Travel Blogs from Stockholm
IMD 1986 midsummer micro-reunion in beautiful Stockholm (Steve, Milano, Lena, Gisela with Bengt and Jeni), cruising in the archipeligo, swedish style, distinctive food and plenty of Aquavit, stories and laughter.
... you like ABBA, although secretly the tunes & melodies are ingrained in most of us. Also the musical & film Mama Mia has been very successful, but I do find the storyline a bit lame. Ian who has been to many musicals was not aware of the musical 'Chess' that Bjorn & Benny had created with Tim Rice as Lyricist. It was pleasing to be one up for a change. Apparently Tim Rice came up with the idea as he ...
... Now it was a matter of waiting in the holding pens until boarding time which involved a 200m ride in a bus to the aeroplane. I am not joking about the holding pens as every other airport I have been to then gives you access to the duty free shops etc. Unbelievably these were cut off from this area. It was an unbelievable small area with not enough seats but it got to the point where there was hardly enough standing area either. It was a very ...
We are now on our way to Sweden. After a relaxing morning - which we all needed we have an 11:30 AM flight to Stockholm for a weekend visit. Flight was uneventful, which is what you want for a flight. The first thing we noticed - the airport is a long ways from the city center. For the first time we took ...
... for a posh authentic Swedish Smorgasbord at the Grand Hotel on the Saturday night. We knew it would be expensive, but it got very good write-ups so we blew the budget and went. Here is the website: http://www.grandhotel.se/en/explore/the -veranda/smorgasbord
Well, it was worth it, really brilliant and a lot of fun, however just a quick hint for those who might want to go, the aquavit which they suggest is charged ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Rival Stockholm
We stayed at this hotel in early January and loved it. Wonderful , friendly staff and a very good position on a lovely old square . The rooms with their large plasma tvs , wood panelling and velvet curtains were contemporary and comfortable. The amazing designs on the hall carpets worked well and added so much to the wonderful atmosphere . There is free acess to a computer for Emails and the internet . Breakfast was a hearty affair served in a very nice wood panelled bistro which also serves well priced meals. The cocktail bar one level down was popular and again had a great atmosphere. The Cafe Rival served excellent light meals but was a bit too popular with cinema goers from the basement cinema. Unfortunately Cafe Rival was always a bit too cold as the door had no inside curtain which allowed a draft of cold air to fill the room every time someone came in from the street.
I'm writing this from the comfort of my superior room at Hotel Rival. As other reviewers have noted, the staff is quick and friendly to accomodate requests. The room is very peaceful, and "just right": Wood panelling, flat screen TV, comfortable bedding, heated stone floor in the bathroom.
I stayed in the hotel based in the Reviews and found it to fantastic, the rooms (we had a deluxe for £149) . Brekfast is about £10 which is lovely, try the Strawberyy smoothy; delicious.
In short stay here you wont be disapointed, i wasnt and ive stayed in a lot of so called Quality hotel.
Try the SUD Restaurant round the corner, that has lovely meals.
Stayed at the Hotel Rival from October 19th-21st, 2004. This ultra modern, boutique hotel is owned by Benny Anderson of ABBA. My arrival was warmly greeted by the young, hip, very friendly staff - all dressed in their uniformed black t-shirts. The hotel is in a charming area known as "Sodermalm" and is only a short 10 minute walk to the Gamla Stan (Old Town) and the main central part of Stockholm. My room was impeccably clean, with hardwood floors, a 34 inch flat screen plasma TV and a fantastic bathroom with a separate, glass enclosed shower, heated floor, and a speaker where the audio from the TV can play. By European standards, the room was quite large, without the typical "claustrophobic" feelings of similar European hotels. There was even a life size picture of ABBA above my bed! One trick I learned quickly was that to make the lights work in the room you must insert your room key in a a special slot by the door entrance inside your room. The hotel offers wireless internet access in all its rooms (for a fee), however, they do have complimentary high speed access at their computer downstairs in the lobby (with attached printer). The staff couldn't have been more charming and accommodating. To me, there is absolutely no other place to stay in Stockholm except the wonderful, warm, comfortable and outstanding......Hotel Rival! Book a room here with complete confidence. Top of the line.
Sweden's W answer!
As a frequent business traveler I have to say this is one of the best and most technology advanced hotels I ever stayed at in Europe.
W Europe I'd say, flat screen TV, high speed internet in the room, comfy beds (reminded me of the Westin heavenly bed), it's more like having your own studio apartment away from home!
Well done, I'll be back!
A Highlight of my Trip
A excellent hotel in all respects. I thoroughly enjoyed this place. It was not at all like the typical "cookie-cutter" chain hotels that all seem so alike.
The Rival was in a word "Cool". The room was unique, open, relaxing, and welcoming. The plasma TV was visible from the Bathtub, since one wall in the bathroom was glass with a privacy shade. The bed had Egyptian Cotton Sheets. There was a cinema downstairs, and an "Honesty bar" upstairs on the 7th floor, which is a fully stocked open bar in a living room environment. You have a few drinks, relax and keep track on a tally sheet that you turn in when you leave.
You won't forget this place.
We came to the Rival as part of a package holiday for 3 nights. The hotel is in a good location and the staff are very helpfull and friendly - and of course, as with everyone in Sweden, their English is perfect.
I stayed here for 3 nights recently and had a "superior" room. Room was slightly small, but finished in funky Scandinavian style. Bathroom had a shower with great water pressure and heated floor, though there was no bath.
Location is quiet on a garden square, just out of Old town in Sodermalm, and within a couple of hundred metres of a Metro station. There is a supermarket and a number of restaurants nearby.
Breakfast was excellent and the cafe attached to the hotel seemed to attract a number of locals - a good sign!
All in all a very pleasant stay at a hip hotel.... I would certainly stay here again next time I visit Stockholm.
A fun, modern hotel in a unique location in Sweden. Short walk to the Old City. The staff is friendly and helpful. The restaurant balcony that overlooks the neighborhood square is a great place to have a cocktail an unwind after a day of sightseeing.
I would highly recommend.
Excellent for the price
I have stayed at this hotel 3 times, the rooms are simple and clean and well maintained, and the buffet breakfast is excellent. It is situated in a quite square, a few hundred yards from the underground station, and within walking distance of the old town, and Stockholm centre. It also has underground parking