So we booked this hotel for a 4 day 3 nights trip in Stockholm during February. (Apparently a very cold time of year to go). But what with all the strange weather in America this winter, the knock on effect was a fairly reasonable winter in northern Europe. There was only a little bit of ice on the sea xD (yep that's normal).
So where to begin. The hotel itself was perfectly placed in Stockholm. Both me and my girlfriend enjoy a walk and soon discovered the walk to the old town AKA heart of Stockholm was only about 20 mins. With an awful lot to see and keep you occupied along the way. For the less active the local tube station is only 5 minutes down the road.
(I would recommend if you prefer this option, getting one of the blue metro cards, it made the whole experience so much easier and for a small fee gives you unlimited travel around Stockholm's buses tubes and the tram to Djurgarden).
The tube line that services the hotel runs straight through the centre of Stockholm and across to Sodermalm where if your looking for some fun, less well known bars and restaurants then this is the place to go. Including an absolutely mental Thai restaurant 'Koh Phangan' that will have you believing your in a beach resort. Complete with fake thunderstorms (Don't worry though you wont get rained on).
The hotel itself was clean, modern, friendly and very welcoming. The room we was given was a free upgrade because it was a quieter time of year. I feel this is, if anything a good representation of the customer service in this place. The staff where always keen to look after us. And would even help us with our negligible hold on the Swedish language while we enjoyed a late drink at the small bar.
The hotel also has a sauna/relaxation room that is available for guests to use in blocks of an hour a time. It was amazing. Complete with sofas, rugs, showers, about 500 towels and of course a sauna room with wooden benches and the customary little water bowl. Also like I said, its hired in blocks of an hour. So you have the whole thing to yourself. Lush!
And lastly and most importantly. The breakfast! Oh what a breakfast it was. Just an absolutely massive unlimited buffet and breakfast bar that will without a doubt cater to your every dietary requirements and whims. I would recommend making the most of this. Its open at reasonable times and will set up your day so perfectly. (Especially as Stockholm isn't the cheapest city to drink n dine. Id put it on par with Paris and slightly more expensive than London).
Anything else I should add? Ummm Oh yea, convenient supermarket literally next door for your midnight snacks. Its on a very very prominent coach courier route that travels to and from the airport. Again within 5 minute walk of the hotel. And with free wifi on the coach so you can get your google maps up to help you on your way. The coach was called 'Flygbussarner'. And again makes your trip so much easier.
Lastly if you intend to visit Stockholm in the winter. Despite popular belief there is so much to do and see. Places don't seem to close out of season and there will guaranteed be plenty to keep you entertained. The only thing that may be off limits would be the boat trips out into the archipelago. They don't really start running until March time. Due to aforementioned sea ice. Also in the winter it is likely to snow and indeed, be somewhat covered in snow. Always magical.
All in all, I would completely recommend this place to anyone. And the ONLY reason I'm not intending to go back is simply because next time I visit Stockholm I want to stay in the archipelago and go island hopping. (Sorry plus time).
Hope you all have a good trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEST WESTERN PLUS Time Hotel is a wonderful 4-star hotel centrally located in Stockholm by Odenplan, only 3 subway stops from Central Station. The central location and the beautiful environment combined with a great atmosphere will make your stay very special.All of our guests have free Wi-Fi and access to our relaxation room with sauna. ... more less
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