$199 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 10, 2014 Check-out: Aug 11, 2014

Rival Hotel Stockholm

4 stars
Mariatorget 3, P.O.Box 17525, Stockholm, 11891
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.5
out of 5
16 reviews
Great place to call home while in Stockholm

The Rival is a great choice for a place to stay in Stockholm. Near Sodermalm with great access to... See full review

  • Drebar73
  • Jul 24, 2012
Great hotel in Sodermalm

Love this hotel in the middle of Stockholm's so called "Brooklyn" about 4 stops south of the... See full review

  • Olssen
  • Nov 6, 2011
Unique, first-class boutique lodging in the vibrant Sodermalm district
The unique and stylish Rival Hotel Stockholm began as a theatre in the late 1930s, and was renovated into a world class hotel in 2003, inaugurated as Sweden's first boutique hotel. The hotel is owned by Benny Andersson Produktion AB, Andersson being a former member of the music group ABBA. Guests can choose from a variety of rooms and suites. All rooms are equipped with chic and modern design and ultra-premium beds. The Rival is centrally located in the Sodermalm district among parks, museums and shopping.
Highlights
  • Bistro Rival, a cool, contemporary setting to enjoy European classics and Swedish specialties
  • Cocktail bar features colorful art deco ambiance and first class service
  • The classically elegant Rival Theatre seats 700 guests for events
  • Functional and classy guestrooms feature amazing beds, flat-screen televisions and modern furnishings
Rooms
All of the 99 guestrooms, from basic rooms to suites, at the Rival Hotel Stockholm are decked out with modern technology, cool furnishings and urban, art-deco design. Sleeping here is extravagant, with superior beds and the highest quality Egyptian cotton sheets. Amenities include a plasma TV, DVD/CD player, and both wired and wireless Internet connections.
Dining
The Bistro at the Rival Hotel Stockholm features high quality European cuisine with Swedish influence. Service is exceptional and exceeds almost any expectation for an on-site restaurant. Guests looking for a simpler lunch or snack can find it at the Café. The Café bakes fresh breads and pastries and offers high quality sandwiches salads and baked goods.
Transportation
  • Central Station (1.6mi/2.6 km)
  • Arlanda Airport (27.1 mi/43.7 km)
Attractions
  • Old Town/Gamla Stan (0.9 mi/1.5 km)
  • Royal Palace (1.1 mi/1.7 km)
  • City Hall (1.6 mi/2.7 km)
  • Vasa Museum (2.2 mi/3.5 km)
  • Ericsson Globe (2.7 mi/4.3 km)
  • Skansen Open Air Museum (2.8 mi/4.5 km)
Business
  • Meeting and events staff on-site at the Rival Hotel Stockholm
  • Four conference rooms for eight to 85 people
  • All facilities offer the latest in audio/visual technology
  • Exquisite boardroom with modern technology and styling
  • Stunning Rival theater seats up to 700 people for large events

Rival Hotel Stockholm Rooms

Standard
Standard room 16-20 sqm. Samsung Smart TV with 32" or 40" screen, Blu-ray player, shower, work desk and Internet access. Other facilities are safe, iron and ironing board and minibar. 2mbit Wifi and cable connection to internet is always included. Either 1 queen size bed 160 cm or 2 separate beds 2x 90 cm. All Standard rooms are located to a nice and quiet backyard.
Superior
Superior room 25-33 sqm. Samsung Smart TV with 32" or 40" screen, Blu-ray player, shower, work desk and Internet access. Other facilities are safe, iron and ironing board and minibar. Either 1 king size bed 180 cm or 2 separate beds 2x 90 cm. All Superior rooms are located to a nice and quiet backyard. Towelling robe including for use. 2mbit Wifi and cable connection to internet is always included.
De Luxe
Large De Luxe room (29-32 sqm) with view over park, bath and shower. Samsung Smart TV with 32" or 40" screen, Blu-ray player, work desk and Internet access included in the room rate. Other facilities are safe, iron and ironing board and minibar. Towelling robe and slippers including for use. Either 1 king size bed 180 cm or 2 separate beds 2x 90 cm. 2mbit Wifi and cable connection to internet is always included.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Conference facilities
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Wheel chair access
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guest
Wheelchair accessible elevators

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Hotel Map

59.3185 18.0632
Area served
Stockholm.
Nearby airports
Arlanda Airport.
Area description
The Hotel Rival sits on Mariatorget, a beautiful square in Sodermalm, Stockholm. This is the most vibrant part of town, where many artists, musicians and designers live and work. It's only 900 meters to the Royal Palace, the Royal Opera House and the Old Town. 40 km to Arlanda airport, 20 km to Bromma airport and 100 km to Skavsta airport.

Nearby points of interest

  • Riddarholm Church: 0.2 mi
  • Riddarholmen: 0.4 mi
  • Sodermalm: 0.5 mi
  • Gamla Stan - Old Town: 0.5 mi
  • Stortorget: 0.5 mi
  • Bondeska Palatset: 0.5 mi
  • Stockholm City Hall: 0.8 mi
  • Stockholm Opera: 0.8 mi
  • Stockholm Central station: 0.8 mi
  • Parliament of Sweden: 0.8 mi
  • Kulturhuset: 0.9 mi
  • Vasastan: 0.9 mi
  • Sergels Torg: 1 mi
  • Nationalmuseum: 1 mi
  • Vasa museum: 1.2 mi
  • Riddarholm Church: 0.2 mi
  • Riddarholmen: 0.4 mi
  • Sodermalm: 0.5 mi
  • Gamla Stan - Old Town: 0.5 mi
  • Stortorget: 0.5 mi
  • Bondeska Palatset: 0.5 mi
  • Stockholm City Hall: 0.8 mi
  • Stockholm Opera: 0.8 mi
  • Stockholm Central station: 0.8 mi
  • Parliament of Sweden: 0.8 mi
  • Kulturhuset: 0.9 mi
  • Vasastan: 0.9 mi
  • Sergels Torg: 1 mi
  • Nationalmuseum: 1 mi
  • Vasa museum: 1.2 mi
  • Stureplan: 1.3 mi
  • Gröna Lund: 1.3 mi
  • Kungsholmen: 1.4 mi
  • Ostermalm: 1.5 mi
  • Skansen: 1.5 mi
  • Arsta: 1.7 mi
  • Johanneshov: 1.8 mi
  • Globen: 1.9 mi
  • Gärdet: 2 mi
  • Military Academy Karlberg: 2.1 mi
  • Tekniska Museet: 2.2 mi
  • Solna: 3.5 mi
  • Stockholm University: 3.6 mi
  • Friends Arena: 4.2 mi
  • Jarva Krog: 4.5 mi
  • Kungens Kurva: 6.1 mi
  • Drottningholm Palace: 6.1 mi
  • Drottningholm: 6.2 mi
  • Kista: 7.2 mi
  • Stockholm archipelago: 24.4 mi

Dining

Breakfast
Serves breakfast buffet with large selection. Pancakes, scramled eggs made by chef la minute.
Bistro
Open 7 days a week, serves swedish/international food. Recommended to reserve table on Friday and Saturdays, the Bistro is popular by the locals on weekends.
Caf Rival
Coffee shop open 7 days a week, serves breakfast, Swedish Fika, lunch and dinner.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (16)

Ratings and reviews for Rival Hotel Stockholm

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
16 out of 16
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.9
Room comfort:
4.4
Location:
4.7
Value:
4.3

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MattieH
New York
Aug 8, 2012

Almost perfect...

I didn't realize this hotel was famous in Stockholm when I booked it. Nevertheless, it's only a 15-20min walk into the Old Town or it's a 2 minute walk to the metro station (with the absolute best coffee place "Drop" right next door to the Mariatorget station). The hotel staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and accommodating. The cleaning staff is SUPERB (and I have OCD when it comes to cleanliness). My only complaint (hence room comfort and overall rating) was that the mattress was just a pad and not a real mattress, which I found really strange. It was really comfortable and the room was really modern and sleek, but the actual bed just didn't make sense to me. Overall I would HIGHLY recommend it and I will definitely stay here again for my next trip to fair Stockholm. Sidenote: I was here during Gay Pride and it was super convenient to those festivities, as well. With a very knowledgable staff on the happenings associated with that event.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Drop Coffee (absolute best in Stockholm).

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Flannel
Chicago, IL
Aug 2, 2012

Location, Location, Location

Wonderful hotel in the heart of Stockholm! Close to the old city and walking distance to great bars and restaurants. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Drebar73
New York, NY
Jul 24, 2012

Great place to call home while in Stockholm

The Rival is a great choice for a place to stay in Stockholm. Near Sodermalm with great access to delightful restaurants and bars while at the same time in a quite area with Mariatorget right in front (small park). The staff was super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable... I had not traveled by myself in a while and they made it so easy for me! The rooms are well decorated and spacious. My favorite feature was the bathroom and how you can easily connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to hear music in the room and bathroom!!! Shower was great and bath, even better. Thank you Rival.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Very easy to take the Tunnelbana everywhere and the Mariatorget station is a block away, easy to/from central station and airport! Didn't use cabs at all!

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
wyofish
Glendale, CA, USA
Jul 5, 2012

Good Location but our bed was awful

This hotel is obviously an "in" place. It has a snazzy modern interior and is located across the street from a pretty park. It is within walking distance of most tourist highlights and also is very close to subway and bus stops. It's cafe is brimming with locals, the restaurant--while pricey--is very good. They include a truly great breakfast...be sure to order Swedish pancakes. The rooms are small but well appointed with ONE BIG EXCEPTION. The bed we had was awful--soft and broken down. They finally added a bed board...under the thin pillow top... which made it slightly better than sleeping on the floor. Rates seem to vary wildly depending upon how you book. I would give it a higher rating except for the bed.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Try the Pelikan for dinner...a local very Swedish hangout that is about a 30 minute walk from the hotel.

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Olssen
Business
Orange County, CA
Nov 6, 2011

Great hotel in Sodermalm

Love this hotel in the middle of Stockholm's so called "Brooklyn" about 4 stops south of the central station.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Arlanda Express has discount for seniors.

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Philadelphia, PA
Jun 13, 2011

Great Hotel

Excellent in every way: location, staff, room, amenities. I travel quite a lot in Europe and stay in many hotels. I rank this hotel in the very top tier. Each room has a DVD player and a library of movies, with hundreds more available free from the front desk. I found the neighborhood very interesting and nicely located. All in all, a great find.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The old section of the city is a short walk away. Although it is filled with tourists and tourist attractions, the restaurants are surprisingly good with a wide selection of cusines.

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Philadelphia, PA
Jun 13, 2011

Great Hotel

Excellent in every way: location, staff, room, amenities. I travel quite a lot in Europe and stay in many hotels. I rank this hotel in the very top tier. Each room has a DVD player and a library of movies, with hundreds more available free from the front desk. I found the neighborhood very interesting and nicely located. All in all, a great find.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The old section of the city is a short walk away. Although it is filled with tourists and tourist attractions, the restaurants are surprisingly good with a wide selection of cusines.

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Espoo, Finland
Mar 3, 2011

Expensive but really worth the price

Characteristic, colourful design is combined to good standard and comfortable stay. The staff was friendly, the room was quiet and cosy, internet connection worked and the breakfast was fantastic.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Slussen / Göt gatan: Lots of small, interesting design oriented shops.

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Espoo, Finland
Mar 3, 2011

Expensive but really worth the price

Characteristic, colourful design is combined to good standard and comfortable stay. The staff was friendly, the room was quiet and cosy, internet connection worked and the breakfast was fantastic.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Slussen / Göt gatan: Lots of small, interesting design oriented shops.

Review of Rival Hotel Stockholm

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Papadad
Randolph, NJ
Sep 16, 2010

Stockholm boutique hotel

It's a special hotel in a special city. It's a easy walk to the T-bana (subway) or to Gamla Stan. It's a young city. As my wife says, about every 10th woman looks like Heidi Klum, and I agree completely!! The city is walkable and friendly. [A T-bana ticket taker let us through for free when we didn't have the correct change late at night, saying if anyone questions you, call me here at this booth]. Besides the usual tourist things, go over to Djurgarden and after you see the Vasa Museum, rent some bikes [right beside the bridge]. Ride around the whole island. Our favorite spot, along the canal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Walk out of the hotel to the right, up the hill on Blecktornsgrand and look at the view of Stockholm from there. Night is even more beautiful.

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