Haymarket By Scandic
What We Love
- Convenience and comfort at a hotel near the train station and Stureplan, with buffet breakfastHaving daily buffet breakfast included, at no extra cost
- Learning about the hotel's history, dating back to the 1920s
- Being able to walk to Stureplan and the train station
What To Know
- This design hotel has funky art-deco style and jazz music
- Have a meal at Paul's brasserie or Gretas cafe
- Steps from the central station
For grown-up Twenties glamour and floor-to-ceiling Art Deco design, Haymarket by Scandic hotel has fast become one of the coolest sleeps in Stockholm since opening in May 2016. Housed in the historic 1916 Paul Urbanus Bergström PUB building (the former department store where Swedish actress Greta Garbo once worked as a millinery assistant), it has made headlines for its top-notch service, plush décor, boutique vibe,and overall nostalgic appeal.
Days here can be spent getting clued up on Sweden’s most famous musical export at ABBA: The Museum, gorging on artworks by Matisse and Picasso at the Moderna Musee, getting to grips with the city’s unique island layout on a boat tour, and braving a dip at the Långholmen Pontoon. Post-sightseeing, head back to this divine hotel to choose from three very different on-site dining experiences in the brasserie, bistro-café and cocktail bar.
All of the 409 rooms and suites assure state-of-the-art comfort and true-to-style period furnishings, from the comfortable queen-size beds and beautiful bathrooms to the modern amenities. For the fitness fanatics among you, there’s a fabulous gym with high-tech exercise machines and a free-to-borrow bike service should you muster up the energy to peddle your way through the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea.
How to Get There
We had been impressen when stepping in the hotel. The music from the american 1920's, subdued lightning, crowded open bar serving bubbles and cocktails - that looked great. However, the check-in experience had been poor, since only one manager served the front desk and we had to wait for some 7 minuted while she finishes her conversation with other guest. None had been asked to come to the front desk to take care of waiting guests. The check-in process itself went quickly, but the front desk lady forgot to tell us how to connect to Wi-Fi, thus we had to come back to ask.
The room was very basic with dumpy interiors and unfortunatey not very clean. The chairwas all dusty with someone's hair on the seating. The bed was comfortable, while the pillows were so big we had to sleep without them at all.
Despite it was hot outside the temperature at the room was very comfortable.
The best part of the room was bathroom - with heated floor, very well decorated, enjoying kind of mural on the wall.
We had been disappointed with the breakfast. The selection and the quaity were good, but there are so many people at the restaurant that the staff fails to clean the property properly.
This was a fabulous hotel, in a great location close to Gamla Stan attractions. Room was spacious, clean with great amenities, comfortable large bed and a wonderful buffet breakfast. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Stayed at Haymarket with my little sister. We had a great time there. The room was a little dirty on the floor when we checked in, but nothing else to complain about. We had a room with no windows and I strongly regretted that. The hotel was very nice and was very cool. Felt like living in a movie.
Having stayed in one of Scandic’s hotel’s in Oslo, this was a surprise. Rather than the compact but highly functional Scandinavian minimalism we were expecting (which is fine), Haymarket bordered on the deluxe.
It is ideally located: in a pleasant square 10 minutes easy walk from Stockholm’s Central train station and its airport transport, but well away from the traffic hell that surrounds it. Old Gamla Stan town, with the Royal Palace, and the terminals for the tour boats and ferries are only a little further on foot. It’s also in a good shopping area and very close by the pedestrianised Drottning.
Haymarket by Scandic is Roaring 20s / jazz age themed, with swing music from the 1920s and 30s playing constantly and decor to match. The foyer is large, bustling and welcoming with a bistro one side and a bar/public lounge on the other. Look out for the huge old movie projector just inside the front door.
Our room (one grade above standard) was a very generous size, clean and well planned. We overlooked the Haymarket square and its various markets (flowers then a flea market when we were there). To my relief, the double, possibly triple glazing was fully effective at blocking out all noise. Blackout curtains were equally effective at keeping the room dark from high summer sunrise at around 3:30 am to sensible wake up time.
The room was clean, the bed (two singles bolted together) large and pleasantly firm without being hard. Facilities included tea and coffee, a lightly stocked mini-bar/fridge, an in-room safe deposit box and iron and ironing board.
The bathroom was also large and the shower excellent, offering separate body lotion, shampoo and conditioner plus hairdryer. This room was disabled-friendly and full credit to the front of house staff who responded within moments of my wife accidentally pulling the emergency cord by the toilet (hoping it was a drying line she could use for her ‘smalls’!). Another feature we appreciated was the solid handle in the shower - something every shower should have.
Breakfast was excellent with a wide selection including hot dishes. The one dinner we took in the bistro was very good too, although the menu is somewhat limited.
All in all, Haymarket on Scandic proved a very pleasant surprise that really added to our enjoyment of Stockholm.
Random tips for travellers – Sweden seems to be becoming a ‘cashless society’: a number of places we went only took cards. Also, supermarkets in Sweden don’t sell beer/wine. If you want to avoid the relatively high prices in restaurants and bars, you have to find an approved outlet or stock up at Duty Free before you come
A poor start with a great end. Despite asking ahead for early check in after a 24 hour flight, no room. Promised to call us when it comes available. We left the bags and spent the day sight seeing. The room was modern with a quality bathroom. Very comfortable. The hotel sits on the site of the old Haymarket with a square out front which hosts daily markets. Fruit and veggies - flowers and on Sunday it was a bric a brac where I bought some CDs.. on the opposite side of the square is the Town Hall where the annual Noble prizes are awarded. The hotel is about a 5 minute walk to the central station and about 15 minutes to the old town. Breakfast was delicious and generous. One of the best we've enjoyed. Will definitely return to this hotel when next in Stockholm Great value and location.