Single room 1 night.
The pros: Location, situated near Karlaplan subway station, the hotel is located in a back street of one of Stockholm's more upmarket inner city suburbs Östermalm. As such you can have a quiet nights sleep and still be within walking distance of the crowds.
The room itself was neat and tidy adhering to a boutique style with lots of brass fixings, gilded mirrors, leather headboard and nicely framed paintings. Included in the booking, complementary wifi and a decent breakfast buffet. Basic features of the room include, a wall mounted tv, writing desk, tea and coffee making facilities, and a surprisingly comfortable bed, big enough to easily accommodate my 195cm frame. Not much of a view from my window but the window is big and the thick curtins are a nice touch. A small en-suite bathroom (shower/toilet/sink) with towels, hair-dryer and shampoo/soap provided.
The cons: It's a single room as such you expect it to be on the small side, L shaped around the bathroom 2m by 3.5m where the bed is located. The desk and bedside tables look nice but the drawers are fake and do not function. There is no minibar fridge or safe and oddly no top sheet on the bed with the covered comforter insted serving this purpose. Storage space was a problem as there simply wasn't any, no cupboard, no wardrobe, no drawers, nothing but a wall mounted rack with hangers and a belted frame on the floor for the rest. Additionally I would have liked to have seen more in the bathroom, perhaps toothpaste, a toothbrush and some other small bottles of shampoos and conditioners (who doesn't appreciate the little bottles). Parking could be a challenge, the hotel itself doesn't have any but street parking is available if you can find it. I myself parked a street away and as it was the weekend it was free. The price was a little bit hefty for what you get but I gather this is more due to the fact Stockholm is an expensive city and the actual location of the hotel in Östermalm than the Hotel being greedy or trying to punch above its weight.
I'd recommend Best Western Karlaplan for a single nights stay if you are after a quick, quiet and comfortable nights sleep, close to the city. But if you are considering an extended stay or want something more cosmopolitan then I would suggest looking elsewhere and paying a bit more.
HotelKarlaplan, Manager at Best Western Hotel Karlaplan, responded to this review
Thank you very much for taking your time and sharing such a well written review. I appreciate your comments as they are important in my work. I am glad you enjoyed a quiet and comfortable sleep. Regarding toothpaste and toothbrush that is available at the front desk but I can understand why someone would want the little bottles. Your analys of the price is spot on as Stockholm is an expensive city and especially when looking into hotel rates.
I do hope you will have the chance to come back to us again in the future and perhaps try our larger rooms. Welcome back!