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Scandic Foresta
Ranked #86 of 158 Hotels in Stockholm
Oxford
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2009

A very clean, modern hotel in the municipality of Lindingö. The hotel is excellent value compared with the higher-priced, more centrally located hotels in Stockholm city itself. To get into the city, you have to walk 5 minutes to a bus stop, take a 2 minute bus trip over the Lidingöbron (Lindingö bridge) to Ropsten metro station, and then it is an easy 10-15 minute journey on the red 13 line. You can also walk to Ropsten over the old foot bridge in about 25-30 minutes.

The rooms are very clean and modern. The beds are amongst the comfiest we have ever slept in, especially for a hotel. The bathroom in our room was also very clean, with a powerful shower (always welcome). There is free WIFI internet in the rooms.

Our interaction with staff was limited to check-in, check-out and asking for advice on how to get to the metro station, but we found them to be very helpful and friendly (as are most Swedes in general, actually).

There is a free breakfast buffet, which offers a generous sweep of different foods, from hot stuff like scrambled eggs, bacon, smoked sausages, baked beans to colder bites like fruit, breads, cereals and porridge. The food is very good given that it is mass-produced and presumably sits out on the side for no small amount of time.

A couple of minor points - instead of a double bed we had two singles pushed together. This didn't bother us too much though as we don't tend to sleep wrapped up together! The other downside was that there is no room service. According to Scandic, they have listened to customer feedback, and their customers don't want room service. Instead, they offer a 24-hour shop in the lobby selling sandwiches and other light snacks. When we arrived from the airport at 11pm, we really wanted something hot and substantial, so it was disappointing to learn that our only choice was a pre-packaged sandwich.

I don't want to end the review on a downer, so I'll sum-up: this hotel is clean, modern, in a great location (providing you are physically able enough to walk to the bus and/or metro station) and great value. The free breakfast buffet is excellent and the staff are very friendly and helpful. If we come back to Stockholm (and I think we will), we will almost certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2008

In a city where average hotel room rates are comparatively higher than other European cities but comparable to other Scandinavian cities, this hotel offers some respite. The location may be away from the city centre and perched on a hill but the water views and tranquil idlyic setting are worth it. The city is a few train stops away but the fast subway connections make it easy. Eventhough you need to change to an old train to cross the bridge, the little blue carriages are so cute you feel like you are on a ride in Disneyland! However, there is a 10 min uphill trek to the hotel from the quaint train stop, which will be no fun for those with heavy luggage.

We had a great time at the Foresta - the counter staff were amazingly friendly, cheerful and helpful (maybe we got them at the right time with the midsummer festivities in the air?), the food we had was superb - we had steaks at the grill restauarant that were delicious and worth the hefty price tag and the inclusive breakfast was nice and sumptuous and the rooms although not posh were modern and welcoming. There are nice touches like the free bikes which you can take to the supermarket down the road. We left with very fond memories.

  • Liked — Location, Receptionists, Food, Room, Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank JohnChiongLuke
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2007

Spent two nights at the Foresta for a friends Christening (thanks octopus for nearly b*ggering up our booking!) but the staff were so friendly and welcoming, they could see that we HAD booked and had reservations etc, just that it wasn't conformed with them!

They checked us in, and sent up complimentary drinks and a plate of meats. Great room (in the land of Ikea... say no more!) with a fantastic view over the river... some rooms might look onto the oil refinery but ours was great). Very clean and well maintained by room service. Our little one was well catered for with his cot etc. Mini bar great, especially when you stock it up with cokld drinks from the local supermarket (we were being cheapskates for the weekend, plus baby milk etc). Two singles pushed together, but you actually get a better nights sleep!

Food in the hotel was excellent and fresh, service was brill. The only drawback is that its quite far from the main islands, so you have to walk down the road for a bus, THEN get a tube train, and if you don't know where to buy tickets (like us) its blinking confussing.

I was constantly ill during the trip, but still managed to enjoy myself out there. Swedish people are lurvly!

In summary, enjoyed the stay but could have been slighty closer to the action, but a good qaulity hotel which is quiet and off the track. Staff excellent.

  • Liked — Clean rooms, friendly staff
  • Disliked — Slighty off the track, but some will prefer that!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Thank janie-on-her-hols!
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Launceston, Australia
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533 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 710 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2006

A beautiful hotel set ontop of a hill with commanding views over the outskirts of Stockholm. From our room all you could see was forest and water, and you would not know that you were less than fifteen minutes from the heart of the city.
The room (No 525) was a beauty with lovely Nordic design, with wooden floorboards, plenty of space and mod cons. Bathroom was pokie but was fully stocked with plenty of amenities.
Hotel staff were extremely helpful and flexible. With the warm weather they were able to provide a fan (alas no air con), early check in was no problem and they even happily arranged an early breakfast on the morning we departed.
The hotel is located on one of Stockholm's many islands but is only a short trip by light rail and subway to the city centre. Because of its idyllic location it was an extremely peaceful setting. The only caution is the walk from the station to the hotel is a little challenging with luggage. Its a bit steep.
Overall highly recommended.

  • Liked — Staff Flexibility/Service and pleasant location
  • Disliked — Small bathroom
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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2 Thank TassieTravellers99
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Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2006

The hotel was a bit of a trek from the train station, but easily reached by taxi. If you get a room with a view, the extra walking or money paid on a taxi is worth it! The rooms are quite spacious and the service was great. The breakfast was okay and the bar closed earlier than indicated, but you can get drinks from the front desk.

**The hotel is very close to a supermarket, which definitely comes in handy in preparation for the mega shopping opportunities that Stockholm gives its visitors.

  • Liked — The view from my room
  • Disliked — The location from the city
  • Tips/Secrets — Request a room with a view and don't get a single room in the tower
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank loveroftraveling
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Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2006

I had reserved a room at the Hotel Foresta two month before my stay. When I arrived at the hotel at about 11 pm, the hotel was severely overbooked. They transported me to another hotel about ten kilometer farther out of town. This hotel was nicely located, but of a much lower category. The next day I returned to the hotel. I asked for a quiet room, but was given a room just above the terrasse. The noise from the other guest, enjoying their beer only died well past midnight. In the morning and during the day there were constructions going on. My room itself was nice, however the toilet needed some thorough cleaning and the sink had some cracks.
When I checked out, they were not willing to honor the price in the reservation but charged me 20% more, arguing, that currency rates had changed (even when I showed them the original price in SEK).
Regarding location, yes it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to Ropsten, but then it either takes twenty minutes walk or a cab ride (about 60 to 70 SEK) or a wait for the next train or bus. In total it should take about 40 Minutes from the city center.

  • Stayed June 2006
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5 Thank AOWTI
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2005

Liked this hotel a lot but restaurant not open during our stay and bistro very over priced. At breakfast buffet either too few staff or male member too basy chatting to other staff. Eg. before 9am no cutlery, butter,milk or eggs out. Otherwise excellent value for money

  • Stayed August 2005
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2 Thank James B
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Property: Scandic Foresta
Address: Herserudsvaegen 22 | Lindingo island, Stockholm 181 25, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#46 Business Hotel in Stockholm
#56 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Foresta 4*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The impressive Scandic Foresta hotel is located on Lidingo island in Stockholm's central archipelago, only 15 minutes from Stockholm city centre.The Scandic Foresta hotel lets you explore both Stockholm and the charming Lidingo island. Lidingo offers great opportunities for outdoor activities throughout the year. Enjoy walking, biking, a round of golf or head into the city centre to experience all that Stockholm has to offer. Don't miss a visit to neighbouring Millesgarden, the home and art gallery of the famous artist Carl Milles.Scandic Foresta has been an important meeting place since 1910 when Wilhelmina Shogh first opened the doors to her castle on the cliff. At the Scandic Foresta hotel you can arrange a meeting or conference in one of our 13 meeting rooms, or plan an event in the castle turret. In the evening you're welcome to enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel restaurant, with views over Stockholm and its waters. At the hotel you can also enjoy our lobby bar, shop and gym as well as free access to wireless internet. ... more   less 
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