Welcome to Elite Hotels of Sweden






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Welcome to

Elite Hotels


Unique hotels throughout Sweden

Elite Hotels of Sweden currently consists of 27 classic hotels which are centrally located in 17 major Swedish cities, from Malmö in the south, to Luleå in the north.

Most of the hotels are old historical buildings steeped in tradition and atmosphere developed throughout the last century. Staying at an Elite Hotel should offer guests an experience beyond that of a mere stay at a hotel. Elite Hotels endeavour to give their guests a complete experience, imbuing their stay with a sense of tradition, quality and flair.

In addition, within the group there are four Hotel Bishops Arms and the pub chain The Bishops Arms consisting of 40 pubs. The CEO and owner is Bicky Chakraborty.

more information

Elite Hotels of Sweden – Bicky Chakraborty, CEO and owner, +46 8 566 217 70.

We look forward to meeting you!

Elite Hotel Knaust in Sundsvall.

elite hotels of sweden, Hälsingegatan 30, Box 21034, se-100 31 Stockholm, tel +46 8 566 217 70, fax +46 8 566 217 71, e-mail elitehotels@elite.se, www.elite.se


Three key words that permeate every

level of our operations

tradition. Most of the hotels in the Elite Hotels group have played an important role in the city where they are located. For generations of residents and guests that have travelled there, the hotels have been associated with positive experiences and the high points of life and existence. Numerous persons of importance and standing have also chosen to stay at one of the historical hotels that are now part of the Elite Hotels group. We manage an important cultural heritage; it might well be described as being in the best tradition of proud city hotels and inns. Our modern hotels shall reflect the same approach and character as the old ones, while at the same time, they shall offer something new.

quality. The concept of quality is not entirely easy to describe as the meaning varies depending on whom you ask. For us at Elite Hotels, quality means understanding customer needs and preferences and working with both details and the whole. Quality is about the real experience, and not about false promises. flair. In Elite Hotels’ world, flair stands for pleasure and enjoyment. We do not only rent out beds. We provide positive and memorable experiences that include everything from beautiful environments and good food to first-class service. In short, a stay with us shall brighten life and existence.


History of Elite Hotels

At the end of the 1950s, a business concept was created at the Stockholm Student Union. The idea was that student housing that stood vacant during the summer months would be let as hotel rooms. The business was driven successfully through a foundation-like organisation during the 1970s. In 1980, the business was transformed into a corporation, SSRS Holding AB, with Bicky Chakraborty at the helm. Three years later, the prestigious Hotel Savoy in Malmö was acquired and the march towards today’s quality profile had begun. Since 1991, the organisation has been run under the name, Elite Hotels of Sweden. The sole owner and CEO is Bicky Chakraborty.

o r i g i n s

The story of SSRS originates in the Stockholm Student Union. The goal was to create an international centre for Swedish and overseas students. This was made possible when the international student dorm Forum was built. The centre was inaugurated by the Education Minister at that time, and future Prime Minister, Ingvar Carlsson. Bicky Chakraborty was the centre’s founder and initiator of the undertaking.

In 1980, the corporation SSRS Holding AB (Stockholm Student Reception Service) was formed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of SSSB. In 1983, the stately Hotel Savoy in Malmö was acquired, which was the beginning of SSRS’ history as an independent operation.

By January 1985, the corporation’s substantial growth meant that a different ownership structure would be required. Bicky Chakraborty took over ownership of SSRS from SSSB along with two listed companies, AB Aritmos and Skrinet AB. Ownership has changed several times over the years and was unstable until the end of 1998. Since January 1999, Bicky Chakraborty has had 100% ownership.

There was, for a time, a tendency to tear down all the old city hotels in the country in order to build modern hotels similar to American motels. The company’s mission was to acquire and refine traditional family-run city hotels and guest houses. Run with a strong sense of commitment and a good understanding of financials, the hotels have become profitable and this has subsequently afforded the opportunity to undertake careful restorations and refurbishment.

c u r r e n t o p e r a t i o n s

The company’s name (from April 1991) is under the name Elite Hotels of Sweden AB. Elite Hotels is the largest privately owned hotel chain in Sweden with a total of 31 facilities in 21 cities, with 27 Elite Hotels in 17 cities and 4 Hotel Bishops Arms in 4 cities.

r e s t a u r a n t s

In almost all Elite Hotels, there are one or several restaurants that offer superb food and drink. Some of our restaurants have also won awards for their excellent cuisine. Swea Hof at Elite Plaza Hotel and Park Avenue Café in Gothenburg are two examples of these. In Stockholm the renowned restaturants Vassa Eggen and Miss Voon are located in Elite Hotels in the city centre. At our hotel Elite Hotel Mollberg in Helsingborg we can recommend a visit to the Café le fil du Rasoir, a genuine French steakhouse.

elite hotels of sweden, Hälsingegatan 30, Box 21034, se-100 31 Stockholm, tel +46 8 566 217 70, fax +46 8 566 217 71, e-mail elitehotels@elite.se, www.elite.se


1980 Stora Hotellet in Örebro, acquisition of enterprise 1982 Stockholm Plaza, acquisition of property

1983 Savoy in Malmö, acquisition of enterprise and property 1984 Stockholm Plaza opens; SSRS sells 50 % of the property 1984 Stora Hotellet in Örebro, acquisition of property 1984 Stadshotellet in Karlstad, acquisition of property 1985 Stadshotellet in Karlstad, acquisition of enterprise 1986 Grand Hotel in Norrköping, management contract

1986 Savoy Hotel expanded by 28 rooms through acquisition of neighbouring property 1988 Stadshotellet in Västerås, acquisition of property and enterprise

1988 Grand Hotel Norrköping, acquisition of property 1989 Hotel Mollberg in Helsingborg, acquisition of enterprise 1990 Marina Plaza in Helsingborg opens – enterprise

1991 Nova Park Hotel in Huddinge, acquisition of enterprise and property, sold 1999 1994 Palace Hotel, acquisition of enterprise

1999 Elite Plaza in Gothenburg, opens – enterprise and 50 % of property 1999 Hotel Residens in Malmö, acquisition of enterprise and property 2000 Strandbaden in Falkenberg, enterprise and property, sold 2011 2001 Stadshotellet in Växjö – acquisition of enterprise

2001 Stora Hotellet in Jönköping – acquisition of enterprise 2001 Stadshotellet in Luleå – acquisition of enterprise 2002 Elite Hotel Knaust in Sundsvall reopened – enterprise 2005 Elite Park Avenue Hotel in Gothenburg – enterprise 2008 Elite Park Hotel, Växjö – acquisition of enterprise 2008 Elite Hotel Arcadia in Stockholm reopened – enterprise 2008 Hotel Bishops Arms in Köping – acquisition of property 2010 Elite Hotel Marina Tower in Stockholm – enterprise 2010 Hotel Bishops Arms in Kristianstad – enterprise 2010 Elite Plaza Hotel in Malmö – enterprise

2011 Hotel Bishops Arms in Kristianstad – enterprise 2011 Elite Eden Park Hotel in Stockholm – enterprise

2011 Elite Stora Hotellet in Linköping – acquisition of enterprise 2012 Elite Stadshotellet in Eskilstuna reopened – enterprise 2013 Elite Hotel Ideon in Lund – enterprise

2013 Elite Grand Hotel in Gävle – enterprise 2013 Elite Plaza Hotel in Örnsköldsvik – enterprise

2014 Elite Hotel Adlon in Stockholm – acquisition of enterprise 2015 Hotel Bishops Arms in Piteå – enterprise

2016 Elite Hotel Mimer in Umeå – enterprise 2016 Elite Hotel in Uppsala – enterprise



Elite Hotels constantly strives to maintain a high level of quality and service at our hotels. Over the years, our work has paid off and we have won a number of awards. Elite Hotels and Bicky Chakraborty are the proud recipients of:

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2003 Grand Business Travel Award for Best Hotel Chain in Sweden awarded to Elite Hotels.

2004 Grand Business Travel Award for Best Hotel Chain in Sweden awarded to Elite Hotels.

2004 Grand Business Travel Award for Best Business Hotel in Sweden awarded to Elite Plaza Hotel in Gothenburg.

2004 Tennis sponsor of the Year awarded to Elite Hotels by Swedish Tennis. 2006 Swedish Arts & Business Awards in the category of Culture & Industry

in Sweden awarded to Elite Hotels in cooperation with Riksteatern (the National Touring Theatre).

2007 Grand Travel Award for Best Hotel Chain in Sweden awarded to Elite Hotels.

2008 Grand Travel Award for Best Hotel Chain in Sweden awarded to Elite Hotels.

2008 Business Travel Award for Best Hotel Chain in Sweden. 2009 Grand Travel Award for Best Hotel Chain in Sweden.

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2003 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Stockholm region awarded to Bicky Chakraborty.

2006 Swedbank Business award, national winner, Bicky Chakraborty.

2006 Föreningssparbanken’s Entrepreneur Award given to Bicky Chakraborty 2008 Overseas Indian Award (Pravasi Bharatiya Samman) conferred on Bicky

Chakraborty by the President of India.

2008 Awarded gold medal by the Swedish Royal Patriotic Society for services to Swedish industry.

2009 Alfred Bonnier Prize for Entrepreneur of the year awarded to Bicky Chakraborty.

2012 Grand Travel Award: Manager of the Year in the Travel Business awarded to Bicky Chakraborty.

2012 H.M. the King’s Medal of the 12th class with the Ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim for outstanding achievement as an entrepreneur in various fields awarded to Bicky Chakraborty.

elite hotels of sweden, Hälsingegatan 30, Box 21034, se-100 31 Stockholm, tel +46 8 566 217 70, fax +46 8 566 217 71, e-mail elitehotels@elite.se, www.elite.se


Welcome to Gothenburg and our two hotels, the Elite Plaza Hotel and Elite Park Avenue Hotel. The five-star Elite Plaza Hotel is located in the street Västra Hamngatan, within walking distance of the Central Station, Gothenburg Opera, shopping and restaurants. Situated in a palatial building from 1889, in which all the original features have been preserved with great care, combining ancient stucco ceilings and mosaic floors harmoniously with elements of modern art and design. Consequently, the Elite Plaza Hotel boasts an utterly unique hotel environment that has evolved from our desire to enhance the guest experience. The extraordinary level of service at the Elite Plaza Hotel ensures our guests enjoy a unique hotel experience during their stay. The hotel has a restaurant, the Swea Hof, which specialises in fish and seafood, the intimate Plaza bar and our English gastro pub, The Bishops Arms. Our other Gothenburg hotel, the Elite Park Avenue Hotel is located on the city’s main street, Avenyn, within walking distance of the Swedish Exhibition Centre, the Congress Hall and amusement park Liseberg. At Elite Park Avenue Hotel, the Gothenburg cultural centre, Götaplatsen, is close by, with the Lorensberg Theatre, Concert Hall and the Museum of Art just outside the doors, as well as all the city shopping areas of Gothenburg. Elite Park Avenue Hotel is a modern four-star hotel with a personal atmosphere. The Elite Park Avenue Hotel’s pleasant conference and event/banqueting rooms with the capacity for receiving parties of 2-450 people, are equipped with the latest technology in lighting and sound. Hotel guests also have access to a wellness centre available on the hotel’s ground floor and are given free admission to the gym and relaxation area. The hotel also boasts the old, traditional restaurant, the Park Aveny Café while in the same building there is also a bar and nightclub, Locatelli, and the English pub, The Bishops Arms.

In the expansive Malmö region, Elite Hotels has three fine hotel options for guests to choose from, each with its own personal charm and history. Elite Hotel Savoy has an interesting history dating back to the 1300s; while in 1902, the hotel received its present name – Savoy. Bicky Chakraborty acquired Savoy Hotel in 1983, and has since then cared for the historic hotel with great reverence, implementing extensive restoration and refurbishment. Since March 2015 the hotel hosts the new exciting restaurant Savoy Grill, run by the famous duo behind the popular restaurant Johan P. The stylish Elite Hotel Residens also has a long history. The property housed a fashionable confectioner’s shop and nightclub before being converted into a hotel in 1987. Elite Hotel Residens has been part of the hotel chain since 1999.

The latest Elite Hotel addition in Malmö is the Elite Plaza Hotel, which opened in 2010 on the sunny side of Gustav Adolf Square and offers both air-conditioned hotel rooms as well as gym and private garage. Next door from the hotel is the cosy pub The Bishops Arms welcoming guests for both food and drinks. Currently, it boasts southern Sweden’s largest collection of malt whiskeys and beer.

Elite Hotels in three major Swedish cities



In Sweden’s beautiful capital Stockholm, Elite Hotels offers six four-star hotels. First of all, the Elite Hotel Arcadia is situated in Östermalm, close to the legendary 1912 Olympic stadium and the Royal Institute of Technology. Here is where the business once started. The hotel is a charming and newly renovated hotel with a fine restaurant and outdoor seating set in a pretty garden.

Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza in Stockholm’s city centre is a stately and historical hotel in a beautiful building. It was designed in 1884, and opened in the mid 1980’s. Situated just next door, in the same building, is the hotel’s famous restaurant Vassa Eggen Steak House, where food is always given the highest priority. An excellent choice of nightclubs, shopping areas and restaurants are all close by. The classic hotel, Elite Palace Hotel, is located in the picturesque quarter, Vasastan, opening its doors for the first time in 1958. The hotel was originally built to accommodate a growing number of motorists in Sweden and had a garage with 250 spaces that serviced the cars during the day. The chain acquired the hotel in 1994 and today it is a very popular and well frequented full-service hotel with a spa, fitness centre and gastro pub The Bishops Arms.

Elite Hotel Marina Tower is located in a unique old mill from 1890, in an impressive setting on the quayside, overlooking the inlet to Stockholm. The hotel opened in 2010, and is a modern conference hotel with a restaurant, outdoor terrace and a newly opened spa and Turkish Hamam, including a sauna, pool and gym. Elite Eden Park Hotel opened in summer 2011. This is an exclusive design hotel, located in central Stockholm, next to the tranquil Humlegården Park and the bustling shopping district of Stureplan. Adjacent to the hotel, there are two exciting restaurant environments. On the one side, there is the gastro pub, The Bishops Arms, whilst on the other, the restaurant, Miss Voon a member of the well-reputed Group F12 family, guaranteeing its guests a memorable gastronomic experience. Elite Hotel Adlon became a part of the chain in february 2014 and is the chain’s latest addition in Stockholm. The hotel is situated on Vasagatan in central

Stockholm. It is housed in a charming neoclassical building dating back to 1884 and now houses 111 hotel rooms, three conference rooms and the restaurant Kött- och Fiskbaren, the latest member of the Group F12 family. Across the street you will find Elite Hotels gastro pub The Bishops Arms. With walking distance to both the Central Station and Arlanda Express, it is the perfect location for your stay.

elite hotels throughout sweden

In addition to these cities you’ll find Elite Hotels in Eskilstuna, Gävle, Helsingborg, Jönköping, Karlstad, Linköping, Luleå, Lund, Norrköping, Sundsvall, Umeå (will open in early 2016), Västerås, Växjö, Örebro and Örnsköldsvik.

Read more about all Elite Hotels throughout Sweden on www.elite.se


In 1966 Bicky Chakraborty arrived in Stockholm and enrolled at the University of Stockholm for studies in social sciences. Immediately after arriving in Stockholm he was in the headlines of a Swedish daily Aftonbladet: “He came from Calcutta to bring life to the nightlife of Stockholm”. This was in respect to a charity show organised by him for the benefit of the ‘Save the Children’ organisation. Bicky Chakraborty subsequently got involved in the social and political activities of Stockholm Student Union. He was the first non-Swedish person to hold the prestigious post of Programme Secretary of Stockholm University Students’ Union.

In 1970 Bicky Chakraborty became the head of the International Student Centre run by the Student Unions of Stockholm. The aim was to bridge the cultural gap between the Swedish and foreign student bodies. Another objective was to provide short term solution to housing problems, faced particularly by the foreign students at that time. In 1980 Bicky Chakraborty founded SSRS holding AB to develop a new brand of hotel enterprise in Sweden. He acquired well known, family run heritage hotels located all over Sweden. Most of these hotels were run down, suffering from financial and managerial difficulties. Had these properties not been acquired by Bicky Chakraborty most of them would, in all likelihood, have ceased to exist. The efforts to preserve these heritage buildings were hailed by many Swedes, both in government and in cultural circles, as substantial contribution to the preservation of inner city areas dating from the late 19th century.

Today the company operates about 27 premium hotels under the brand name Elite Hotels of Sweden and 4 Hotel Bishops Arms. In 2016 Elite Hotels will open two new hotels in Umeå and Uppsala. The company also owns and operates 40 English quality pubs as The Bishops Arms all over Sweden. Elite Hotels of Sweden is currently one of the larger Swedish hotel groups with a turnover of SEK 2 billion and an EBITDA of SEK 320million. Bicky Chakraborty is the sole owner of the company.

Bicky Chakraborty

owner and ceo





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