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“Afloat in view of beautiful Stockholm”

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Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #39 of 154 Hotels in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 October 2017

I love this quirky place to stay, anchored off the knight's island of Riddarholmen. Its my best kept secret so not sure I should tell all. It's Barbara Hutton's yacht long ago left behind amidst the watery splendour of Stockholm, with views of ripples, ducks, gulls and the fairytale skylines with domes and spires. Mahogany and copper give a sense of quality and nautical charm, even if scuffed here and there due to noble age. Rooms are small (after all they are cabins) but the Owners Cabin and the Captains Cabin are hotel room size, while the cabins with seaview give that wonderful sight over the expanses of water, and feel much bigger than they are, Now I will willingly tell you the faults, but should stress that the staff handled my complaints so well that they won this good review. They were perfect! Totally boutique hotel style caring. First complaint was that there had been a lot of rain so my lovely seaview cabin somehow got dumped with water - and just as I planned to sleep I found what seemed like a bucket full of water on the mattress. The charming man at reception immediately upgraded me to Captains Cabin - a spacious room with sofa/extra bed and a copper and mahogany table bolted down in true nautical fashion along with two desks. Now I got into a dry bed with puffy white duvets, smooth sheets and pillows. But in this room there is a problem ... it is next to the generator and I did not sleep well. Also it was opposite the sauna and people were closing the door with a pang for hours.
Having said that, I will still go back. I have been here before and last time in the Owners Cabin there was no noise at all, and we had a great meal in the restaurant,, drank beers on the deck with the gorgeous view of water and spires, and enjoyed breakfast. So next time I will make sure I ask for a quiet room.

Room Tip: Not on the lower floor near the sauna due to noise from generator.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We were really looking forward to our stay on this famous yacht but it was not the special experience we had hoped for.
We arrived early evening and were looking forward to sitting on deck and watching the sun set.
We were met by a very grumpy young man who made it obvious that we were nothing but an irritation. He certainly didn't feel it was his job to try to make our stay a pleasant experience! When I asked where the bar was I was told it was upstairs but shut on a Sunday. There was no invitation to explore the boat or to use the sauna facilities. In fact when we decided to explore ourselves all the accesses to the decks were locked which made for a very quick tour!
We ended up having a glass of very mediocre wine in the entrance hall with Mr Grumpy playing on his phone. Not the start to the evening we had envisaged.
There is so much history on this boat and a little enthusiasm from the crew would, I'm sure,have made it a lovely experience. As it was we spent a night in bunk beds for no good reason. Such a shame.
Breakfast was passable but nothing to write home about. All in all a very disappointing stay.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Kay C
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

This boatel was perfect for our 2 night stay in Stockholm. We arrived into Stockholm on the train into the central station and were able to walk to the hotel in 15 minutes. The Gamla Stan metro line is less than 5 minutes away and all of old town of Stockholm is within a very short walk.

We had a room with a bunk-bed, ensuite and a view out over the water. The room is very small, so if you have large luggage or are expecting to spend a lot of time in your room, then you might be disappointed. The ensuite had been refurbished fairly recently, as it was very clean and modern. The shower was hot and powerful.

The breakfast was fairly standard continental breakfast. Scrambled eggs, bacon, bread porridge, cheese etc. Nothing you're going to get particularly excited about, but plenty of choice and they seemed good at re-stocking.

We slept well but a couple of minor things did irritate us. One is that the toilet flush is extremely loud and anti-social if used late at night which unfortunately our neighbours did. The floor boards in the rooms are also very squeaky and such is the thinness of the walls, you can hear your neighbours every single move. And our final complaint would be suffering the cigarette smoke filling our room – I presume from other passengers smoking out of their window and it promptly blowing in through ours. I'm not sure there is anything the hotel can really do about these irritations and to a point you get what you pay for as this hotel was much cheaper than other options located so centrally.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Timberford
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Loved the boat and view. 4 nights in the Captain's Room. Comfy bed and great to have extra space and private deck. Good selection at buffet breakfast. Excellent location. Welcoming staff on reception.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Charlotte D
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Living on an old style ship in the very centre of Stockholm is a great experience. The cabins are of course small and the stairs steep but if can you handle that, it is totally worth it. The breakfast is good and you eat with a great view. The staff is ever so friendly and nice.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Fantastic location. Close to Gamla Stan and not far from transport. Fabulous old buildings and water views. The rooms are small, naturally being a boat, but comfortable. Ensuite, TV, WiFi, small wardrobe. Breakfast had a good selection and very tasty. The staff were helpful and friendly. One of the main drawbacks is being a boat there is no room for a lift so if, like us, you have heavy luggage you have to haul it up and down those narrow stairs yourself. Unfortunately the toilet system broke down on our last morning but staff were quickly able to have it fixed. Great for a few nights stay.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Despite the excellent location, Malardorttningen Yacht Hotel wa difficult to find from the closest underground exit. Thus, I called the reception but nobody answered my call and I had to ask local people how to reach it.
As I arrived at the reception, I realised that staff members were not particularly friendly. I left my trolley in the cabin, whose bathroom had a noisy fan, and went to the restaurant. The dinner was served very slowly, and again the staff was not friendly. I was left on my own most of the time, and had to struggle to order food.
After dinner, I went back to my cabin for the night. Unfortunately, the bathroom fan could not be turned off, and I troubles in getting asleep because of the noise.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel and Restaurant

Address: Riddarholmen, Stockholm 111 28, Sweden (Formerly Malardrottningen Hotel and Restaurant)
Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Stockholm
#44 Romantic Hotel in Stockholm
Price Range: $109 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malardrottningen or that the ship is really called: Lady Hutton, began its journey in 1924 and no one knows where or when it ends. With its amazing history, she has managed to take care of Barbara Hutton, the British Navy, traveled around the world and since 1982 moored at Riddarholms Quay. The Yacht has 61 cabins, sauna, restaurant and is perhaps best known for the latter. The restaurant with the beautiful view of Malaren, serves Scandinavian dishes using only the best ingredients. ... more   less 
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