I have mixed feelings about this hotel, which certainly has many pluses. For example, I found it to be clean and well maintained with pleasant, cheery, public spaces. Each morning, I looked forward to... more
I have mixed feelings about this hotel, which certainly has many pluses. For example, I found it to be clean and well maintained with pleasant, cheery, public spaces. Each morning, I looked forward to the outstanding breakfast buffet (included in the room rate) with its vast array of offerings, from delicious smoothies to a table devoted to ingredients for a build-your-own Swedish open sandwich. Staff, from Housekeeping to Reception, were friendly and helpful. Though not Downtown, its location in the lovely Vasastan neighborhood is just a 10-minute walk to Odenplan, which has a metro station and stops for many bus routes. It took me about 8 minutes to get from Odenplan to the Old Town by metro. Many restaurants, including the very popular (and excellent) Tranan, stand nearby. We took the reasonably priced Flygbussarna bus service from the airport and got off at the Norra Stationsgatan stop. From there, it took us about 10 minutes to walk to the hotel and we returned to the airport the same way.
There were, however, many drawbacks to our room that became somewhat annoying during our 8-night stay. For example, the beds did not give the support that we are accustomed to. After a few nights, my husband began to experience back pain. The safe was tiny and could not accommodate some of the items that we wanted to store, such as my I-pad. There were no drawers whatsoever, which we would have appreciated during our long stay, but the closet offered a few small shelves. The closet had no door, just a black cloth to pull over the open space. A single bar extended only for a short way from the back of the closet as a place to hang clothes. This flawed design resulted in hangers holding clothes to fall to the floor when one hanger with a clothing item was removed. The bathroom's shower area was mostly open to and level with the batroom floor, resulting in water getting on the floor. But the quiet room was imnaculate, looked after well by Housekeeping, and the free wi-fi was fast and reliable.
This hotel was extremely popular with tour groups during our stay. On two occasions, so many guests came into the large breakfast room that another dining area had to be opened to accommodate them. We do not enjoy beginning our day with such a crowd. I had to wait a long time to get to our 7th-floor room whenever a tour group arrived and participants needed the elevator. Though there are two elevators here, they are narrow, small and can only comfortably handle about six passengers.
Despite what we considered to be minuses, we mostly enjoyed our stay and think that a shorter period in the hotel would have been more comfortable for us. less