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Reviewed 25 September 2012

My wife and me spent this weekend in the suite 704, and we were really surprised by this hotel. The design was very tasteful, the room was clean and very pleasant, and the service was just top. We were welcomed by champagne, strawberries and chokolade (ok, I did preorder it!), but it was just perfect for a nice and romantic...

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2012 via mobile

Hotel rival is fabulous. Lovey place to stay, easy walk to all attractions and hop on hop off boats and bus. Rooms with balconies overlooking the square are very comfortable. Great breakfast and very very good restaurant and wines. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 22 September 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in August 2012. The location is very good - as it is not in the crowded bustling old town, but in a quieter adjacent area - just a short walk away. Staff are very friendly and helpful. We had booked superior and paid a little extra on arrival to upgrade to one of the top...

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Market Harborough, Leics.
Reviewed 21 September 2012

Probably one of the best hotel rooms I've stayed in, and we usually stay in 4/5star hotels in London and the continent. I think it was Superior (I left the booking to my husband). Roomy, good design, hugely comfortable bed, balcony (forgiving the plastic flowers) overlooking the square. Woke up each day thinking it was raining, but it was only...

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Boras, Sweden
Reviewed 20 September 2012

This hotel feels modern and sophisticated but is fun. The staff were helpful and generous with maps and info and the rooms have nice little touches (the music, DVDs, candy, blankets for sitting on the balcony, the little shuttered window from the bathroom to the room, the umbrella, etc.) The breakfasts were AMAZING and had so much to choose from--the...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 13 September 2012

I had an awesome 5 nights stay at the Rival. When you arrive, you feel like entering an old movie theatre, and it was a theatre before. The exciting decor of the bar, and the lobby reminded me a 1940's night club in New York. I was upgraded to a suite, with a terrace and a great view on Stockholm's...

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 11 September 2012

Hotel rival is considered pricey for the size of the rooms offered. However, rooms are newly renovated and clean. Hotel staff are well trained and provide good service. Gamla Stan is nearby but requires a bit of walking (10 mins) to get there. Overall, a comfortable stay.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 September 2012

Really enjoyed our stay at this sophisicated hotel. Liked everything about it. Lobby was cool. Front desk staff were professional and friendly. Sean the concierge made dinner reservations for us at Pubology which was great. We had a room with balcony so room itself was large. Breakfast was fresh, staff friendly and laid back. Bistro very popular with the locals...

1Thank School70
Reviewed 9 September 2012

Hotel Rival has it completely own special flavour – Stayed at the Rival several times over the last 6-8 years and have always been meet by a very friendly staff. The rooms are not big, but very functional and includes all you can expect from at high standard business hotel. However, Rival is much more than a ordinary business hotel...

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Wirral, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 September 2012

I wish we had stayed more than 1 night! You could spend a day just admiring the decor and furnishings! Well placed, only 10 minutes' walk from Gamla Stan. Good sized room facing the park. Huge bathroom with shower and bath and plenty of shelving for toiletries. Room service was punctual and reasonably priced. Please note that breakfast is included...

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Staying in Mariatorget

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This rather quiet neighborhood revolves around a postcard-like park with a dramatic fountain in its center and is definitely one of Stockholm’s showcase neighborhoods. Mariatorget, a central residential area, is the best Stockholm has to offer when it comes to juxtaposing architectural masterpieces with sophisticated art galleries, coffee shops and bars. Stockholmers love to spend their weekends in the park or one of the nearby coffee shops, so come to Mariatorget to meet the locals. The northern part of Mariatorget boasts historic buildings, beautiful cobblestone streets, and one of Stockholm’s best observation decks, Monteliusvägen, from where you can see an amazing view of the city hall and Stockholm’s old town.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hotel Rival is Stockholm's first boutique hotel, located on Sodermalms heights in classic premises in Stockholm. The Rival is a small, modern, individual hotel with unique top-level service. The 99 rooms have high technical standards with an unique interior decorations as well as Internet access. The seventh floor, with its magnificent view, is reserved for suites. The classic cinema Rival has been meticulously renovated and equipped with the latest in multi-media technology. The movie theatre will accommodate 700 conference guests, and the premises are well suited for events and meetings. There are 5 more conference rooms and a generous foyer outside the theatre for exhibits and mingling. The cocktail bar (original art deco), the bar, the bistro and the cafe will serve both hotel guests and local inhabitants. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Rival

Address: Mariatorget 3, Box 17525, Stockholm 118 91, Sweden
Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Mariatorget , Södermalm
Price Range: $241 - $424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rival 4*
Number of rooms: 99
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Also Known As:
Rival Hotel Stockholm
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stockholm
#3 Business Hotel in Stockholm
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“The rooms at the top floors are really great”
  • The park in front of the hotel
  • The tub
  • The bedroom
  • shower & sink
 of 5 bubbles racoonian, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Opt for a superior room!”
 of 5 bubbles Hampm57, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room where you have control over the air-con; some rooms have a centrally controlled system and that may not suit you.”
 of 5 bubbles ChrisofBlackheath, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Not always available. Book beforehand.”
 of 5 bubbles irinas944, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“view of square is nice”
 of 5 bubbles 888fredv, 19 Nov 2016 | Read review
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