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About Elite Hotels

Founder of Elite Hotels of Sweden


A relaxing weekend, a business meeting or a special family occasion.

No matter what reason, I always want you to feel like a guest of honour at Elite Hotels. My team and I will do our utmost to make you feel at home and enjoy our welcoming, warm and comfortable environment
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Elite Hotels offer more than 30 quality hotels, from Kiruna in the north of Sweden to Malmö in the south. Every hotel has a special character and tells its own story. Most often you will meet us in a unique and carefully renovated building. Our aim is to unite a classic style with modern trends to create a memorable stay.

We look forward to welcoming you! 

Bicky Chakraborty
Founder and owner 


It all began at the end of the 1950s, when the Stockholm Student Union created an interesting business idea. The idea was to offer empty student rooms as hotel rooms during the summer and needless to say, it became a success. The organization was run as a foundation until 1980 when 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 journey towards today’s quality profile begun. Since 1991, the organisation is run under the name, Elite Hotels of Sweden. Bicky Chakraborty is the sole owner. 

Origins

The story of SSRS begins at the Stockholm Student Union. The objective to create an international centre for Swedish and international students came true when the student centre Forum was built. The centre was inaugurated by the then Minister of Education, Ingvar Carlsson, who also became Prime Minister. Bicky Chakraborty was the founder and initiator of the centre.

In 1980, SSRS Holding AB, was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of SSSB. Three years later the company acquired historic Hotel Savoy in Malmö and the development of SSRS (Stockholm Student Reception Service) started).

By January 1985, the expansion required a different ownership structure. Bicky Chakraborty took over the ownership of SSRS from SSSB with two listed companies, AB Aritmos and Skrinet AB. 

Over the years the company's ownership changed several times and continued to be unstable until the end of 1998. Since January 1999, Bicky Chakraborty is the sole owner of SSRS Holding AB.

There was a time in Sweden when the tendency was to demolish the classic city hotels and replace them with modern hotels, inspired by American motels. The business idea to acquire and cultivate the tradition of a family run city hotel/guest house is strongly anchored. With commitment and excellent financial understanding the historic hotels have become profitable and this has subsequently offered opportunities to restore unique buildings with great care.

 

Milestones

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 Restaurant Adlon, Helsingfors, sold 1991
1986 Grand Hotel in Norrköping, management contract
1986 Savoy Hotel expanded by 28 rooms through acquisition of neighbouring property
1987 Restaurant Aquavit, New York, sold 1991
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 Kiruna – 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 – acquisition of enterprise and property
2013 Elite Plaza Hotel in Örnsköldsvik – enterprise
2014 Elite Hotel Adlon in Stockholm – acquisition of enterprise
2015 Hotel Bishops Arms in Piteå – enterprise
2016 Hotel Bishops Arms in Lund – acquisition of property
2016 Elite Hotel Mimer in Umeå – enterprise
2017 Elite Hotel Academia in Uppsala – enterprise
2017 Elite Hotel Carolina Tower in Stockholm – enterprise
2018 City Hotel Örebro – enterprise
2018 Elite Hotel Adlon in Malmö – enterprise
2018 Elite Hotel Adlon in Malmö – rörelse
2018 Hotel Bishops Arms in Strängnäs
2018 Hotel Bishops Arms in Mora

 

Current Operations

The company name (from April 1991) is Elite Hotels of Sweden AB. Elite Hotels is the largest privately owned hotel chain in Sweden with a total of 39 facilities in 25 cities, with 32 Elite Hotels in 19 cities and 7 Hotel Bishops Arms in 7 cities.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL WORK


Elite Hotels works toward and supports positive and sustainable societal development. Among other things, sustainable development means that present and future generations are ensured a good and healthy environment. For this reason, we have elected to certify all of our existing and future hotels with the global Green Key Eco-Rating. 

Here you can learn more about our hotels' Green Key Eco-Rating.

We strive to offer products and services with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while retaining high quality and a great customer experience. We endeavour to continuously improve our work in all pertinent areas such as energy, water, resource consumption, and chemical and waste management, so as to reduce our impact on the environment.

Elite Hotels works to increase competence, commitment and responsibility amongst our employees and guests, so that we can create a truly eco-conscious company together. As a part of this work, we systematically inform our employees and guests about our progress, and we ensure that everyone participates in our environmental work by having clear routines and regular training. We prioritise suppliers who are environmentally certified and who work actively with sustainability.

Read more about Green Key at greenkey.se and greenkey.global

WHAT WE DO WITHIN EACH AREA


Energy Consumption

  • We use 100% green electricity which has the Bra Miljöval eco-label (Good Environmental Choice).
  • We constantly review our energy use and record consumption on a monthly basis.
  • Work pertaining to renewable energy and the environment is under way at every one of our hotels based on the specific circumstances at each property.
  • Low-energy lamps/LED lights are used wherever possible and we are phasing out our older lights.
  • All spaces are ventilated according to need.
  • Our hotels are by and large equipped with automatic lighting and presence sensors.
  • Heat is recirculated from the ventilation system, cooling units, and waste water.
  • Energy-efficiency at all our hotels is optimally maintained through the replacement of fans and control systems.

Water Consumption

  • Standard toilets have been replaced with low-flush toilets wherever this has been possible.
  • Hotel rooms have special water-saving taps and showers.
  • Information on how to clean laundry and dishes using the least amount of water is clearly conveyed on all dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Our housekeeping staff are trained on an ongoing basis on how to reduce water consumption.

Waste Management

  • We sort our waste to the greatest extent possible and strive to minimise the amount of unsorted waste.
  • We strive to sort food waste, glass, waste paper (newspapers/magazines), paper packaging (cardboard), hard-plastic packaging, metal packaging, electronic waste (e.g. light sources), hazardous waste (e.g. batteries).
  • We control and restrict the use of disposable items.

Washing and Cleaning

  • The cleaning agents and washing powders we use in our day-to-day operations are all environmentally certified.
  • Staff are trained to use appropriate quantities of these cleaning agents.
  • The laundries we use are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and by Tvätteriförbundet (The Swedish Laundry Association).

Food and Consumables

  • The cleaning agents and washing powders we use in our day-to-day operations are environmentally certified.
  • We offer vegetarian alternatives.
  • Disposable packaging is being gradually phased out to the greatest extent possible.
  • We procure local produce and ingredients.
  • We limit unnecessary transportation by means of prudent logistics.
  • Toilet paper, kitchen towels, paper towelling and other paper products are environmentally certified.
  • Our letter paper, writing paper and other office paper are environmentally certified.

Staff & Guests

  • Our staff are kept updated and informed so as to increase their knowledge of and commitment to our environmental work.
  • We inform our guests about our environmental work, both at the hotels and online.
  • Our staff are happy to provide guests with tips and advice on how they can support our environmental work while staying with us.

Read our Supplier Code Of Conduct here

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