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Hotel Rival
Ranked #3 of 157 Hotels in Stockholm
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“Second to None - the best by FAR!!!!”
Reviewed 2 November 2010

You feel the difference the second you step in - scratch that - BEFORE you even arrive. I had booked a superior room for myself, my husband and my elderly mother. In the lead up to our visit, I was filled with questions on the city, the transportation, places to eat, shopping, etc. The staff was exceptionally helpful, professional and gracious - responding immediately to all my emails with extensive and exhaustive information and sending me an email a few days prior to our arrival date with the weather conditions, the specs of the room and asking if there is anything special that we need prepared before our arrival. We had arranged for a pick up from the airport by the hotel and there it was ready and on time. We arrived very late at night - reaching the hotel a few minutes before midnight. Exhausted and hungry, we were greeted by smiles and a warm welcome. When we askd about dinner, they informed us that the restaurant was about to close but that they would call up to make sure that there is something for us. Sure enough, we had the most delicious hot meal and salad you can think of. The restaurant and the bar of the hotel are possibly the best in the entire city - best taste, service and value for money. We ate there almost daily especially after having tried other places and realizing that our hotel offered the best quality of food, service and ambiance. The room was immaculate, all the amenities you can think of (and ones that would not even cross your mind including a place to plug in the play station if you are travelling with children), CD player, DVD player (with a free CD and DVD collection in the room and others you can order, again for free from quite an extensive library - we tried ordering a movie once and literally less a minute between putting down the phone, there was a knock at the door and the movie delivered). This is the kind of service you got throughout. Again, the night we arrived, we informed them that my mother needed an extra mattress for her bad back. This is a request that we had made at other FIVE star hotels across Europe. They were the ONLY ones who obliged and the first thing the following morning. We did not have to even remind them. They helped with suggesting tours, reserving tours, getting cabs, and helping with just about anything and everything you wanted. Free internet, coffee and biscuits on the business floor 24/7 - the breakfast is one of the best - again a huge variety, constantly replenished and the taste unbeatable. The decor is really funky but that only adds to the beauty and charm of the place. Our room had a nice balcony overlooking a charming small park - the awning was lifted automatically after sunset and down again with sunrise. The neighborhood is just right - you are in a quiet elegant place yet under ten minutes on foot, you are in the old city and just about everywhere else. Honestly, this is one of the best hotels that we have ever stayed in (and we are very heavy travellers in both Europe and the US). Thanks are due to all the staff but especial thanks to Marcus, Anne-Sofie, Sean and Monty. If I ever go back to Stockholm, the unrivaled Rival will be one of the main reasons. Would I recommend it to others? I already have - my company is planning to send a group of doctors to attend a conference in Stockholm and I have already directed them towards the Rival. They deserve it.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2010

The hotel is just right and it offers all the necessary facilities. The staff are quite professional. The Rooms are on the roomy side.. I loved staying there....I will definitely recommend this hotel to my friends and would stay there during my next visit.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

Booked this hotel based on location, Tripadvisor recommendations and the fact that Benny from ABBA owns it (I admit it). Really enjoyed our stay. Check--in was prompt and efficient, and issues like wifi were automatically explained. I do not think they provide a service to take bags to one's room. The front desk staff were excellent: one two nights we tried to get bookings at restaurants, only to find most were booked out. One of the guys spent 20 minutes ringing around various places before finding us a table at a great classic restaurant. The next night, the staff also tried, but told us just to head out, and they'd organise things, as they had an idea what we were interested in and when we wanted to eat. Booking and directions were provided when we got back to the hotel, and again, a good recommendation.

The rooms are medium-sized, the bathroom was large, and our fifth-floor room had a reasonable-sized and private balcony. ABBA CDs are in the room, as is a large flatscreen TV. Wifi worked well for the stay. King-sized bed was very comfortable, and the room was extremely quiet.

The breakfast buffet is good, but not cheap (SEK 175 per person). The dining room is pleasant. It's a continental buffet, with cold meat cuts, gravlax, lots of cheese, pastries and fruit. I agree that the hot selections are limited. The quality of food provided is good, but as mentioned, not cheap. There's a cafe right next door (owned by the hotel) which is much cheaper, and numerous cafes and bakeries within a five-minute walk.

The hotel is one block from Mariatorget tunelbana (T-bana) station, or a SEK 150 taxi ride to the central railway station. It's about two blocks to a really good gym, Pro Gym (SEK 80 per visit). The area is quite hip: there are lots of design shops nearby (Sodermalm is Stockholm's groovy district), and it's about a 10 minute walk to Gamla Stan.

Overall, I really liked this hotel, and plan to stay here again on future visits to Stockholm.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

I have stayed in dozens of hotels all over Europe but the Rival was definately my favourite - My husband and i started our Honeymoon here - the location was convenient, the room was funky but stylish, the bathroom was spotless and the beds were like heaven. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Stockholm. ps - the Vasa Museum is well worth spending a couple of hours in.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

We stayed for 3 nights and had booked a superior room. We got a taxi from the central station and only took about 10 minutes. The hotel is in a lovely area, overlooking a park and not too hotel district....

We arrived on Friday evening and the hotel was buzzing with people, which gave a very good vibe. Check-in was easy and the staff very friendly. We were on the 6th floor overlooking a courtyard, with a small balcony. The room was very spacious. The only drawback was that there wasn't a bath - but we knew this booking but we could have done with it on Sunday evening after walking the city for two days!!

There is a coffee shop attached to the hotel which has really tasty food and has a nice feel. We had dinner in the hotel and again it was full and food really good. Breakfast each morning was a buffet and had everything - it was included in room price for weekend but not on Monday.

Even though it is not in the centre, everything is within walking distance. There is a public bike stand outside the frontdoor and taxis and metro easy to use.

Its a great hotel and has a really nice feel - would recommend it to anybody.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 25 September 2010

Stayed here for 4 nights in a beautiful room with balcony overlooking the Park. Room are great. hotel staff is gracious and friendly. free DVDs to watch in rooms. breakfast was included in the rate and was amazing. the hotel is in a nice quiet neighborhood with nice restaurants and a block away from the subway. I would definitely stay here next time.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ain
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

Superior room (No 609) is quiet, nice, confortable and spacious (2 adults + 1 child).
10 minutes walk to Galma Stan.
The breakfast is excellent (the pancakes are delicious !) and the restaurant is also a good experience : Food is excellent, friendly service and nice sofa !
We spent really good time - hope to come back soon.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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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
#3 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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