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... a night club, a casino, a sauna and a swimming pool. For the privilege of sailing with her, we paid 220 euros for a triple room which was actually a cabin for four. It was cramped as all economy ships’ cabins are, with two double bunk beds and a bathroom with toilet and shower.
At five in the evening we left Stockholm and passed many islands before we reached the open sea.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Stockholm
The Clarion hotel has everything that you could want in a hotel. Modern, airy rooms, immaculately clean bathrooms and honestly the best breakfast we have ever had (aside from a fantastic b&b in Orkney). The staff were super friendly and nothing seemed to be too much trouble - an absolute credit to the hotel. The hotel itself has quite the nightlife at the weekends, although you would never guess it from your bedroom as they are well soundproofed! There is even an extensive art collection within the hotel to keep you amused at 3 in the morning if you can't sleep.
Helpful tip: if you arrive late and need a snack, there is a great local fast food outlet out the main entrance to the right, across the road on the corner.
I couldn't recommend this wonderful hotel enough.
ps. funnily enough - no meatballs to be found in Sweden; lots of hotdog carts, however!!
Cool and hip- not your parent's hotel!
The Clarion Stockholm is pushed to the southern extreme of young and hip Sodermalm and will not impress from the street, yet the minimal décor at the lobby does predict the quiet, modern sensibility that permeates the rest of the hotel's facilities. There is a pleasant ambiance as art is incorporated throughout and the public spaces are open and welcoming. The rooms, adequately sized, are trendy in their design, similar to another comfort chain hotel we stayed in (and enjoyed). I had asked for a room with a view, something that most rooms do not appear to have due to the building configuration. We lucked out with an expansive view south- not beautiful, but appreciated. The breakfast room is enormous, as are the lavish buffet tables. Pretty much everything one could want less an omelet station. The relax area has no real exercise equipment (somewhat of a disappointment); it's simply a Jacuzzi, sauna, and a couple of bikes artfully arrange with a splendid view in a serene setting. I had the luxury of enjoying the space alone one morning- too bad that videos were blasting from the flat panel TV- at least one was Abba- this IS Stockholm. Save your work-out for the badet next door with it's pool and exercise equipment. Staff at the desk was friendly and helpful getting us to an obscure landmark and saved us some Kroner by arranging a ride to the airport for a fixed fee. Overall a very pleasant surprise for those that appreciate cool, modern architecture and art
Good choice in Stockholm
Stayed at the Clarion in beautiful Stockholm for 7 days in July. The single room was very efficiently designed (i.e., small), being exactly as wide as the bed was long. The bed was quite comfortable. There was no closet, only a wall unit with a mirror, some hangers and small drawers. The bathroom was very nice, even if it only had a shower and no tub. The room as well as the hotel were extremely clean. If you have difficulties going up a steep ramp, however, this is not the hotel for you, as the lobby ramp is long and quite steep.
The breakfast was excellent, with many hot and cold choices in a spacious room, free swedish newspapers and staff that kept moving things efficiently. They even had a Japanese breakfast, which I guess was great for the many Japanese guests I saw during my stay.
Although there's no gym, only 2 stationary bikes, the Spa area is nice with a hot tub that overlooks the south part of the city, large screen tv, a large sauna, and plenty of clean towels.
Staff was friendly and helpful. Free internet is available at the lobby, and although only one station, I could at least check my email, even if sometimes I had to sit and wait for another person to finish.
There is a bar in the mezzanine that was somewhat happening on Saturday night (considering what Stockholm's nightlife is like...zzz).
As to location, it's a little peripheral, but there's a train station right across the street and buses that stop right at the corner. Midway through my stay they started repairs on the subway line which will go on until August 2005, which made subway service considerably slower. However, there were plenty of substitute buses available.
I booked the hotel with the Stockholm A la Carte package, which was a great value and highly recommended if you get a good rate. Although on a future visit I may want to stay a little closer to Gamla Stan, this hotel was not a bad choice.
Great hotel in a fun neighborhood
The Clarion is a comfortable and well-managed hotel in an interesting Stockholm neighborhood called Sodermalm. As previous reviewers have noted, the hotel is about 3 subway stops (10 minutes) from the center of the city. The neighborhood surrounding the hotel has many interesting restaurants, bars and shops that give you a chance to see what life is like for residents of Stockholm-- you don't feel like you are spending all of your time in places designed only for tourists.
The decor of the hotel is clean and modern without trying too hard to be hip. Guest rooms are air-conditioned are equipped with excellent bathrooms (shower only, no bathtub) and very comfy beds. Rooms also have ironing boards and iron, hair dryers and televisions with a good selection of English language channels. It would be nice if they added CD players to the rooms.
Services at the hotel are a bit limited. The main restaurant is closed for dinner during the summer and the bar was quiet. But there are many great options within walking distance. The hotel does not have a gym but there is a large athletic center next door which guests can use for $10. It has everything, including a swimming pool.
Rates include an excellent buffet breakfast with breads, cheeses, fruits, cereals, meats, juices, eggs, bacon, pancakes. The staff keep the buffet stocked with fresh hot items throughout the morning and they keep the dining room clean and tidy.
I think just about anyone would feel comfortable staying at the Clarion. There were families with young children, families with teenagers, people in their twenties, middle age couples and older people. Good mix of nationalities with many Swedish guests also staying at the hotel.
Stockholm is an expensive city and the Clarion is excellent value. I would definitely stay there again and recommend it highly.
Great Hotel - Great value
Large, modern hotel, south of the old town. I had a single room on the 7th floor. It was small but the minimalist funiture and layout gave me plenty of room. The bed was awesome! Bathroom was modern with great shower. The staff was helpful and there's a free internet terminal in the lobby. Huge breakfast.
Regarding the location, while it's outside the main siteseeing area, it's across the street from the subway so it was very convenient to get around; 3 stops to the old town, 4 to the central station (subway was frequent and fast). I highly recommend buying a transit day pass or siteseeing card with free travel since you do need to use the subway to get around. There's a shopping center and supermarket next door and across the street.
I would defintely stay here again.
Nice breakfast but like staying in an office building / museum!
An ultra modern property situated across the road from the Ringvagen exit of the Skanstull Tunnelbana (underground) station, and about 5 / 6 minutes by underground from the heart of Stockholm. This hotel was bordering on stark and bleak in terms of decor. The wide corridors and white walls made it feel very 'officey' and the so-called artwork on display gave the whole place a museum-like feel. The bedroom was clean (if a little on the small side) and the beds were very soft and comfortable. There is no gym on site - just a couple of cycling machines on the 7th floor in the sauna and jacuzzi area. Whilst the lowlight for me was the austere canteen-like decor in the breakfast restaurant, the breakfast buffet itself was superb.
Top tip! If planning a visit to Stockholm, during the summer months, try to avoid the Midsommerdag (Midsummer's Day) holiday - it lasts forever and many of the city's amenities (museums, theatres, shops and many restaurants)are closed for 3 days (Friday-Sunday). Service in the hotels is limited too.
A fantastically stylish, well-designed and comfortable hotel in the trendy district of Sodermalm. This hotel is helped immeasurably by the funky art on the walls, and by it's trendy bars frequented by the Young and Beautiful of Stockholm. Rooms are reasonably (just!) sized and beds and bedding superlative. Breakfast a feast. Location slightly peripheral, but plenty of excellent restaurants nearby, and within 15 minutes walk of the Old Town.
Efficient, tidy, crisp, welcoming
Well-staffed by persons who remembered and greeted one; good food; brisk attention to small matters (a free voucher to a local Internet cafe provided when the business office was fully booked); clean; quiet; a few steps from a Tube / Tunnelbarna stop; ample free-time options in the neighbourhood; certainly excellent value for money.
New and fresh
The hotel is one of the largest in Scandinavia, with a modern minimalistic and trendy atmosphere. Better than most ind its class.
This hotel had a good location, average to slightly above average accommodations. The food was on par with what one would find in a 3 star hotel. A viable option but certainly not in the top 10.