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Best Western Hotel Karlaplan

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I stayed at the Best Western in a combination of business & pleasure. The location of the hotel is great, very central, close to shops + public transport. The hotel though - the hotel is very old, so there rooms, furniture is old. You can hardly stay in a room smaller than a King double because the regular Double and single rooms are SO small. There is a smell in the hotel rooms since the furniture, rugs are all fabric and old. Also, the hotel is owned by the Salvation army so there is no wine, beer and/or alcohol sold at the hotel. Just in case this is important to your stay, you can't get any food, drinks after breakfast. Breakfast buffet is good - Swedish traditional breakfast buffet.

I am sitting in what can only be described as one of the most tired and depressing hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. I can hear the faint dripping of the leaky toilet in the background am stone cold sober because the hotel isn't allowed to sell alcohol and have a musty smell filling my nostrils. To make things worse I have paid £370 for 2 nights here and feel a little bit ripped off seeing as trip advisor has just shown me I could have had the same room for only £80 per night... all in all a disappointing experience. On the plus side, it's in a reasonable location and the staff seem friendly enough. But unfortunately these 2 things will not be enough to tempt me back.

Got to this hotel just for one night. It is well located closer to the Olympic station and a few blocks from the Central Station and everything else Stockholm. Staff was nice, but the room, at the basement, was small, super small...barely walking on the sides of the bed, and no windows direct to the bed: in this case, was good since the earlier sunrise at this time, before 4AM, was barely noticeable.

Arrived late. No record of my booking. Grotty tiny 17th century rooms; understaffed by inadequately experienced staff. I stayed here before and at low rates this is reasonable. Gouging a late arriving guest and charging 6* prices for < 2* hovel horror is simply predatory and unacceptable behaviour. Don't stay here. It's a crappy little hotel.

first of all I have to admit that given the circumstances of our booking ( we got the room for an unusual low rate for such period and the whole city was almost fully booked when we made the reservation). I feel awkward making any complaints. I will just point out the obvious : - the hotel has an excellent position for those like me on their first trip to Stockholm. I enjoyed being so close to the city center and all the tourist attractions. - the economy room is...on the second floor...and at the same time below ground level. Fairly outdated, small and poorly lit. As clean as you keep it. -the hotel serves free coffee and tea throughout the day. Sorry guys, but your free coffee is utter crap, it has a dreadful chemical aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. Just....yuk ok-ish experience, unfortunatelly below the standards of the brand with which I am accustomed to.

The room was small and cramped, badly organized and impractical. Yellowish walls and dark brown curtains, a hideous kitsch painting on the wall. One thing is bad taste, worse is impractical and uncomfortable. There were nowhere to keep things, no closet or wardrobe for clothes.The drawer in the desk was not a drawer, just a fake that could not be opened, the same as the fake drawer in the table beside the bed. The electric kettle on the desk could only be connected to the socket, if you moved an oversized easy chair to the other side of the desk, pushed the desk aside and placed the kettle on the floor. On the desk was an oversized decorative shaded lamp that did not function. My room was only serviced once during the four nights of my stay. It felt dusty and uncared for. The breakfast was basic, and the coffee was horrible.

Stayed here for 2 nights. Lovely welcoming staff, tasty well prepared breakfast buffet. Room clean and well maintained. Really pleasant stay. Would recommend to couples and families alike. Close to metro.

I stayed here for one night. The receptionists I met were friendly and helpful, got me a quiet room without even blinking. The room itself - a room with two single beds - was fairly small and the beds were unusually narrow considering they were hotel beds. I had no problems sleeping in them, but if you are used to king size or queen size, you may have problems with these small beds. Apart from that, the room was what you expect: clean with normal facilities. One major disappointment was the breakfast buffet. As a vegan, I could eat the bread and milk-free butter with tomatoes, cucumber, pickles or bell peppers, but nothing else. In this day and age, I had expected at least a vegan yogurt to go with the muesli.

The hotel is a little far from the Central Station where we arrived but we used Uber and the cost was about 13 Euro from the Central Station to this hotel. The day we left the breakfast was opened earlier for us just to be able to catch the bus for the airport. The brakfast is the best I have ever seen so far at this type of hotels, with everything, more like a brunch!

We needed a place for one night, conveniently located for what we were going to do, and this was our choice. Turned out fine. I generally judge hotels by four criteria: the room/bed, cleanliness, the bathroom, and breakfast. The room was clean, the bed very comfortable. The room was not big, but I don't care. The bathroom felt fresh and new. The only ding on their score was breakfast, but only because of the setting. The tables are set up in a school cafeteria style and quite close to one another, which made it feel cramped. Hotel breakfast buffets are not conducive to relaxing, I know, but this was a bit less so than normal. The staff was very responsive when I pointed out that something was finished, so that worked well. All in all, great for our needs.

Skeppargatan 82 Stockholm

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Vasa Museum and Royal Swedish Opera
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour business center

Located in Central Stockholm, Best Western Hotel Karlaplan is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Berwald Hall and Royal Dramatic Theater. This 101-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour business center. It's in central Stockholm and also close to Stureplan and ABBA The Museum.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast offered each morning. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


All 101 recently renovated rooms feature coffee makers, free weekday newspapers, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Best Western Hotel Karlaplan enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a 24-hour business center. Transportation is made easy with an area shuttle for a fee. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, a computer station, and express check-in.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Single Bed, Non Smoking, No Windows

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Room, 1 Single Bed, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Economy Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking (Small double room)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Economy Room, 2 Single Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

45% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 373 reviews