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Hotel Rival
Ranked #2 of 154 Hotels in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 April 2009

Great hotel.

Trendy but not aloof. Very friendly service. Rooms on the small side but excellent facilities.

My only negative comment would be that the room lights could do with being a bit brighter.

Good selection of DVDs to borrow for free from Reception, + iPod docking station in rooms with ability to pipe music into bathroom.

Plenty of nice soft towels.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

We stayed at Rival for a long weekend and the service and atmospher of the hotel was wonderful. The bar staff was great, nice breakfast and great rooms. The rooms are small but comfortable and chic. loved the stay and will come back again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

I can only agree with the other travelers, this hotel is wonderful. So much attention is paid to the room, the comfort of their guests (they even have a pillow menu!!!) and the aesthetics. Not a detail was missed. It is impeccably clean and completely hip! But not so hip that I felt out of place. Staff is wonderful and friendly. Breakfast is fantastic. I really hope that I can go back again soon.

Stayed: March 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

My girlfriend and I spent a weekend at Rival a year ago - having travelled a bit throughout Europe we have never experienced more value for money at any hotel. So we returned.

And the wonderful thing is that nothing has changed for the worse! Our deluxe-room was still equipped with a very good flat screen, which is connected both to a CD-player, has a MP3/PC-imput cable and, best of all, has loudspeakers in the bathroom. The latter is easily the best bathroom in any hotel I've stayed at; separate bath tub and enormous shower. With fresh music from Spotify. So very nice.

The room is perfectly clean, overlooks the nice Mariatorget, has a extremely comfortable bed and linnen and is very quiet. The deluxe rooms are spacious.

My girlfriend thinks the best thing with the hotel is the breakfast, which is indeed very good, with lots of fresh fruit, high quality meat and cheese and a choice of several hot alternatives which the kitchen cooks for you on demand - for free.

The location is close to ideal. Söder, where the hotel is situated, has it's charm, and is one of Stockholms central locations, but I would perhaps have given the hotel a four star rating for location, had the hotel not been in immediate reach of the tube, which brings you to any place of importance in Stockholm within 10 minutes.

The taxi from the central station cost me 250 SEK a totally normal Friday afternoon, which is TERRIBLY expensive - but hardly the hotels fault. So go for the tube.

Staff is nice, but since everything has run so smoothly, we haven't interacted too much with them on either occatoin. The reception and the bar neighbouring it are very stylish, and the mood is generally very appealing throughout the hotel.

Yes, and it's even free internet.

Well, to one who has not visited Rival it might seem that much of the reviews here are paid by Benny Andersson, the hotel's owner...but honestly, this is simply a hotel which is very close to perfect. A must try if you are staying in Stockholm.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2009

We stayed in this hotel for one night as a stopover as we were flying up to Kiruna the next day. The guys at check in were so great, couldn't be more helpful. We had upgraded to a superior room, which was overlooking the square at front of building. Really comfy room and bed. Brill LCD tv with DVD with an ample supply of DVD'S to watch. Also in room they had a selection of CD's covering a wide genre of music and of course the one in front was ABBA, which of course we had to play and have a jig to! Location great, 10 min walk to the old medieval part of town. Buffet breakfast was ok. We plan on going back and spending more time there.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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: £155 - £284 (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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