My wife, 2 kids (ages 7 and 10) and I had a 4-night stay in this conference hotel in Alvsjö, using it as a base to explore Stockholm. The hotel itself is about a 5 minute walk (rather steep incline) from the Alvsjö station, and there is a roof over most of the path which helps when it rains. Trains into and out of Stockholm ran very frequently. I think it took about 10 min from the Alvsjö stop to Centralen. Things worked out very well for us because the hotel is very large and was more-or-less empty, I guess because the summer season had begun. They had even gone so far as to set up entertainment for kids in some of the conference space -- there were lots of toys, playhouses, and a movie "theater" e t c, and even a floor hockey court. The hotel itself changed names from Rica Talk to Scandic Talk on the second day of our stay. We awoke to have a mini-helicopter outside our window lifting the gigantic Scandic sign onto the roof. Never seen anything like that before. We stayed on the 9th floor (high-speed passcard-secured elevators) against the busy street, but we were high enough up that the road noise was not an issue. In fact, the hotel is "lined" with plexiglass walls outside the normal walls like a shell, which I think helps with the road noise. The room itself was very tight for the 4 of us. A bit too tight. We has anticipated a larger room since we were 4, but they just tossed a couple of extra beds into it. So one had to climb over beds continuously. The room was tired but clean; however, there was a positive airflow into our bathroom from elsewhere in the hotel which resulted in an unpleasant smell. There was also a strange clouded "window" between the room itself and the bathroom so that if you turned on the light in the bathroom at night, you woke everyone up. I guess the idea was to let light into the bathroom -- had never seen that before. The room boasted a first-generation flat screen TV mounted on the wall to which a laptop could not be connected. Wifi was free and worked reasonably well, but you had to renew every 24 hours. There was a safe for valuables in the room. The hallway was carpeted which reduced the noise from passers-by. There were even some working ice machines on certain of the floors, which was unusual I thought. We also thought the breakfast was pretty comprehensive and really quite satisfactory. The variation was such that one could choose a different breakfast "theme" for each of the 4 days. There was also a lower service table just for kids so that they could pick and choose for themselves. There was also a pub and I guess a smaller evening kitchen connected to it. Other than that, dining choices in the area were rather few. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised and would certainly consider staying here again. That said, I can imagine that the atmosphere is quite a bit different when conference season is underway and the place is packed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at Scandic Talk in Stockholm - the perfect hotel for meetings as well as for families. Stockholm city is only 10 minutes away by train or car.Hotel Scandic Talk is located right next to Stockholmsmässan in Alvsjo, and Stockholm city is easily accessible by train or car in only 10 minutes. Large green areas are in the immediate vicinity of our hotel, which invite you to enjoy outdoor activities. Scandic Talk is a modern hotel full of experiences and opportunities for relaxation, for those here on business as well as those travelling with family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rica Talk Stockholm
- Hotel Rica Talk
- Scandic Talk Stockholm County/Alvsjo