We stayed here for 5 nights from Feb 10th 2012. Booked into a "Captain's Grand Cabin". The hotel is very well sited in the Old Town but off the main tourist route so it is nice and quiet. We got a car from the airport but we've been to the city before and used taxis and the Arlanda Express train as well. All fine and don't assume the train will be cheaper than a taxi, it isn't.
The hotel is in a lovely old building and has lots of good, old furniture and antiques in the main areas and rooms. It isn't at all a typical "minimalist" hotel, more like a UK Country House hotel in style. The room had two rooms plus bathroom. The lounge area was well equipped and very comfortable, the bedroom was big, very relaxing and the bathroom was fine. I can see what some people say about "needing an update" but only with respect to the bathroom which isn't perhaps bang up to date but was fine for us.
The staff at the hotel were superb. They couldn't have been more helpful with transport, restaurants and dealing with requests. We both thought they were a very strong point of the hotel. We'd been to Stockholm before so knew our way around a bit but if you haven't been before such supportive staff would be a plus.
Breakfast was included. This was served downstairs in an atmospheric room and was superb. There were numerous hot and cold choices to make from an extensive, high quality, buffet plus a limited (but again excellent) a la carte section. Couldn't recommend it higher. We didn't eat in either restaurant associated with the hotel.
The hotel and room was spotless and overall we thought this was an excellent choice.
We walked to all the main sights and despite (or perhaps because of) the cold and snow enjoyed that. We walked over to the Wasa (a must see) in about 40-50 mins and to all the other things we wanted to see - Army museum, National museum etc - easily enough. Helped walk the breakfast off !
Stockholm is expensive. Just, if you are British, close your eyes and enjoy the place. I'd suggest not trying to convert Kronor into pounds otherwise you may find yourself in McDonalds. I've reviewed the places we ate separately but we chose to eat in the Old Town (tourist and more expensive than most) each night - ate at Fem Sma Huas (superb), Texas Grill (superb), Papa Sistro (very good) and Agaton (ok, great service but too expensive for what we had even by Stockholm standards).
Anyway. The hotel is a great choice if you want to be in the Old Town and we will return - once we've saved for several years !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Victory Hotel is a welcoming and exclusive hotel with a personal atmosphere in a perfect location in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming Old Town. The fact is that the hotel is a tourist attraction in itself. It contains a unique, private collection of maritime antiques, passionately selected by the collector himself, the hotel's founder Gunnar Bengtsson. There are three restaurants and one bar in the hotel; Djuret (The Whole Beast), Omakase, The Burgundy and The Comfortable Bar Tweed. The breakfast has a selection of cold cuts and hot items and is served in the downstairs dining room, which also has the remnants of a defence tower from the medival city wall on display. The hotel serves complimentary coffe and tea to all their guests and to unwind you can use the Sauna and Relax area exclusively, and free of charge. ... more less
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