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Victory Hotel
Ranked #7 of 155 Hotels in Stockholm
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Chester, England
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“Excellent Stay”
Reviewed February 15, 2012

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 !

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Stayed for one night in an attic bedroom (skylights in the roof so you can watch the snow falling). The size of the room was a wonderful surprise, very large double room, a Jacuzzi bath and powerful shower. Although looking a little tired, the level of customer service, good breakfast and homely atmosphere made this a truly enjoyable stay. It’s January so outside was very cold, however the heating was perfectly effective. Location wise, it’s right in the old town, about 10 minute’s walk to the Palace and central shopping district.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2011

Stockholm is very pricy so I am not sure how this compares value wise with other hotels but it certainly seemed dear. It is a very old hotel with lots of charm but the rooms felt tired and desparately needing a few mod cons like a plasma tv. The biggest drawback of the hotel is the level of cleanliness I mean it was really dirty, hair all over the bed, nail polish in the tub, dust on the furniture. On the plus side the location and breakfast can not be faulted, sort out the housekeeping and the hotel could be a lot better

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

This was our second time at the Victory and our impression was just as positive as the first time. We had a lovely large room, very comfortable and with the usual mod cons, such as wi fi, as well as a welcoming carafe of sherry. Breakfasts had actually improved since the first time we had been there, though regrettably weather had shut down the garden restaurant and the cellar restaurant was not open except for breakfast. Staff were as before, cheerful and helpful, and the location cannot be bettered.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

I decided to chance this hotel, notwithstanding the several critical reviews it received, because of all its obvious plusses: Location, Style, History, Interest. I am very, very pleased that we stayed.

We were treated extremely well from the moment we stepped out of our cab. Front desk staff were friendly, helpful, efficient and accommodating throughout our stay. The breakfast staff worked hard to make each guest feel they were special and succeeded admirably.

The breakfast was generous and the smorgasboard plates and tables kept full until well after the shutdown time for breakfast.

The rooms are furnished with antiques, but also with all the important modern amenties: comfortable beds, working bathroom equipment, good lighting and WiFi that also works.

This hotel is a charming gem, perfectly located, well run and maintained.

Ignore the Moriarties with their negative vibes and you will not be sorry you stayed. There are many negative people out there who just do not want to be satisfied.

For us, the Victory was a perfect, exquisite lead in to what proved to be an extraordinary, superlative Baltic cruise.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

we stayed there six nigths, three in middle august and three at the end of august, after our scandinavia trip. We loved gamlia stan, the old town of the city and would stay there again, lots of narrow streets and shops, good restaurants. The hotel was very nice, with free wi-fi in the room and all hotel, very good breakfast. The whole hotel has maritime paintings and objects and each room has a captains's name. The hotel is just a subway stop from the central station and you can walk to other parts of the city very easily.

Room Tip: Both rooms we stayed we good size and confortable, one standard room and one upgraded room.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Virginia
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

We stayed in a Captain's Deluxe Double Room for five nights in August and thoroughly enjoyed our stay, with one drawback, which I will get to. Victory has a terrific location in Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town, just two short blocks from Vasterlanggatan, the main pedestrian shopping and restaurant street. The desk staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel and room are full of nautical artifacts, which add to the charm. An excellent breakfast is served one level below the lobby, and eggs and pancakes are available at no charge. The room had a sitting area with a small couch, chair, coffee table, and floor lamp. There is a small safe in the room, with a key that you pick up from the front desk.

The bathroom was exceptionally spacious with lots of counter space, two sinks, and a combination jacuzzi/shower/tub. You have to step over the high tub wall to enter the shower, which would be an issue for those with limited mobility. The issue we had was with the bathroom lights. They sporadically refused to operate, to the point where we almost switched rooms at one point, but then the lights magically began working again, and remained working for the remainder of our stay. The front desk chalked up the aberration to an old building with old wiring.

So other than the bathroom light issue, the Victory provided a very pleasant stay--although not an inexpensive one. Gamla Stan is the best place to stay in Stockholm, with the Royal Palace and other places of interest just steps away. Don't miss either Skeppsholmen or Djurgarden, with the amazing Vasa Museum and Skansen outdoor museum.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Victory Hotel
Address: 5 Lilla Nygatan | Old Town, Stockholm 111 28, Sweden
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Location: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Gamla Stan & Riddarholmen , Södermalm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #7 of 155 Hotels in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Victory Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
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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