We booked 2 rooms at the Grand Hotel which sits on the waterfront in an absolutely perfect location in Stockholm. The hotel is quite large and handles quite a lot of quests at one time. The hotel staff was very nice and accommodating and there are many different parts of the hotel to explore. Here are some specifics:
Rooms - Upon check-in we were given 2 rooms in the connected part of the hotel. Both rooms were very comfortable but unfortunately had views of a shaft. The bathroom was also nice and included a rain shower, although it was too close to the wall and required that you stand right up against the edge of the tub to get directly under it. Next time I would most likely specifically request a room with a view of the water (at least partial).
Food - There are 5 total eating places at the hotel and we ate at 2 of the restaurants. We ate at the Cadier Bar twice. It's a beautiful space just across from the concierge. Our first time was on Friday night and it was very busy. One of our party has severe food allergies and the waitress (who we loved and was amazing) was very attentive and considerate of her needs. Unfortunately, the kitchen failed and we had to send it back. The second time was better, but they still did not follow the prep instructions. In fairness, we ended up going back on a Monday night and there were no problems. The bottom line is if you have allergies or are in a hurry, do not go when they are busy.
The second place was the Terrace (which is outside and sits on the waterfront). We had an excellent meal and it was quite enjoyable taking in the view. Lastly, we had breakfast included with our stay and were very happy with all the options offered. Breakfast is served in the rotunda in a buffet style. You seat yourself, which is abused by some guests (taking a table for 4 even though they are a party of 1). If you are a larger party, you may always be sitting in the grand ballroom section (denied a waterfront view).
Service - All the staff we met were great, especially the concierge who was quite helpful.
Appearance - The lobby and entrance of the hotel are quite grand and lovely. As mentioned, we were in the connected section which requires walking from the lobby area to a different set of elevators. The carpets are quite old and run down in this section and definitely need replacing. You get a bit of a deodorizing smell that takes away from the hotel's grandeur. In addition, there are many scuffs and marks on the walls which should be touched up. Once you get to the actual floors, everything is fine.
Overall, a very good experience and would most likely stay there next time as well, but focus on a room with a view in the newer part of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From its 1874 opening, Grand Hotel Stockholm has been one of Sweden' s leading hotels. Royalty, heads of state, celebrities and Nobel laureates make themselves at home in refined waterfront surroundings near the Royal Palace. Old Town, Stockholm City Hall, Vasa Museum, Millesgarden and the Museum of National Antiquities are nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stockholm Grand Hotel
- Intercontinental Stockholm