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“Hotel Construction = No sleep for you”
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Grand Hotel
Ranked #4 of 157 Hotels in Stockholm
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Leonardtown, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hotel Construction = No sleep for you”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

The Grand Hotel is currently renovating their fourth floor and very loud construction work starts around 6:00 AM. Hammering, drilling and sawing sounds will wake you each morning if you are on the third or fifth floor. I wear hearing aids in both ears and the construction noises woke me very early. Some days were much worse than others. Taking naps to make up for the sleep deprivation is not possible because the noise continues all day.
Unfortunately the hotel was booked solid because it was the week of the Nobel Prize ceremonies. The hotel was full of the Nobel Prize winners and their family and friends. The day of the Nobel Prize ceremony, which lasts into the wee hours of the morning, we were rudely awaked at 6:00 AM and in spite of calls to the front desk pleading with them to stop construction until a more reasonable hour the noise continued unabated.
The staff and manager were apologetic; however, my family is so sleep deprived we will probably skip the dance after the ceremonies because we are so exhausted. The hotel manager promised construction the day after the ceremony will not start until 9:00 AM, unfortunately most of us have early morning flights and have to get up really early anyway. Unfortunately, there was a huge group of us staying at the hotel.
If you normally wake up before 6:00 AM and do not require naps this is a great place to stay. Rooms are nice, service is excellent and the food is exceptionally high quality.

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Dallas, TX
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

while we did not stay here, we walked by a few times and even used the facilities once...It LOOKED a little big and dated...I would say older travelers..cruise ship big...I just prefer the more boutique hotel experience...just looked old and tired...pretty though

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2013

What else is to say other than the barman introduced me to the " Hemingway Daiquiri" Superb......The breakfast buffet is incredible all but expensive at £50 per person. What a great position, overlooking the waterfront and close to all the culture and shopping.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have not been renovated, so ask for one that has.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Almhult, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2013

A great location with wonderful view of the royal castle. Close to shopping and restaurants.
Nice rooms with great service. Nice staff. Beautiful interiors. Lively bar. Breakfast a´la carte or buffet.
Worth a visit!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on 3rd or 4th floor that is newly renovated.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Shanghai, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I stayed at this hotel in October 2012 but reviewed it just now because I registered with Tripadvisor recently. My memory is still very fresh.
The location was amazing, especially if you have a Royal Palace view room, like I did. We were promptly received at the front gate, but reception formalities took a bit too long. Room decoration was nice. Tapestry, carpeting, curtains, boiserie, doors and windows were all up to standard. Particularly elegant the color scheme. Breathtaking Royal Palace and river view. The bathroom was of good size with nice shower and bathtub.
Staff shoes were low quality and not polished. Many furniture pieces in the lobby were scratched and needed restoration. The Veranda breakfast buffet had good quality food but tables were very small, too close one to the other and it looked like a cafeteria. The decoration was extremely simple and staff wore a very informal uniform. I expected extremely luxurious environment with special fabrics, particular flower compositions and large seats with space between tables as well as very formal uniforms. Definitely not waiters in shirt sleeves.
The lobby was always very cold. Furniture pieces such as armchairs were often scratched and needed restoration. THe main staircase hand rail leather cover was seriously damaged. Carpeting was very cheap. The closest restroom to the lobby was far below the star range. Elevators decoration was worth of a cheap 3 star Hotel. Very simple and tasteless corridors to the rooms, often with dirty or damaged carpeting and cheap or too bright lighting solutions (hospital like).
I was very disappointed when I found out that at 3:15 am I had to ring the bell to enter the hotel. I expect a door man to stand outside the main door all night and possibly someone to open taxi's doors in a five star hotel.
Porters were the worst part. They often had their hands in their pockets, chatted with each other and had a bad and relaxed bearing rather than standing straight and walking elegantly.
Uniforms were terrible. They were almost never fit, fabric was cheap and shoes were of a very low quality and all different, like if anyone picked his own choice as long as they were of black leather. I was mostly surprised at the chief concierge, whose shoes were of low quality and not well polished.
It bothered me to see repeatedly guests in bathrobe going through the lobby, wearing bathrobes (probably visiting the spa). Apparently no one from the staff complained.
I would definitely go back to see if things have changed.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2013

I recently had the pleasure to stay here on a business trip and wasn't disappointed at all. From the moment I arrived the staff were more than happy to help with any questions I had. I received a free upgrade with a larger room and great views. The room was extremely comfortable and well laid out. I had dinner in the hotel's bar which was very tasty. The wine menu was extensive but like much of Stockholm alcohol is pretty dear, especially compared to the UK. Location wise you can't go wrong with the Grand, it's walking distance to many attractions and a short stroll to the old town.

The hotel is dear but obviously you get what you pay for, going on a work trip makes the experience more palatable. If I was returning on a non-work trip I'd struggle justifying the price consider food and drink is generally expensive in Sweden. If you're looking for a weekend to indulge I'd definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Helsinki
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

I prefer more trendy and boutique hotels but stayed here in business for one night. Nothing to complain, my room was in the wing with no views to Stockholm but it was not a problem for me as I only slept in the room. Make sure you get a room with a view if you need it. Nice bathroom, everything according to expectations. If you like "old world" grand hotels this is your place in Stockholm.

Best thing during my stay was the Matbaren Mathias Dahlgren next door. They have an arrangement with the hotel so you can charge to your room. When traveling solo I find it boring to eat proper dinner alone. However at Matbaren you can sit at the bar and chat with the staff. What makes this bar special is that it is a gourmet "bar food" with a Michelin star. Highly recommended, and you can go with a friend or colleague too...

Room Tip: Avoid rooms with no view, ask when checking in.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel

Property: Grand Hotel
Address: Sodra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Stockholm 111 48, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Norrmalm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Stockholm
#4 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#4 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#6 Family Hotel in Stockholm
#7 Business Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 278
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From its 1874 opening, Grand Hotel Stockholm has been one of Sweden' s leading hotels. Royalty, heads of state, celebrities and Nobel laureates make themselves at home in refined waterfront surroundings near the Royal Palace. Old Town, Stockholm City Hall, Vasa Museum, Millesgarden and the Museum of National Antiquities are nearby. ... more   less 
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