As far as location is concerned: if you are coming into/going out of Stockholm C (or Arlanda Express to ARN), you can't pick a better location. About 3min to the Arlanda Express stop. Lots of eating options nearby from MAX (a Swedish fast food chain) to Bishop's Arms (a ubiquitous "British" pub chain), to 3+ blocks of eateries along adjacent Kungsgatan. Close to Drottninggatan's pedestrian shopping, too. Fasching jazz club is just around the corner, about 5min walk.
The hotel is nothing fancy, but it is clean and reliably bland. The US equivalent would probably be a nice La Quinta. The breakfast is large (by Scandinavian standards). On a nice day, the glass-roofed breakfast area is quite nice. They have complimentary "fika" laid out in the lobby all day.
The single rooms are small, as is typical in European capitals. The layout of my single room was standard for the hotel, with the round shower in the center of the room (not as crazy as it may sound), making the room a somewhat awkward "L" shape. Bathroom was spartan, but clean (if not a little institutional looking). Shower had a door so you were able to keep the rest of the bathroom dry--a rarity in Sweden.
My biggest complaint was the lack of individual control of the air conditioning. It never really gets that hot (by southern US standards) in Stockholm in the summer, but I still wanted it a little cooler than it was (80F/27C). Since windows of rooms on the inside of the hotel open out to the delivery dock, opening a window resulted in more noise than you would want during the day, and didn't really cool the room much. This would only ever be an issue in August, though.
Nights were surprisingly quiet, given the urban setting. No sound from window or neighboring rooms.
Overall, the single room feels a little like a US college dormitory, but is fine for most travelers who just need a safe, clean place to bed for the night. Especially if you need to be close to the train station, this is a good deal. I wouldn't pay more than 200 USD for a single, however, under any circumstances. (If $200 for a single sounds ridiculous: Välkomna till Sverige!")
However, if you want to get a more "Stockholm"-like experience, I would suggest staying further away from the train station, as this area is 90% tourists. Moreover, if you are comfortable with this level of hotel, you can get better deals elsewhere in the city; perhaps near Odenplan or on the Norrmalm side of Birger Jarlsgatan. Central Stockholm is not *that* large.
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