We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Just about perfect Sweden” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Mariefred B&B and Inns
Greensboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Just about perfect Sweden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

We've stayed at Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel several times, and it always charms us. The rooms are bright, and the slightly elevated old beds make it feel like grandma's house...except her beds weren't that comfortable. There are plenty of alcoves in the common areas to read a book or gather with friends. Breakfast is ample and varied, although it does seem that the guests aren't terribly skilled at making their own waffles. Staff members are helpful but not intrusive. Stepping into the town of Mariefred, it seems that you are traveling back in time. It's the perfect setting for this lovely old hotel, and Gripsholms Vardshus is an ideal place to relax for a few days when you need a break in a busy travel schedule.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank fichivini
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

133 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    34
    50
    31
    12
    6
See reviews for
21
65
3
19
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (8)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Dungarvan, Ireland
Level Contributor
134 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2012

I ate here during a day trip to Mariefred last August. Food is served in two areas, the bar serves a cheaper menu, mainly daily specials, and the restaurant has the full a la carte menu. The bar is located at the back of the hotel. Although beautifully decoarated it is quite dark. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Free tea/coffee and shortbread biscuits! The restaurant is at the front of the hotel looking out onto the water, with fantastic views of the castle. Great atmoshere. atmoshere. Fantastic prices too though. However, we were sorry that we didn't eat here. It was a particularly warm day and the outdoor area is truly beautiful. Walking through the hotel if felt like a really nice, quiet place to stay. A real retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world. Would love to visit again and stay the night here.

Room Tip: Ask to be at the front of the hotel with views of the water and the castle
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MMMH
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

Utterly charming in a 17th century building. The rooms are in a genuine old fashioned Swedish country style but very comfortable and immaculately clean. The hotel is at the lake’s edge in the ridiculously pretty village of Mariefred and looks across the water to the fabulous gloomy towers of Gripsholm Castle, which is also the Swedish National Portrait Gallery.

I stayed with two friends and we loved it.

Room Tip: Try to get one that looks across to the castle
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Maire19
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
247 reviews
214 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

We spent a week-end here and really enjoyed the stay. We had a welcome drink, dinner and breakfast included to a price that was not cheap but neither expensive by Swedish standards. The staff was really nice and helpful, the hotel is in a nice old building but the rooms are really old as well. It see s that they were furnished 20 years ago and nothing changed. Especially the bathroom was quite poor. The dinner was nice, but slightly disappointing for the price, good but nothing special. We enjoyed a lot the breakfast on the veranda, with plenty of good food. The bread was lovely at dinner, but they had only one kind for breakfast. The location is fret, with view on the castle and a beautiful garden to take a beer, drink wine and just enjoy with your loved one. It takes one hour by car from Stockholm, so easy to reach. The small town is nice, you go around it in 20 minutes and there is not so much to do there. So me night stay was perfect.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Alessandr078
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
134 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

Right beside the lake and looking at the Slott. Boats around and charming gatans with the kyrk out the back. Lovely relaxed feel about this 400 year old inn (with modern extensions, of course!). Lunch in the 'pub' was very good and reasonable value. Great garden to relax in and view the castle and the lake.
Buffet breakfast was in the inn part of the hotel. Reasonable choice of Swedish staples but disappointingly no fish options.
Our room was decorated Swedish country style (I guess) and we were lucky to have a great view over the garden to the castle. Even though there was a restaurant below, we had open our window and heard no loud noises. The bathroom, with bath (shower over the bath), had Moulton Brown hand soap and bath wash.
A minutes walk from Storgatan / town square, shops including mini market, and Cafe Anna Pa.
Very clean. Comfortable beds.

A real delight to stay here.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank doingittough
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Alabaster,
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2012

Our stay at Gripsholms Vardshus was a change in our original itinerary. Having researched the place we were originally going to stay, we were somewhat reluctant to agree to the change, but we did. We were not disappointed. We had a very nice suite with a beautiful view across the water to the Gripsholms Castle. The hotel was in easy walking distance of the castle and other areas of interest. It was early May and the town was not in full tourist mode, but we found the people we encountered in the town to be very friendly. One gentleman talked with us for quite awhile, giving us a history of the castle and the hotel. Dinner was good, but since there were only three tables occupied, I had the feeling we didn't get the best the chef had to offer...but as I said, it was good. The bed was very comfortable and the suite was nicely furnished. So....the change in our itinerary turned out to be a nice surprise.

Room Tip: Ask for the Victoria Suite.
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank rebel1947
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cape Town
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2011

Most people go to Mariefred to see Gripsholms Castle. This quaint little town is about forty-five minutes drive west of Stockholm. The little wooden houses look as if they have been around for almost as long as the castle which was started in the 14th century and completed in the 16th.

The Gripsholms Vardhus proudly displays the date 1609 above its front door. It is the oldest working inn in Sweden and the rooms are elegantly furnished, reminiscent of a bygone era. It overlooks the castle and water and in days gone by was the guesthouse for visitors to the king. A visit to the inn is almost enough reason to visit Mariefred itself.

I visited in the spring time when all of Sweden seems to be waking up from a long sleep. The weather was cold and crisp but the sun shone brightly. Unfortunately I could not really enjoy the outside of the inn as a wooden deck was under construction in preparation for the summer. But I did take long walks around the lake and through the deer park.

The buffet-style breakfast was fit for a king. Service is discreet but efficient.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Saaray
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Mariefred
13.4 mi away
Sodertuna Slott
Sodertuna Slott
#1 of 2 in Gnesta
4.0 of 5 bubbles 76 reviews
19.3 mi away
Hotell Plevnagarden
Hotell Plevnagarden
#2 of 3 in Malmkoping
3.5 of 5 bubbles 59 reviews
23.3 mi away
Gorvalns Slott
Gorvalns Slott
#1 of 2 in Jarfalla
4.5 of 5 bubbles 314 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
10.7 mi away
BEST WESTERN Hotel Rogge
BEST WESTERN Hotel Rogge
#1 of 2 in Strangnas
4.0 of 5 bubbles 63 reviews
24.9 mi away
Sundbyholms Slott
Sundbyholms Slott
#5 of 9 in Eskilstuna
4.0 of 5 bubbles 54 reviews
24.4 mi away
Lejondals Slott
Lejondals Slott
#1 of 3 in Bro
5.0 of 5 bubbles 11 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel

Property: Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel
Address: 1 Kyrkogatan, Mariefred 647 30, Sweden
Region: Sweden > Sodermanland County > Mariefred
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Mariefred
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Hotel.de and Booking.com so you can book your Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Gripsholms Vardshus Hotel Mariefred

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing