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
- 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
To get there I took a direct regional train from Arlanda City at the airport and got off at Sodra station, it takes 43 min. This is faster and cheaper than going via Central Station. To get around there is a subway station nearby: Mariatorget.
Rooms are well appointed and quiet, there are several CDs and DVDs to choose from but I did not try these. My room had a view to the square and this was nice. The design is boutique like but be aware that while clean and functional it is not new.
Breakfast was excellent.
All in all, I like this place and will stay again if in Stockholm.
This hotel was an excellent choice for us, and we feel it would be perfect for anyone visiting this beautiful city. What more can you ask: clean and well-appointed rooms (tho on the small size), wonderful location, great breakfast buffet and friendly staff personnel. Hotel Rival is located in a safe neighborhood with several good cafes and restaurants close by. It is also walking distance to the train station. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet every morning. Also, the desk personnel were all friendly and quite helpful. I would gladly stay there again. Plus, the city of Stockholm is a joy to explore.
When you enter your room and see that there is a pillow menu for your comfort, you know you have come to the right place.
This hotel is in a great location (Sodermalm) not a far walk from the old town, Gamla Stan. We walked everywhere from the hotel including to the Town Hall, the Vasa Museum etc. The hotel is located in a park square with a large fountain in the center. The room is comfortable, the shower pressure awesome, the staff (Rickard, Malthus and Sean, the concierge) wonderful, helpful and friendly. For the breakfast buffet, there is an amazing array of choices and some choices cooked to order, as well. The staff at the restaurant is likewise very accommodating and providing service with a smile. You can also dine there and have a view of the park or sit on the balcony weather permitting.
This is an excellent choice for a hotel in Stockholm. You needn't look any further. Stay here.
We loved staying in this area - not too touristy, close to shopping and wonderful restaurants, loved walking around the area. Very nice hotel, great breakfast, loved our room, and we were treated well by the staff.
The hotel is very well located, with walking distance to many places and public transportation. There is also a beautiful park just in front of it. All the staff there are very helpful and friendly, and they really try to help. The room was clean and have everything we need, even a blue ray player so that we would not be bored in a rainy day. There is also a bar and even a small theater. Also the breakfast buffet was great! We really had a very comfortable and pleasant stay without any complains at all. it is just amazing