GUTOM TRAVELS SWEDEN
STOCKHOLM TRAVEL GUIDE
RADISSON BLU ROYAL VIKING HOTEL STOCKHOLM 4-star hotel REVIEW
Gutom Travels to Stockholm! (Recorded in January 2020)
Stockholm is the Swedish Capital and has a estimated population of 975,900! The city is full of history, and FOOD!
Stockholm is a beautiful city surrounded by water. Stockholm was founded in 1252 by Birger Jarl but the area was settled since the Stone Age.
Scandinavia is a subregion in Northern Europe made up of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
Winter in Stockholm
The city is a winter wonderland!
There is so much to see in central Stockholm like the outdoor ice skating rink at Kungstradgarden.
Old Town Gamla Stan
Gamla stan Stockholm’s old town is a bustling district popular with locals and tourists for the historic buildings, and streets, cool shops and delicious restaurants. A MUST SEE when in Stockholm.
Stortorget Square in Gamla stan
Popular spot for photos in the oldest square in Stockholm!
Central Station is a wonderful sight during the holidays. Here you can take a train to the Arlanda Airport, Gothenburg or many other destinations or just enjoy the Christmas lights.
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel
Address: Vasagatan 1, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
A hotel right next to Central Station, Radisson Blu Royal Viking is also close to many sights within walking distance.
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel – Price range $$$ USD/CDN
A ‘upper upscale’ brand of Radisson Hotels. The Blu brand started in 2009 replacing Radisson SAS. Modern ‘designer’ rooms, with lots of offerings.
– 13 meeting/event rooms
– Fitness center with an indoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna.
– Breakfast buffet
– Lobby bar
– Seafood restaurant
– 9th-floor lounge with views of the city.
Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 12:00
The courtyard at Radisson Blu Royal Viking is pretty cool and is home to the breakfast and brunch buffet! Room windows face the courtyard. Depending on your room you can get a city view or courtyard view. It’s an indoor courtyard.
While waiting to check in to the hotel, there are free snacks and water in the lobby. Water with cucumber and lemon! And the snacks change depending on the season. And yes there is WiFi! So luxurious!
Superior Room $170-$200 per night (Courtyard View)
Nice modern room. Good size beds, nice headboard wall with lighting, benches on the bed ends, a large TV, and power outlets by the beds. The pillows and duvet are soft, and the bed mattress is medium firm. The space is smaller than what you’d find in North American hotel, but it still seemed spacious for what it is. In North America there should be more space between the beds.
Nice modern bathroom, with walk-in shower with marble/stone on floor and walls. There is a glass divider on the shower but no door. The floor will definitely get wet! Modern toilet attached to wall, and a small sink with large mirror. The bathroom is well-lit, and there were lots of towels and toiletries. The bathroom seemed spacious with distance between sink and shower. Good hot water and water pressure.
NOTE: One of the rooms ‘designer’ features is a large detached mirror. This might be a hazard for travellers with families and little ones, toddlers.
Shoe Shine Polisher in the hallway of your floor. Shine your shoes when you arrive in the hotel or when you go out!
Sights to see before or after checking in to the hotel:
Katarinahissen – Katarina Lift
Viewpoint Tourist Attraction
Take the elevator or stairs up to see awesome views of Stockholm.
Nice for a stroll with a view of the city.
Here you can watch the changing of the guard.
Public Square. Shops and train station entrance here.
Back at the hotel:
After taking a walk around the neighborhood head back to Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel for dinner at the lobby restaurant Stockholm FISK. Casual dining in the hotel lobby bar. Fisk means fish in Swedish. We ended up ordering burgers and meatballs.
Burger and Fries – price not available
Swedish Meatballs Kalvköttbullar 175sek
Swedish meatballs with cream sauce, pickled cucumber, lingon berries & potato purée
The burger was quite tasty despite being undercooked.
NOTE: Undercooked burgers apparently is a trend in Sweden. Cooked on the outside still pink inside. Luckily, no one got sick from eating this and the hotel didn’t intend to make guests sick. It’s common to serve a burger like this. Strange Swedish things similar to lukewarm foods, or mugs with no handles.
The next day…
Start the morning with Nespresso coffee pod machine. Insert coffee capsule, then pull the handle (like a slot machine). Instead of money it will give you coffee.
The breakfast buffet at Radisson Blu Royal Viking is definitely a highlight of the stay. Swedish smorgasbord with smoked salmon, cheese, and meats, bread, and butters, eggs, nuts, seeds, grains. A ROYAL buffet!
The way dishes are prepared and presented is definitely Swede style.
The breakfast includes a choice of a la carte items made to order in addition to the buffet!
$$$ FAIR PRICE. 4-star hotel in the heart of a city.
VERY GOOD! Clean hotel room, and delicious food.
GOOD! Friendly at Check-in and at restaurants.
Overall, VERY SATISFIED. Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel is a fantastic hotel with a great location.
Vasagatan 1, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden