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Scandic Foresta
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Herserudsvaegen 22 | Lindingo island, Stockholm 18125, Sweden   |  
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Ranked #69 of 160 hotels in Stockholm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This hotel apparently used to be a top choice for the rich and famous like Walt Disney, the Beatles etc. You can see beautiful people hanging out by the pool in old pictures from the 60's. Now they don't even have a sauna anymore..

Stayed in a superior plus room which was big, in good condition and with reasonably nice furniture. There was a kettle and some instant coffee in the room and the views towards the Lidingö bridge were great. No bathtub in the room and no more minibar either but there was an ice machine in the corridor.

The breakfast was good and the bistro on the terrace had a great view towards the sunset. Service was confused but the beef sandwich was ok. The main restaurant was closed for renovations.

The location of this hotel has some potential when the light rail connection to Lidingö is reopened in 2014/2015. The shore area needs some improvement though. It is hard to believe that this hotel will regain its former glory. That would require a rebranding to something like a Hilton and some significant investment in bathrooms, pools/sauna etc.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Scandic Foresta is located on the Lidingö Island just one bridge from Stockholm (about 7 km from the downtown). We had a car, thus it was very convenient to go back and forth to downtown. The parking is 90 SEK for 24 hours. If you do not have a car, you can take the public bus and subway. The hotel and the surroundings make it worth the drive. It is very green, with a scenic view of the water and it is very calm. The hotel facilities are in general large as well as the rooms. The breakfast buffet included both a hot and cold selection. The hotel is really a good choice for guests who want a clam hotel stay in the busy Stockholm.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny S, Receptionschef at Scandic Foresta, responded to this review, December 28, 2013
Hello
Thank you for taking time to write down your comments regarding your stay with us. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the environment and our gorgeous ambiance. We are very proud off our location with its calm environment but still close to the city. Hope that you will come and visit us soon again.
Best regards Jenny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed 3 nights and were very pleased with this hotel. The service was very friendly. The rooms are clean, the view from our room was fantastic. Breakfast was very good as well, the best we've had for a long time. I especially loved the tea selection. The city centre is a bit off but the bus stops a block from the hotel. We highly reccommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny S, Receptionschef at Scandic Foresta, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
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Thank you for your comments regarding your stay with us. I am so pleased to hear that you had such a wonderful stay with us with great service and that you enjoyed our breakfast with our special tea. Thank you for recommending our hotel we hope to see you soon again.
Best regards Jenny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I stayed at this hotel with my two children, aged 18 months and 8. The double room I booked with the two beds next to each other was perfect for me and the oldest girl, and for the youngest the hotel delivered a wooden crib on wheels with mattress and bedding, and a set of extra towels. The crib did not have side protection, so guests with very young babies might want to cover the sides with towels.
We really only slept and had breakfast at the hotel, but the beds were comfortable and the view great. The sun gets up early in the morning and blasts into the room in the summer though, as the rooms with the view face south, and the blackout curtains can't quite compensate for this. Nevertheless, we slept anyway, but this might have been a problem had we stayed for more nights. The room lacked at kettle, but I did not expect more than the basics as this is after all a Scandic, although it would have been a nice touch since I usually need hot water for the baby's milk. Anyway, the restaurant downstairs helped me in the morning.
The room was basic, with a small toilet/shower, and they offered soap and shampoo from dispensers. The hotel also has an environmental profile with a recycling unit in the room, and had some basic furniture and a tv. The breakfast buffet downstairs was fine, where they offered (to me) typically Swedish things like yoghurt, cereal, sourdough bread, crispbread, ham and cheese, some fruit, coffe, tea, juices from a machine and a few hot dishes like scrambled eggs and sausages. Breakfast was crowded and the staff very busy refilling the buffet, in fact they had a hard time keeping up. They could have used an extra person employed in there.
Around the corner from the restaurant was a small play corner for kids, and by the reception a shop for necessities. Up the road is a sculpture museum Millesgarden that has quite a nice restaurant (we had some very nice meatballs there). There is a large supermarket and a few shops a 10-minute walk from the hotel (Torsvikstorg). Five minutes further is a petrol station that sells coffee, and another 10 minutes is the local shopping center (Lidingo centrum) with coffee shops etc. The area is very walkable.
I did not experience any problem with the staff, in fact the man at reception was extremely nice.
The biggest problem with the hotel I thought was that although it is very close to Stockholm City (across the bridge, then hop on the underground), the taxi from Arlanda Airport with one of the major taxi companies cost over 800 kronor since the hotel is outside the city limits. I can recommend Green Cab (www.green-cab.se) for travel to/from the airport instead, as I used them for the return journey and it cost 540 kronor.

Room Tip: The rooms with the view toward the water get a lot of sun in the morning, so if you come in the summ...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny S, Receptionschef at Scandic Foresta, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
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Thank you for your comments regarding your stay with us. I am so happy to hear that you had a pleasant stay with your children and that the staff was very nice. Wonderful that you took the time to visit around this beautiful island.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Stayed in junior suite with our family of 2 adults+2 children. Room(s) was very nice, but when made reservation I thought suites would be at the sea side and had a view to Stockholm. We had sea view but most of it were covered by the older part of hotel. Rooms starting with 1-6xx are in the new wing (yellow cube-shaped building), starting with 7-10 in older building (with tower etc). Scandic Foresta's website you can see this older side of hotel, most of the rooms are not at this building.

Guy at receptions was very nice and friendly, made very good impression.

Dinner was average, service at restaurant good.

Breakfast room was too small maybe because there were some kind of reparations going on. Had to sit outside.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

The view is lovely - I've stayed here twice, once on medium floor, once in their top suite after asking to change from a smaller suite.

The staff were helpful both times, we asked to switch rooms as the fan outside our first suite was very loud and we were moved without any questions asked or extra charge.

Breakfast is varied and fairly good. Food at the restaurant is alright. The shop is expensive and the hotel feels fairly large and soulless. The 'jacuzzi' in the suite is only a large bathtub, no actual whirlpool effect.

Location is decent. Nice view, fairly close to town, fairly quiet. Millesgården is worth a visit if you like sculpture, or just a stroll in the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jenny S, Front Office Manager at Scandic Foresta, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Hi!

We are glad you liked the view and that you find the staff helpful! It is correct that we don't have jacuzzi, just a regular bath tub that is a little bit bigger than normal. I would like to apologize if it was anyone in our staff that gave you the wrong information.
We hope to see you as our guest again soon!

Kind regards
Jenny
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Gotland, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Really a pity that Scandic hotels can NOT manage the hotel better.

The view is fantastic. Gorgeous. And yet close to the center of Stockholm. Location is good. They are only 2 minutes away (walk) from the famous Milles Gård museum and if you walk down the slope towards the water, you can catch a train that goes to the station, Ropsten (3 mins) where you can take the underground into the city.

The rooms are clean and simple but well furnished.

The staff are undermanned and have not renovated much that it looks depressive at the lobby. The poor receptionist is alone and was alone after only a 2 week training. She was really having a hard time. I only wanted to call my father from Japan who was staying at the hotel and had to wait for a long time to ask the receptionist to let me use their in-house phone. It costs us a fortune to call on a Japanese mobile or any mobile that is outside of Sweden. So why don't they have an in-house phone for customers to reach their guests at the lobby? Or near the lobby? Such detailed but important BASIC service is missing at this hotel! Really a pity. How can they miss that? The staff are very kind but are just undermanned. I could see that they are trying their best but it is really undermanned that they can not provide the service they should and would like to (maybe).

The hotel used to be a fancy place. Even the "Beatles" stayed at this hotel when they came to Sweden. But now it really has become shabby. The only attraction is their view! Overlooking the ocean and small islands nearby. They have a nice bar but the restaurant is a joke. The cook does not know how to cook. Very awful food. My father ordered a medium steak but was over well-done. The only edible thing they had that day was asparagus which was a part of the salad bar. So of course everyone took a lot of that.Then they ran out of the asparagus quickly and we could not have any helpings. It is a catastrophe. The breakfast was just as bad. What breakfast buffet does not have toast bread to toast? It's a 135kr breakfast! My husband asked for some toast bread, then instead of excusing themselves for not having it, they told him to use another kind of strange doughy round white bread. I think they really need to change and make the breakfast buffet better if they want to charge that much. Otherwise, they should charge half the price. The problem with staying at this hotel is that there is not a cafe or restaurant nearby where you can take a nice breakfast elsewhere, so you have to go for a 10-15 minute walk or take a tram into the city. So if they would improve the breakfast and the breakfast staff, the hotel would not be such a bad place to stay.

Room Tip: 511, 507 have very good views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Scandic Foresta

Address: Herserudsvaegen 22 | Lindingo island, Stockholm 18125, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Stockholm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Stockholm
#41 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#69 On the Beach Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Foresta 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The impressive Scandic Foresta hotel is located on Lidingo island in Stockholm's central archipelago, only 15 minutes from Stockholm city centre.The Scandic Foresta hotel lets you explore both Stockholm and the charming Lidingo island. Lidingo offers great opportunities for outdoor activities throughout the year. Enjoy walking, biking, a round of golf or head into the city centre to experience all that Stockholm has to offer. Don't miss a visit to neighbouring Millesgarden, the home and art gallery of the famous artist Carl Milles.Scandic Foresta has been an important meeting place since 1910 when Wilhelmina Shogh first opened the doors to her castle on the cliff. At the Scandic Foresta hotel you can arrange a meeting or conference in one of our 13 meeting rooms, or plan an event in the castle turret. In the evening you're welcome to enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel restaurant, with views over Stockholm and its waters. At the hotel you can also enjoy our lobby bar, shop and gym as well as free access to wireless internet. ... more   less 
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