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
Stayed here 5 nights in late October. Super room, clean, nice bathroom. 3-4 minute walk to nearest T-bana. Great restaurants nearby - at every price range. We initially planned to stay in Kungsholmen district, but were happy we ended up here as it gave us the chance to explore a new part of the city and still had very easy access to everything whether in the mood to walk or hop on the T-bana. Great breakfast buffet. Nice bar for end of day. We didn't have a chance to eat an evening meal at the hotel but it looked like a nice menu. Helpful, friendly staff.
We stayed here for three days/nights during a visit to Stockholm. The room was very comfortable and quiet, and the service in the hotel was great. The included breakfast was quite extensive and they kept it well stocked and replenished. Will definitely stay here again next time we are in Stockholm.
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.