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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Step into an ABBA song — bright, friendly, and oh-so-Swedish! — at this funky, friendly boutique hotel

The Lowdown

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

Hotel Rival
Mariatorget 3
Stockholm, SE-118 91 Sweden


4.5 Very Good 1874 Reviews
Hotel Rival - a perfect stay in Stockholm
Reviewed 9 hours ago

Hotel rival is a delight to stay in. The rooms are stylish in a simple Scandinavian way, with good design and excellent bathrooms. More than anything they are so quiet. This together with luxurious egyptian cotton bed-linen, and cloud like duvets give you some of the best nights sleep ever. The breakfasts are superb topped off by excellent and relaxed service.

Mariatorget is the nearest tube, and has lifts, Slussen (Gotgatan exit) also very conveient. These are 2 or 3 stops from T - Central station where the Arlanda Express train arrives (20 mins from Airport).

Slussen is also on Gotgatan which has a very good selection of shops, and the island as a whole has a relaxed feel with great restaurants and bars.

Best hotel in Stockholm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best hotel in Stockholm.
Location is great (close to Slussen) and easy to find food, metro, coffee ....
Hotel is perfect : beds are great and you don't hear any noise !
Breakfast is the best ever !

Hotel Rival
Reviewed 1 month ago

Very good I’ve stayed here a few times now is very friendly and clean with a really nice bar Nextdoor where you can have a drink or coffee and relax. It also has a beautiful park with a massive fountain opposite, which looks lovely in the summer

What a treat!
Reviewed 1 month ago

From the moment we arrived in this pleasant neighborhood, we were enchanted by Mariatorget and especially the Rival.

This wasn’t our first visit to Stockholm. We had previously stayed in Gamla Stan, but we wanted to experience another section of Stockholm.

We arrived about 10:30 am, had advised the hotel about out expected arrival, and our room was ready. How delightful!! Up the glass elevator to our gorgeous suite on the 7th floor, and we fell in love with the Rival. The attention to detail, the impeccable friendly service, and the quiet room won us over. We had a huge balcony at treetop level over the park, but even with doors open, all we heard were birds.

We literally didn’t want to leave this hotel. It was superb. We used the subway and Uber to move around the city. It’s an outstanding hotel.

Fab !
Reviewed 1 month ago

loved this hotel, very buzzy with lots going on. In great location close to metro, just don't make same mistake we made by using google map directions for a car, doh ! Restaurant is also best hotel restaurant I have eaten in, very reasonably priced (by Sweden standards), great taste and very friendly staff. Loved it !