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
Overall, I was satisfied with the hotel. Located on Gamla Stan, it's convenient to many sites of interest to tourists. I went in November so there were no hordes of tourists to deal with.
It's easily accessible from the Central Station. I walked there directly, although you can get there by a combination of bus and/or metro and walking. Word of advice if you rely on Apple Maps to plot your walking route from the train station: ignore any route that doesn't place you on Norrbro/Slottskajen/Skeppsbron.
The ferry is a 5 minute walk from the hotel, giving you easy access to the Vasa Museum. The palace is just up the street and it's maybe a 10 minute walk to get to Kungstradgarden.
* There's no telephone in the room, which means you can't call down to the front desk when you require assistance. Very inconvenient and quite incredible. I had to call the hotel on my cellphone to get assistance.
* There isn't a dresser for storing clothes so you have to move/remove many items from the shelves to make room for clothes.
* The shower, an enclosed glass square with a flexible door, was way too small. You have to leave the door open to gain some maneuvering room in the shower.
* The bar area could be improved. Zero ambiance, spotty staffing.
Let me first clarify that my review is from the vantage of a global traveller for whom soon services are considered to be basic in a 4 or 5 star hotel. My review rating is a consequence of not finding these.
My initial room was small, so small that I could not open a standard size suitcase. It overlooked the wall of the neighbouring building My second room, on request to the conference organisers, was slightly bigger, again overlooked a wall and was badly designed. There was a single sofa on each side of the bed Both rooms had no wardrobes and a tiny open area with a clothesrail and 3 or 4 hangers. There was a huge sauna in the second room which seemed to me to be a complete waste of space given the lack of basics but then maybe it’s a Scandinavian priority. There were no double beds just two joined up singles which is not up to global standards The first room did not even have a kettle, the second did with some basic powdered coffee and some tea. This is inadequate for reasons below:
The hotel has a restaurant which served an excellent breakfast (though is short of sitting space meaning a longish morning wait) but then closed till lunch and the. then closed till 4 pm This means the hotel has no food and beverage offering not even a cup of coffee in the intervening hours (I’m toldthe restaurant opens for lunch but this was certainly not the case on November 30 which meant there was nothing to be had in the hotel to eat or drink from 1030 am to 4 pm) on a freezing rainy windy Scandinavian winter day!) And yes the hotel has no room service. Forget 24 hours. No room service at all.
There also seemed to be no concierge. Reception staff were efficient and brisk but there is no one to help with bags ie no bell desk or doorman. Food and drink at the restaurant are unreasonably expensive even by Sweden prices I do not think I have ever bought a packet of potato crisps (chips in a bag) for 9 US dollars anywhere else in Scandinavia.
Now many of the things I missed- room service, availability of a cup of coffee during the day, lack of luggage space, lack of a bell desk.- may not be part of the local package for a hotel Instead it is quite possible that a large sauna in a cramped bedroom is a priority in Scandinavia. Hence I’m stressing that my review is for global travellers With this in mind I recommend staying in a global chain hotel. Some conference colleagues stayed at the Sheraton and told me that it had all the amenities of a modern global hotel. Conference organisers paid the sane price for both hotels.
My husband and I spent four nights at this hotel. We had an easy check-in and our room was located on the first floor. We had a nice sized queen bed room with a large bathroom and shower. It was clean and quiet. They provided a refrigerator in the room as well. With our booking, we had the breakfast buffet included. It was a very nice buffet with hot options and cold options, pastries, and fruits. The hotel itself is very nice. It was decorated for Christmas and it had a nice cozy feel to the lobby with a nice sitting area with a library. The hotel is located in Gamla Stan overlooking the water. It is right up the block from the Royal Palace. It is walking distance to the National Museum as well as other sites in Gamla Stan. We had a very pleasant stay here.
Booked this hotel for a one-night business trip with colleague, mainly due to its location in the old part of Stockholm. Immediate impression on entering hotel room was that it was very small. As in, the bed took up most of the floorspace. And the bathroom was tiny - to the point where you need to step out of the bathroom in order to lay down the bathmat. But... the experience got better. The bed turned out to be one of the comfiest I have experienced, with pillows of the right plumpness. The view over the harbour was pretty good, and breakfast the next morning was enhanced by two perfectly-cooked soft-boiled eggs. (Unlike my experience the previous week in a certain Hilton hotel, where their allegedly soft-boiled eggs could have been attached to a mortar shell and weaponized). All in all, I'd be happy to stay here again.
The best thing about this hotel is the location and the outstanding breakfast. The food is amazing, fresh, with lots of choices. I rate this 5.
There is a subterranean pool and sauna down a steep stairway in the hotel basement that is strangly fascinating. The sauna was so hot, jewelry instantly burned the skin! Rate it 3.
There are area’s of the hotel that are dusty and appear to be unused. Its a bit labyrinthine.
We received a very ugly outdated room with dingy and stained furniture and a old mattress with out foundation. I was traumatized just looking at this room. I rate this room -5!
After making a complaint, we were moved to a clean but unfinished room, with a real mattress with foundation. Rate 2
The rooms are extremely tiny and there is no where to put your clothes. Not a single drawer and one tinie tiny shelf. The bathrooms are also tiny.
Our last day, we were upgraded to a nice newly renovated room with comfy bed, private sauna, seating area and large bath. Still no storage for your clothes though. I give it 4.