Accommodation in Stockholm can be expensive, so we chose to stay just outside the city centre to get more for our money and picked the Sky Hotel Apartments on the basis of previous positive reviews. If, like us, you are happy to utilise public transport then Sky Hotel Apartments are an excellent choice and you will get much more space and value for money than a hotel in the centre.
The Rooms - trust the pictures on their website because they are a very accurate reflection of what the rooms are like, clean Swedish styling, nice wide corridors, comfortable seating area and a small kitchen which is perfect for making lunch or a snack. The bathroom is also roomy with a good shower (but no bath). As these are apartments you do not get a daily cleaning service like you would in a hotel and to a degree are expected to tidy up after yourself, not a problem for us though on a short 4 day break. All rooms are non smoking but there is a very nice smoking terrace on floor 3.
Breakfast - we booked directly with the hotel because we got a better deal than going through a travel site and it meant breakfast was included. Breakfast is a very continental spread of cheeses, meats, various delicious breads, cereal, fruit, juices, etc. However don't expect any bacon butties or full English! Breakfast opens early and closes early, at 9:30 on a weekday, which nearly caught us out on the last day!
Location - Situated in the district of Kungsholmen, a 10 minute metro ride or a comfortable 20 minute stroll into the city centre and old town. There are two metro stations (Tunnelbana) nearby, Thorildsplan on the Green Line and Stadhagen on the blue line. The Green Line will take you into Gamla Stan and then onto the island of Sodermalm. Both stations are no more then a couple of minutes walk away and the hotel website has clear instructions on how to find them.
The Tunnelbana and buses are frequent, efficient and clean, so no reason to use taxi's. We got ourselves a SL travel pass, which gives unlimited travel for 24 hours, 36 hours, 72 hours or 7 days and represents good value if you use it frequently.
Airport transfer - Don't waste your money on a taxi from the airport, use public transport as its so easy.
You can get the Arlanda Express train from the airport, but we thought it was very expensive for what it was (a massive 260 SEK for just one way) and you would still need to navigate an onward journey from Central Station.
We used our SL unlimited travel card (only 230 SEK for 3 whole days) to get from the Airport. You can purchase SL cards from the tourist information stand in the arrivals hall, also get yourself a map of the SL network whilst you are there as this proved handy during our stay.
This is the route the Tourist Info guy suggested and its was easy peasy to follow:
* Take the local bus 583 from outside the airport to Marsta (they go every 10 minutes and take about 20 minutes to get there).
* Marsta is a very small station and at the end of the commuter line from Stockholm Centre, so you can't go too far wrong! Get a local train into Central Station (T-Centralen), they go frequently and take about 40 minutes.
* From Central Station you can easily transfer onto the Tunnelbana to reach the hotel. I would recommend you head for the Green Line, the line is not as deep as the Blue line so less escalators to navigate with baggage, and its slightly easier to find the hotel once you emerge from the station (from the Blue line you need to walk through a residential plaza which might be confusing until you find your bearings!)
Shop - There is a large supermarket plaza about 10 minutes walk from the hotel, where you can stock up on essentials. From the Hotel, turn right at the main road and just keep walking. The supermarket is on several floors and they stock beer, but not wine or spirits.
Sightseeing - Stockholm is a city made for walking. Do your homework, get yourself a good guidebook, source some self guided walks around the city and head off on an exploration!
We did an excellent walk around the suburbs of Sodermalm, away from the tourist trappings of Gamla Stan we got to experience how Stokholm residents live and happened across some really interesting sights.
Djurgarden is also good for walking, simply follow the path around the edge of the island and you can't get lost, it is bigger than you think though so make sure you have comfortable shoes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sky Hotel Apartments offers modernly furnished Hotel Apartments equipped with kitchen and everything needed to stay for both longer and shorter periods. The idea is to make guests feel at home even when they are out traveling ... more less
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