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
The hotel was so good, I had to force myself to go out and explore the town (which is amazing)!
Bed was really comfortable, heated floor in the bathroom really made a difference on those cold days and even though my room was facing the street, it was very quiet!
And what can I say about the breakfast Simply delicious! The bar, the staff, the location, the food! Rival Hotel is the best!
Hotel Rival is perhaps not the cheapest in town but for a short stay even a strained budget can fix it. Staff very welcoming and friendly both at the hotel, the bar and the breakfastroom. Nice location, nicely furnished room, a lively bar that even produced some food at a late hour. This is a hotel to return to. Walking distance to the airport-train is only some 20 minutes but it is a bore to drag a suitcase through the old town. Nice restaurants nearby.
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.