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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rival Hotel Stockholm