Story Hotel Riddargatan
What We Love
- Popular DJs spin in the Story Bar on weekends, and musicians perform live on Wednesdays and Thursdays
- Killer cinnamon rolls in the (free) buffet breakfast at Story Kitchen
- Limited edition prints throughout the hotel are carefully curated by Wonderwall art dealer
What To Know
- There are 12 different room types ranging from the tiny Super Squeeze to the expansive Attic
- First-floor rooms (called “Music”) get their fair share of noise from the Bar
- You check in and out online; there’s no real front desk, but Macs in the lobby facilitate the process
- Free WiFi
The décor of the 83 rooms in this 1938 building is inspired by “urban New York restaurants and bohemian Paris hotels” according to the hotel, but the vibe is totally Stockholm, from the bands and DJs who keep the Story Bar full of hip locals to the regionally sourced Swedish cuisine in the Story Kitchen down to the toiletries in the bathrooms from cult favorite FACE Stockholm. Staying here feels like crashing in your cool Swedish friend’s apartment—if he or she happened to live in one of Stockholm’s ritziest neighborhoods, and had a full-service restaurant, bar and backyard patio in at pad.
In the Area
Locals flock to Stureplan for two of Stockholm’s greatest pleasures: the shopping (Swedish staples Acne, J Lindeberg and Filippa K are all a stone’s throw away) and the food (people rave about Strandvagen 1 and lisapatorget, as well as the traditional Saluhall food hall). But tourists appreciate that it’s also conveniently located to stroll to the Old Town, or take a fifteen-minute walk along the river to Djurgarden and its museums. And if you’re more interested in music than meals, you don’t even have to leave the hotel, just wander down to the bar where DJs spin until the wee hours on weekends.
How to Get There
very easy check-in/out and full breakfast at your convenience with plenty of choice! room was big (lucky for us we got the room for handicapped), clean and very nicely decorated. The concept is great! 1min from metro, 10 min walk from old town, 5min walk to the sea where you can catch cruise boats.
We spent two nights at the Story hotel and we were highly disappointed when we found out that the room we got was extremely small (it could barely fit the bed), completely covered by dark carpet and not very clean. In addition, during our stay temperatures were pretty high (around 30 degrees C) and the room had no AC (even though in Sweden it seems to be common, and we understand it given the average low temperatures) so we had to sleep with the open window and we were still hot.
The issue is that when we saw pics of other rooms at the Story hotel on TripAdvisor before booking it, most of them were pretty large and had parquet floors, while ours was small, dark, black carpet all over the floor and it was not even well cleaned. The latter is an important point: there was visible dust on top of the TV and on top of the piece of furniture hosting the mini bar and the safe. We are really not so picky usually but we really could see the dust, which should not be acceptable (especially when you spend 200€ a night on a hotel room - which is an ok budget when traveling in Europe!). We told about the dust to the hotel management and invited the guy at the reception to inspect our room. He came and he agreed that our room was not properly cleaned and apologized, yet nothing was done in this respect. We left 2 days later with the same dusty furniture. In addition, after the first night they didn’t even replace the towels we left on the bathroom floors.
Overall a very unpleasant experience (the worst we had in a 4 stars hotel to be honest). The location is very good and the decor is original and artsy with a lot of potential. Perhaps our standard room was not the best choice and we should have reserved a better one. BUT there is no excuse for the lack of cleanliness after having notified the management. Overall the Story hotel looked to me closer to a hostel in terms of rooms and services and I really do not think it’s worth the 4 stars (3 at the best!).
Although this hotel was ideally located for the City Centre and all the tourists spots, we would not stay there again. The reason being is that it was simply not our style and would maybe appeal to the younger market -The public areas were very dark inside, dark walls, dark flooring, very little lights - although the room was bright, but no tea/coffee facilities in your room although you could order from room service, bit of a pain if like me you often wake during the night and want a cup of tea. The staff were friendly enough though. It just felt to me gloomy, I went with my 30 year old daughter and she loved the darkness.
This is a small, centrally located hotel that offers great value for staying there. The rooms are nicely appointed , clean, and well maintained. The breakfast included is better than one should expect. The staff are wonderful—as friendly and helpful as you can imagine. The manager happened to handle our discharge and was so nice and informative that there is no wonder the culture is so charming and the facility so inviting. We recommend this hotel without qualification.
The elevator is so tiny that it doesn’t fit a stroller, not even if you fold it. The website implies it’s wheelchair accessible and that is has an elevator. They should have specified it’s a 1-2 person tiny elevator and when a mother travels with a baby she can’t leave the kid and the luggage in the lobby while she folds up the stroller so it fits in the elevator. Also there is no air conditioning. With 30 degrees Celsius or 95 degrees Fahrenheit there is no way to cool down. Nice people but never again.