Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are releasing their first new material as a musical partnership for more than 15 years, including a track performed by the staff of Andersson’s Stockholm hotel, Rival.
One of their two new songs, 2nd Best To None, was inspired by festivities at a party last September celebrating the fifth anniversary of the hotel. Andersson said he realised that at least 20 hotel employees were singing in amateur choirs in Stockholm.
“I asked them, ‘Do you want me to write a song for you …?’ They said yes, so I asked Björn if he would like to write the lyrics, and we recorded it with the staff. It’s just a lot of fun and it’s taking care of the staff at the hotel more than anything else.” The song has been released as a single in Sweden.
The pair’s other new number, Story of a Heart, will appear on the first English-language album from Andersson’s current band.
by Andy Moreton
You can hear see the staff performing 2nd Best To None at http://www.rival.se and, of course, you can book rooms at the Rival hotel in Stockholm at the best rates through Luxique.
I’ve seen (and stayed in) some weird and wonderful hotels, but never one made from an old Boeing 747. But all that could change because a Swedish entrepreneur, Oscar Dios, has plans to create what he’s dubbed ‘Jumbo Hostel.’
Dios bought a 500-seater 747, built in 1976, from Transjet when it went bust in 2002. It’s been towed into place just outside Arlanda airport in Stockholm, where it will be fitted out with 25 rooms and a suite where the flight deck used to be.
Room sizes will be modest, however – most are 20-foot square, with three beds to a room and shared bathroom facilities.
Jumbo Hostel, which will remain grounded at the airport, will begin taking reservations from December. If the venture proves successful, Dios hopes to extend it elsewhere.
If you prefer a more conventional, not to say luxurious, Stockholm hotel, Luxique can offer an unrivalled selection of the very best.
by Andy Moreton