Scan Magazine, Issue 80, September 2015

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Clarion Hotel Malmö Live is the latest addition to the skyline.

Hotel of the Month, Sweden

Big, bold and beautiful Malmö has a new hotel and it is the largest one yet, featuring flexible conference facilities, a Mexican taqueria, a sky bar and the relaxed Living Room. Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. By Ellinor Thunberg | Photos: Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live

The doors first opened on the night between 1 and 2 May, at one minute past midnight. Thousands of locals lined up to meet, mingle and explore the new addition to the restaurant and hotel scene. “It was a big happening and we got a very warm welcome,” says Jens Lyckman, CEO at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live. The first few months have been going well. May and June saw several conferences and the quieter summer period still got to welcome plenty of holiday makers and locals. But now Lyckman is looking forward to autumn and winter.

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“We just launched our Christmas buffets, to take place in the congress hall during three days in December. The holiday season might seem far away, but it is the next big step,” he says. Star-quality dining The hotel has two restaurants: Kitchen & Table on the 25th floor and the informal Mexican-style Eatery Social Taqueria on the ground floor. Both restaurants have been developed in close collaboration with Swedish celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, known for restaurants such as the Red Rooster in Harlem, New York.

“It has been a big success! The restaurants have been very popular with the locals so far,” says Lyckman. The new Malmö Live neighbourhood has even been nicknamed ‘Malmhattan’, thanks to its New York-based collaborator. Eatery Social Taqueria is all about sharing and traditional Mexican food is mixed with street food trends straight from Los Angeles, New York – and Malmö. The sky bar on the 25th floor is the first of its kind in the city and has proved to be particularly popular. “Many locals want to see the city from above,” says Lyckman, and no wonder. The bar and restaurant is located 85 metres above ground and offer views not only of the city, but also of the Öresund region. You can even spot footballer Zla-

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