Clarion Hotel Amaranten
What We Love
- A central Stockholm hotel in the stylish Kungsholmen island-borough, with breakfast and moreStaying on Stockholm's ultra-cool island of Kungsholmen, in the heart of all the action
- Starting the day with a typical Swedish smorgasbord buffet breakfast
- Exploring the ancient buildings and pretty waterfronts of the Old Town
What To Know
- Some guestrooms are currently undergoing rennovation
- Great WiFi throughout
- Only a 10-minute walk from Stockholm Central Station
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Stockholm is arguably Scandinavia’s sleekest city, and it’s only growing ever more hip as it continues to produce trendsetting fashions and cutting-edge design. When the sun is shining, its terracotta-roofed buildings stand sandwiched between the azure blues of the sea and sky, making for a picturesque tableau of charming sights that defines this uber-cool center of style.
At Clarion Amaranten Hotel, you’ll be staying at a peaceful yet central location in the city’s hip island-borough of Kungsholmen. The property plays off the area’s stylish theme, with modern, design-centric interiors that emphasize a playful twist on the form-over-function aesthetic.
Whether you spend your time navigating the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town, searching for keepsakes at the boutique shops that line Sodermalm’s streets or exploring the 24,000 islands that make up the city’s impressive archipelago, you’ll soon agree that this is a destination that belongs on any traveler’s bucket list.
The hotel’s rooms are modern in design, staying true to Scandinavian interior fashions, while incorporating a bit of flare through bright accent colors. Wooden floors and floor-to-ceiling windows complete the casual, contemporary vibe. Superior rooms are larger than Standard accommodations.
The on-site restaurant adopts the hotel’s modern yet fun design to create a casual and stylish space. Enjoy a menu of international cuisine alongside an excellent wine list. A sumptuous, Swedish buffet breakfast is served daily at Kitchen & Table.
Clarion Amaranten’s wellness facilities include a fitness center, as well as an in-house massage therapist to help you relax and work away any tensions. An indoor swimming pool and sauna and sauna were added in 2014.
Clarion Amaranten is located on the island of Kungsholmen, just a seven-minute walk from Stockholm City Hall and Stockholm Central Station. The nearest Metro station of Radhuset is just moments from the hotel’s door – Stockholm locations don’t get more central than this.
How to Get There
This hotel might be OK to stay in for one night (if you’re under 25), but I wouldn’t recommend using it for business. The rooms are VERY small and smell really bad (stale smoke).
The bathroom was so small that if you wanted to you could shower while you were on the loo. The bathroom also smelt of sewage. I felt dirty the whole time I was there. Pretty poor for a ‘congress hotel’.
The breakfast was also lack lustre and there were few choices for vegetarians.
I stayed at the Clarion Amaranten for three weeks in 2019, over two separate visits, for work. Neither stay was great, and I would not stay here again when in Stockholm, if it was up to me. Issues:
* This hotel often hosts big tour group and cruise ship passengers that come in on big buses, so the lobby can be crowded and loud. Sometimes, checking in or even just speaking with someone at the desk can be a long endeavor.
* The hallways smell. I couldn't put my finger on the aroma, but it wasn't pleasant.
* The rooms are not air conditioned. This was a problem in both the winter and the summer. At both times of year, it was hot and stuffy in my room and the window had to be propped open to get some air. I had to leave my window open all night *in February in Sweden* so it wouldn't be scorching in my room -- just let that sink in for a minute. In August, the situation was more dire. I asked for a fan almost immediately, but even with all the windows open and a fan in front of them, it was too hot to sleep some nights. And then, all that air blowing in gave me a scratchy throat. Ugh.
* What is with housekeeping? I returned to my room after being gone for 9 hours on the first day to find that the room hadn't been cleaned. I figured it wasn't a big deal-- I keep things neat anyway. The second day, the room was cleaned, but they had stripped it of all towels. Even the hand towels! I called down to the front desk but the phone just rang and rang. 15 minutes later, I decided to walk down there. It was an absolute zoo, with lines of people trying to check in, so I came back up. Finally got through on the phone and had towels delivered an hour after arriving back at my room. The third day, they left just one towel. Every day, I wondered if there would be towels. It was strange.
* The wifi is terrible. The signal went in and out constantly, and was never strong enough to upload photos or stream video.
* The hair dryer is also terrible. Stockholm is wet and humid. The tiny, bargain basement half-strength hair dryers do not do a thing. Every day, I would struggle to get my hair dry, and it always just ended up a frizzy mess. I've honestly never encountered hair dryers this poor in any hotel ever. I did ask the front desk if they had any real hair dryers to lend out, but they did not.
Two stars for the location, which was pretty convenient, and the restaurant & bar, which were staffed by the nicest people and served really good food.
On floor 3 there was a faint smell of piss, a smell that got a lot stronger in the rooms toilett. The bad impression continued with a cracked basin and long black hairs clearly visible in different places. In the room itself there was old stains visible on the curtains and carpets.
There was no a/c but instead a sort of temperature regulator. I dont know if that worked at all, i didnt feel any noticeable temperature change a few hours after i tried to lower the temperature.
The size of the twin bed room and bathroom was adequate.
The breakfast was ok with a range of bread, cereals, fruits, bacon and egg. Not particularly good or bad. I was somehow expecting something more.