I visited Stockholm on business in October 2013 and as a working group we chose the Rival mainly due to its exceptional reviews and interesting looking decor. We weren't disappointed at all.
The entrance and lobby area of the hotel is straight from a Broadway theater and it seems therefore fitting that they hold a range of cultural events within the hotel. We drank many times at the bars here which have loads of nice seating and the bar staff are fantastic. On various evenings we worked our way through the cocktail menus and everything we tried was delicious.
Moving up to the rooms, I had the standard size of room which was very large and spacious with a fantastic bathroom equipped with rainfall shower. The TV and other tech in the room was better than i have at home and on one lazy afternoon i borrowed a DVD from reception (free to do) and watched it on the system. The only downer on the room was the view - i believe the more expensive rooms look out on the front of the hotel, but we only had the rather depressing view of a concrete courtyard.
The breakfast was exceptional. You had a choice of loads of cold and warm buffet items plus you could order off a menu and have the chefs make it fresh for you. I had the pancakes one morning which were delicious.
Although the area is relatively quiet, you feel like you are in a good location which is walkable to many of the good parts of the city. Having said that, i think there are better locations. We visited Story Hotel one night which was also very nice and the location did seem better.
Having said that, I couldn't really fault the Rival in a long list of areas. It is undoubtedly a very good, different hotel which i'd recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Stockholm.
- 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