Travel Blogs from Stockholm
Tauck takes good care of us. Victoria and a good-looking young driver pick us up at 7:30 for our drive to Sheremetyevo Airport that takes from one to three hours depending on traffic. Our route takes us up a beautiful broad thoroughfare that Victoria explains was widened in the 40's literally by moving all of the buildings intact back 14 meters, to …
After the Swedish massages Deb and I needed to relax for a bit collect ourselves before thinking about any further adventures. Right in front of the Grand Hotel are water cruises that are an hour long and leave every hour. You bet we were standing in line at noon. The sun was shinning and the temperature was perfect and off we went. Headphones that …
Brita brought us back to the hotel at around 4:30 which gave us just enough time to get cleaned up and go and get directions to the early reservations at 6. This is a very special restaurant in Stockholm according to the concierges called Opera Kallaren. To the restaurant is less than a five minute walk although we managed to miss it and ended up …
We called the spa as we had some time to kill before our dinner reservations and were able to get an appointment for Deb to get a facial and me a massage. My massage was the best I have ever gotten, I am not that worldly when it comes to judging massages but when she was doing my low back I felt a vertebrae move back to where it should have been …
We bid a sad farewell to our home away from home for the last 10 days. We had made arrangements to have the hotel come and get us from the ship. When we were getting off the ship and getting our luggage that had been taken off the night before there was a little communication issue with one lads helping with the bags. Chris the driver was there …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Stockholm
The hotel sits right on the waters edge convenient to the main tourist area. The lobby and entrance are ok but the staff more than make up for it with their helpful ways and great attitudes. The food in the restaurant is very good and the rooms are over the top with comfort and amenities.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Stockholm
The grand dam of Scandinavia
The grand old lady is in top shape. Some remodeling still being done, but most of the hotel is near perfect. Applause to the management. A tip: if you want a harbor view room ask for it on check in, often they can assign you one. Even the rooms a the back of the hotel are truly posh, but a bit of a walk to elevators. This hotel is worth every penny, even US pennies. But do price shop (including hotel direct) as prices are all over the board. Get breakfast included, it's great.
I stayed in the Grand Hotel during christmas of 2003 as a special treat. I have to say that that building itself is highly impressive with an amazing location across from the palace. The hotel has a great bar and restaurant (I would reccomend the soiced reindeer) where you can sit and soak up the hotel's atmosphere. It also has a great Swedish sauna and steam room.
Having just returned from a 3 day weekend in Stockholm, I'm sorry to say that staying at the Grand was not the highlight of the trip by a long way, despite coming at a cost which raised legitimate expectations (about £200 excl. breakfast).
This is indeed a beautiful, well-situated hotel in
My teenage daughter and I just returned from 5 nights at the Grand Hotel, Stockholm. I was looking forward to this legendary five-star property whose location in the heart of Stockholm is beyond compare. I reserved the lowest grade of room, a Classic Double. The first room that I was taken to on the 6th floor has to be one of the worst hotel rooms I've seen. While not terribly small by European standards, it was dark with low ceiling and the furniture was appalling. The fabric on the arm of the armchair was worn down and the painted wooden furniture was something that K-Mart would be ashamed to sell. I asked if they might have something a little better and was shown to a room on the 4th floor which was brighter but also smaller, and the bathroom in this room was the size of a broom closet. We took the room as I had my doubts by this time as to whether they had anything that would be acceptable. The next morning, however, a guest relations person was sitting at the desk in the lobby and I went by and chatted with her about my concerns. I told her (very nicely) that I had stayed at many 5-star properties in Europe and that the Grand was certainly not 5-star according to what I had seen. She was very pleasant and insisted that I should be moved yet again. She said that many American clients had problems with the size of their rooms, although I had told her that my complaint wasn't with the size; it was with the horrible and depressing furnishings. This time we got a very nice, large room which had been renovated only the week before--the kind of room that you would expect of a 5-star property. Upon checking out, I learned that it was a "Superior" room. The lesson to be learned here is that if you want an acceptable room at the Grand, don't reserve the lowest grade room, as I don't think I would have been moved up a catagory if I had not been staying 5 nights. Other than that, the experience at the Grand was nice but nothing that special. The first night, my daughter and I went down for an early dinner at the Veranda restaurant and we were turned away for dress code violation because we both had open toed sandals on (so we just went upstairs and changed) but my daughter had on a nice skirt and I had on kakhis and Mephisto sandals--no levis. This was right after being shown the worst hotel room in my life so it gave me a real chuckle. The people in the Veranda, the less formal of the two restaurants, do seem to be dressed somewhat formally (most of the men have on blazers) so be forwarned and take your closed toed shoes if you want to eat in there. The food is really excellent and the buffet breakfast is served there. Overall, I would go back to the Grand because of its location and because there really aren't any reasonable alternatives in Stockholm--but I would reserve a better room than the Classic. I checked out the Berns and Diplomat while there and they seem like they would be a step or two down from the Grand. Stockholm is possibly the most beautiful city in the world and I hope to return there one day soon.
If I Win the Lottery, I'm Moving Here
When we arrived, I told the desk I wanted quiet - an inside room, preferably. The room was so quiet that a faint hum from the emergency alarm box was barely audible. I mentioned this to the concierge while making a reservation, and by the time we got back to the room an engineer was swapping boxes. That evening the bar was busy, so my wife and I ordered one round of drinks, then went to bed. The next evening the waiter came up and said, "The Nils Oscar Farm Ale and a strawberry in the champagne?" Everything was within an easy walk, the staff offered several great jogging routes, and we're still talking about the breakfast feasts.
I stayed at the Grand for 3 nights during end of past July 03 with my husband and our 2 young girls (6 yrs 1/2 and 10 months). We choosed this place after 4 days in a little island near Stockholm where we had rent a house with an other family (horrible holidays there... but this is an other subject). This hotel had been recommanded to us by the Leading Hotels in the World (which is the only one they have in Stockholm... ) and I can say : this palace is absolutely gorgeous!
Centrally located hotel allowing us an easy stroll to all the main sights and to the tour boats. We had a room on the 6th floor, although it was a little small, it more than made up for the fantastic view looking towards Gamla Stan, the bridges, the Royal Palace etc. The room was clean and comfortable and even though it faced over the boats, the room was very quiet! The staff were fabulous - extremely friendly and courteous. Good buffet breakfast meant that there were a lot of people at breakfast time, and I also recommend you make a reservation for evening dining (and the staff were accommodating and made sure we had a table to ourselves, rather than be squashed with another couple).
The Grand is still the best positioned and most luxurious option in Stockholm. You can't beat walking out of the door and having the palace and parliament opposite you, and the tour boats moored outside. Despite small public areas, it does exude a glamour rarely found today.
We loed the Grand Hotel in Stockholm
We spent some time in Stockholm and stayed at the Grand Hotel. It lived up to its reputation. We had impeccable service and wonderful food. The breakfast buffet was just fabulous - loved the interesting array of food. Rooms were wonderful - light and airy. We would definitely stay there again.