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First Hotel Reisen
Ranked #59 of 155 Hotels in Stockholm
Reviewed 8 August 2011

Outstanding location on the water and standing with its back to the best of Old Town. Room ("standard") was very basic, but the location, service and breakfast were top. Would definitely use again. If you are coming in on a ship as we were you reach this hotel by walking across the street. The hop on hop off bus is the next block over and the Castle also. The ferry to the most frequented island is 3 or so blocks down the water.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

The hotel looks directly on the harbor, a splendid view. Our room was small and in the rear but was quite serviceable. The breakfast was good and included in the rate. The hotel's restaurant is also pretty good and reasonable when compared with many places in Gamla Stan. The old city is right behind the hotel but the other major parts of the city are within easy reach. The ferries across the harbor leave down the block. For convenience and views it is hard to beat.

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Reviewed 5 August 2011

TripAdvisor gives ROOM TIPS. The bottom line to this hotel is- all rooms are small and short of drawers and hanging space unless you have a suite. If you want a water view the rooms are still small but more expensive. If you are not much in your room ask for
426/425/424/423 or 526/525/524/523 or 326/325/324./323 because these are on the Palace side (north). The rooms on the south are noisy in the morning with service deliveries and 114 etc. are over the bar which has music Friday and Saturday. The water view ones are above a busy road No rooms have air-con- there is an adequate fan in each room.
Having said that there was nothing else wrong with it as it's perfectly placed for a tourist as all boats and the bus are a few minutes away. It has an excellent restaurant - by local standards reasonable -and breakfast was amazing. The Royal Palace is close ( 600 rooms- a bit drab but lots to see). Changing of the Guard 1100hrs.
Getting from Arlanda Airport in a taxi is the most cost effective to this hotel at a max. fixed price of £ 50- ( our return was £ 40-). Thomas on Reception was extremely helpful at all times.
We always, in a new city, take the hop-on / hop-off bus and after 10 minutes we hopped off at the VASA MUSEUM which houses a 17th. C. ship that capsized an hour after it was launched.95% of what you see is original . Over 2 hours later, having had a good snack lunch there, we hopped-on and completed the tour. Not a lot to see but the Vasa was special and a must. and such an easy way to visit.
Stockholm is on 14 islands with 57 bridges and most take a ferry to somewhere to see the real City
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The hotel is in the GAMLA STAN- the old part- and all eating in Sweden is very expensive ( £ 50- a head for 4 with i bottle of wine.) If one eats in an old restaurant we found more reasonable prices, better food and top service. PASTIS behind the hotel had a small specials menu and was old and good. On our last night we eat close by at DEN GYLDENE FREDEN which is over 200 years old- and by Stockholm standards reasonable- we wished we had found it earlier. They even have local dishes and lots of Swedes eat here!
PONTUS BY THE SEA
Close by but touristy and ordinary .We had to return our inedible lamb and they showed little concen.
STOCKHOLM CARD
Seemed expensive and difficult to see why we needed it as we were so well postioned in a professionally run hotel
SIGNED CANDANorfolk

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

Hotel is located on the water close to the royal palace, old town & main shopping street. All within easy walking distance. Hotel staff is very freindly & helpful. Made our reservations for the ice bar, taxi to our cruise ship etc. Breakfast buffet is great with many hot & cold selections. Great place to sightsee Stockholm.

Room Tip: get a room with a water view. The other rooms overlook an alley & can be noisy
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

My wife and I stayed at the First Hotel Reisen, Stockholm for 4 nights, Monday 11th to Friday 14th July 2011. This was our first trip to Stockholm and the first time we have stayed in a First Hotel. We would certainly recommend the hotel to tourists, primarily for its excellent location.

We booked 5 months in advance using the hotel’s own website. We booked a standard queen room with breakfast on a flexible rate at a total cost of SEK 6,280, with the cost being charged on arrival at the hotel (GBP 617). In the weeks following our booking, we had checked various sites to see if we could get it cheaper, but we couldn’t. On arrival we were offered a room upgrade for about GBP 20 per night, but we didn’t bother because we didn’t intend to spend a lot of time in our room.

The reception staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke excellent English. Tip – if you want to make use of the free, in room WIFI, make sure you tell the reception staff how many days you’re staying because each access code they give you only lasts 24 hours, and they were quite happy to give us codes for each day we were there (rather than having to go back and ask them each day).

As we expected, the room (219) was quite small. The small window looked out into a narrow side street. Quite cleverly, there was a mirror outside the window, so when you looked out you had a view to the waterfront. The room was nicely furnished (if a little dated) and clean. The TV was a small CRT model, not flat screen, and there was a limited number of channels in English (though many of the Scandinavian channels showed US programs with subtitles).

The main problem with the room, however, was the heat. We had the window open at night – only to be woken around 5 am by the noise of lorries reversing up the side street and taking away the rubbish. The air conditioning in the room appeared not to be working but there was also a fan. This didn’t work either, but we mentioned this to reception and they got it replaced. Fortunately it cooled down a little after the first night but this is certainly something to think about if you’re going to be visiting Stockholm when it’s hot.

Breakfast was excellent. It was a buffet with and good selection of fruit juices, fresh fruit, cereals, breads (and of course crispbreads), cold meats, pate and cheeses. There was even caviar. The hot selection was more limited than you would get in (say) an equivalent hotel in the UK, but overall it was good quality and we were able to eat sufficient to keep us going for most of the day! And what a lovely view over the water as you enjoyed your breakfast …

We didn’t try the hotel’s bars – we were out sightseeing most of the time – nor the hotel’s sauna and plunge pool, we just didn’t get time. The reception staff told us look at the fitness facilities whether or not we wanted to use them, they said they were well worth seeing and they were right!

We planned in advance what we wanted to see during our trip and had decided to buy a three-day Stockholm card which gives you free access to over 80 museums, rides on the metro, the historic tram from the city centre to Djargarden (for the Vasa Museum, Skansen and Nordiska Museet) and a canal boat trip. Unfortunately, the website said you could buy the card at the hotel, but they no longer sell it and the receptionist said it wasn’t worth it (we did buy it at the tourist information office by the central railway station and proved him wrong!). You can get information about the card at http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/Information/Buy--Order/The-Stockholm-card/

While overall were very happy with the hotel, the main reason for staying here is its excellent location, in the old town (Gamla Stan). You are only minutes walk away from sights such as the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet), the Cathedral (Storkyrkan), the Museum of Medieval Stockholm (Stockholms Medeltidsmuseum), the Nobel museum, and of course the quant streets in the old town. Excellent cafes and restaurants are a short walk away. If you want to venture further, you are only a few minutes walk away from the metro and the regular ferries (SEK 40) between Slussen and Djargarden.

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Reviewed 31 July 2011

I stayed for a week in December. Location was perfect for getting to know Stockholm with lots to explore in the neighborhood, too. I was totally satisfied with my clean and comfortable room. Staff were friendly. The complimentary breakfast was fantastic! I would definitely return for a stay!

  • Stayed: December 2010
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

A great hotel, well organised and staff very friendly and service minded. If you are more than two people travelling and need transportation from Arlanda airport to the hotel it's best and more cheap to get a service taxi to drive you direct there. If you are travelling back home and have a very early flight ask the hotel to book you a taxi again (45 minutes drive). It's very cheap thru them. Make sure you eat a good breakfast there before you start the day (5 star). It will keep you going till the evening. Internet if free all over the hotel just ask the reception to give you the access codes (each code is valid for 24 hours) so get some upon arrival!!! Sauna is pretty nice but is unisex so make sure you have a swimsuit on. The room service was fast but very very very expensive. The cleaning ladies don't speak good English (some of them) or only Swedish (one that we spoke to) so if you don't want to be disturbed in the morning make sure you hang outside the door your "do not disturb sign". Location was great. If you have any questions just go to the reception and ask. And if you are lucky enough to speak to Tomas the receptionist (another plus for the hotel) then thumbs up.
No a/c into the rooms though. Small fans are available for use. Don't let it bother you much though. Max temperatures in July was 25-26 celsius so that's not bad. Would definately stay there again!!!

Room Tip: Book well in advance, cheap rooms have side view hotel lobby and restaurant-cafe have a great view
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Skeppsbron 12, Stockholm 11130, Sweden
Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Gamla Stan & Riddarholmen , Södermalm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Stockholm
#11 Family Hotel in Stockholm
#24 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#30 Business Hotel in Stockholm
#43 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range: £92 - £212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — First Hotel Reisen 4*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate Historic Hotel emcompassing 5 renovated 17th-century houses in Old Town setting, overlooking harbor; near Royal Palace. ... more   less 
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