I intended to stay at the Sheraton, but it was booked solid so travel put me in this hotel. The Radisson Blu Royal Viking has some positives - but some overwhelming negatives that prevent me from suggesting that anyone stay here by choice.
First, the good news:
- The gym is great. Good atmosphere, good equipment, good music. But the hours are too short - any self-respecting hotel gym targeting business travelers has a 24-hour option these days.
- Location. Can't get better than being on top of T-Centralen.
But the bad news:
- My bathroom reeked of untreated sewage from the moment I arrived - the kind of smell you know comes from a malfunctioning pump somewhere in the pipeworks that is enabling hydrogen sulfide gas to bubble up through the grate at the bottom of the shower. No matter what I did the smell would not go away. The area outside the side entrance of the hotel also reeks of untreated sewage - I think there is something wrong with the septic system in the area, but it made my entire visit extremely unpleasant and I would not recommend staying.
- The room also feels extremely dated: worn-out carpeting, linens of color/quality that suggest vintage Eastern European youth hostel, and a bathroom that (besides the smell) is poorly laid out and has no bathtub.
- The service is brisk but not particularly friendly; simple requests (like an on-time wake-up call) are not honored (my wakeup call arrived 15 minutes late).
On the whole, this hotel feels like it is coasting on its location to carry a management team that has lost its drive for excellence. And it stinks - literally.
- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm Hotel Stockholm
- Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm Hotel
- Radisson Stockholm
- Stockholm Radisson
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Attractive Atrium Hotel located downtown, adjacent to Central train station, airport express trains, World Trade Center & Old Town. ... more less
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