We stayed at The Rival for 6 nights in early September and had a wonderful experience.
The lobby and entrance area have bright and contemporary decor , as one would expect, which makes it very inviting and comfortable as well.
We got an accessible room (though we didn't need one) so the room was very spacious with a separate study nook and a neat balcony overlooking the neighboring apartment buildings. The beds were very comfortable and I remember just sinking onto the bed and not remembering a thing till next morning!
The buffet breakfast served in the Bistro room was a great spread...as one would expect from a top-notch hotel; however, since we stayed there for 6 nights (i.e. 6 breakfasts), the items were the same every day which was a bit of a bore, but we did have the choice to order some a la carte items like omlettes, pancakes, etc which were freshly made on order and included in the buffet price. The traditional dinner menu of the Bistro didn't offer much variety for entrees or the desserts so we tried to look for other options around the hotel but once we had no choice since it was late and most restaurants close their kitchens around 7-8pm. The Bistro decor was classic and really leveraged the old world cinema theme with sofas in the booths still having row numbers glued to the sides and the wall-to-wall mini pictures of many famous cinema stars such as Michael Landon, Audrey Hepburn, Rock Hudson and many others. Wonderful touch!
The little guest nook on the 4th floor ( I think) is great! A great way to end a busy day with some nice tea or coffee, and maybe do some internet research for the following day.
Concierge staff were very very helpful and wonderful! Especially, Sofia and Lina really went above and beyond to help us have a great trip and it worked!
Looking forward to returning to Stockholm and Rival very soon! Amazing city with so much to offer. Tack så mycket!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Rival is Stockholm's first boutique hotel, located on Sodermalms heights in classic premises in Stockholm. The Rival is a small, modern, individual hotel with unique top-level service. The 99 rooms have high technical standards with an unique interior decorations as well as Internet access. The seventh floor, with its magnificent view, is reserved for suites. The classic cinema Rival has been meticulously renovated and equipped with the latest in multi-media technology. The movie theatre will accommodate 700 conference guests, and the premises are well suited for events and meetings. There are 5 more conference rooms and a generous foyer outside the theatre for exhibits and mingling. The cocktail bar (original art deco), the bar, the bistro and the cafe will serve both hotel guests and local inhabitants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rival Hotel Stockholm