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
The hotel was very nice. Nice clean rooms and the interior throughout the hotel was warm and welcoming. Beds and pillows were super comfy. Very good service. Breakfast was the best that I have ever eaten at a hotel. Location was superb. It was everything and more what I needed.
Even though we live in Stockholm, we decided to book a little getaway to celebrate our anniversary.
Room wasn't quite ready when we arrived but since we weren't in a hurry, we decided to grab a chair at the bar and get something to eat and drink. Great variety of cocktails as well as the the food options.
We had a lovely room on the 5th floor, with a balcony and view over Mariatorget. The bed was a good size and very comfortable.
The breakfast was without a doubt the best one I've had at a hotel so far.
We will definitely come back!
Just back from a 3 day break and booked in. Standard room which had all the amenities. No fuss and clean and warm. We were at the back of the hotel so no great views. The front overlooks a park so ask for one of those. The staff are amazing as are all the Swedes. Never felt more welcomed in any other city like that.. Breakfast is also amazing (6.30 am - 9.30am). The hotel has a retro chic feel with bars, cafe next door and pretty full in the evening. Very cool. Prices in Sweden are expensive so check. The taxi from the station cost 500 SEK and back there today 160 SEK, CHECK they have the meter on - a friend also got ripped off. buy a 24 hr underground travel ticket if you are exploring, that's the best value - or walk as everywhere is not too far. We took a ferry to an island which was nice - where most of the museums are including ABBA (my wife's choice..) The hotel. if you walk west it is well served with small boutique shops and great restaurants. There is a big Mall about 15 mins walk South West with an unbelievable food hall. Also note, wine and spirits over 3 percent is served in state shops - so not much other than beer in the supermarkets. It was dark at 3.30pm (January) and wear grippy shoes as lots of ice and a hat and gloves! Enjoy, we did. Lovely people.
Stayed for 4 nights to celebrate a special birthday. Late arrival just after midnight was no problem and we felt warmly welcomed.
Renovations were in process next to reception for the new bar but this in no way impacted our stay at all, we felt this was very well managed by both the hotel and the renovation workers.
We had a deluxe room booked with a large window overlooking Mariatorget garden, this was a beautiful outlook to have. On the 6th floor the room was very spacious with two wardrobes, safe, minibar, desk, 2 chairs, great bathroom with walk-in shower & large tub bath (which was really quick to fill) Worth the extra splurge for a 4 night stay. Husband had a little trouble initially with the safe, the mechanism was tricky and very stiff to open but he got the knack of it in the end, I don’t think I would have been able to operate the safe.
A gift was left for the birthday we were celebrating, this was very kind and appreciated.
We had a minor hitch in that one day our room was serviced but towels taken and not replaced, I didn’t realise until I was in the bath! However this was resolved very quickly with husband nipping to reception and someone appearing with towels at our door literally within a few minutes, so very happy with staff and service.
Included breakfast was plentiful and good quality. Nice coffees from machine on the 4th floor.
We enjoyed drinks in the hotel bars every night either on our return back or on on way out to eat. Bar staff are great.
Room temperature was easy to adjust and air conditioning when necessary worked well. We weren’t disturbed by any noise at all at night time.
Gamla Stan is just a 10 minute walk and there are some great bars within 5 minutes.
It was a great stay, only wish we hadn’t just missed the opening of the new bar, but we had a couple of glimpses and it looks stunning.
Thanks to all at Hotel Rival for looking after us so well.
Love how the staff at Rival makes me feel at home every time. This time I stayed in a spacious room overlooking the Mariatorget. Big shower, bathroom, and a breakfast to long for. Will definitely be back to hang out in their new bar!