Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
We booked the hotel on the sight Booking.com and the hotel was rated with 5 stars, it felt more like 3 star hotel the standard was a little bit bad. The good things about the hotel is its location and the bed felt very comfi. The bad things is the lack of maintain, crowded and noisy dinning envoirment and poor and bad room utilities.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
Lovely modern hotel
When we got out of the train station we took a bus right to the hotel. We had to wait a long time to be able check in but that was okay. The rooms are big a beds comfortable. The breakfast is great!
I would definatly recomand staying here.
Acceptable but nothing special
Stayed here for one night on business trip.
I arrived very late, check in was efficient.
Room had a very strange layout, and was rather small, the decor was tired and very bland.
Breakfast was acceptable.
The decor in public areas was generally very 80s.
Quite expensive for the standard of accommodation, perhaps the price reflects the excellent central location (you can walk off the Arlanda Express train at the central station, straight into the hotel).
I would try somewhere else next time, but this place is OK.
Would Not Stay Here Again
The best thing about the SAS Royal Viking is the convenient location next door to the Central Train Station. My husband and I stayed here in October 2004, one of 3 hotels we stayed in during a trip to Stockholm.
The regular rooms are quite small and dark. with lots of carved wood decorations, which just make the rooms seem darker. Our room had two twin beds, a refrigerator, small desk and a tv, which got a lot of English language programming as well as many porn channels (warning to families with small children). The bathroom had a real tub, but it was dirty (hairs in the tub and on the floor when we checked in), and had one of those wimpy wall mounted hair dryers which don't really dry your hair (bring your own).
The breakfast buffet was included in our room price, and had a large selection of food, including a Japanese buffet which actually has very limited choices. The buffet area gets quite crowded, especially on the weekends. One morning during breakfast we had to listen to a very loud lover's spat between two men. One of the men, speaking in English, was quite qraphic about what the two of them had done together the night before. The hotel staff clearly heard them, yet did nothing until I complained. It was extremely offensive.
The hotel has a pool, but it is tiny and not suited for lap swimming and the workout room is small and inadequate. My husband did enjoy the sauna.
This hotel is one of those places which caters to package tours and groups and has little character. I would not stay here again. I would recommend the Adlon Hotel, which is just down the street, if you prefer a hotel you will remember.
Location was not central to anything but the train station. The rooms looked like they were last decorated in 1950! Very small and had the feel of a cheesy cabin of a cruise ship. The hotel staff was less then helpful. We had to upgrade to a suite because the rooms were so small and had to pay extra. However the breakfast was nice, but had to pay extra for that too!
Convinient location, good for business
I travel to Stockholm a lot on business. This hotel is ideally situated for that, being right next to the station where the train from Arlanda airport arrives. This also means there are a wealth of taxis available. The hotel is also pretty well situated for the leisure traveller. This hotel is a touch above the basic business hotel such as the Scandic or the Park Inn. The rooms have a hint of the Scandinavian about them. Of particular note is the Sky Bar on the top floor. There is a pool (which is decent) and a gym (which has limited equipment and space). The restaurant (Stockholm fisk) is outstanding but not cheap. I would, and do, stay here on business. If travelling for pleasure (and if I wasn't in such a hurry and didn't really need the convinience) I would perhaps look for something with a little more character.
This is just a great great hotel. Rooms are small but beautifully decorated and very cozy. The location is excellent, close to all attractions and transportation. Service is very good as well as amenities. Highly recommended.
We stayed at the SAS June 2004. It is easy to get to as it is right next door to the train station. The room was very nice and the hotel was quiet at night. We were able to find a good rate on the Internet and found the staff at the hotel very helpful. We even dropped luggage there for them to hold for a few days before we checked in and they were more than happy to do this for us. We will probably stay here again on our next visit to Stockholm.
Great location, average hotel for price
I recently spent three nights at the Royal Viking in central Stockholm. The hotel has a terrific location: next to the central station, two minutes walk from the Arlanda Express (high-speed train from the airport), and less than ten minutes walk from the Old Town with restaurants, shops, and the royal castle.
The hotel itself is decorated nicely, rooms are of decent size and the lobby bar is nicely scandinavian; simple, unobtrusive, and pleasing. The hotel staff are helpful; each of my requests was addressed quickly. Malin in the business center was very helpful when I needed to print a file and make copies, and allowed me to use one of their computers as the two systems available for guests could not access my USB drive.
However, even after two visits to my room, they could not fix the "air conditioning" and I spent three nights in a room which was unpleasantly warm (probably 73-74 degrees F, or 24C). Apparently the system isn't true air conditioning, and can only cool a few degrees relative to outside air ... and it was "warm" -- relatively -- in Stockholm when I was there.
The hotel restaurant is very popular; when I tried to get a table for dinner at 8pm on Sunday evening I was told the wait was one hour. There were sections of the restaurant which were closed (apparently not enough servers working?) so I could have been offered a table in one of these areas. As a hotel guest I expected a bit more flexibility in the service than I received. I ended up walking into the Old Town and having a wonderful dinner there. Consider this as an option if staying at the RVH -- it's an easy ten-minute walk.
I would still recommend the RVH due to its location, but for the price I think they could do better.
Worst Customer Service Ever
Don't be duped by the hip looking lobby or the hotel brochure (or the four star rating), if you're booking a standard room, just be sure to expect a Motel 6 look-alike and you'll be fine. As for myself, I checked-out after complaining about the room and receiving a "SO WHAT'S YOUR POINT?" attitude from the front desk. Really a disappointing welcome to Stockholm.....
Stayed at this hotel whilst in Stockholm on businesss. Room was nice, clean and typical Scandinavian. Good location, right beside the bus station and train station. The pool area is nice and has a good poolside bar. Dont miss the Sky bar on the top floor of the hotel for great views. Id recommend this hotel if staying in Stockholm on business but if on leisure time it might be nicer to stay in one of the hotels by the waterfront.