It would be my first time in Stockholm and my friend Carey and I would be attending a travel blogging conference known as TBEX. We were super excited to be going, but astounded at the prices of hotels (and also Airbnbs) in the center. Eeeek, not what budget (ish) travelers want to hear!
Stockholm is not cheap. I repeat, Stockholm is not cheap! That’s one thing you need to keep in mind when you’re visiting. It’s the capital city of one of the most expensive countries in all of Europe.
To find a great hotel in the center of Stockholm at a good price is not an easy feat. That’s where Hotel C Stockholm comes in. As part of Nordic Choice hotels, I really wanted to stay here because I had been highly impressed by the quality/value trade off staying at one of their hotels in Bergen, Norway earlier this year. You can read my review here if interested! 🙂
The Hotel C Stockholm became the perfect choice during our time in Stockholm. Here are the top 5 reasons why…
1. Biggest Breakfast Selection I Have Ever Experienced at a Hotel. And I mean EVER!
The breakfast at Hotel C Stockholm has forever ruined my hotel brekkie experience from this day forth. Why can’t all hotel breakfasts be like this? When I say the selection was huge, I damn well mean it!
They had about 6-7 rows of food stations, a smoothie section, hot plates (including bacon, eggs, sausage, and American pancakes), fresh fruits, salads, porridge with fresh toppings, homemade jams, cured meats, cheeses, and much, much more!
They also had a whole section marked gluten and lactose free for those with dietary restrictions (like me!). I was in heaven.
For those who happily indulge in gluten, they had a huge counter section of different varieties of freshly baked bread loafs.
Another cool feature offered was 2 juice presses with several varieties of fresh fruits to make your own concoction. So awesome!
2. It’s Own Ice Bar (ICEBAR Stockholm)
You can’t go to Sweden and not go to an ice bar. I had never been so I was super stoked it was right in the hotel!
Upon arrival, they give you a thick lined poncho with gloves. The bar is dimly lit with changing LED lights of purple, pink and blue hues.
Entrance also gives you one free drink. They serve you ice glasses that also change colors. That was pretty neat!
The one thing I will say is that it is extremely small inside, so it might get a bit cramped. Reservations are required.
Don’t be an idiot like me and go in with flip flops/sandals. My toes were frozen after 30 minutes and that forced us to leave.
3. The Best Location in Stockholm. Really.
When you’re right in the center, you can usually walk everywhere and don’t have to spent extra money on transport.
Hotel C Stockholm is located right outside the Arlanda Express at the central station.
I can’t tell you how great it is to just take a bus from the airport and have it drop you off right next to your hotel. That hardly ever happens. Hauling bags around European streets can be a real pain!
We were literally in the center of everywhere we needed to be and it made the trip super convenient! And the best part was that it was super quiet! We didn’t hear any street noise or commotion outside, it felt like we were in a secluded spot!
4. It’s Own Info Center
Ok, you probably don’t think this is not bey important at all…but have you been to Stockholm? Every info center in the city (and airport) is super busy and require you to take a ticket and wait. At the airport, I waited for 20 minutes just to be seen.
I noticed a big line at other info centers in the city as well. I’m not sure why, but going to an info center in Stockholm can take forever and result in unnecessary frustration.
If you have no patience for wasting time like me, you will come to really appreciate the in-house info center. And look, there’s no one there!
5. Hearts Restaurant has a Great Ambiance and Equally Great Food!
I have a confession. I ate at Hearts restaurant EVERY night of my trip. Ya, that’s right, every night. I even ordered it up for room service a few nights.
After being in a conference all day, and having only a short time until our evening activities, we didn’t have much time to go out to eat anywhere else.
Not only was it super convenient, it was really tasty food! I had a hamburger and fries, potato skins, and the Lobster bucket, all great! My favorite thing on the menu was the potato skin. A half baked potato with jalapeños and cheese on top, so creamy and so good! I may have ordered it more than once.
An extra bonus is that they had gluten free options! #score
Really cool lobby. Hotel C Stockholm had one for the coolest lobbies. The reception greeted you with a white spiral staircase and gold backdrop and hanging glass balls. It gave me the illusion of blowing bubbles. The lobby was spread it on the ground floor with several different seating areas with colorful oversize chairs. It was very warm and inviting.
In the offseason, rooms run as low as $85 per night! In peak season you can find rooms for as little as $163! This is super reasonable considering this is Scandinavia!! The value for the price cannot be beat!
Overall, I really enjoyed this hotel! The staff was super friendly, the restaurants was great, the beds were super comfy, the room had everything we needed, the ice bar was cool (get it?), and the location could’t have been any better. I really didn’t have any complaints during this stay!
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Hotel C Stockholm during my stay. However, I don’t bulls#*t and I would never recommend somewhere I didn’t truly enjoy! ♥
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