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“Great tradition, yet modern in the city centre” 4 of 5 stars
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Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Karlstad
Certificate of Excellence
Solna, Sweden
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106 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great tradition, yet modern in the city centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed New Years Eve and were received by friendly staff. Check-in was rapid as was the check-out the next morning. The room was budget price and also budget size. Rather narrow bed for two but we had been warned when booking so no hard feelings there. The small room was quiet and clean, recently refurbished.

Very rich breakfast buffet included in the room price the next morning. Everything you could ask for and then some. Do-it-yourself Belgian waffles as well.

The hotel is right in the center of the city with nice walks along the riverbanks or shopping if you prefer.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad is a nice and historical hotel located in the center of Karlstad. The "deluxe" room was spacious and comfortable, yet quite affordable at about 900 SEK a night.

The English restaurant/pub next door had a great atmosphere and the food there was great.

We saw some indications of wear and tear that really should be fixed, but overall this was a very nice stay at a great hotel, which we probably will visit again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Torlokken
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Helsingborg, Sweden
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We stayed only one night on our way up north in Dalarna,
it cost only 1000 kr. (aprox. 95 euros) for two persons in a very nice room incl. a
big, very good breakfast with everything you could wish for.
The hotel is located down by the River Klarälven in the middle of the city, close to shops
and restaurants, the Hotel has also a very nice Pub "The Bishops Arms" with lot´s of
beers and good food.
We put our badge "Revied on Tripadvisor" on the roomwindow, because we liked it so much!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Vikenboet
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Stockholm, Sweden
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The building itself is impressive, originally build in year 1908. The present owner, the Elite Hotels, renovated the interior some few years ago - which now is updated to a modern standard. As a visitor, you may be a bit impressed of the grand reception area, the great staircase welcoming you inside the hotel, the restaurant…yes - of the great architecture. Even (most of?) the rooms are renovated to a modern standard.
I know, because I even stayed a number of times at the hotel…especially at the time (some years ago) when it was a Best Western hotel.

I was not impressed by the welcoming when checking in. The female receptionist seemed to be a bit nonchalant and absent-minded, in spite of the fact that I was the only guest present. I didn’t have the feeling that I got a warm welcoming.
And I really think that you, as a guest checking in to a hotel, automatically should be asked if you would like to have A) a log-in to the internet, and B) a newspaper!

My room wasn’t especially big, however, the view - toward the “Klara” river passing right outside the hotel - quite nice. The hard-wooded-floor was fine, the desk (where to work) sufficient, the bed was a double bed, the TV-set large, and the bath-room quite nice.
You could notice that the room had been renovated…maybe in a hurry (?), as the craftsmen’s work wasn’t too impressive everywhere.

During the evening I visited the pub “Bishops Arms” at the ground level of the hotel. They have a large selection of beer and whiskey, as well as some food. I had a terrific, very large and well tasting Caesar salad. The interior of the pub, i.e. the whole surrounding and setting of the premises, are very nice!

The large restaurant where the breakfast is served is a quite impressive room. However, I wasn’t really impressed by the range, and the quality, of the food served. Additionally, the hotel didn’t seem to have turned on the heating system. A combination of those two facts made me leave the restaurant without reading my morning newspaper to the last page.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Puth, The Netherlands
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Arrived late but was served properly and swiftly, room was fine to international standards. Bar dowstairs excelent with lots of high bookshelves providing a homely atmosphere. Beds were OK (a bit soft perhaps) and breakfast as one could wish for!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank RinkeAltink
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Nice hotel in central location. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is good, as would expected. Some of the rooms are dated, but most have been remodeled, however, even the dated room I have stayed was pleasant.
The small gymnasim, however, is a waste of space. If you need a workout they can sell you a pass for a local gym. Running around Karlstad is good in every direction.

The Bishops Arm Pub is a welcome on-site addition with a great atmosphere and a wide selection of draughts from around the world.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Jake D
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Fredrikstad, Norway
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We have stayed at the Elite Plaza hotel in Gothenburg several times earlier, so we didn´t expect anything less going this Elite hotel. Our expectations were met: the location was perfect; close to shops and restaurants, but still in a quiet "corner" of the city. The rooms were also nice; we booked a family room, and that was really spacious and nice.
The hotel had focus on kids this summer; they had their own "check-in" desk where they could make a drawing when they arrived, they also received some colors and a book. The little playroom at the hotel was also perfect for out two-year-old.
The breakfast was a nice surprise: a huge selections, and more importantly; the bacon was done just right! ;)
Overall: a nice hotel to a decent price. We´ll be back!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad
Address: 22 Kungsgatan | Box 317, Karlstad 652 24, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Varmland County > Karlstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Karlstad
#4 Business Hotel in Karlstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad is one of the country’s most beautiful hotels and is centrally located by the riverside of Klaralven. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and caress your senses with the best of everything. We offer 138 hotel rooms, a cozy pub and modern conference rooms. We want to give you a total experience, not only a room; our concern and the beautiful surroundings will make you feel like you’re at home. ... more   less 
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