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Scandic Gamla Stan
Ranked #47 of 155 Hotels in Stockholm
Reviewed 2 September 2012

Good location but smells terrible like an old house so we had to buy air fresher. In addition the door knob came off when trying to open the door simply. You should be able to find a better hotel for 200+$ a night. Do not stay unless you need to be a part of the history. I travell a fair amount and I do not usually write reviews but this place was exceptionally bad.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

I have mixed feelings about this hotel. It was nice enough in an old-fashioned building, had a super location in the old town and the staff was friendly, but the room and bathroom were incredibly small, like they had tried to squeeze too many rooms on the floor. The shower was so tiny it was hard to maneuver in. But our biggest problem was with Internet connectivity; it seemed to come and go, and even when working was pretty slow. It was wireless, but didn't work well at all in one corner of the room. One staff member said this had been a recurring problem and was serious when a business conference was being held there recently. So I would recommend it with reservations, perhaps make sure they have changed carriers as they said they were going to do. It was also pretty expensive IMO for what we got, but it seems that most hotels in Stockholm are pretty pricey, so this was a compromise for us.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the upper floors and off the street if possible. It's pretty noisy.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

Really liked the location of this hotel-stayed for 3 nights before a Baltic Cruise on the Star Flyer very nice breakfast helpful staff elevator quiet room small but adequate for 1 person clean and nice bathroom very close to the T and many restaurants and coffee bars no restaurant but a great breakfast room

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

You have to understand that you are in Stockholm and it's not the Hilton. What it is is a charming old hotel with a very accomodating staff in a wonderful location, old town Stockholm.
We were there for two days, after a cruise, and we were more interested in the locale than the hotel, although I wanted something nice. The room was smaller than most, with only room for a queen bed and a small chair. All in all it was the size of our cruise room, so I guess we were used to it.
You can have a wonderful two days in Stockholm and see everything in Old Town from this location.
Breakfast was great!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Wgou
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Small rooms, no amentities


Great breakfast, some staff was helpful.

If this is the 7th best hotel in the city, I would be shocked.

1st floor rooms have windows to public patio

So cannot open windows with privacy.
Room was stuffy and bed terribly uncomfortable

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
Thank Howard K
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Yes, like all previous reviews said, the location cannot be better. It's only one block away from the T. Imagine if you are pulling a luggage (well, if you always call cabs to hotels then this doesn't apply to you), this is so wonderful. And since the island is so small, everything is within walking distance.
As for the hotel itself, if you are visiting the old town portion, it means that you are interested in vintage surroundings. Then this of course fits the bill as part of it. Quiet, nice cozy room. It is smaller by American standards but for me it is good enough.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Thank jlin7
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Rica Gamla Stan has two major selling proposition: the location, which ist just perfect, in the heart of the Old City - Gamla Stan and the wonderful breakfast.
In the same price bracket we had to choose between Rica and the international hotel chains and I am glad i have chosen this one, as it has a lot of personality and a nice decoration. There is no control of air conditioning in the rooms, meaning the air conditioning is centrally manouvered and you cannot even switch it off.
All in all, a nice hotel.

Room Tip: Do not accept the ground floor rooms (very noisy, as near the elevator)
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Asha G
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Additional Information about Scandic Gamla Stan

Address: 25 Lilla Nygatan, Stockholm 111 28, Sweden (Formerly Rica Hotel Gamla Stan)
Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Gamla Stan & Riddarholmen , Södermalm
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#31 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#33 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#45 Business Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range: £103 - £204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Gamla Stan 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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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