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“Still deserving its first place ranking”
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Hotel Rival
Ranked #2 of 154 Hotels in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Still deserving its first place ranking”
Reviewed 25 March 2009

As per the glowing reports on here Hotel Rival definitely the place to stay in Stockholm.
Great location and ambiance. The food in the restaurant is wonderful (and the staff are excellent). The cafe is fun and friendly and full of locals - always a good sign as long as you can get a table.
Perhaps the only downside was the size of the room. Although it was well designed it was a little small. That said it was still a pleasure to stay there and when I go back to Stockholm I'll heading for the Rival

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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west midlands
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Reviewed 24 February 2009

Best, cheapest and easiest way to get to the hotel from Arlanda airport is by train. Very quick and half price at weekends. We then took a taxi for the short trip from the Central station to the Rival. The hotel is within easy walking distance of 'old town' Stokholm, so not far to walk for attractions etc. The 4th floor of the hotel has and ice/water machine + free coffee and tea making facilities, there was even a tub of biscuits to nibble. The hotel buffet breakfast was excellent; rooms very comfortable and spacious, worth paying for a deluxe room. The hotel has free movies in your room and also a selection of ABBA CD's to listen to which is probably not surprising considering the name of the owner!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2009

Travelled to Stockholm with my 17 year old daughter for some sightseeing and shopping and picked the Hotel Rival because of its reviews on tripadvisor. Had a fantastic time and the hotel lived up to its reputation. The staff were some of the friendliest and helpful staff I have ever come across.
Much to my daughters delight they had a pillow menu and dvds could be delivered to your door, also her ipod connected into the sound system which could be heard in the bathroom- all very cool!
Although the room was not large it was wonderfully thought out and beautifully designed. There was also facilities on the fourth floor to get free tea, coffee or ice which was very much appreciated after a day sightseeing.
The bakery next door is a good option if you do not have breakfast included and the cafe attached is also very good.
The Hotel Rival is within easy walking distance of the Old Town and it is very easy to get around Stockholm by foot. All in all an excellent choice of hotel in Stockholm with some lovely extras.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Sweden
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2009

This is a hotel with rooms you're not in a hurry leaving. Stayed in a Deluxe room, spacy, neat yet comfy and a lot of personal touch inspired by the owner, Mr. Benny Andersson from ABBA.

Top notch - staff, location, room, food, extras, interior...

Would definitely stay again. And again.

Stayed January 2009
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Chablis, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2009

The hotel Rival was a wonderful experience. As soon as you walk through the doors you enter a plush universe of red velvet, heavy glass doors, thick carpet, but all with a very modern, trendy feel. The welcome couldn't have been warmer, with smiling staff speaking amazing English.
The room was stunning, with very comfortable bed linen, ABBA CDs, teddy bear and a beautiful, spotless bathroom with built-in speakers!

The restaurant was wonderful, first class service and delicious food at both dinner and breakfast.
The Rival is not in the very centre of Stockholm, but in the more authentic Sodermalm district, which I preferred anyway. It's a very short walk to the Mariatorget underground station, and from there just 5 mins to the centre.
An unforgettable stay at the Rival meant that we'll definitely be back!

  • Liked — The room layout, bed linen and bathroom
  • Disliked — No free wi-fi
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank parislights
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Taipei, Taiwan
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2009

After checking Tripadvisor for a good hotel in Stockholm I decided to go to Hotel Rival for an extended weekend trip to Stockholm. Booking through the Hotel website proved to be impossible since the site required me to give a mobile number but my German cellphone number didnt fit the required format of the site, so I couldnt finish the transaction online. Instead I called the hotel and made the booking which ended up to be cheaper than the online-booking price since the breakfast was now included in the price.
The taxi ride to the hotel from the airport costs between 490 and 550 Krona, depending on which taxi you end up in. The prices as such are fixed and written on the taxi doors.
The hotel is very beautiful and stylish, the de luxe room we had was big, brightly lit and perfectly clean. It had a mini bar, a safe, an ironing board and a huge DVD library (100+ films) which you could access anytime free of charge. The room was very stylish and felt very welcoming and cozy.
The bath was clean and bright, had a big walk-in showercabin as well as a bath tub.
The hotel is located in Södermalm, a trendy quarter of Stockholm. The Debazer club (loads of bands playing there live) is in walking distance, as are many restaurants and small trendy shops and fashion stores. To get to the old town (Gamla Stan) you can take the subway station Mariatorget (marked with T for Tunnelbana) which is 50 meter from the hotel or you walk for 15 minutes through a nice part of Södermalm.
An info for ABBA fans: the hotel is owned Benny Anderson of Abba fame. But I guess he wont be around all too often ;)

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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harwich
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59 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2008

It's nice and the location is wonderful but sadly it's a bit too pretentious and stiff to make you feel really relaxed. The public areas are the best with lots of the original 1930's fittings and a contemporary cafe with great coffee and pastries which attracts a lively locals crowd. Our bedroom was tiny, the underfloor heating turned the bathroom into a sauna, the bed was very very good (if you like a hard bed). The hall carpets are trumpeted in the hilarious amenities guide ( one section assures visitors they will not reveal to anyone that you are staying there that is unless someone asks for you!!!) as cutting edge when really they are a little cliched a little like the room's teddy bear !. With a bit of a rethink, could be great.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Rival
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 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#3 Business Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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