Guys, I’m baaaaaack! I know that I’ve only been gone for a teeny tiny 5 day break but I haven’t posted on my blog in bloody ages…. not to mention the absence of travel posts for a god few months now. Honestly, I’ve really been gearing up for our Stockholm break as we only recently moved into a place and had x, y, and z to pay for, alas travel took a back seat for a v. long time.
*Spoiler* Stockholm is amazing & if you’re considering going I would 100% recommend doing it. Also please don’t let the prices of food or alcohol deter you, they seem to have a v. high standard in terms of food compared to the UK. Everything we ordered whether it was 90 SEK (approx. £9) or 200 SEK (approx £20) was amazing. Now that that’s out of the way, I’m sure you’re here for a little design hotel inspo in the form of the Hotel Birger Jarl* – Let’s get into it, shall we?
We arrived pretty late in the evening after a 6pm flight into Stockholm Arlanda Airport – for some unknown reason I thought this meant we’d get to the hotel for around 9.30pm Swedish time, but we didn’t get into the Stockholm Central til about 11pm after our coach transfer (112 SEK per person). We decided that as it was so late, we’d just try and walk to the Hotel Birger Jarl* as to get a bus/train here you need the Stockholm-equivalent of an oyster card that you can only get at the underground stations and…. well, we didn’t really know how it worked and we were exhausted.
Thank god for free roaming, ey? We Google-mapped it the whole way back to the hotel and surprisingly it only took around 20 minutes. The hotel is conveniently located on one of the longest roads in Central Stockholm – the Birger Jarlsgatan, meaning it’s a pretty straight walk down to the high street shops, the museums, etc – if you did want to do the whole trip on foot. It’s definitely do-able from the Hotel Birger Jarl*.
After a few days we started using the underground/metro and the bus/tram services as there’s a station just around the corner – Rådmansgatan – from here you can buy your SL Access Card (like the London Oyster) and a travel card for the length of your stay. We went for the 3-day travel card costing 250 SEK (approx. £25) and we got a lot of use out of it, it’s pretty handy to pop in and out of the underground in Stockholm.
If you need anything like snacks (me? always) there’s a convenience shop literally in the same building but around the corner where you can pick up pretty much anything you need…. IE. Cinnamon buns for hotel room Fika, or Salt Scum (foamy liquorish candy covered in salt – only for the brave). We also noticed that around the station, Rådmansgatan, there are loads of coffee shops to grab Fika, or even restaurants, should you not want to wander into the main town area.
We stayed in the 725 Suite on the 7th floor, and it was a tiny bit of a pain to get to but we soon got used to it. When we first went in the room we were pretty wow-ed at the sight of such pretty scandi-minimalist, which I think is the perfect way for a hotel room to be decorated. There was a lot of geometrics and bold colours, which me and Al were both a big fan of. The lovely Shane also left me a birthday card and a bottle of Champagne which was a wonderful touch, and made the arrival experience really special.
The bedroom was slightly small, but considering the size of the suite didn’t bother us one bit. The touch of having a tv in both the living space and bedroom space was definitely a plus, even if we kept turning the opposite one on by accident! The bed had a small mattress and two separate single duvets, which worried me at first, but it was really comfy and we struggled to get out of morning-spoon mode every single day.
Note – I am just one of those people that ~ really ~ feels the cold and after the first night I had to ask reception for an extra duvet as I spent most of the night shivering and the thermostat/air conditioner in the room was the most confusing thing to work. The lovely staff at Birger Jarl brought us up two spare mattresses… and a mini heater!
Oh, and we had two bathrooms – We had no idea why, but we weren’t complaining. One of which was larger and had a generously sides bathtub, and the other which was more like a roomy washroom. I didn’t personally use any of the complimentary toiletries on our trip as I enjoy bringing my own, but I loved the fact that all of the gels/washes are Swedish Eco Certified!
We didn’t get much use out of the desk as we didn’t have laptops or writing to do, but the sofas were so comfy to slump into after a long day of exploring Stockholm. Especially with a Nespresso (yes, you have a machine in your room!) or a soda from the mini fridge (also fully comp.) – A word of warning regarding the water in the fridge though, it contains salt! A lot of bottled water in Stockholm contained salt, so it’s just something to be aware of before you try it.
We moved to room 684 for one night as our suite had been booked for that night, but we didn’t mind at all. The Deluxe room was of the same style and furnishings as the suite, and the bedroom itself was much bigger. Was slightly gutted that this room didn’t have a bath as I love a bath after a long day in the cold, but the shower was super roomy and the bathroom itself was a generous size.
If it interests you at all, this room faced out towards the street opposite offices, which wasn’t an issue for us as we were out all day, everyday. It was slightly more noisy for this reason, however it did get much better lighting than the suite as it faced more southwards. If taking photos in your room, or even just lots of light, is your thing I’d go for this room over the suite.
We had breakfast including in our room rates, and I would defo suggest doing the same if you’re visiting the Hotel Birger Jarl. We were super impressed with the sheer variety of food on offer, with a very thorough continental selection. There’s a variety of hot and cold food, with the hot food including swedish meatballs (omg I know), pancakes (like crepes), and the regular sausages, bacon, eggs, etc.
Make like the Swedish and cut a few slices of rye bread, and top with butter, cheese, ham/pate, and vegetables on top! They have some very specific tastes like a mustard herring and more special cheeses like brie on offer aswell. However the creme de la creme is for sure the “make your own waffles” station – I topped mine with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and hazelnut pieces, yum!
If you have dietary needs like gluten/lactose free, they also offer a lot of alternatives like lactose free butter and milk, or gluten free bread and biscuits. Also – all of the items describe whether they do have gluten or lactose in them so you can make informed decisions when choosing your breakfast items.
For us, Hotel Birger Jarl was the perfect base for my Birthday Trip to Stockholm this Janurary, The location is ideal, the rooms are beautiful, and the food is delish! Not to mention that the staff are so welcoming and helpful, which made our trip that little bit less stress free! I can’t wait to be back soon, Birger Jarl!
Hotel Birger Jarl rates include:
Double Small from 1125 SEK
Deluxe Rooms from 1485 SEK
Suites from 2475 SEK
Book your room at http://www.birgerjarl.se/ now!
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*I was gifted some of this experience, however my views and opinions are my own*