Since 1874, the Grand Hotel has grown into Swedens most elegant hotel. A porter of the early days of the 20th century once said:
"Perhaps the most interesting time I have experienced was during the Great War when, at the time of the revolution we were invaded by Russian aristocrats. Then there really was a luster about the place, and constant merrymaking. But we have no shortage of exotic guests even in normal times: Oriental princes, Japanese dignitaries, European business magnates. Not to mention all the foreign diplomats, Nobel Laureates and sports stars who come to stay here. I have spoken to Tagore and Anatole France, Albert Einstein, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford".