Since I already knew that this hotel was rated as one of the top hotels in Stockholm here on Trip Advisor before I arrived, I’m having a tough time to rate it according to my actual experience, rather than my expectations.. Because my expectations were very high. So I ended up with a strong 4 rather than the 5 and here is the reason why.
This hotel has personality. It stands out from the crowd - in a good way. The rooms are unique and the fact that the management cares for details and personal touches are visible all thru the hotel. From the glowing handles at the restaurant toilet doors (red if it’s busy and green if..you get the point) to the DVD/CD player in your room with a small selection of (very good) movies and music to accompany it and the teddy bear that sits in the chair, “welcoming you” when you arrive in your room. You will also find “the best of Abba” in the CD collection and I will presume parts of the reason are that Benny – who was part of Abba actually owns this hotel. (We even spotted him in the lobby.. Yey! J) The location is ok’ish.. You are not in the dead center of Stockholm, but in a nice neighborhood a good 10 minutes’ walk away from the old town.
I stayed in a deluxe room and everybody that I travelled with commented on how great their room were. It’s big for European standards, looks new and have some very cool design elements to it and the bed very comfortable. The reason why I don’t rate it 5 out of 5 is that the price level is very high (the room I lived in was about 2700 SEK pr. Night) and for this price I actually expect a lot of the things I mentioned above. Also we had a conference and the room we got were in the basement and even if the room looked fresh it did not have any windows and it was very small. The breakfast was ok, but I’ve had much better in average hotels. At the same time the lunch we got in the restaurant was top notch! There is also as far as I’m aware, no gym or pool. It might not be that type of hotel, but again, for this price you should almost expect it. Service was very good with plenty of people to help you out. Don’t get fooled by the small lobby.
Will I stay here again – Probably, but only if I get a better price and not for a conference. Recommended for the ones that are looking for a stylish hotel with something different. Even with the 4 out of 5.. This is one of the best hotels I have stayed on in Stockholm and even Sweden.
Oh.. And there is free wireless internet available :)
- Also Known As:
- Rival Hotel 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 café will serve both hotel guests and local inhabitants. ... more less
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