Realistically, note that the Ibis at Spanga does not deserve a rating of Poor or Terrible. Yes, it is located in a quiet, suburban commercial area out of Stockholm city; however, it provides standard Ibis facilities. The hotel works well if all you need is reasonably priced accommodation – a place where you can sleep, shower and leave your luggage while you go sightseeing in Stockholm. It seemed patronized more by business people rather than by tourists (which suited us quite well as business people often behave better). The staff we encountered were especially hospitable during our stay, and made the visit both very enjoyable and particularly memorable.
If you are coming by car along E18, take the exit marked with the number 275 (the road that leads to the hotel). You will drive over a bridge crossing a creek and then railway lines. A bit farther on you will see the Ibis hotel to your left, next to a “Citroën” car dealership which faces the main road.
The hotel has part of the building, and shares it with various companies. Though there are no shops or restaurants in the vicinity, you can find a pizza outlet (closes at 9 p.m.) behind the back parking lot. Next to the reception desk, the hotel has a dining room which serves refreshments and light food. Since the hotel shares the building, it has a limited number (16) of parking spaces. When these were occupied, one could park on the quiet street outside (we never had a parking problem).
Reception is on the second floor (third floor U.S.) where there is also a computer terminal with Internet access for the use of guests and WiFi for those with their own laptop. Staff were pleasant, especially Henrik whom we found exceptionally congenial, helpful, cooperative, obliging, competent, efficient, sociable and a credit to the hotel.
We enjoyed our stay and would return. The room we had (on the lower of the hotel’s two floors) was spacious for an Ibis and had the usual furnishings typical of the chain. It would seem that Ibis acquired this hotel from another source and renovated it to Ibis standards. The room had no air conditioning, but did have a phone. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were a bit flat so you might need two. Room cleaners worked quietly so you could sleep in.
The bathroom had a shower alcove with a drain in the far corner, a shower curtain which did not reach the floor, and no shower pan or sill to prevent water from splashing onto other parts of the bathroom floor. Hence, after a shower, pretty well the entire bathroom floor was soaked. The chain needs to install a shower pan and a door to confine the water and keep the rest of the bathroom dry. Otherwise, the shower worked well.
The room had double glazing and was very quiet; however, occasional sounds did carry into the room from the corridor and from the street outside, but nothing particularly bothersome.
The hotel is in a better location for getting into central Stockholm than it first seems from a map. If you drive down Avestagaten or take public bus 517 (outside the hotel), you can get to Spanga (pronounced like Sponya) — an attractive little town where you can find a shopping plaza, with parking in the center and two supermarkets, plus a few restaurants (which close at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.). The distance from the hotel to the Spanga train station is 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles). We drove along the road which parallels the train line and curves around to town. You can find a shorter route if you have a map of the area (we could not find one). One street cuts across more directly to the center of Spanga.
We found it difficult to find legal, free parking in Stockholm city; consequently, we resorted to using the train from Spanga station (every 15 minutes during peak travel periods) to go to Stockholm central station and visit the city’s attractions. The trip itself takes just 10-15 minutes with just two stops. A ticket was 40 krone bought at the station ticket office but only 30 krone if bought from the “Pressby” newsagent store across the street from the station. An all-day travel pass was 100 krone.
If you drive to the station, with a bit of luck you might find an unrestricted, free parking space at the far side of the parking lot under the vehicular overpass (not the pedestrian one) passing over the railway tracks.
For a relatively cheap, but good, Thai-style meal, try “New Tokyo Sushi & Thai” at Varsta Alle 7, Spanga — take-away or dine in the restaurant’s simple surroundings.
Note that the “Stockholm Card”, especially for three days, is worth the price because museum and gallery admission fees and public transport fares, including ferries, are high. You will almost definitely save money sightseeing with the Card.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Stockholm Spanga is located 2 km from Spånga Station, 7 km from Bromma airport and 15 km from downtown Stockholm, the hotel has a bar and snacks 24 hours a day, free parking outside the hotel, as well as paid parking, Animals / Pets are not allowed in the hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stockholm Ibis