Stockholm’s Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
by Geri Bain
The 414-room Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is an obvious choice for travelers attending conferences at the adjacent Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, so my husband and I were happily surprised that the hotel wasn’t filled with badge-tagged business people. Instead, perhaps because of our more leisurely schedule, we found ourselves running into pre- and post-cruise ship passengers and fellow vacationers throughout our stay. That makes sense, because the hotel’s location, across the street from the Central Station, makes it equally convenient as a home base for sightseeing.
Making the city even more accessible, the gracious front desk/concierge personnel were always available to suggest and map out sightseeing routes. Take note though when asking directions to the hotel from locals and specify which Radisson hotel you are looking for. Coming in from the airport on the Arlanda Express, we were directed to the Radisson Viking Hotel, a few blocks away.
While some rooms look directly out onto the waterfront, we loved the futuristic/historic scene our window framed, juxtaposing the silvery stainless steel spikes that crown the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center with the waterfront ancient City Hall, home to the annual Nobel Prize dinner. The hotel’s central location puts it within a few blocks of great shopping and dining and about a ten- to 15-minute walk to Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s medieval Old Town. And Central Station, which is just across the street, is the hub for busses and trams as well as trains, making it easy to get anywhere in the city by public transportation.
The sleek design of the room itself was also pleasing. While not large (about 258 square feet), the room had everything we needed, from super-fast Wi-Fi and a mini bar to fixings for coffee and tea. We especially loved the puffy comforters and large pillows (softer, smaller ones are available on request). Plus we had been upgraded to a “business class” room, which provided extra amenities like plush robes which felt nicely luxurious. We also noticed that the hotel offers three-hour express laundry, which could come in handy on a fast-moving itinerary.
We enjoyed returning to the hotel lobby after each outing, where a fireplace added a cozy touch to the Lobby Bar, and the front desk staff never failed to welcome us back with a smile. But the favorite ritual of our stay was breakfast—a vast array of hot and cold foods, from fresh fruit and pastries to cold cuts and cheeses to yummy fresh dark and light breads that were hard to resist. There were also hot breakfast entrees as well as cold cuts and yes, a selection of herrings—a true Stockholm treat!