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Hotel Birger Jarl
Ranked #58 of 154 Hotels in Stockholm
Reviewed October 29, 2013

My room was clean and fresh, well styled although quite spartanic to be a 4* property, and a tad dated.

Good location, but not downtown. It's 15-20 minute walk to get downtown and about 30-35 minutes to the Old City. However there is subway and buses close by (buy a travel card).
One of the most irritating features of some budget hotels are the warm water saving shower-heads. It's not worthy of a hotel who wants to call it self 4* shower to use a warm water saver. It takes much longer time for you to shower. It send the message to the guest we rather save 25 cents on our water bill and waste an extra 5 more minutes or more of your( life (the guests) everyday.
No bath tub, only a very rudimentary shower cabin ( a flap hinged to the wall). No tub, means no Japanese travel agent will book any Japanese guests or tours (or very, very few). I don't think anywhere else in the world a property can label themselves as 4* without a bathtub!

Rooms have a tea/coffee maker, but no digestive or biscuits with the coffee and tea ( a standard for 4* properties).
Amenities fairly low quality lotion and shampoo. in mini bottles. Shower and hand soap dispensers bolted to the wall, no soap bars. No combs, nail files, cotton and others you normally would have in a 4* property.

The breakfast seems very generous but breakfast ingredients are low quality, very noticeable for the mini sausages, meatballs, fruit salad
The meatballs, the minced meat is so gamey so it tastes "Romanian road kill". The ham was recombined meat. I spitted the ham because it was slightly rancid (old).

Specially the breakfast with many bad tasting and low quality dishes will put off the sophisticated traveler and guest. This creates a vicious circle for a hotel as the the sophisticated guest, whom usually has a higher budget to spend on rooms and "in-hotel" drinks etc. To under preform on f.ex. breakfast quality leaves the hotels with just "cheap-skate" travellers who will buy whatever night (and eat whatever breakfast as long as it's a lot of it and include in the room rate) were it is cheapest without any other considerations. In the long run this affects the propertiy's profits in a very negative way. so the 30 cents saved att breakfast will kill the profit margin 2-5 years later; as the main competitive tool will be the price, after alienating the clients who also looks for a consistent quality in a property. Then mislabeling the property as 4* and only delivering 3* services doesn't really help!

Often the last impression a hotel leaves with a traveller is the breakfast. As many city hotel visitors stay only 1-2 nights; the last impression is Very Important.

Some unwanted sounds from the plumbing during the night time. People talking and shouting loudly in the corridors at late night. Very common in Swedish hotels. Swedes seems to have no manners and no consideration for others..

This hotel is very good for business travellers with very limited quality demands on breakfast and the and minimal delivery of 4* services.
Parking is excelent with a good secure area in the third basement, a tad on the expensive side for Stockholm were most hotels charge SEK 200 or less parking fee.

Good bed, clean and fresh (Swedish: Hel och ren).

Well working free WiFi.

Lacks hanger for wet or winter out door cloths.

Hotel staff is very much trying to be helpful but is lacking somewhat in training and don't seem to have or studied a proper "in-house" hotel manual but seems to try to solve everything on a case by case basis rather than having professional routines.

Thursday night, when I stayed, the lobby bar restaurant with a jazz-vocalist singing in the lobby bar/restaurant, good quality even if the singing was sporadic with a song every 10-15 minutes and inbetween silence. No real atomsphere from the inconsistant act.
Lobby bar/restaurant with no suitable bar dishes in the $5-15 strata, only full meals! Just nuts or chips!
A few selected drinks such as beer and wine (btg) at $7-10 during "Happy Hours" but a very limited selection – this is reasonable after Swedish price standards!?. If you you want to have an alcohol buzz do as the Swedes, buy a bottle in the Monopoly shop (very close to the Hotel) and drink in the room, very pathetic and might explain the fairly high suicide rate in Sweden, but at least it will not rip the shirt off your back..

This is a 3*(+) hotel suitable for short stays, especially good for buisness travellers over night or 2 nights.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

I had to stay in Stockholm for a business trip for 1 night and chose this hotel as it was relatively cheap and good located. I arrived fairly late in the evening and due to this I was checked in by a trainee night receptionist, generally not the people with the best system skills, so I had to be patient, which was a bit testing when you arrive quite late and tired. All credit to him, he was friendly and apologetic and apparently gave me a upgrade to a bigger room. However this room was everything but the quiet room I requested upon booking, there was a scaffolding right outside my window and the workers started really early, so the noise of the lift woke me up before my alarm clock. The room was also facing the street, so I had that noise to compete with as well. The room itself was spacious and nice, it contained everything that one can wish for, for a one night stop over. The shower was good, clean and well maintained. The bed was comfortable and had plenty of pillows, which is nice so I don't have to go and look for them or ask reception to bring me one and wait for that. The breakfast was very good with a huge selection to be able to choose from. The buffet contained eggs, pancakes, herring, selection of breads, english breakfast and much more, the only downside was the coffee. They have a beautiful WMF machine, however the coffee it produces was not that good and I was a bit disappointed by that. All in all I was satisfied and I think it is a good value for money hotel.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Thank ddoron
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We have justed returned from a trip to Stockholm (family of 2 adults and a child 4,5 years old), stayed at Birger Jarl and had a great time. The interior of the hotel (corridors, lift) needs a bit of renovation but the rooms are clean and sufficient. We booked a double room with an extra bed and stayed on the second floor. Bathroom was clean and warm, just a bit small (water goes everywhere while having a shower). Bed we had very comfortable, slept very well every night. Breakfast was just great, big choice of the food and fantastic pancake with strawberry jam and cream. The only negative thing was, that the restaurant got overcrowded during the breakfast time and took time to find a place to sit. Overall we had a great time and would reccommend Birger Jarl hotel to the other travellers.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Petr_Stich
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stayed her for 2 weeks while visiting family in Stockholm and loved it! Situated conveniently between Birger Jarlsgatan and Sveavägen This hotel is close to everything! the train station is only 2 blocks, there is a supermarket downstairs and around the corner and a Sytembolaget down the road! ( haha) it is a lovely walk to the old town and city centre!
The breakfast each morning was great! After 2 weeks we were worried we would get bored of the same thing each day but there is so much to choose from!
The only downside however was the maintenance work happening on the air vent system when we stayed, it was VERY noisy work and it started up around 0730-0800 each morning! Whilst annoying, I guess everyone needs to renovate some time, I just wish that they had put us on a lower floor as we were quite a long stay!
Overall, the staff were fantastic and we have definitely found our regular hotel when we come to visit family!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Alexandra M
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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

All you could expect for the price, confusing elevators and at times slightly disoriented staff, beyond that stunningly efficient and satisfactory. Very nice beds, if possible consider the mini double room, not inferior in any significant way..

Thank Roland M
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

This hotel is not as down town Stockholm as the ad says. So that was a bummer. We were only in the Swedish capital for one night and should in hindsight have chosen a hotel i "Gamla Stan" - The Old Town. Learn from our mistake and do that if you travel to Stockholm and can afford a better hotel, because the price was fair. The staff were great, always smiling, and always helpful. The breakfast was quite boring, very standard, with nothing gluten free.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Chingar_13
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Birger Jarl's a perfectly nice, comfortable hotel in a relatively central location in Norrmalm. Rooms are fairly simple, wouldn't be described as luxurious perhaps, although size is good and beds/bedding are excellent. Bathrooms could do with a bit of an update. Service was good and the breakfast buffet excellent. If you're looking for a nice, clean, comfortable hotel at a better rate than its more premium peers near the waterfront, and not too fussed about the five-star embellishments, this is your spot.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Birger Jarl

Address: Tulegatan 8 | Box 19016, Stockholm 113 53, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Vasastan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Business Hotel in Stockholm
#30 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#42 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range: $101 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Birger Jarl 4*
Number of rooms: 271
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Birger Jarl offers a wide range of rooms and suites all decorated in modern design. In the welcoming lobby you will find the restaurant and lobby bar where you can sip on a drink and enjoy a nice dinner. You are welcome to use the gym complete with views out over the rooftops. Complimentary WiFi in the whole hotel. We are centrally located with stores and restaurants within walking distance. Conference facilities with capacity for up to 550 people. Staying with us you will be welcomed with personal care, comfortable beds, delicious breakfast and stylish design. ... more   less 
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