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Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #37 of 155 Hotels in Stockholm
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed here two nights whilst in Stockholm. Before the holiday, I had done extensive research into Stockholm hotels and found this to be one of the best priced. I was a little skeptical before arriving, as I knew the rooms were going to be small from the photos I had seen. However, there was plenty of space for our small suitcases and the shower/toilet room was a decent size too. In terms of service, I rate the staff 100%. They were pleasant and helpful. There was an extensive choice for breakfast; including cereals, breads, sausage, yoghurts.....and even sweets! An added bonus of this hotel is also that it has its own sauna. It's fairly small and you have to book a slot at reception, but its relaxing. The hotel is located right next to 'Gamla Stan' which is the island containing the Old Town; a beautiful place with nice bars and restaurants, shops, and generally a nice place to be in Stockholm. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and I couldn't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2013 via mobile

Being an old yacht the hotel is a unique experience, and a welcome change to the usual hotel room. The hotel is clean, and eventhough the space can be tight, it is not a problem. The hotel is located 5 min walk from the city center.

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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Just back from an icy Easter weekend in Stockholm, yacht is in a suberb location beside Gamla Stan with beautiful views across lake and great for watching sunset. It's in the centre of everything, yet secluded on it's own island beside a beautiful church. Pursers cabin and bathroom for two was tiny but what we expected so we weren't dissapointed - fantastic shower - strong pressure like having a massage after a long day walking. The bunks are small but really comfy and cosy (although I was on top and could not sit up without banging my head - and I am very petite! Pity there is so much room wasted on lower bunk and so little on top bunk). Walls a bit thin, but then it is a boat. Rooms could do with a lick of paint and the cabin electrics need attention - we had to fiddle about with wire lead to get hairdryer working and same with desk lamp. Good wifi onboard and buffet breakfast was very good - great to fuel up before a day of sightseeing. Bit dissapointed that the restaurant and bar was closed for Easter weekend. We ate in nearby Sodermalm, Gamla Stan etc.. but it was freezing at night and streets deserted so sometimes we just wanted to get back and warm up in the boat and chill out after long days sightseeing. We were able to avail of bottles of beer at reception. Never got around to using the sauna but I heard a guest enquire at reception and girl at desk said it takes 40mins to heat up. Only a minor thing - would've liked if the tealight candles were lit in the evening for ambience when having a beer in foyer/lounge. They were always lit around midday when guests check in but would've been nicer in the evening. I would definitely stay here again, it's such a novelty and it's good to know the boat has single cabins also as I may want to return asap, even solo! Stockholm is a stunning city and lovely to explore on foot, solo or with company. Easy enough 10 min walk to/from central terminal and to everywhere in the centre.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

we stayed here 10 years ago, (not 2012 - sorry, no selection for that, but we did talk to a friend who was there yesterday) but still remember the vessel fondly -- it is smack in the middle of Stockholm, so we loved that .... bicycled or took the train everywhere ... pulled our suitcases from the main underground train station, which is only 6 block away! we flew in, took the high-speed rail from the airport direct to the main station, and were at the boat in about a 10 minute walk -- Stockholm is a varigated, immensely beautiful city!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

The great plus is the location, alongside the Cathedral Square in the old town, very close to a Metro Station and also walkable from the Central Train Station ( if fit, lightly loaded and wind resistant). The next plus is that its a ship with a history, but remember it is a ship, so expect quite small rooms with bunk beds. In the cheapest "Sailoir" class the 2 berth cabin will be smaller than on a modern ferry and can be a bit claustraphobic if the porthole just looks onto the dock wall.. Upper deck breakfast and dining rooms , and ( probably) the more expensive rooms have superior views. Excellent for a one night stay, possibly a less attractive option if wanting to stay longer. But i visited in an icy, sonwy, windy March - summer could be much better.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

PLUS: 1) late check-in possible (we arrived an 1 AM), reception opened 24/7, 2) easily accessible, from subway stop "Gamla Stan" it is only a 5 minute walk, 3) decent wifi connection, 4) breakfast buffet until 9:30/10:30 AM (weekdays/weekends), 5) beautiful ambiente, nice breakfast room with harbour view, 6) very short walks into Gamla Stan and to Södermalm, 7) rooms are small, but the bunks are very comfy (thick duvet, not too firm-not too soft mattress) and you get your own (tiny) bathroom, 8) There is a sauna!!, MINUS: the walls are not very soundproof, I could hear the snoring of the next door guest

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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We stayed in this hotel for one night because it seemed it would be a unique experience. We weren't disappointed. The yacht hotel makes a lot of its one-time connection to the famous (and much-married) American millionairess Barbara Hutton, which adds a bit to the attraction of the hotel. The yacht is moored next to the island on which the Royal Palace is found, so it's an unbeatable central location in Old Stockholm. Of course, this means the views and the architecture are among the best in Stockholm. We used the hotel as our base for exploring Stockholm and it couldn't have been better situated. Everything of interest, dining, shopping, sight-seeing, etc. was within a walking distance of no more than 20 minutes.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is a ship -- so the rooms (cabins) are small depending on the class of room you select. The cabins all have nautical names (Captain's, First Officer's, Seaman's, etc.). We upgraded from a first officer's cabin to a captain's cabin, and we were very glad we did because the captain's cabin was comfortable for two people but no larger than a standard European hotel room. So, cabins below that level will be small indeed, and won't have a double bed. The ship appeared to be well-maintained with white walls throughout, dark blue carpet with the hotel's crest, and dark wood furniture and fittings. Not much is very new onboard -- in fact everything appears comfortably lived in -- but this adds to the hotel's charm and character. The ship is warm, inviting, and has many points of interest which encourages exploring.

The captain's cabin was quite comfortable, with a standard wall heater (and a space heater tucked under a desk) that allows you to control your room temperature easily. The double bed was firm but slept well and the linens and pillow would give no one any cause for complaint. The bathroom was small but well-organized, well-lighted, and very modern. The sink was tiny, about the size of an airplane sink, but that's to be expected. We found the rooms pretty quiet and really couldn't detect any noise from surrounding areas -- although we could hear the sheets of ice occasionally knocking against the ship's hull as they moved past. There was no minibar, which suited me as I never use them, but a limited selection of snacks and drinks were available for sale next to the reception desk.

The service was fine and friendly, with English being spoken fluently by the staff. All of our interactions found the staff to be very helpful. Breakfast was included in the room rate and was served in the ship's large restaurant on the upper deck; the offering was substantial with a range of meats, cheeses, vegetables, cereals, breads, and jams. I was pleased by the hot drinks station because there was not only coffee, but also loose leaf and bagged tea selections. The views from the restaurant of the surrounding harbor and Sodermalm Island to the south were terrific as well. We didn't have the opportunity to try the restaurant for dinner but the menu was very enticing.

For a fairly standard room rate of about 200 US dollars, this was an interesting and unusual hotel experience. I strongly recommend it. That said, I have just a few critiques. We wanted to book a captain's cabin or higher but for some reason the hotel's website wouldn't show any availability for the higher classes of cabins no matter how far in the future we looked. When we told the reception staff, they were unaware but apologetic. We were easily upgraded to the cabin we wanted. The other issue we encountered was that the complimentary wifi wouldn't work in our cabin on our laptop or smartphone. The staff was helpful in trying to sort it out but ultimately the wifi service had to be used on the upper decks, where it worked fine. Lastly, while the room was quite clean, white walls are unforgiving so a bit of extra attention is in order.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel and Restaurant

Address: Riddarholmen, Stockholm 111 28, Sweden (Formerly Malardrottningen Hotel and Restaurant)
Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Stockholm
#44 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range: £61 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malardrottningen or that the ship is really called: Lady Hutton, began its journey in 1924 and no one knows where or when it ends. With its amazing history, she has managed to take care of Barbara Hutton, the British Navy, traveled around the world and since 1982 moored at Riddarholms Quay. The Yacht has 61 cabins, sauna, restaurant and is perhaps best known for the latter. The restaurant with the beautiful view of Malaren, serves Scandinavian dishes using only the best ingredients. ... more   less 
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