We - family of 3, including our 5-year old son - stayed here for 3 nights while we explored Stockholm. The room was small - barely room to move, especially when we spread out our son's mattress - but we never, ever felt claustrophobic at all. We loved getting back to our room in the evenings, enjoying a cup of complimentary coffee or tea and a cookie, and the comfortable chair/bed for reading, breeze from the window that opened to the quaint street, and clean (and spacious) bathroom. This was the most expensive place we stayed on our Swedish trip, but it was worth it for the quality and location. The breakfast was excellent - far more choices than you could ever fit on one plate, including daily multivitamins and omega-3's! The staff were always friendly and willing to answer questions. We walked everywhere from here, never taking transport until we headed back to the airport. The ferry over to Skansen and the Vasa museum is just around the corner, and it's just across the bridge to a nice shopping street off of Gamla Stan. Gamla Stan itself is worth a day or more of wandering.
We ate at several places within about a block of the hotel, all for modest (by Stockholm standards) prices, including: Cafe KladKakkan (grilled sandwiches, treats, decaf coffee!), Cafe Mineur (cozy basement, great spot to hang out for an evening with a book or game or catching up with friends), Pizzeria Niva (on the same street as the hotel, really decent pizza, better than I'd expected).
Suggested activities (read: appropriate for a 5-year old!): Skansen (!awesome!), Vasa Museum (awesome), transportation and toy museum (lots of buses and trams to climb in and out of and quiet - much less visited than other attractions), changing of the guard (make sure to get there early enough to get a view of the courtyard and to check the schedule - the guards aren't always on horseback), and general walking and exploring.
We would certainly return to this hotel if we were back in Stockholm, and we were happy to be able to stay an extra night when a cancelled flight delayed our departure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in Gamla Stan, Stockholm's oldest and cosiest district. Hotel Scandic Gamla Stan is located in a charming 17th century building with a medieval atmosphere. Within walking distance of most of what Stockholm has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rica Hotel Stockholm