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Hotel Rival
Ranked #2 of 158 Hotels in Stockholm
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Wirral, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

I wish we had stayed more than 1 night! You could spend a day just admiring the decor and furnishings! Well placed, only 10 minutes' walk from Gamla Stan. Good sized room facing the park. Huge bathroom with shower and bath and plenty of shelving for toiletries. Room service was punctual and reasonably priced. Please note that breakfast is included in the room rate at the weekend! Staff were friendly and helpful. There is a library of over 100 films for you to choose from - free of charge -( just ask at reception) and dvd's and cd's in your room. You can buy Rival umbrellas and mugs and there was a lovely teddy bear in our room, also avaiable for purchase. We were really impressed and will return!!

Parking is charged at £40 per day however, it is free in the square over the weekend.

Room Tip: Perhaps a room away from the square may be a bit quieter as, when we stayed, there was live music bu...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

Loved out stay at Rival -- hope to be back again! Staff very helpful, very clean and quiet. Great location with access to safe and frequent public transit. Very cool! Love Stockholm! And an ABA CD in the room -- with good sound system, was a nice touch.

Room Tip: All of our rooms were great!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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64 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Enough has been said about this wonderful hotel. Staying here was a great experience. The staff is friendly and easy to please. I got a great tip on a yoga studio nearby at Timmermansgatan 10. Yoga Shakti is a versatile studio with a variety of yoga styles to choose from. The teachers were helpful given that I do not know a word of Swedish. It does help if you are not a beginner. Taking a yoga class in another language can be intimidating. On the way back to the hotel stop by for a great ice cream a few feet from the studio. Or have a free cup of coffee or tea on the fourth floor of the hotel from the state of the art machine.

Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Istanbul, Turkey
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

I stayed there for 5 nights on a business trip to Stockholm. And I really loved it. It's not located in the downtown but it's very easy to reach to downtown by metro or by bus. The metro station is only in the corner from the hotel.

The hotel is looking to the park and it's very peaceful. And yet its bar is a very popular get-together place and the hotel hosts some concerts on some nights so the lobby and bar area can get really crowded.. But it's a hip crowd and it doesn't disturb the hotel guests at all. It actually adds to the character of the hotel.

The rooms have all you need plus a cd / dvd player. You also find some cd's on the wall. It could actually be better if there was an iPod dock -- then you could listen to your own music as well. But I still enjoyed it a lot.

The breakfast was great. They ask you what kind of eggs you want and whatever you choose is included in the breakfast cost.

The staff was also very friendly and helpful.

I really liked the hotel and would very much recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

We had two days at Rival in August, and it was just great. Wonderful staff, very helpful front desk, comfortable rooms, good buffet breakfast, good location. Close to Gamla Stan, in a quiet neighborhood where people live and shop. Definitely highly recommended. Hotels in Stockholm are pricey, but Rival gives you everything you need.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

Our group of four chose this hotel from trip advisor. We were not disappointed. The location was excellent, the hotel was clean and comfortable, and internet service was provided. The online reservation process was easy, and we were cheerily greeted and checked in with efficiency. Would stay there again and recommend to friends and family.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

My husband and I spend 3 nights at Hotel Rival in August, 2012 (our 3rd and final hotel during a 3-city trip). The vibe here is amazing. The reception staff was always helpful and friendly. Sean, the concierge, did not let you pass by without saying hello. He seems like the "mayor" of the hotel, as we saw him at not only the concierge desk, but also the reception desk, the host stand AND clearing plates at breakfast, and in the kitchen at the wonderful Cafe Rival next door.

Our room was well laid out and comfortable. I made use of the pillow menu, and housekeeping brought me some hypoallergenic options within minutes. The 4th floor contains two computers for guest use, which were very helpful for printing out tour confirmations and boarding passes.

Breakfast (included in our room for the weekend) was superb. Plenty of healthy options to choose from (and some indulgences - macarons!), and a variety of complimentary "menu" items to order from, which unfortunately we did not get to enjoy as we only had a few minutes for breakfast each morning. We also enjoyed dinner at the hotel one night.

Hotel is in a great location, close to interesting shops and cafes, very close to public transportation but also within walking distance of almost everything we saw/did in Stockholm.

I would rate Rival as a top 3 hotel in my years of traveling, for the excellent vibe, warm staff, and fun design. Truly a gem.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Rival
Address: Mariatorget 3, Box 17525, Stockholm 118 91, Sweden
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Location: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Mariatorget , Södermalm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#3 Business Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rival 4*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Rival is Stockholm's first boutique hotel, located on Sodermalms heights in classic premises in Stockholm. The Rival is a small, modern, individual hotel with unique top-level service. The 99 rooms have high technical standards with an unique interior decorations as well as Internet access. The seventh floor, with its magnificent view, is reserved for suites. The classic cinema Rival has been meticulously renovated and equipped with the latest in multi-media technology. The movie theatre will accommodate 700 conference guests, and the premises are well suited for events and meetings. There are 5 more conference rooms and a generous foyer outside the theatre for exhibits and mingling. The cocktail bar (original art deco), the bar, the bistro and the cafe will serve both hotel guests and local inhabitants. ... more   less 
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