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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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