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I guess I was ambitious thinking I would post on here every day. We have been busy all day and I'm too tired at night. I have 5 minutes before breakfast so this will be quick. We spent 2 days at a bed and breakfast in Halsingland touring old farm houses. Some still have the original families living there and everything has been maintained in it's original condition. I will post some pictures later.
We arrived ...
... outdoor concerts as well as grand opera inside.
The Vigeland Sculpture Park is a highlight, with over 200 statues created by one artist. They depict the cycle of life, from birth to death, and every statue is naked. I think the religious conservatives in the US would have a problem with it.
We have a break for lunch, during which time several of us go to the National Gallery to see "The ...
We travelled from Gothenburg for about an hour and a quarter to reach a farm owned by friends of Petas. There we stayed for twp nights and had Swedish food and drink, played a Swedish backyard game ( too hard to explain but it involved a whole lot of short pieces of wood being thrown around and lots of yelling at the opposition team. Would be ideal at home because the more you ...
... later than we were) and we carried on a short FB chat to reconnect these two beer fanatics!
We discovered some nice beers and the potential for a great meeting place with friends. They even have music on Sunday evenings so I'm sure we'll be back for some fine brews and good times.
Best of all, the first round was on the house, got to love that kind of welcome. We look forward to going back.
Tack Andreas and Johan (and Anders!)
... bouquet. The rush hour crowd did a second take as they saw us walking by.
We were married by Leif Thorsson. He's a retired High Court Judge (Swedish Supreme Court) who is authorized to perform civil ceremonies. He enjoys this way of meeting new people on their special day. He's one of only a few who officiates at private venues.We were delighted to meet him and honored that he married us.
After our wedding we enjoyed ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elite Palace Hotel Stockholm
Nice hotel, great breakfast/service
Will be staying here again. Got a great bargain at Expedia and decision was based on the reviews on this website and I was not disappointed, although there were a few niggles.
The area around the hotel is quiet, with a few shops and restaurants but it is on the outskirts. The metro is about 7-9 mins walk away but the centre of town is only abt 3 stops away, as Stockholm itself is a city where most things are in close proximity and within walking distance.
The rooms were clean and pleasant, and had most of the usual amenities and service. It did lack a mini-bar/fridge though.
The lobby and the decor is well presented, and queries were dealt with efficiently and friendly. Was a bit disappointed also that the gym was not fee, and also that there was just ONE internet terminal - so you could be faced with a long wait to use it if you didn't bring your own laptop!
The breakfast was included in the price and as other people have said, is a great way to start the day! We didn't have a chance to try smorgasbord while in Sweden, but this was the closest we got I guess.
Elite is the chain...not this hotel!
The hotel is border 3/4*'s. Not everything they offfer as facilities is for free...you have to pay for the gym. If you are lucky enough to have a room with wi-fi connection you have to pay for that too...all this is a little chintzy, and not what I'd expect from a 4* hotel. The breakfast is standard (good) 3/4 * european hotel fare...lots of everything to stock you up for the day. We specialifically asked for a king size room but were given two twins and then moved to a much smaller but OK room. Make sure you get a room away froom the main road, as even though it's not in the centre the main road is an artery leading out of Stockhoilm and is noisy. The main plus of this hotel are the staff who were wondeful and dealt with our complaints; no wifi, wrong bedsize, no plug in the bath, dried blood on a pillow case when we changed rooms, competently and in a very friendly way...but perhaps this is just Sweden! We wouldn't stay here again...not the best Stockholm has to offer at this price.
Not Elite... But a very good Hotel.
Stayed in Sept 2004 and found this hotel to be excellent value.
The name "Elite Palace" conjures up a certain image, which the hotel doesn't exactly live up to....
... however I have a preference for the more relaxed establishments.
Rooms were tidy and adequate, very comfortable beds. The buffet breakfast was an absolute treat - not to be missed.
The Bishops Arms pub which forms part of the hotel has really friendly staff, great well priced bar meals, and a fantastic selection of vintage malt whisky.
The complementary sauna certainly eased any whisky related hangovers...
It is a little bit out of the centre of Stockholm, but I believe the value for money room rate more than makes up for in. The nearest metro stop (2 stops from central station) is 5 mins walk and there is a bus stop right outside. If you are prepared to used public transport, the location presents no problem at all.
Definite recommend - I am staying there again in Feb 2005.
OK - but pity everything isn't as good as the breakfast
Reasonable hotel. Clean rooms, fairly quiet, excellent breakfast with lots of choice.
But a fair way out of the centre and the decoration in my room was a bit 'tired'.
Taxi from centre costs circa 20 euro.
Not Really Elite!
This hotel is not necessarily a bad place but I'm not dying to stay here again. Based on a two-night stay, 27-29 Aug 2004 in Room 1010, here's the good and bad associated with my visit: THE GOOD: 1) very good rate even though the room was tiny; 2) staff was very nice; 3) room was clean and the beds were very comfortable; 4) located in a relatively quiet part of town, about a 7-10 min walk from the St Eriksplan metro stop and a bus route runs right by the front door. THE NOT SO GOOD: 1) Combat Breakfast: probably didn't help that three tour busses offloaded a ton of people right after we checked in but breakfast the next morning was a total nightmare--way too many people in too small a room with an inadequately sized kitchen; the poor gals on the floor did the best they could to restock the food and clear the tables but the holes in the dikes outnumbered their available fingers--hot foods disappeared in seconds and once the juices and water containers ran dry, it took forever to refill them; 2) the tiny room as mentioned above--probably got what I paid for. Bottom line is the Elite Palace has a tough time handling a full house--I expected a smoother operation from a four star-rated hotel.
Nice hotel on Outskirts
The hotel was very nice - clean rooms and a great breakfast buffet with a lot of variety (including various types of herring). The hotel is on the edge of the city though and its not in the bar/restaurant district. We got around this by getting the tourist card which entitles you to free transport on the metro - nearest metro station is about 350 metres away.
The hotel itself was ok but it is quite far out of the city centre, which can lead to your stay becoming quite expensive if travelling too and from city centre.
We also had some items charged to our room that we had not used.
3rd time there, every time happy
I first came here in 2001, then in 2002 and have just spent another visit at this fabulous hotel in February 2004. Staff are extremely friendly, in the reception, restaurant, Bishops Arms pub (regarded as one of the best in Stockholm) and housekeeping. Rooms are not luxurious but are extremely comfortable. Location, this is perfect. If you are coming in from the Airport (Arlanda), then the bus stops right outside and leaving is just as convenient. Subway stops at St Eriksplan and Odenplan are 5 minutes walk and there are plenty of great restaurants in the neighborhood (Ciao Ciao and Vanadis are minutes from the hotel, Odenplan has great places including the Hard Rock Cafe and even the 7-11 hotdogs are delicious). Subway rides to the centre, Old Town and to Sodermalm (a real great part for nightlife in Stockholm) are reachable within 15 minutes with no line changes neccessary. If it's summer then all can be reached by foot if you are up to it.
Nice hotel on the City's edge
Very clean and very good value for money hotel. The hotel includes restaurant, Irish pub next door, sauna and fitness centre.
Be aware it is on the outskirts of Stockholm but the hotel is well catered for with a bus & metro station all within walking distance of the Elite. Transport takes about 5 - 10 minutes to get into central Sockholm or 15 - 20 minute walk through picturesque Stockholm streets!
Breakfast buffet is top class with a choice of hot & cold foods, cereals, sweet pastries, yoghurts, fresh fruits and hot and cold beverages. Highly recommended despite the distance. 4 and a half out of 5.
A good choice
Set in a quiet area on the outskirts of the central city , we had a very pleasant stay. The rooms were spotless and well appointed as were all areas of the hotel, excellent buffet breakfast included. The staff were all friendly (especially in the bar , THE BISHOPS ARMS ) and spoke good english. Nightlife and two underground stations within a five minute walk. A good choice.