Malmo in southern Sweden is known for its multiculturalism. The city’s motto, “A multiplicity of meetings and possibilities”, refers to three things: Malmo is a multicultural, global city; Malmo is the meeting place between Scandinavia and the continent, between the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and a meeting place for all people; and Malmo gives possibilities for the people who live in the city.
Nowhere is the multi-culture more apparent in Malmo than in the area Möllevången, or Möllan, with its square Möllevångstorget, a large market place where the working-class movement developed during the end of the 18th century. The big statue on the square, titled “The honor of work” by artist Axel Ebbe, is an expression of how joint work keeps the society on its feet.
Today, Möllevångstorget offers a high pulse with opportunities to meet people from other cultures. Apparently, Englishmen have called it Malmo’s Soho and Danes compare it to Grøntorvet in Copenhagen. The square is famous for its cheap food and daily markets where you can buy fruit, vegetables and flowers. This is also the part of Malmo with the most restaurants. (In Sweden, Malmo is the city with the most restaurants per inhabitant.)
Because of its atmosphere unlike any other else in Malmo, Möllan is like a “city in the city”. Apart from lots of specialty shops and restaurants with exciting food (you can “travel around the world” in only a few blocks), Möllevången has a rich nightlife.
For culture of another aspect, the Culture House Mazetti, a building of a former chocolate factory, on Bergsgatan 33 a few minutes walk away, has photo and art exhibitions. Thanks to Malmö Chocolate Factory chocolate manufacture began again (although on a smaller scale) in mid 2004.
Where to Stay
The More Hotel
The More Hotel is located in the premises of the Culture House Mazetti, on Norra Skolgatan 68. In other words, close to restaurants around Möllevångstorget. If you’d rather purchase and cook your own food, each of the apartment hotel’s 68 studios features a separate kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishwasher and kitchen utensils along with a connected dining area. Whether you make breakfast, lunch or dinner, they’ve got you covered.
The studio apartments come in four types: Studio Standard, Studio Superior, Studio Deluxe and Studio Suite. The More Hotel offered me a standard studio at their discounted friends & family rate of SEK 500 per night, which is about half of the average daily rate. I loved the spaciousness (these studios for two people cover up to 34 sqm), the high ceilings and large vertical windows, the choice of furniture, decoration and natural color scheme. The only thing that lowers the overall appearance of the studio is the lack of a more modern and larger TV. A plus, however, is that you’re not limited to a specific floor when you book a certain studio size as all floors represent all studio types.
I found the size of my studio ideal and loved the space as well as the hotel so much that I booked the studio for two more nights. The name of this apartment hotel truly sums up what a stay here is all about. More in every sense of the word. To begin with, you’ll get more value for your money, more space, more comfort, more style, and more possibilities.
A hotel stay of up to four nights includes a continental breakfast buffet at Restaurant Retro on the ground floor, Internet, free access to gym and sauna, and cleaning upon departure. Access to the laundry room (which is free for weekly and monthly guests) comes with an additional fee. Not many hotels can offer similar free benefits for less than SEK 1,000, though. Plus, its location only a 3-minute walk from the Triangel Station near shopping, restaurants and nightlife is hard to beat.
The More Hotel has a manned reception and lobby shop during daytime, parking, a welcoming lobby with comfortable seating for rest or work, bicycle hire, and chocolate boxes from Malmo Chocolate Factory for sale.
Regardless of when, where or how long you stay, The More Hotel offers one opportunity for blissful travel moments after the other.