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
Thank you Rival and staff for making my 50th Birthday memorable. Your rooms are superb, the restaurants food is amazing, the bar staff are so welcoming and friendy. This hotel is well located and in winter the snow across the park was beautiful. Spent 9 days and I could have stayed longer. Stockholm is my all time favourite city in the world. I didn't see Benny but they pay tributes to Abba in the rooms and I was luck to have one of rooms.
Love this hotel!
The staff are friendly. The rooms are spacious and clean. Great variety at the buffet breakfast.
Great location near the metro.
Opposite a tranquil park and lots of cafes and restaurants around.
Highly recommend this hotel!
Hotel Rival was outstanding in every way, for the last 4 days of our vacation. From arrival to departure the front desk was always cheerful and very helpful. We had a balcony room overlooking the park - just beautiful. The location is ideal for access to Gamla Stan and the city. We visited the Vasa and ABBA museums - absolute must do's.
We went to Stockholm with the family and we had a nice surprise and a first positive Swedish flavor when reaching the Rival Hotel. We had a very confortable room for 3 with a very original bathroom and nice views in a calm neighborhood full of charm. The staff was very professional and the services very good. An excellent and tasty breakfast with many options. The hotel offers also the possibility to use a nearby gym if you wish to work out. The hotel is in a square where you can find nice restaurants and shops in the streets around. In brief, a very recommendable hotel where to start your visit to the Swedish capital !!!
I have stayed three days at the Rival. It's very easy to reach from the airport, even if you take the Arlanda express till the central station and you don't have heavy bags with you, it's a 30min walk.
The Concierge Sean has send me great recommendations before, he has an own blog where you can easily find his personal favourites and what's on in the city. That was super helpful to plan my stay. The reception team was absolutely wonderful. I love the room design and the fact that you have your own dvd collection. That made my stay even better. The area around the hotel is very hip and upcoming, little coffee shops, bars and restaurant are walkable. The park in front of the hotel is just beautiful.
I had a great time and I will come back soon. Thank you, team Rival!