The Rival Hotel, Stockholm

Adding color and contemporary flair to one of Stockholm’s most artsy districts, The Rival Hotel encapsulates the effortless sense of style the Swedes are famous for. Across every one of its 99 rooms, creative design is combined with warmth and comfort, producing one of Stockholm’s most sought after boutique hotels. Feel right at home as you wander through the building from bistro to cocktail bar, before settling into a velvet sofa with a freshly mixed martini.


The Rival is located in central Stockholm on the chic island district of Södermalm. Explore the area’s bohemian boutiques, bars and cafes and wander in amongst beautiful old buildings that look as if they’ve been lifted straight out of a medieval fairytale. One of Stockholm’s most exciting areas, this is a great place to explore the city’s cutting edge art and fashion scene.

your room

Relax in one of the 99 spacious, colorful rooms; designed with style and comfort in perfect harmony. Sink into Egyptian cotton sheets stretched over king-sized beds and awake to spectacular views out from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Maria Square. The multi-coloured glass mosaics, towel racks and cinema motifs are perfect examples of how both sleek and playful design details work together to create an imaginative and memorable environment. These rooms invite complete relaxation.

why we like it

We all know that one of the highlights of a vacation is sampling the native food, and thankfully The Rival delivers some gourmet grub. Visit the Bistro and taste the essence of Sweden in a menu based around a smorgasbord of Swedish ingredients such as mustard, horseradish and dill. Aside from the innovative design, incredible location and delicious food, the hotel has one further hold on our affections that comes in the form of its celebrity owner, Benny Andersson of ABBA. It doesn’t get much more Swedish than that.