I have to say this is a really great hotel. It is in a really nice and quite square in Sodermalm and close to really cool restaurants and shops. However, for those who want to be in the center of everything that may not be a positive, as it is not within walking distance from the center. It may take you about 30 min to walk to Gamla Stan and even longer to the central station, and in the winter that may not be a pleasant walk. That said, the underground is just 2 blocks away so that won't be a huge problem. Now with regards to the hotel itself, the design does not fulfill the Scandinavian stereotype as it is more edgy and colorful and less minimal. The entrance is beautiful as it resembles an old NYC cinema entrance (or at least that's what reminded me of). The staff and the service are informal, very friendly and very efficient and there is free coffee in the morning. The rooms are very spacious and has all the modern entertainment equipment which helps if you're on business (as I was) or just lazy. The bed was great and the bathroom beautiful. It had however an glass wall that may be an issue if you're sharing with people you don't know that well of you have the curtains open as the windows are quite large and this is a residential area. Value, I think, is also a plus as I have stayed in much worse rooms with much - much higher prices. You should also remember that this is Stockholm, so the budget options are very limited.
Overall, a fantastic hotel in Stockholm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Rival is Stockholm's first boutique hotel, located on Sodermalms heights in classic premises in Stockholm. The Rival is a small, modern, individual hotel with unique top-level service. The 99 rooms have high technical standards with an unique interior decorations as well as Internet access. The seventh floor, with its magnificent view, is reserved for suites. The classic cinema Rival has been meticulously renovated and equipped with the latest in multi-media technology. The movie theatre will accommodate 700 conference guests, and the premises are well suited for events and meetings. There are 5 more conference rooms and a generous foyer outside the theatre for exhibits and mingling. The cocktail bar (original art deco), the bar, the bistro and the cafe will serve both hotel guests and local inhabitants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rival Hotel Stockholm