Back in April this year I decided I had to see Brad Paisley in Sweden on his Weekend Warrior Tour. He wasn’t playing any UK dates so the Scandinavian ones were the closest and I decided to head to Stockholm for a few days. His gig was actually in Gröna Lund, a theme park I hadn’t heard of until I was checking out Brad’s tour dates to see when I could see him next. Once flights were booked, I set about looking for places to stay in Stockholm, preferably near the theme park itself since that was the main reason for my visit.
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Stockholm, like the rest of Scandinavia, is relatively expensive so if you want to stay somewhere cheap, hostels are your best bet. I didn’t really want to stay in a hostel in this trip (though I have no problem with hostels and have stayed in some lovely ones), I wanted to stay in a hotel and not worry about sharing a bathroom. After a bit of searching for hotels in Stockholm, I found Hotel Esplanade. Ok no, that’s a lie. I actually found a different hotel and panic booked it then a week before our flight I decided to see if I could find a cheaper hotel and Hotel Esplanade came up a hundred pounds cheaper so I cancelled the original one and booked Hotel Esplanade instead – gotta love booking.com‘s free cancellation!
LOCATION & GETTING THERE
Strandvägen 7A, 114 56 Stockholm
Hotel Esplanade classes itself as a ‘personal boutique hotel’ and is located right by Nybroviken Quay. It is a gorgeous location as you exit the hotel and within a minute are right by the water and boats, a few more minutes and you could be sitting at the many bars, sipping a glass of wine and gazing out at the quay. It is around a half hour walk from Stockholm Central station, a couple of minutes walk from a tram stop and around ten minutes to the nearest bus stop and train station so very well located in terms of public transport. In terms of places to stay in Stockholm, the location was perfect for Gröna Lund too as it was around a 30-40 minute walk or 10 minutes on the tram, perfect for when you are tired after watching a gig.
Sidenote: public transport is super easy in Stockholm and you can get a day pass to ride all buses, trains, teams and some boats for around 130SEK. These passes are available at train stations, some tram stops, 7-11s and some newsagents.
Hotel Esplanade has 34 rooms in total, a mixture of single standard, single superior, double moderate, double superior and double deluxe. All rooms include breakfast plus 24 hour tea and coffee in the dining room downstairs, a small mini bar, safe and free WiFi. The cheaper rooms have street or courtyard views but for extra you can get a view of the waterfront. We booked a double moderate room and found the size adequate for our two day stay – definitely enough room for me to spread my stuff out! It had a comfy queen size bed with a couple of plug sockets – enough for us but as I always say in hotel reviews it seems, could do with a few more. Instead of ‘do not disturb’ signs for the doors, the outside had hooks attached and tassels to hang as a sign instead, a nice little touch to differentiate itself from other hotels in Stockholm I thought.
When you book your stay at Hotel Esplanade, breakfast is included. Whenever I book a place to stay with breakfast included and it gives me an option to add notes to my booking, I always add something asking for vegan options if possible. I don’t normally get a response but I feel it gives the place a heads up of my dietary requirements. Within a day of booking, I had a lovely email back from Hotel Esplanade telling me not to worry and there would be plenty for me to eat at breakfast including cereal, fruit, bread and soy milk. What great service! And I tell you what, they weren’t wrong, their breakfast spread is brilliant. According to their website the bread and granola is handmade and some breakfast items are homegrown. It was the usual hot and cold breakfast and there were lots of vegan items including soy milk and soy yogurt! Lots of fruit, bread, cereal, meats and cheeses, eggs, bacon, the lot! I really enjoyed my breakfasts here and never left hungry. I also noticed they cleared the tables super quick and replenish any breakfast items that were running out very fast.
As well as ample tea and coffee at breakfast, hot drinks are available 24 hours a day. You can just wander into the dining room and help yourself to a drink. I loved getting in in the evening, getting a cup of loose leaf herbal tea and taking it up to my room to drink before bed. When we got in from the Brad Paisley gig at around 11pm, there wasn’t any milk out so we asked reception and they provided some straight away – more great service!
They have a computer and printer for guest use in the room adjacent to the dining room, perfect if you need to print of that last minute booking or your boarding pass.
As well as the small mini bar in your room, they sell alcohol at reception too so you can get a bottle of wine and take it to the lounge area to drink whilst overlooking the water. We didn’t get a chance to do this, alas, but I suspect it’s a lovely way to unwind after a long day sightseeing.
Also, worth bearing in mind that there is no designated parking for this Hotel so if you are driving, you’ll have to park in the street and pay.
I really loved our stay here. I am so glad that I kept looking for places to stay in Stockholm and switched our hotel last minute. The location was brilliant, not just for Gröna Lund but for getting public transport around the city and the calming effect being near water has on a person. The rooms and beds were comfy and it wasn’t noisy at all. The staff were really lovely and provided excellent service plus the 24 hour coffee and tea was a really nice addition. The gorgeous Art Nouveau building makes for a relaxing environment after a day of sightseeing or in our case, an evening at a gig. If you are looking for hotels in Stockholm, rather than hostels then would definitely recommend checking out Hotel Esplanade.
Disclaimer: We booked Hotel Esplanade because we needed a hotel near Gröna Lund and paid for it using our own money. All opinions in this review are my own.
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