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
What an excellent hotel. Amazing staff, great rooms, wonderful location, and a great swanky bar in the lobby. Our favorite hotel room from our trip in Scandinavia. Wonderful neighborhood with restaurants and bars full of locals. Easy access to the great Stockholm public transportation options. The room was excellent. Great bathroom with huge tub and superb shower. Well designed and functional. The breakfast buffet was excellent, and the lobby bar is a designation in and of itself. The Rival has a theater, cafe, restaurant, and hotel, yet the rooms are quiet and removed. If you are visiting Stockholm and want to stay out of the tourist area, but with easy access to everything, stay here. Will will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Stockholm.
My partner and I had a fantastic stay at Hotel Rival. We were on level 5 of the hotel, facing the park. I loved having the window open, with the beautiful fresh air coming in, ambient sounds from families and children laughing and playing in the park and the beautiful view of trees and beautiful Swedish architecture. The room was an ample size and had a lovely bath. There is a cool bar in the lobby and the bar staff were delightful. The staff on the front desk were always friendly and helpful. Loved this neighbourhood and how easy it was to walk/train/scoot everywhere we wanted to go. We look forward to returning to stay at the Hotel Rival.
A central base in Stockholm, close to train station but also walking distance to the old city. Surrounded by great dining options, and the in-house restaurant and bars are terrific too. Professional, welcoming staff. Cosy cafe adjoining. What’s not to love? Highly recommend.