooms, there will be 150 residential units and public venues, as well as a congress centre for 1,200 delegates, 20 conference rooms, two restaurants and a bar. A gym, spa and pool will complete the property’s amenities.

Many TOPHOTELNEWS articles draw on exclusive information contained in the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. This subscription-based product includes the details of thousands of hotel projects around the world, along with the key decision-makers behind them. Please note, our data may differ from the records held by other organisations. Generally, the database focuses on four- and five-star schemes of significant scale; tracks projects in either the vision, pre-planning, planning, under-construction, pre-opening or newly opened phase; and covers newbuilds, extensions, refurbishment and conversions.

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