Hotel Rival

Address: Mariatorget 3, Box 17525, Stockholm, Stockholm, 11891, Sweden | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located in the Maria - Torget area of Stockholm, is near Stockholm City Museum (Stadsmuseet), Royal Treasury (Skattkammaren), Filmstaden Soder, and Folkoperan.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Rival Stockholm

      A Beautiful Hotel


      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.

      We would recommend this hotel.

      Exactly Right


      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.

      My sincere regret is that my SO is not here to share it with me; if we find ourselves in Stockholm you can be assured that Rival is where we will stay, if possible.

      It's only 4pm, Dec. 5th, but it's already dark outside. The darkness can get confusing -- you think you've been shopping and walking all day and you return to your room to find it's only mid-afternoon.

      Cafe Rival, connected to the hotel, is great to get some coffee or fresh baked goods (the hotel has its own bakery, which means guests have far too much of a very good thing).



      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.

      A very nice standard room


      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.

      We had a standard room, which was decorated to a modern and high standard. The en-suite bathroom was lovely too. A really nice feature was the 36 inch screen plasma tv, and the ability to rent DVDs from reveption for 60 SEK.

      The breakfast was lovely, nothing too fancy, but plenty of simple and satisfying things - and as it was a buffet we bever left until our bellies were full!

      We also enjoyed the lounge music that was played by a DJ on a wednesday evening and the complimentary nibbles. The cafe Rival is also very nice and we ate there twice.

      In all, it does feel quite trendy, but not up itself at all.

      Great Hotel


      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.

      Great Hotel


      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

      TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Rival Stockholm

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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