Hotel Rival is perfectly located in the youthful and artsy Södermalm area of Stockholm. The hotel is close to many wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes, and is a walking distance from most Stockholm sightseeing attractions. It is more hip and modern then some of the more classic, “old-school” hotels located in Northern parts of the city, and has a fun boutique feel and personality. The hotel manages to embrace the joyful spirit of Abba, without going over to the cheesy side of pop.
The rooms are tiny but comfortable, with a great bathroom that includes a rainfall shower and speakers so you can listen to “Mamma Mia” in the morning or “Dancing Queen” when getting ready for a night on the town. Or you can skip the Abba and put on another one of the CD’s that comes with the room (or listen to your own CD or ipod). The bed is very comfortable, and if you want even more fluff, the hotel offers a complementary pillow menu. Another nice touch is the free movie rental offered at the front desk – in case you get stuck with a rainy day (like we did). It is also nice to have free wifi in the room.
Service is pretty good, although a little on the pretentious side depending on who is on shift. Some of the front desk people are very helpful and can give you dining and sightseeing ideas that you can’t find in your Lonely Planet. The breakfast buffet is plentiful, and well worth it if you are planning a long day of sightseeing. You can also have a-la-carte breakfast at the café. The hotel bar is nice for an after-dinner drink.
We stayed at both Hotel Rival and Hotel Diplomat during our vacation in Stockholm, and for us, Hotel Rival was certainly the favorite. If you prefer more quiet and elegant accommodations closer to Djurgården and the museums, go for Hotel Diplomat or Grand Hotel. If you want a youthful, modern and fun ambiance, choose Rival.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rival Hotel Stockholm