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Hotel Rival
Ranked #2 of 154 Hotels in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Of course we stayed in the hotel Rival in Stockholm. How could we not, knowing the visionary from Abba owns it! The staff are wonderful, the bar and bistro are delightful, and it is brilliantly located close to the metro ( straight to central) and across the road from a small park, great when you have kids. The rooms were spotless, a little small, the mini-bar stocked well, and a fab area on each floor to make tea and coffee. I would Stay there again.

Room Tip: Book the room up from the cheapest ( I think it is deluxe) it is far more spacious than the standard...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

This is a great boutique hotel in a top position in Stockholm. Being my first time in the city in winter I was unsure where to say but I certainly picked a top area. Within close walking distance even in winter to Gamla Stan and the city its right smack bang in the trendy area Sodermalm, which was filled with great cafes, restaurants, boutiques and vintage shops.

The room was great, I picked the basic one. It was on the small side as I couldnt keep my suitcase open without tripping over it to the bathroom, but the amenties are fantastic, great TV and DVD selection which is free. The bed and sheets were amazing the bathroom had heated floors.

The building and decor is amazing, the cafe and bar get very busy with locals though, so be prepared to wait for tables.

The only two reasons this got a very good was two things:
1. My room had no individual air con, it was on the building air con and very cold. I told front desk and they brought a heater up straight away, but it was difficult to get a constant temp
2. I didnt find the staff particularly friendly, I was offered not assistance with maps, what to do or anything. It was very basic you approach them and they will assist, but dont expect a smile.

Having said that I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

Cold rooms, no floor heating in the bathroom pulled down a good impression. No Nespresso in room nor gym was also on the negative side. But still...had read all the good reviews, and location was right for work trip. Smooth check in to a very cool looking hotel, based in an old cinema building next to Mariatorget.Fantastic breakfast and also very popular bar and restaurant in the evening. Rooms very smartly set up, and many amenities. Might stay again.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed for 5 nights at the Hotel Rival in January 2013. Spectacular, that sums up the experience we had at the hotel. The hotel's decor is inspired movie themes, very nice! The rooms are modern and welcoming . We had a superior room, and the size was excellent . The bathroom is quite large, the only part that bothered me was the fact that part of the shower is a bit open, and the water makes a mess in bathroom. In the rooms we have some movies and cds available but at reception we can find a large collection . The breakfast is very good with a varied buffet and also has a few more options à la carte ( but not charged) .
The Rival Bistro is very nice , the food and the wine selection is excellent, as the Rival Cafe which is very cozy. On Fridays they a kind of "party" in the bar. Cool!!!
The reception staff , as well as the concierge are very friendly and were always open to any requests.
The location is very good , maybe not the best of stockholm, but is a few minutes walk from the center , and has a metro station practically next door .
The price is a little higher , but everything is expensive in Scandinavia . HOTEL RIVAL - Super recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

great breakfast (also soya products for vegan), clean and quiet room with cd's and DVD's and a gourmet coffee machine in the hall for free. As well as computers, printers etc which helped check in in to the flight.

Room Tip: ask if you can get a room with adjustable A/C (all rooms don't have one...)
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed here 15th Dec for two nights - hotel is in great location, rooms are fab we loved the little touches : teddy ! Great pillows, bowl of choccy caramels , lovely toiletries, and cd collection . Cocktails expensive but it's central Stockholm ! We loved it .

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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

Used Trip Advisor to tip us on a hotel had not stayed at in Stockholm, and we're very satisfied with the outcome. Out of the ordinary place, converted from an old cinema, in a good spot on trendy Sodermalm in Stockholm, funky decor with excellent service and attractive features. Had planned to eat out on the town but - after a long walk - ended up at the hotel's bistro and taking advantage of the free offer to borrow a DVD film from the extensive listed collection. A wonderful evening!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Address: Mariatorget 3, Box 17525, Stockholm 118 91, Sweden
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Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Mariatorget , Södermalm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#3 Business Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range: £157 - £307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rival 4*
Number of rooms: 99
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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