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Historical Traveler Reviews Berns Hotel Stockholm
Comfortable room, top-notch service
My one-night stay at the Berns in frosty December left me satisfied about the establishment and its value for money.
Having read previous reviews I knew to ask for a high-floor room, even though noise doesn't travel quite as far with all the windows closed against the cold. In response to my e-mail request, I was told that no rooms were available on the fifth floor but I would get fourth floor. Upon checking in, I was given a room on the fifth floor anyway, no questions asked.
The single room and its twin bed were certainly smaller than in the business hotels I stay at on the company's dime. But so what? The room was clean and well-preserved, and everything worked. For less than 150 euros, that's relative value.
What made for an "excellent" experience was the staff. Whether the person who responded to my e-mails promptly and politely, the front-desk staff who kindly and efficiently dealt with all my inquiries for restaurants and tourist stops, or the restaurant staff serving breakfast, everyone was top-notch.
When I started this review I was going to give a 4/5 "above average" rating. I hate grade inflation where 5/5 is the score you give if you didn't hate your experience. But I bumped it to 5/5 because the experience is always relative to price. For the money, I had an excellent experience for these reasons but also for the little things like gingerbread cookies and a bottle of Ramlosa mineral water waiting in the room. For the price, that package of features and the convenient location (as mentioned by other reviewers) is nothing short of excellent.
Berns or Rival?
First off, you'll have a great time staying in Berns. It's slap bang in the middle of all the tourist attractions. NK (Stockholm's equivalent of Selfridges in London) is 5 minutes away, as is the ferry stop for trips into the archipeleago. The Vasa and the beautiful Gamla Stan are a 15 min walk away. If like us, you're going for a weekend the rates are good.
The rooms are nice (but not quite as ultra stylish as I imagined), but the cheapest rooms are a bit pokey. The nightclub is great fun though the drinks are a bit pricey.
But, if I come again I think I'd probably stay at Hotel Rival in Soderhalm. Why? Well the rooms look more fun and more importantly if you're 20 - 35, the area's funkier and the local restaurants on the doorstep are more laidback (The Tucana, italian round the corner is lovely).
But pick either and you'll make a good choice.
Just my type of place
I would defintely recommend Berns Hotel if:
you appreciate a downtown location close to restaurants and shops.
you want to eat one of the best breakfast buffets you ever had.
you appreciate an excellent bath room with heated towels and great shower pressure.
you like stylish rooms wih a maritime ambiance.
you don't mind the hotel being next door to a night club resulting in a little bit of noise during the weekends.
you don't mind staying a room slightly smaller than the Stockholm average.
In its price range (200-250 USD), I'd say it is one of the 3 best hotels in central Stockholm.
Berns Hotel- Stockholm
Me and my boyfriend spent last Easter at Berns Hotel in Stockholm.
The hotel is excellent located, in the city center, and very minimalistic!
Our room was on the 5th (the last) floor, a bit small but lovely, full of utilities. The bathroom was pretty with an enormous shower. in our internet rate the price was comprehensive of breakfast, who was very delicious, in particular the buffet of cheese, fishes and meats. ... Instead, cakes and other sweeties were very poor...
Just one mmmh: only one receptionist was very kind with us, others were just professionals.
Berns Hotel, a special place
I spent 8 nights at Berns Hotel, 1 with my husband and 2 with a friend. The remaining 5 nights I was on my own and felt completely comfortable and safe. We had a deluxe park view room with a balcony. The room was "shot-gun" style which allowed for a wonderful wall of windows letting in light and with a view of the park, buildings, and water. There was a lot of storage so even though the room was narrow, it never felt cramped. The linens and towels are first rate and the beds very comfortable. The bathroom was small but well equiped with good water pressure in the shower-over-tub. The only negative was lack of air-conditioning. A few of the days were very warm, which could have been a problem, but we requested (and recieved) an oscillating fan which kept the air moving and made the temperature pleasant. The location of the hotel is fantastic, within walking distance of everything. But the most outstanding aspect was the service of the exceptional staff. They were friendly, helpful, and professional. Breakfast was included in the rate and was ample and delicious, with a wide selection. The food in the Terrace restaurant was also excellent. I highly recommend Berns.
After reading previous reviews managed to to book a room on the 5th floor so the noise from the disco was not heard. However, did get constant noise from air-conditioning outlet all night instead. Staff were fantastic, incredibly helpful and polite. Breakfast was excellent and in the most wonderful setting. Room was small and air-conditioning was inadequate. No bath towels, cups or milk on day of arrival but soon put right. Location was PERFECT for all the key areas in central Stockholm. So overall a mixed stay
Great Except for Nightclub noise
We spent our first two nights in Stockholm at the Berns, and if it weren't for the nightclub that goes until 3:30 or 4am (depending on the night of the week), it would have been really fabulous although a bit pricey. The hotel is a great combination of old and new. The rooms are great. Ours was a deluxe room without a balcony, on the old side of the hotel. Lots of windows, tons of space, fun swedish styling. Definitely doesn't feel like your average cookie cutter hotel room. Also, FABULOUS location. so close to the water, all the ferries, easy walk over to the Djurgarden and other sights. Also, the breakfast included with the room is tasty, good assortment, great coffee.Now for the BAD news. First, the A/C leaves something to be desired. Most of the time this shouldn't be an issue. But it was in the mid-80s when we were there and too hot in the room to sleep under anything but a sheet. Second, we couldn't open the windows because the nightclub, while fun and hip, is REALLY LOUD and goes REALLY LATE. Even with the windows closed. I think if you ask for a room in the new side of the hotel, on a higher floor, this might be less of an issue. But we were just one floor above and right around the corner and it may as well have been in our room. The good news is that when we complained they discounted our room a bit, which was nice.
Stylish and good value
Just returned from an excellent weekend in Stockholm. The Burns Hotel was first rate - Conran styling, air conditioned, well-designed rooms, top marks for breakfast, included in discounted price. Originally placed in a standard room which was too small. Upgraded but room still on the small side. Didnt matter at all - CD player in the room, fresh apple each morning and Toblerone and fizzy water at night, sumptious bed and very clean. Location perfect for the weekend - just by the water and within easy reach of Gamla Stan (old town). My partner's only gripe was the lack of a bath. Service attentive and intelligent. Use of nearby luxury swimming pool sauna and gym included.
This highly styled boutique hotel is well-recommended for a short break. Perhaps not quite enough space for a longer stay.
Great location, tiny rooms
I stayed at the Berns Hotel about 4 years ago. The attached restaurant and theatre are charming, and the location is great (right off Kugstradsgarden). But my single room was claustrophobically tiny, tiny, tiny. Very nice breakfast buffet didn't make up for the tiny room. If you are going to pay top dollar in Stockholm, there are much better places to stay (my personal favorite is the Stallmastaregarden outside the city center, and right on the lake)
Nice idea, but.....
This hotel is a renovation attached to an old and exquisite site. The restaurant and nite-club are an amazingly pleasant sight. The design of the rooms however is rather european, and not to all tastes. The rooms are indeed tiny in the extreme. They are soundproofed and have doubleglazed balcony doors to protect from the nearby church bells which sound 24 hours a day ! I know Sweden is usually cold, but we visited in September, with temps > 25 degree celsius, and the rooms were like an oven. They have recirculated air , but no air conditioning, which is rare in europe. This made things intolerably hot if you wanted a rest in the middle of the day. Overall it is expensive at US $250 + a night, but this seems the norm in sweden, where less than this amount buys you much much worse. A very pretty city, with pleasant but rather laid back people.
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... see a single seat in sight! We saw some people going upstairs, so we followed them up and got the last row on the balcony, where we could not see much... but I was happy to be able to sit down, away from the bustle!! The lights dimmed 10 past, and children came from 3 sides and merged in the center aisle to go up to the front of the church. They were wearing the white dresses with a candle each. Lucia herself looked older than ...
... many currencies on the go and feel like I just want to spend all the currencies from our previously travelled currencies. I just take what they offer without questioning, so I hope I am not being ripped off too must. We eventually found our hotel, but then had to work out how to check in. It is supposed to be all done electronically through your smart advice. Of course ours didn't work for some reason and luckily there was a girl offering service at the ...
... a super cool museum, called the Vasa Museum. It was a well preserved ship from the 1600's that had capsized on it's maiden voyage. A light breeze blew it over just a few hundred feet from it's launch. It was raised up out of the water in 1961 and preserved. Absolutely amazing.
Okay....more to come later....I am too tired to think right now. Love Stockholm and it's lovely waterways!
... warm this afternoon.
We spent the afternoon relaxing and spending some time getting free WiFi at the local McDonalds. Our tour group from St. Petersburg got together for dinner and after dinner drinks in the Compass Rose lounge. It's hard to say good-bye to the Wind Surf since we don't know if we'll ever be back on her ...
... is in practically pristine condition and they have quite a few artifacts from the ship. The museum is set up so that you can see the ship from different heights and can easily see the intricately carved wood.
We took a water taxi to get to and from the museum, which gave us a chance to see a lot more of Stockholm than we could do walking. The city ...