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“Modern, yet warm and inviting” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Rival
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mariatorget 3, Box 17525, Stockholm 11891, Sweden (Södermalm)   |  
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Lafayette, California
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“Modern, yet warm and inviting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I absolutely loved this hotel. It has a real energetic vibe the minute you arrive. The lighting, the lobby, the elevators, all very modern yet inviting. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

My room was pretty large. Most hotel rooms in big cities are rather small. The closets - I had two of them - were big and functional, with plenty of shelving and hanging space. What I loved most was the "slide out" ironing board kind of what you see in old houses but then with a plug-in iron that worked on a timer.
The room also had a balcony overlooking the square, with two cute chairs and blankets for cold days (or nights). I sat out one afternoon and it was very relaxing.

Bathroom was great, with a separate shower stall and a huge deep tub. Floor was heated which was a nice touch. I did miss washcloths, but this was not a huge inconvenience.

What I did miss was bottled or filtered water, so I was forced to drink water from the faucet the first night. After that, I just brought my own water.

Room service menu did not have a big selection so I ended up going down to the restaurant and ordering from the regular menu - staff looked kind of strange when I asked to take it to my room.

Location, although not in the center (for those of you who like to shop), is in walking distance of the hotel and very convenient. I bought a 3 day pass and used the metro for all my trips.

Overall, great hotel!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Service was amazing, the room was very nice and comfortable with a beautiful view. I love the fact they have thought of so many details, there's even a button to play music inside the bathroom!. The breakfast buffet was very good and the location of the hotel is great too, it's close to a lot of restaurants, pubs and clubs. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

What a find! Good food, location and rooms with a friendly team at reception/concierge to meet, greet and send you off to explore the city.
Excellent location - 2 mins walk from Underground station, in a lovely part of the city, really easy to get around from here.
Amazing brekkie with a great cafe next door (hotel cafe) too.
Would definitely return and recommend.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed at The Rival for 6 nights in early September and had a wonderful experience.
The lobby and entrance area have bright and contemporary decor , as one would expect, which makes it very inviting and comfortable as well.
We got an accessible room (though we didn't need one) so the room was very spacious with a separate study nook and a neat balcony overlooking the neighboring apartment buildings. The beds were very comfortable and I remember just sinking onto the bed and not remembering a thing till next morning!
The buffet breakfast served in the Bistro room was a great spread...as one would expect from a top-notch hotel; however, since we stayed there for 6 nights (i.e. 6 breakfasts), the items were the same every day which was a bit of a bore, but we did have the choice to order some a la carte items like omlettes, pancakes, etc which were freshly made on order and included in the buffet price. The traditional dinner menu of the Bistro didn't offer much variety for entrees or the desserts so we tried to look for other options around the hotel but once we had no choice since it was late and most restaurants close their kitchens around 7-8pm. The Bistro decor was classic and really leveraged the old world cinema theme with sofas in the booths still having row numbers glued to the sides and the wall-to-wall mini pictures of many famous cinema stars such as Michael Landon, Audrey Hepburn, Rock Hudson and many others. Wonderful touch!
The little guest nook on the 4th floor ( I think) is great! A great way to end a busy day with some nice tea or coffee, and maybe do some internet research for the following day.
Concierge staff were very very helpful and wonderful! Especially, Sofia and Lina really went above and beyond to help us have a great trip and it worked!

Looking forward to returning to Stockholm and Rival very soon! Amazing city with so much to offer. Tack så mycket!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

This was my first trip to Sweden and alone, so I was looking for a place conveniently located near tourists attractions. The hotel is close to all the nice places in stockholm. It was an old theater according to the locals. The room is quite big to the Europian standards too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The Rival is a very nice, newer boutique hotel with 96 rooms in a quiet neighbor hood. The rooms are very large, great linens and bathroom. The front desk staff most professional and helpful.
There are free movies, music etc in the rooms, being owned by an ABBA member.
The breakfast buffet is first class, with many cooked to order choices , as well as expresso, lattes
Or any kind of coffee or tea you might want. Overall, a sophisticated, calm, chic hotel.
You can easily walk to Old town and many other sights and attractions. We were happy not to stay in old town. We stayed three nights and truly enjoyed the hotel and staff.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Rival

Address: Mariatorget 3, Box 17525, Stockholm 11891, Sweden
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Location: Sweden > Stockholm > Södermalm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#1 Business Hotel in Stockholm
#1 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Family Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rival 4*
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 café will serve both hotel guests and local inhabitants. ... more   less 
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