What We Love
- They’re serious about sleep — Egyptian cotton sheets, a pillow menu and room service is served 24 hours a day
- Art Deco bar celebrates its 1937 interior
- Lounge area on the 4th floor with tea, coffee, cookies and computers
What To Know
- You have to be 23 or older to visit the Bar on the weekends
- It's a ten-minute walk across the river to the Old Town of Stockholm
- The décor is bright, fun and occasionally wacky, with op art carpets, glowing door handles
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
ABBA member Benny Andersson re-opened this 99-room hotel in 2003, but its history goes back to the 1930s, when it was an inn and entertainment complex with a popular bar and a 700-seat theater (both still function today). Its history and location — opposite a park across the river from the center of the city — give the property a neighborhood feel. Rooms have a Swedish modern minimalism enlivened by quirky touches — a teddy bear here, an ABBA wall mural there. Throw in a Swedish bistro, an Art Deco bar and a couple of Dancing Queens, and you’ve got a hipster haven in the heart of Stockholm.
In the Area
Hotel Rival is one kilometer away from the Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s romantic 18th- and 19th- century Old Town, and a short walk to the baroque Royal Palace, where the King is still in residence. Be sure to visit the Modern Art Museum, with its vast collection of photography and 20th and 21st century art. But there’s no need to cross the river for a good time; there are parks, restaurants, and concerts right around—or in—the hotel, from local favorite Bistro Sud, to the property’s own Bistro Rival and Café Rival, where you can watch the world go by from streetside tables.
How to Get There
I stayed at the Hotel Rival for 4 nights in early June, 2019. I like staying in boutique hotels and this one was one of the best I've ever stayed in. The staff really seemed to care about my stay and answered patiently and helpfully my numerous questions. This amazing attention to guests is very hard to find anywhere in the world.
The breakfast at the Rival is absolutely fantastic. A wide selection of most anything one would want.
And finally, the neighborhood of the Rival is one of the most interesting I've stayed in. A collection of parks, bakeries, art and design stores and a multi cultural selection of restaurants. Stockholm itself is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable cities in the world. It has a unique softness to it.
I'll be back soon.
When in Stockholm you should try this relatively small and very nice hotel at Soedermalm. Great location, great service, fantastic food and a magnificent bar. The rooms are small, but exceptionally good and functional.
I loved the hotel and the service.
We stayed over for Easter weekend and we had a time of our lives. I can say that Rival has no competition!
Everything was top-notch.
Cannot recommend enough.
P. S. Higher floor with a balcony, worth it every penny.
This hotel is stunning we upgraded from a superior double room to a room at the front of the hotel, overlooking the garden and fountain..The room was spacious and light and it was right next to the coffee station and computers.It is easy walking distance to the old town, palace ,ferry, and eateries.The breakfast is incredible with a great variety of fruit cereals fruit juices yogurt cold meats fish cheese, cakes, breads and of course hot food which you can order fresh from a very extensive menu.we really enjoyed our four day stay at this wonderful hotel which I can highly recommend if you want luxury and comfort The desk staff were also very friendly and helpful .
Great quiet location for a 3 day stay in lovely Stockholm.
A few minutes from the old town and a few subway stops from central station.
The rooms are well presented...beds are comfortable.
Free coffee 24/7 on the 3rh floor was a nice surprise.