First Hotel Reisen
What We Love
- Eclectic style on Stockholm's pretty waterfront, with breakfast included
- Staying within an easy stroll of most of Stockholm’s top attractions
- Introducing our taste buds to some delicious Swedish classics in Restaurant Reisen
- Stretching out and discovering why Swedish massages are world-renowned in the gorgeous spa
What To Know
- Guestrooms can get noisy
- Air-conditioning can be spotty
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Set right on the waterfront near Stockholm’s top attractions, the 18th-century First Hotel Reisen blends classic maritime features with sleek Swedish design. The lobby pays homage to city chic, with designer good looks and a dramatic monochrome colour scheme, and the sophisticated bedrooms have polished wooden floors, creamy sunlit walls and exposed brickwork.
After heading off on foot to take in the city’s hip boutiques, renowned restaurants and beautiful sights, you’ll be able to cosy up on fireside leather sofas in the library, or soothe your aches and pains with a sauna or Swedish massage beneath the arches of the 17th-century vault spa.
If you’re not familiar with the country’s cuisine, this is definitely the time and place to acquaint yourself with some national foodie treasures as you gaze across Stockholm’s waterfront with a cocktail in hand. The hotel bar has been singled out by the national press as one of the Swedish capital’s top places to see and be seen.
There’s nothing ordinary about the cosy Standard double rooms, overlooking Stockholm’s famous Old Town and featuring exposed brick walls, dark floorboards, traditional wooden desks and plush armchairs. Superior room offer views over the waterfront, whilst Suites boast views over the waterfront or the city, a large living room area and a spacious en-suite bathroom.
Restaurant Reisen serves à la carte Swedish food in
a sophisticated environment with waterfront views. Sit back and enjoy
historic décor blended with sleek design, as you dine on Swedish
classics like skagen (prawns) on toast with bleak roe. After a
delicious meal, head to the Reisen Bar, as popular with locals as
it is with guests.
In keeping with the hotel’s historic setting, the lovely spa is found in a rustic double barrel vault that is actually part of Stockholm’s old city wall. The venue may date back to the 1600s, but the treatments are designed to soothe and relax the modern traveller.
Set right on the waterfront, surrounded by many of Stockholm’s attractions, the hotel’s fantastic location is perfect for those who like to explore a city on foot. The Royal Palace is a mere six-minute walk away, and you can walk to the Vasa Museum, the contemporary photography gallery Fotografiska, City Hall, Moderna Museet and Abba The Museum (you know you want to) in under half an hour.
How to Get There
We booked this hotel because of its great location and reasonable rates. The hotel was an older hotel, but clean and well maintained. The room was comfortable and a reasonable size. Air conditioning was not common for hotels in Stockholm, so we had an electric fan in the room, that was effective. It was 30 degrees C when we first arrived, but the fan cooled our room just fine. The hotel had a nice restaurant, where we dined one evening and an excellent buffet breakfast. We would stay in the hotel again if we visited Stockholm again.
This hotel was one of the poorest hotels I have ever stayed. The price was almost 200 EUR per day, and even you do not have a water in your room. Mini bar is completely empty. The sink is completely bloqued. I called the reception to change my room. They agreed on that. The rooms which have been proposed, were even worst. I was really dissappointed. The pictures in the internet, had nothing to do with realities. Everything was very old. Anyway, I will not go back to any of this hotels of this group and I do not propose this hotel to anyone.
The hotel was in a great location with lovely views. Staff were friendly, and my room comfortable (but small and dark).
A Good breakfast buffet
I would happily stay again for a short trip but wouldn’t want to be here for a longer holiday.
We enjoyed three nights here, admiring the view, savoring the breakfasts, and appreciating the service, which was exemplary. As an example, when we came down to check out at 5:45 in the morning the desk clerk knew we were coming and was ready with takeaway breakfasts for the cab ride to the airport, including freshly brewed coffee.
Our standard room with harbor view was on the top floor, small, with a slanting ceiling and a dormer window, but very comfortable, quiet, and clean. The view is definitely worth paying for.
We stayed 3 nights at the end of our cruise so the rooms did not seem small at all! There is no a/c (not surprising), but it was very warm and they brought us a fan within minutes of asking. The breakfast buffet has a wide variety to choose from and everything I had was very good. The location is a perfect base for exploring Old Town, with lots of shopping and dining withing a few minutes walk. We had a room overlooking the water (and therefore the street) so it was a little noisy on Saturday night, but the other nights were fine. The sun does rise at 3:30am and the hotel faces east, so keep that in mind if you like to sleep in.