It's around twenty years since I was last in Stockholm and I'd forgotten how expensive Sweden appears. It's all about the exchange rate I guess so it pays to put things into context. Like anywhere you get what you pay for and the cost of a five star hotel in Stockholm will be plains above what you will probably be used to paying elsewhere and so on down the ratings. So to get a feel for value here look at a selection of properties of different grades. The Adlon is really around mid value, it would probably be a three star property in most other western european countries, albeit in Swedish Kroner at what you'd normally consider a five star price. So put your expectations into context before you book the Adlon.
The hotel is an older property near the main train station in the centre of the city. Accordingly it's an easy flat walk of one block to the Arlanda Express terminal but so are many other hotels. As an older property it does have rooms of many different sizes. I was in a Grand Lit room which was small but had a double bed. I've seen smaller rooms and I think the Adlon has rooms smaller than mine but it also has larger rooms, so do your homework to avoid disappointment. While the room seemed old and tired the bed linen was fine and the bathroom seemed to have been renovated and was not overly small.
The hotel has a small lobby area on ground level which also doubles as a kind of lounge where you can buy drinks and snacks. But the hours for service are not around the clock and beware of room service, it carries a hefty SEK 100 service fee so around $15!! One night I asked if I could buy a glass of wine to take to my room (myself). But that was not allowed, instead it would have to be delivered and for the service fee plus the cost of the wine, I declined. That said I think if you drink in the lounge then there is no service charge. There is a breakfast room on the first floor that actually does a nice breakfast. The only eggs available seemed to be soft or hard boiled but they had a good selection of cold items and some excellent breads. The hotel doesn't have a lunch or dinner restaurant but it does sell sandwiches in the lobby.
The staff all seemed nice enough and they were helpful and you can buy train tickets through the front desk including Arlanda Express tickets. I had bought my Arlanda Express tickets online in advance via the Arlanda Express website. It works well, after buying the ticket your credit card becomes your paperwork, the conductor simply swipes your card to check the purchase, no paper required. The hotel has free wireless internet which worked very well. The room had flat screen cable television but many entertainment channels seemed to be pay per view.
Small rooms aside the weakest link with this hotel for me would have to be position on a busy city street. Most of the rooms look out over this street and it can be noisy. I'm a light sleeper and I struggled. The windows are double glazed but are old and the sound insulation is not the best. So if you struggle with sleep then this hotel may not be for you. My room didn't seem to have air conditioning, but it did have heating and a portable fan too.
So really mixed emotions here. In the context of the Swedish economy staying here was not a bad deal and the location for the airport train and the city is second to none. The rooms are small but I read that Sweden has the smallest average home size in Europe, if that is true then the hotel falls into line with the norm. The downside really is just the street that the hotel overlooks. If you are a poor sleeper then that could be a real issue for you. I was on the second floor and I had big problems over two nights. But if you sleep like a rock then the hotel works, it's not The Grand but then it doesn't pretend to be, accept it for what it is and you'll be fine, if not then there are lots of other options for all budgets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elite Hotel Adlons' location is perfect for a visit to Stockholm. We are a centrally located three star superior quality hotel. Easy to find whether you arrive by plane, train, bus or car. Stockholm Central Station, Arlanda Airport Express train, the central bus station and commuter trains are only minutes away and several inner-city buses stop directly outside our door. Once you are here, you are close to all of Stockholm's business and entertainment centers. Just around the corner is Stockholm's foremost shopping district and you're in walking distance to Old Town, City Hall and the Royal Palace.The charming 19th century building has been newly refurbished offering comfortable rooms and personal assistance from our staff. Enjoy the plentiful breakfast buffet and complementary Wi-Fi throughout the building. Why not work wireless in our lounge while enjoying something Swedish from our menu? The Elite Hotel Adlon displays a unique character and personalised service. All our rooms and public areas are non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adlon Hotell Stockholm
- Adlon Hotell Hotel Stockholm