In my travels to and from Stockholm over the years I’ve stayed in many hotels and other accomodation of different grades with and without family. This is a review of the Radisson Blu Royal Viking hotel in central Stockholm.
Overall I’m a huge fan of the Radisson group of hotels and I’ve stayed in many around Europe over the years. I tend to find them generally to be stylish, clean and reasonable value for money, with excellent service and wifi. The Royal Viking is no exception.
It’s position is excellent and it’s right next door to central station and so you couldn’t really get that much more central. This means your right next to all the best public transport links and within walking distance of all of central Stockholm’s’ best sights. If you’re coming on the airport train, you’re only about 2 minutes walk away so even if you’ve got loads of luggage, it’s not a problem. The only time you might find it tough to get there is if you come by car. I had this problem personally in 2005 the first time I went there. The royal viking hotel does supply secure car parking, but it’s not within the hotel itself, it’s within a garage just nearby. When I was first there they even did valet car parking by default, which was fairly important as there’s practically no stopping outside due to its location and only 2 temporary pick up / drop down places. The bigger problem is navigating the one way systems around there if you’re not familiar with the city. It’s quite complex and you’ll need a GPS otherwise you might struggle.
The rooms I’ve tried were excellent, if on the smaller side by default (the standard I think is 22 sqm). They’ve got lovely decorated doors in viking rune stone style and the decor is fairly standard nordic style hotel simplicity. The bed was good and firm and the bathroom clean with smooth lines, again in a very Nordic style. Overall very simple and pleasant.
The hotel has an excellent restaurant which is called “Stockholm Fisk” (fisk translates as fish) and this is what it specialises in. I have eaten there, although personally I’m not huge on eating in hotel restaurants as there’s so much else to go and enjoy in town. It also has a nice downstairs bar which is frequented by guests and locals alike, next to the restaurant in the foyer. Breakfast is served in a huge airy atrium on the mezzanine floor, which is a joyous and light experience every morning. There’s a huge buffet of international quality to indulge in. The best facility at the Royal Viking hotel though has to be the sky bar! Take the lift up to the 10th floor and there’s an outstandingly good bar with huge windows which give you a panoramic view over huge areas of central Stockholm. You don’t even need to be a resident to go there and it’s thoroughly recommended.
Pretty much standard Nordic rates for 4 star hotels really. As I write in 1695SEK for a week day standard room, including breakfast and wifi. I consider this to be well worth it considering the location, especially if you’re not driving.