Having stayed at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm several times on business (company has a great rate at Choice Hotels) this was the time to write a review and share my thoughts on this cool, huge, hotel in the heart of friendly Södermalm, Stockholm.
Clarion Stockholm (not to be confused with Clarion Sign) is located on top of the main artery in Södermalm, heading into Stockholm from the south, with a great view towards the south (Globe Arena) and the west (park). It has a lobby bar as well as a bar on the second floor (conference level), and a very nice restaurant (Greta's) to complement the buffet restaurant. I strongly recommend the Wallenbergare at Greta's for dinner with mashed potatoes and lingonberries. Wonderful!
Getting here is easy. The subway (green line) stops at Skanstull (fourth stop from Central Station) and the subway in Stockholm is clean, on time and safe (for all foreign travellers this might be worth noting). From the Skanstull subway there are signs to the hotel. There are also bus lines going straight outside of the hotel that connects to other subway lines (Fridhemsplan, Gullmarsplan). For travellers with cars, they only have valet parking (SEK 375 per night).
The rooms are all modern and sleek in its design, but not as large as in the U.S. (and good lord, not as small as in the G.B).
The Moderate rooms are fine for the business travelers who only need accomodation and breakfast (bear in mind that the huge breakfast buffet is included in all prices, before you compare with Hilton and Sheraton who charge ridiculous prices for their breakfasts).
The Standard rooms are a bit bigger with a couch, and often with both a bath and a shower. This is the room I use the most, with a free upgrade (Choice Gold Card) from the Moderate rate.
This time, I got upgraded to the DeLuxe room which was very nice. Large room, ceiling-high windows (over 10 feet high), separate work area, lounge area and a huge comfortable bed - but oddly enough, only a shower and no bath. The room was on the second floor, which meant navigating through a big conference that used all available conference space. And this also meant that the upstairs bar was closed (no mojito this time...) due to the conference space.
The room was very quiet, despite having windows against the street (on second floor) no sounds from cars, sirens from ambulances (huge hospital nearby) or other sound disturbed the sleep. Also, the ac worked great as did the wireless internet (free with Choice Club membership).
For Stockholm travellers, I would recommend this hotel as it is situated in Södermalm, a very friendly area of Stockholm and only a 25-minute walk to Old Town. (Walking from Old Town also takes you through Götgatsbacken, where there are lots of pubs, restaurants and friendly places to take a beer or two while you rest the legs from the sightseeing).
All in all, Clarion Stockholm is a fine hotel whether for business or leisure, it caters for all travelers and as previously noted - the free breakfast buffet is huuuge with everything you need.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Clarion Hotel Stockholm guests can enjoy a modern hotel with art and music and design as part of its integral character. Be inspired and enjoy the hotel's unique pulse and surroundings with our restaurant Eatery Social and our heavenly Ayurveda-inspired Elements Spa. It is not however just about fantastic food, spectacular art displays, great music or mingling. Our passion and focus is on providing you with a wonderful night's sleep and increasing your quality of life. Choose from our 532 rooms and luxurious suites that best suit your needs. We look forward to welcoming you and giving you a stay to remember. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Stockholm
- Stockholm Clarion