"Tranquil and disconnected"
Two families arriving in September experienced that almost nothing met their expectations. The rooms didn’t live up to the fancy pictures during booking. What was supposed to be extra-ordinary rooms turned out to be a rather conventional hotel experience. The hotel is situated on a lovely small island in the middle of Stockholm. It is off the loop of the hectic inner city but still very much in the center. The surroundings are beautiful. Almost no traffic. You can almost leave your kids running around unattended. Great view of the harbor and the sea. Still, there is a collective bus having its turning point just a few meters from the hotel, so with some patient, it doesn’t run that often, you get around. But the hotel also does hype the location. The exercise room is just a joke with one poor cycle and a treadmill that have seen better days. To compensate, they offer free entrance into a gym located at Kungsgatan. Sounds great but is just stupid. Welcome to go exercise at 6 am and if you catch breakfast at the hotel before 10 am you are lucky. Kungsgatan is far, far away. Once checked in, we discovered that internet wasn’t working at all. Well, ok, yes, if you walked around with your phone raised over your head, you did indeed get some signals, from time to time. We talked with reception about this. They assured us that there was a receiver/sender in every room. Well, we said, then there must be something else missing, resulting in snears. To the complement of the hotel we were offered to change the room, which we did. The young man helping us was a real service guy. First giving us an inspection of the new room, then offering to carry all our bags to the new room (we managed by ourselves), with a smile and great attitude. If all at Skeppsholmen were of his stature, then we would have been more than delighted. But the new room turned out to have just as lousy internet connections as the first room. We simply gave up. Having a kid of 5 years old in your company, there is certainly a limit to how many times you change the room. Dinner was spent in their restaurant. The a la carte menu was a short list of dishes, which in general is a good sign. Indeed, most of our party, consisting of 8 people enjoyed the food, even though one of us did get unwell during the night, probably because of a fish dish. The service was good and cheerful. All had been nice if weren’t for the fact that some of us had tried to get a beer at the bar before dinner, and had been met with the most snobbish attitude. We were certainly supposed to consider ourselves as lucky people to have been sold a bear at this great bar of Skeppsholmen hotel. Probably not everyone is as lucky. If you had the bad taste of asking for a beer of 50 cl, the bartender looked as if you were out of your mind. But of course not, we only have small bottles of bear. To top it all off, the small bottles of bear, produced by a local producer, wasn’t that great either. Small doesn’t necessary mean good. Back into the rooms we discovered that there had been a serious amount of over-design in the bathroom. Everything was fine, except that someone had come upon the idea to have as little lightning as possible. We didn’t really object to the big stone placed in the sink, to have a kind of inverted flow of water (trendy design idea we figured), resulting in an awkward splashing, but trying to do your business in darkness, we definitely didn’t find a good idea. The hotel has another drawback. They don’t offer parking space to their guests, or at least reduced parking fees on the places available in the area. That means that you actually have to pay a substantial amount of money if you arrive with a car. To sum up: the pretention of the hotel and the advertisement doesn’t really live up to reality. The hotel should look at what they are saying that they offer and evaluate if their guests have the experience they promise. The hotel is a bit off in location, which is a good thing. But to be off in other aspects isn’t necessarily a good thing as well.
"A garden hotel located on a little island in the center of Stockholm"
This hotel is located on the little island just off from the main city ... I would say about 10-15 mins walk. It is central to everything but not central if your wearing high heels. We book a cab for everything since my husband had a sore foot and flat charge fee was $45 SEK Whilst the hotel is rated 4 stars I thought the rooms were very uninspiring and very basic. The breakfast and dinner were great and reasonable price. We went in Autumn and outside were deck chairs that would be enojoyable during the warmer months. The is ferry located outside the hotel that take you Museum Vassa (a must) about $8 SEK and another museum is located on the island as well I think Modern Art. The staff were very friendly and they don't take your luggage to your room, something I have notice a trend with hotels these days. They upgraded our room which look through the trees and onto the river with a small glimpse of the palance
"You Must Stay Here"
I went for a weekend away in Stockholm, well I say a weekend - it was more like 24 hours! Initially I was worried about the location but it cannot be beaten!!!! The island is beautiful and tranquil, the views of old town are breathtaking across the river and it's a 20 minute walk to most places. Any reviews moaning about the location are incorrect. Not to mention there is a boat service to take you round Stockholm, it's a very efficient hop-on/hop-off service. So the hotel - wow!!! It may just be my favourite hotel from my travels around the world. The service is polite, friendly and 5 star! It's such a warm and cosy environment - like a magical getaway. The hotel interior is cool and hip with a touch of homeliness. The room was very clean with all your mod-cons and had great views of the beautiful landscape that surround the hotel. I had lunch and breakfast at the restaurant - you have to go! We had meatballs for lunch which were delicious with some Swedish cider :-) the restaurant has a fresh farm fill to it with a fine dining twist. The breakfast was world class - with award winning scrambled eggs and the most amazing smoked salmon along with coffee, tea etc. Great breakfast buffet! This hotel was the star of my stay in Stockholm and would definitely return here every time! It really was unique in its style and location. It's a must stay whatever the price (I though the price was 100% acceptable - value for money indeed) Thank you to the hotel for making my weekend extra special. See you next year :-)
"beautiful boutique hotel, very relaxed and welcoming"
such a beautiful boutique hotel, loved my stay here! highly recommend, great views and location. breakfast is fresh, healthy and an abundance of everything you would expect. great dinner menu and wine list.
"Great service, fantastic breakfasts, quiet location"
We stayed here for 5 nights during our time in Stockholm. We were moved to a slightly bigger room part-way thru. First room was definitely a bit cramped but second was great. Overall, i'd highly recommend this hotel based on the oasis it can be in the middle of Stockholm. Breakfasts were great. Fresh baked breads, jams, coffee service, eggs, meats, etc. The one thing i'd caution is that you will *not* easily find any stores or groceries nearby should you wish to eat something impromptu that's not available in the hotel. Walking to Gamla Stan Vastergatlan road was about 25-30 minutes.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM