Thursday 16 May 2013

The Nordic Sea Hotel, Vasaplan, Stockholm

Right next to the Arlanda Express terminal in the centre or Stockholm, the Nordic Sea Hotel is perfectly placed for international business travellers. However, it is not for the claustrophobic, as some of the rooms are very compact and have no windows. Some only have one electric socket, so you can't charge your gizmos simultaneously. Still, the walls of your room might be decorated with an atmospheric Stockholm panorama, the beds are comfortable, and you'll be able to jump on the fast free Wi-Fi. They also manage to squeeze in a safe (big enough for your laptop), a mini ironing board, a flat-screen TV, a couple of coat-hangers and an en-suite rain shower. Most importantly, the rooms seem to be well sound-proofed, so you should sleep well.  If you need space, head for the big foyer where there is a squad of responsive receptionists. Moreover, the hotel runs Stockholm's famous Ice Bar, which is kept permanently at -5 degrees centigrade. The buffet breakfast, served in a large, utilitarian canteen-style room, has an impressively wide selection of both hot and cold food. It isn't top notch fare, but it does the staples, such as fruit salad, freshly-baked bread and coffee, well enough. The Nordic Sea Hotel is a good choice for a flying visit, but not the place for an extended stay in Stockholm. 7/10