Clarion Hotel Amaranten
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Amaranten Stockholm
I stayed at this hotel with my girlfriend for one week in April 2004. Good location (close to airport bus and there is an underground station at the corner). I liked the room (there was even a sofa in it) and the breakfast. Unfortunatily the sauna was out of order and there were some problems with the room cards (had to be changed twice).
It was an unpleasant suprise when I saw my next bank statement: our consumption from the minibar was deducted from my account although I paid it in cash upon leaving.
Did you all stay in the same hotel as me?
I stayed for three nights in the First Hotel Amaranten (18,19,20 Nov) and having read the reviews that people had written, I was a little apprehensive about what I might find.
I need not have worried.
When you arrive in the hotel, you are greeted by an ultra-modern reception area. The staff are fantastic. They are friendly and approachable, and I certainly did not encounter rudeness from anyone. Maybe because I wasnt rude to them in the first place? My alarm calls were placed on time, and on the final morning of my stay, they even allowed me a later checkout as I had a bad hangover. One of the maids even brought me a cold drink and some ice. Yes, the staff are certainly rude and arrogant!
The rooms are small but perfectly formed. Clean, with a good standard. I stayed in both a standard and a superior room and there is very little difference between the two, except nicer bedding, curtains and tolietries. If you choose to stay in a standard room, you can upgrade for approx £15.
The breakfast was delicious, and the staff are very good at replenishing the buffets. They can be a little keen at clearing plates away, so make sure you tell them if you are not finished. Its a good standard restaurant at night too.
My only negative comment is that the cost of the telephone calls. They ARE expensive. But thats hotels for you.
I have already booked the Amaranten for my next trip to Stockholm.
A good choice
Trendy and lively recption. The room we were given was adeguate even though the bathroom would need some changes.
Breakfast is a bit crowded during the week end but there is a good choice.
The GIM and the sauna with a little pool offer a chance of relax after a day in town.
The hotel is very close both to the train station - city terminal and the city centre and, at the same time, is in a very quite area.
I would return to this Hotel if went back to Stockholm.
HATED the First Hotel Amaranten
I've arrived at First Hotel with expectations of decency as it's rated 4 star & I was sorely disappointed.
1) The first night, I ate at the hotel restaurant, and forget about dining there if you don't speak Swedish. The service was very bad. It was as if they were serving food free - they never asked how I wanted my meat done, anything to drink no bothering to ask! They assumed, without asking any of my preferences.
2) The hotel staff are uncoordinated, because they did not know their massage time schedule and what types existed at their own hotel, nor they did even attempt to find out!
3) After I took a shower, I realised that there was a flood all over the floor because they shower walls were not built properly.
4) They did not put a wakeup call for my room, after the first time I've asked - good thing I verified by another 2nd phone call, or else, I would have made a bad impression on my client for next morning's 9 o'clock meeting.
5) The room was not cleaned properly, neither was the bathroom, when I came back to stay for a second night. At this point, I realised everything in this place had corners cut - in every single aspect!
6) The tel. rates per 1 min was nearly 2 Euros, so the bill amounted to something very high at checkout time. Having stayed at other hotels in Stockholm, this was a shock, as rates are normally v. good in other places.
I go to Stockholm for business, and to anyone going to Sweden from London or any other city, I can SWEAR you that this is the worst place to stay. I'm surprised they are still running a business.
Wouldn't stay there again
Forget the superiour rooms - same as standards, only with bathrobes and partly renovated. Room was fairly clean, but partly very shabby (covers, doors and bathroom) and not at all 4-star-like... They couldn't fix the wash-basin nor was the bathroom cleaned during our stay. I suggest strongly to look elsewhere! Breakfast and location of hotel are excellent. Expect 2-3 star "room and furnishing" and you'll be ok.
Stylish lobby but shabby rooms
I have very mixed feelings about the First Hotel Amaranten after our recent stay there (July 2004). The lobby and bar area is oh-so-trendy, full of wood and chrome and stylish back-lighting. But both of our rooms looked like they haven't been updated since before ABBA was popular (the first time): shabby furniture, flaking paint, and torn curtains that apparently were attacked by a cougar. The bathrooms were also cramped and ageing. The hotel is very popular with tour groups, which in particular made breakfast chaotic as gangs of 30 or more arrived and departed at the same time. However, the food on the buffet was good (when you could get to it) and the staff managed to keep it well stocked throughout the morning. (The staff in general did a pretty good job of being responsive to requests.) The location is good -- a little out of the center of things on Kungsholmen, right next to the Radhuset metro stop and an easy walk to Norrmalm and Gamla Stan. Traveling as we were with children, it was just okay for familes: nothing particular at the hotel for the kids, and the small pool wasn't at all family-friendly (more of a spa-type setting). All in all, a decent enough place and a decent enough stay, but I'd rather they spend some money on renovating the rooms instead of just the lobby.
First Hotel Amaranten seems to be too well frequented by groups to care about guests in a personal way.
The lobby is recently rebuilt and looks fashionable.The bathrooms don't fulfil european standards - at least not regarding the hotel fares.
Efficient staff, Excellent breakfast
I stayed with my husband and baby for three nights from 29-2 May 2004. The location of the hotel was excellent, a pleasant walk to the centre of town and plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.The staff were friendly and helpful and the quality and selection of the food at breakfast was fantastic !
No matter how busy breakfast was, the staff were attentive, the tables were cleaned quickly, ready for the next hungry diners.
UK hotels should take note !!
Lovely spacious reception and bar area.
Bedrooms very clean although a little small for 3.
We lost our camera in a local taxi and thanks to the reception staff we received in by post in Glasgow !
Very Efficient! I would definitely recommed to anyone visiting Stockholm.
Wouldn't bother looking anywhere else
I stayed here for 2 nights with my 2 adult children and, should we return to Stockholm, we wouldn't bother looking for any other hotel. It was marvellously spacious, bright, full of life and with a free internet connection in the corner of the vast reception area. The receptionists were excellent and very welcoming. The room could have been a bit more spacious and the bathroom was a bit poky but everything was perfectly clean and comfortable.
Solid hotel, great breakfast
The First Hotel Amaranten is in Kungsholmen (western Stockholm) within 4 minutes walk of the main train station. Fantastic free breakfast (meats, great bread, cheeses, and all the "normal" breakfast stuff...). Some very cheap rates available on First Hotel company website if gotten months ahead of time. Rooms tend towards the small, but overall it is a nice gracious hotel that is quite affordable and perfect if you are somewhere in between "GRAND HOTEL" and "YOUTH HOSTEL".
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