Hotel Birger Jarl
What We Love
- A central stay in the Vasastaden district, with complimentary daily breakfast includedExploring the Stockholm Observatory and small antique shops on your doorstep
- The simple yet effortlessly sleek design of your modern room
- Enjoying halloumi or Norwegian fish dishes in the restaurant
- Enjoying a complimentary breakfast each day
What To Know
- Some guestrooms were renovated in winter 2015
- It's a five-minute walk to the Rådmansgatan metro station, so navigating the city is easy
- Workout buffs can head to the on-site gym
Surrounded by museums, small antique shops and music venues in Stockholm’s homely Vasastaden district, Hotel Birger Jarl offers a warm and welcoming backdrop for a hip and chic stay in the Swedish capital.
In its 271 rooms, as well as throughout its communal spaces, the hotel features suitably Scandinavian stylings – combinations of wood, cream-toned fabrics and minimalist decorative statements. Those looking to keep fit can work out in the gym, before enjoying an à la carte dinner in the Restaurant and a cocktail or coffee in the bar.
On your doorstep you’ll find the intriguingly designed Stadsbiblioteket library, Stockholm Observatory and Vasaparken park. Elsewhere across the capital’s 14 islands, sights you shouldn’t miss include the Moderna Museet’s vast art collection, the Royal Swedish Opera, the expansive Hagaparken and the island of Långholmen – where you can enjoy ice-cream and a spot of bathing on warm days. To top it all off, you’ll be but a five-minute walk from Rådmansgatan metro station.
How to Get There
Stay somewhere else. This is an average 2 star hotel that would like to be a three star, but it’s not. The rooms are small,somewhat noisy, and nothing special. Problematically the heat is centrally controlled so it doesn’t matter if you turn the room temperature up higher, you’re still going to be cold when it’s cold outside. They did offer an extra blanket. It didn’t help enough. The bathroom sink was very low flow, and water vacillated between hot and cold. (room 503) The shower water however was consistently hot. Good breakfast; nice enough gym on property, though empty coffee cups, drinks and weights left laying around distracted from the experience. The hotel Wi-Fi generated an amazing amount of spam. Decent filtering would be much appreciated.
The real disaster here was checking in. I needed to get a Sim card so I could use an unlocked iPhone while I’m traveling extensively in Europe. I was told there’d be no problem doing that. I was sent to the 7-Eleven. No, you cannot buy a Sim card at the 7-Eleven. I was sent to a total of six places. It seems completely inexcusable to me that a hotel in a tourist part of town does not have this kind of basic information at hand. I can’t believe I’m the first person that ever asked about this. Worse, I am physically handicapped and it is excruciatingly painful to walk. I returned to the hotel several hours later in great pain, unable to walk, and very upset with the desk personnel and management for not understanding the concept of buying a Sim card for a US phone. They didn’t listen to the problem as stated (I know it’s hard to get Sim cards for US phones; why didn’t they?) or maybe they just didn’t care. One of the people behind the desk asked what she could do to make it better. I suggested she give me a bottle of wine. I made it very clear that I was not willing to buy a bottle of wine but I would appreciate a gift of one. She brought a bottle of wine to my room, which I thought was fabulous, though once again I said I would only accept it as a gift. This seemed ok to her, and signed a receipt for it. When preparing to do early check out, the question of the bottle of wine came up. I pointed out that I did not order a bottle of wine and did not want to pay for it. I clearly stated three times that I would not pay for a bottle of wine. I think this goes beyond a simple misunderstanding, since I was extremely clear and very adamant that I was unwilling to buy myself a bottle of wine. Perhaps they intentionally misunderstood in order to force an expensive bar bill on me, or they’re not particularly competent at running a hotel. I suspect it’s the latter. Needless to say this entire experience has left a very bad taste in my mouth both literally and figuratively. Oh, and the packed breakfast that I asked for as I was leaving (how much did it cost? $20?) was white bread with one slice of cheese and a gob of butter in the middle of the bread. Yuck.
I have stayed with my husband for 2 nights in the hotel. Check in was very easy and staff is very helpful. The hotel is on walkable distance from public transportation which made our visit easy.
Breakfast was of good variety. Rooms are very clean and of good size.
It was very hot in july and they brought us extra fans.
Thank you for the lovely stay and definitely will recommend
Just got back from a 5 night stay at this hotel. My check in was wonderful, thanks to Julia. Julia is a great, efficient, charming and extremely helpful person. She certainly made a outstanding impression. She went out of her way to make sure I was happy and comfortable. The hotel is quite nice and very convenient to the metro station which will take you anywhere in the city. I was offered a tourist map which was extremely helpful.
My room was quiet and confortable. Room service is offered and I enjoyed the convenience. My room was cleaned everyday and they do honor the "Do not Disturb" sign. Made it to Gamla Stan several days, which I loved. I would definitely recommend this hotel. It is reasonably priced and you get a good value for your money. Ask for Julia, you will love her attentiveness, just like I did.