Firstly, this hotel is brilliantly located. I arrived at Stockholm Central train station late at night, and it was wonderful to just pop right over to the hotel next door. So, that's great.
the staff also seemed friendly enough - a good sign, although I didn't interact with them that much.
The room, however. Oh the room! Well, on the positive side, it was certainly large. The size of it was comparable to a typical American hotel room (so, big). But first impressions are everything, and lord, when I stepped in the room I felt like I'd been transported back a couple of decades. When I think of he Radisson Blu brand, I think of chic, up-to-date rooms. This may have enhanced the discrepancy between my experience and my expectations. Wallpaper borders? really????? I really haven't seen those in a long time. The furnishings tatty, and the doors to some of the cabinets didn't stay shut well. The TV cabinet appeared to have had doors removed at some point. The TV itself has clearly not been updated in over 10 years. The wi-fi was sometimes slow or spotty. The bathroom...... ay yih yin. I think the sink area has been updated sometime in the past 5 years, but the rest of the bathroom had not. The but was clearly old, and there was a plastic fake front on it that didn't quite cover the whole tub. The tub drained from a tube into an open drain! the tile in the shower was blue - you know, those blue tiles from the 90s that got lighter on the border of the tile? the built in dryer was simply ancient. it was yellowing with age, and was one of those flexible tube things that blasts hot air out, rather than a proper blow dryer. Very classy (said tongue in cheek).
Also, the room service menu was incredibly limited and mainly included high fat, high simple carbohydrate options (e.g., of the 5 main dish options, two of them were lasagne). Thank goodness for the fast food carry out Thai next door.
So, in sum, the location was excellent, the service was good, the room was comfortable and large -but it desperately needs an update.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Attractive Atrium Hotel located downtown, adjacent to Central train station, airport express trains, World Trade Center & Old Town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm Hotel Stockholm
- Radisson Stockholm
- Stockholm Radisson