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Hotel Rival
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Reviewed 5 January 2007

Super hotel in excellent location. Having never been to Stockholm before I was unsure as where best to stay. However, I was so glad we decided on the Rival as we had a great time. The location is excellent -Sodermalm is far nicer than the more touristy shoping and historical centre, yet is in easy walking distance of all the sights. I booked the hotel through it's website and was pleased with the quick response and in general the staff were very helpful. The room was quite large, with an extremely comfortable bed and the bathroom was also a good size. The only quibble I have is that during our stay there were workmen on the roof outside so it was a little noisy first thing in the morning. The breakfast was good and it is worth asking the kitchen to make you something off the menu - not that obvious if you aren't looking for it. During our second breakfast we noticed that a famous British politician was also enjoying the hospitality of the Rival - surely a sign of a good hotel! The only negative points I have is that there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room, instead they are on the 4th floor - not so great if like me you need a cup of tea before you can even start thinking about getting dressed! However, we enjoyed our stay very much and would certainly return.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Clarinda_Vine
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Reviewed 4 January 2007

We stayed at Rival over New Year's Eve (Stockholm really is a New Year's Eve city!) and our stay was perfect from the first to the last minute. Due to a cancellation of our flight we had to change our booking only a few days before we arrived, but they handled everything extremely professional and friendly. The Hotel is close to the tube station "Mariatorget" on the red line. This station is only three stops away from the Central Station which makes the journey from the airport really comfortable (just take the bus or express train from Arlanda and change to the tube at the Central Station). Our standard room was located at the 5th floor which meant absolutely no noise from the bar area - even on New Year's Eve. We loved the little extras like the crisp bed linen, the possibility to rent DVD's at the reception, the free internet access at the lobby etc. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They provided us with tips for New Year's Eve like the best places to watch the fireworks etc. The buffet style breakfast was extensive with the possibility to order pancakes, eggs and most important - decent coffee, cappuchino etc. We also had a really nice dinner at the Bistro one evening. As there seemed to be many locals you did not get a "hotel restaurant feeling" at all. I would definitly stay at Hotel Rival again.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank angusontour
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Reviewed 3 January 2007

We came to Hotel Rival for New Year. We booked up at the beginning of December and a room was available for us.
I thought that the price of the hotel was very reasonable considering it had been voted number one ranked hotel in Stockholm! The hotel is centrally located and is beautifully laid out. The thing that made our stay were the staff and the free hot drinks/ice and water and biscuits on the 4th floor!! The staff were so helpful, totally understood our needs and you really felt that they cared. They helped us get a taxi booked in the early hours of New Years Day when all the slots were booked as they have a good relationship with Taxi Stockholm who are one of the best ranked taxi firms in the world!! Anyway, back to the hotel....the standard room was a standard size, but it was so fresh looking and comfortable you didnt mind and the room had a flat screen TV which made the hotel and room feel very modern! I dont feel that there is anything that I would need to warn anyone NOT to do except that whether or not breakfast is included in your room rate, make sure you go to the 1st floor to actually eat the breakfast buffet in the restaurant. You get LOADS more for your money than if you get it delivered to your room and you get more of a selection. I couldnt fault this hotel as our New Year was the most memorable EVER!

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank nashpash
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Reviewed 2 January 2007

Stayed for 2 nights with 2 kids and loved it. We have a dietary requirement for our younger daughter and the kitchen was always more than happy to make her special meals, and cook some of the foods we travel with....love that when travelling. Plenty of space in our room with extra beds and a manageable walk into the old town and ice skating rink. Superb local restaurtant recommendations from the front desk..in particular Harmes (vege buffet) and East (modern Japanese). So handy with the hotels cafe next door! Will go again.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled with family
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3  Thank Aussieontour
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Reviewed 11 December 2006

Very nice hotel, with a special atmosphere. Loved everything about it, location, service, food; all was nice! Just one little thing annoyed me: Why can't they have doublebeds that really are doublebeds instead of two singles pushed together? At least mount a clamp to keep the two beds together. It wouldn't cost much to amend this, but they haven't..... Other than that; great hotel and can be recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled on business
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5  Thank Corvette8
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