I am staying at the Scandic Star Sollentuna for a conference.
I was given a choice of a “Superior” room overlooking the interior courtyard where the restaurant is (and that meant no fresh air circulation and the noise of people eating and the staff getting ready for breakfast before 6AM and cleaning up after 11PM) – or a room facing the exterior of the building with a lovely view of the autumn colors and fresh air … BUT it also came with the noise of trains zipping by literally every few minutes. As someone who always carries earplugs, I took the exterior room – and YES, you will definitely NEED earplugs. My room was about $250 per night.
What makes it strange -- at least for an American?
-- No thermostat.
-- No washcloth.
-- No bathmat.
-- No ice bucket.
-- Not a single drawer in the entire two-room suite.
-- Not a single picture on any wall.
-- No in-room safe.
-- No in-room refrigerator.
-- Beds in Sweden are different -- more like a thin futon on top of a box spring -- but comfortable to be sure.
What makes it quite nice?
-- The front desk staff is VERY helpful and friendly.
-- The gym is small but surprisingly well equipped. As a very serious weightlifter, I found everything I needed for a solid workout.
-- The train station is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel, so easy access to Stockholm.
-- There is a VERY nice mall with a complete grocery quite literally STEPS away from the front door of the hotel.
-- The windows open for some fresh air.
-- Heated bathroom floors are very nice, but there’s no control switch to turn it off. For a hotel that is very concerned about being “GREEN,” this is a huge waste of energy.
-- DIMMER SWITCH in the bathroom – perfect for a mellow soak in the tub.
-- One of the best, most-powerful showers I have EVER found in ANY hotel.
-- Fantastic breakfast! I really wasn’t expecting much since it’s FREE – but the truth is that the buffet is as good or better than breakfast buffets I’ve had for 20 Euro and more all over Europe. They even made up a “breakfast box” for me on my morning of departure since I would be leaving before the regular breakfast was open. (Tell them you want this the day before though – they make the boxes up before the kitchen closes for the night.
-- Wireless Internet service was fast and reliable throughout the hotel – my room, the lobby, restaurant and the conference facilities and meeting rooms.
One piece of advice –
Grabbing a taxi from the airport isn’t as easy as one might expect. Apparently the taxi industry has been deregulated, so you are confronted by a gauntlet of taxis from different companies all of which offer different rates. I absolutely HATE that. My taxi from the airport was 430SEK (currently about $65 US) – but other drivers were demanding as much as 600SEK ($90). So I walked up to each driver one by one and asked for a fixed price to my destination. What an unnecessary hassle!
On the way back, the hotel arranged for a taxi at just 390 SEK (about $60).
If you’re coming to Stockholm as a tourist, you might find this hotel a bit far from the excitement (truly just a 15 minute train ride though) – but for our business meeting, I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is located next to one of Stockholm's largest shopping malls and only 15 minutes drive from central Stockholm. Hotel Scandic Star Sollentuna is strategically located at the northern entrance to Stockholm, only 15 minutes drive from Stockholm City. Sollentuna Centrum is one of Stockholm's largest shopping malls with over 130 stores and is located next to the hotel. Our hotel is also close to nature, ideal for walking and jogging.Facility Visit our hotel restaurant for a delicious meal, and order coffee and drinks in one of our 2 hotel bars. At hotel Scandic Star in Sollentuna, we also have a relaxation centre with a pool and sauna, as well as our own spa, Star Spa. Our hotel offers one of Sweden's largest conference facilities with 18 conference venues for up to 500 people. There's wifi throughout the whole hotel at no extra charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scandic Hotel Star Sollentuna Sweden - Stockholm County