I chose this hotel after seeing it high in the Top 10 for Stockholm, at a decent price. I actually needed the Southern location, so that worked for me too.
I had forgotten that I'd stayed in a Park Inn before, just off the M54 in Telford. So... compare this one to that (which was £49 a night), and you can see why this is rated so highly! There were similarities... the spartan decor, the help/serve-yourself ethos, the warm, comfortable bed... There are also differences - the modern, multi-story building, the nearby inner-city outdoor Ski Slope!, and the really friendly staff.
So... the Park Inn brand is basically a Travel-Tavern budget brand for the Radisson chain. If you bear that in mind, this hotel is exceptionally good. But if you compare it to every hotel in Stockholm, including the full-price Radissons, etc, then it couldn't really be in the Top 10.
The pros for this hotel? Well, the location is OK - it's just 'out of town', but it's true that it is quiet, and you can walk down to the tram, which then takes you to the metro. The staff are indeed friendly and helpful, much more than you'd expect for a budget brand. And the building is modern. I certainly didn't mind staying here.
The cons? Budget chain cost-cutting features such as the jumbo-Dove-shower/shampoo/soap dispenser attached to the wall, is something you wouldn't get in a 4* hotel. But others, such as collecting your meal yourself to save the ~£5 room service fee, would help if you're traveling on your own budget.
The food itself was variable... it's a long time back now, but I remember an incredibly salty soup. It was sometimes good, but occasionally of a quality that would make you think twice about ordering room service again. They need to improve on that. There are a few restaurants in the completely modern development just down the road, which seemed OK.
The internet (always important) was not bad at all. I got 20Mbps downstream in my hotel room late at night, which is the fastest I've ever seen in a hotel. It might be slower when everyone else is using it.
The gym... isn't so good. A stepper, a rower, a treadmill, a bike... all of a budget 'at home' brand, all broken in some way. You can't count this as a serious gym for maintaining your workouts, and unfortunately they don't seem to have the space for any other machines (the rest of the area is dual-use as a reception room). Still: bring some ski clothes in Winter, and use the ski slope just 5 minutes' walk from the hotel!
For the price I paid, which was around £120, which for Stockholm prices, isn't bad. The staff seemed fresh, and very keen, which is a major factor in liking a place. As long as you don't mind the budget touches, it is admittedly a very good balance of features, location, and price. It does seem to have late availability due to perhaps not being a business choice, so perhaps as a 'backup' hotel for when you have a last minute trip, I would definitely recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Family friendly hotel is set in an up-and-coming and beautiful district of Stockholm 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the Old Town, Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm Hammarby Sjostad is a 5-minute drive from the Ericsson Globe Arena and Tele2 Arena. You will easily reach the city centre trough public transport. In the summertime we recommend you take the ferry boat directly to Djurgarden or the City centre. The Ski slope is around the corner and the beautiful waterways just down the street. As well as a bar serving cocktails, the hotel is home to the RBG Bar & Grill, dishing up gourmet burgers, pasta and salads. The upstairs sauna & gym provides a place to unwind with a fantastic view of the city. Onsite parking and a business center add to the hotel's many perks. Spacious, bright guestrooms offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with free sports and movie channels. Guests can brew their own tea and coffee and order a meal from room service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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