More organic vegetables on sale at Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm.
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Having recently reviewed the new flagship Clarion hotel in our home town of Trondheim – and not being overly convinced it was a resounding success, at least yet – I decided it was time to include a review of one of the brand’s Swedish properties. The Clarion Hotel Stockholm is a large hotel a couple of metro stops from the centre of town, so a little more convenient in terms of locations than the previous hotel we stayed at, the Best Western Time Hotel.
But you loved that place, right?
Yes, so this hotel had rather a hard act to follow. Having said that, my criteria for the stay were a little different so let’s see how it shapes up.
Can’t wait! I wonder if we’re looking at another 6/6 for the Swedish capital?
Well I guess you’ll just have to read on and find out…
Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98, Stockholm 10460, Sweden. Tel: +46 8 462 1000
Four stars (unofficial rating as Norway does not use the international star system). Opened 2003, 532 rooms over 8 floors.
Location, location, location?
The hotel is right next to the metro station at Skanstull, which is the fourth stop after the Central station. The airport express has its own platform at the Central Station and crossing to the regular metro for the journey south to the hotel involves quite a walk; worth remembering if you’re heavily loaded. It could be worth getting a taxi instead…
Image (c) petermakela.com
The hotel is built right on top of a motorway tunnel, as this view from an upper floor shows. However, you’ll not notice any noise at all as it’s evidently well sound-proofed.
What about parking?
Parking is naturally extremely expensive in Stockholm but if you wish to make use of the hotel’s secure facility you can do so for rates of SEK 310 and up.
Why choose this place?
This time I was travelling with my wife and daughter in the middle of the summer holidays. So our search criteria were for a quiet but central location with an extra bed in the room, for a reasonable price. The Clarion Hotel Stockholm delivered on these counts.
Image (c) Clarion Hotel Stockholm
There are four types of room and two types of suite. We had a standard room, which was cramped with the extra bed even though this seemed to be a permanent feature. We never really decided whether Rebecca was supposed to sleep on the sofa part, just use the mattress or sleep in the ‘drawer’ arrangement which was just big enough. She thought the drawer option was fun so used that – a proper extra bed would have been a better option but I guess we can’t complain as there was no extra charge for what we had. Room features were as follows: LCD flat-screen TV, writing desk with chair, mini-bar, iron, telephone, wireless internet.
Image (c) Andy Higgs
The double bed was large and very comfortable, which is a major plus.
Oddly enough, again there were carpets which while clean, are never as nice as wooden floors. Or is it just me?
Image (c) Tim Hulsen and Miaomiao Zhou
About half the rooms have a bath and half just a shower – ours was one of the latter but you can see one of the former above. The bathroom was small but well designed, modern and light. As in Trondheim, rather than the usual individual bottles of shampoo, conditioner et. al. there was a dispenser by the washbasin and in the shower. These were filled with some sort of own-brand all-in-one gel which is okay (and better for the environment) but probably not the best for your hair. As usual the shower door failed to keep water forming on the floor.
Free internet I hope?
Yes, free to guests who use their room number and surname to get online. You can access the internet via a PC and a smartphone simultaneously without any issues. The service worked fine in all areas of the hotel as far as I could tell.
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