Scandic Continental has opened its doors – a landmark across from Stockholm Central station, which will become the natural meeting point for business and form an oasis in Stockholm’s new business district. The opening of Scandic Continental also means 150 new employees with 30 nationalities represented in its workforce.
Last year nearly 13 million commercial guest nights were registered in the Stockholm county, an increase with 10 percent compared to previous year. According to estimates from the Stockholm Business Region, another 5 000 nights are needed in 2020 just in the town of Stockholm. In line with this, Scandic Continental is now opening up 392 rooms and 25 conference rooms and the interest has been great. The hotel will welcome 400 guests on the first night of the opening, to be followed by a great congress week in Stockholm with full occupancy.
“We need more hotels. Stockholm is a hotspot and attracts more and more visitors, business travelers as wells as leisure guests. We have seen an overwhelming interest in reservations and even though we felt we aimed high entering this project, we have exceeded our targets for the first year,” says Peter Storckenfeldt, General Manager, Scandic Continental.
Employees from over 30 countries
At the time of opening, Scandic Continental will have close to 150 employees and among these over 30 nationalities are represented. Most were hired through the Scandic Continental recruiting day in November, when over a thousand applicants were speed interviewed in one day.
The new Scandic Continental will be the third hotel with the same name. The very first hotel on the same spot opened in 1878 under the name W6, and was later renamed to Continental by the year 1899. The second and previous Continental was built in 1963 in connection to the construction of the subway system.
”It’s great to be the third generation Continental on this very spot. The hotel will not only be a meeting place for our hotel guests, but also for people in the business world, lunch guests, people buying their morning coffee on their way to work and anyone who would like to enjoy a nice cocktail and admire the Stockholm skyline in the rooftop bar Capital”, continues Peter Storckenfeldt.
The business traveler in focus
Scandic Continental is custom made for the modern business traveler. The lobby offers a place for spontaneous meetings or just a seat enabling work on-the-go. The digital service Scandic Continental Residents has been developed to let guests check in and see which companies and people in their business network are present. This allows business guests to engage with contacts they might not have had the chance to meet otherwise.
Scandic Continental has 392 hotel rooms and 25 conference rooms tailored for everything from conferences and board meetings, to creative meetings around the ping-pong table and meetings one-to-one.