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Kastellet Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Vaxholm B&B and Inns
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

We had a three-day, two-night stay in Stockholm and decided to stay at the Kastellet B&B since they appeared one of the best options for three adults in a room (couple with adult daughter). When making the booking I did not realize that it was some distance from the city center. Still, the commute from the central station is easy and fun. In just an hour you go by metro, bus, and boat to a genuine fortress occupying the whole of a small island. The bedrooms were old cannon housing rooms. The windows look out on beautiful sunsets. This is clearly a personally run B&B and is very friendly. Breakfast features homemade breads taken straight from the oven.

We traveled into Stockholm central each day - a pleasant trip and no bother. Each evening we looked forward to getting out of the city and back to our quiet island retreat. In the end we felt as if we had two holidays for the price of one (both time and money). We had a city vacation and a rural waterfront vacation. How could you beat that for value?!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Excellent B&B in a real fortress. The setting is unique and can only be highly recommended. Try also the excellent restaurant at the fortress.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

The sorroundings are really beautiful and spending the night in a castle is quite impressive (there was even an armour in the corridor!). We were four friends and rented a triple room with an extra bed, which was perfectly OK for a couple of nights. The room was really clean and beautiful. The whole B&B is clean and so nicely decorated. The buffet breakfast was really good, both in quantity, quality and variety. If you are lucky as we were, you can have it outside in the terrace.

The only flaws is that you need to take a ferry from Vaxholm to get to the kastelet (free of charge but with limited times, as the last one is arround 6pm), otherwise, take a boat-taxi. And it took as a while one night -it was quite late indeed, like 1.30am- to find out how to get one. If you plan to have dinner in Vaxholm and returning late, plan your way back ahead and have the taxi booked in advance or at least, the phone number at hand!).

We really enjoyed our stay there and would go back without a doubt. We strongly recommend it. Ideal for couples on a romantic stay or for family with kids (the castle is also a museum of battle arms) who will spend the day outside and return at more standard times than we did.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

THe location is great - a short ferry ride from Vaxholm. However be careful when you take the ferry as it was only free from 11am to 5pm out of those hours you either have to pay about 80 for the trip ,or book a boat taxi from reception which can be much chaper depending on the number of people taking it. THere is no food on the castle island, we just bought some food on the mainland and ate it in the very pleasant grounds of the castle. THe 3 person rooms ( 3 single beds) for a couple are beautiful, they face the water and look out over the water and are huge with lovely period features. The 2 bedroom rooms were however much less spectacular, they were very small rooms with 2 single beds - which can be also pushed together as with the 3 bedroom rooms. The 2 bedroom rooms are all on the back and face the interior courtyard. They are clean and functional. Bathrooms and toilets are shared - they were also clean and well maintained. Breakfast was lovely and there was plenty to eat !

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

Stayed with wife and 3 month old baby for 4 nights in august as a base to explore the archipelago. Wanted to be close to roads in case something went awry with the baby. Chose this hotel/b&b because vaxholm hotel had fairly negative reviews trip advisor reviews. It really was a great set up. The 2 women hosts were great. We were able to boil water in the kitchen to sterilize baby bottles. The bathroom situation is fine. There is institutional type soap dispensers forbthe shower and for the bathroom sink. The single beds in the room are fine, even though the are a little worn/soft. The fortress is a stones throw from vaxholm. Off hour water taxis are expesive, so try to take the free tourist taxis or the scheduled ferries, which run until 10pm in the summer. EThe breakfasts were really good, typical Swedish, bread, cheese, boiled egg, cereal. The kitchen was a little buggy with fruit flies, but probably can't be helped in the summer. it is a little hike over gravel uphill to get to the entrance. The vibe of the place is a bit like a hostel, but there aren't rowdy backpackers. A mix of families, couples, and backpackers. It seems to work. I liked the mix. As I said the hosts were really good and accommodating. Would like to go back, especially if there were big beds that I could share with my wife.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2011

We arrived at Kastellet after a busy conference in Stockholm and we were in need of rest and relaxation. Kastellet was perfect, Ewa and Lotta, the Inn's mother and daughter proprietors, were gracious and helpful.
Built in 1600, the bed and breakfast is located in a castle/fortress on an archipelago island next to Vaxholm. Our very clean and quiet room had vaulted ceilings with a view of the sea.
I didn't know what to expect from the shared toilet/bath rooms, but I was pleasantly surprised. There were four or five toilet/bath rooms, each room containing a shower, sink and toilet, they were clean and well maintained. Breakfast was served in the kitchen and was a continental breakfast with meats, bread, cheese, yogourt, museli and boiled eggs, simple but filling.
After a restful nights sleep, we explored the nooks and crannies of the fortress, even climbing the fortress tower for view of the archipelago. I hope someday that we can return.
To get to the island from Stockholm you take the Waxholmsbolgalet, Line 4A to Kastelet. Line 4 will also take you from Kastelet to Vaxholm, where we ate dinner.
The castle is located at the top of the fortress hill, so it is a bit of a climb over gravel paths. My impression is that Ewa and Lotta would help with your luggage, just ask when you make your reservation. Enjoy your stay. Sue

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kastellet Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1 Kastellet, Vaxholm 185 99, Sweden
Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Vaxholm
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Vaxholm
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kastellet Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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