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Rival Hotel

Stockholm, Sweden

Owned by ABBA's Benny Andersson, the Rival Hotel is one of Stockholm's finest boutique hotels and its Art Deco interior style is perfectly fitting with its location in the bohemian island district of Södermalm. Don't miss their fabulous Sunday brunch!

At a Glance

  • The Rival Hotel used to be an old movie theatre and unique architecture still remains in the open foyers, the wide staircases and elegant banisters

  • The hotel is renowned for its Sunday brunch when they put on a truly incredible spread

  • The 99 rooms and suites are colorfully designed in Scandinavian Art Deco style with a hint of cinema

  • Rival is located in Stockholm's trendiest district perfect for exploring the charming and unique boutiques

  • Sean the concierge is incredibly helpful and knows absolutely everything going on in Stockholm

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Insider's View

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Rival Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Stockholm and Eastern Sweden


Stockholm's first boutique hotel, the Rival is located in the chic residential district of Södermalm and is surrounded by the areas bohemian bars, restaurants and boutiques.

The Rival Hotel, once a cinema, was extensively renovated 10 years ago but the unique architecture still remains in the open foyers, the wide staircases and elegant banisters. The cinema theme is continued throughout the cocktail bar and bistro restaurant which is decorated with reams of red velvet and walls papered with a mosaic of international film stars. The Rival's bistro is frequented by locals as much as hotel guests thanks to the delicious Swedish and international fare, not to mention the infamous Sunday brunch. There is also a small café which offers delicious Italian food as well as pastries freshly baked on site in the hotel's bakery. The atmosphere is relaxed and familiar with the walls adorned with photographs of well-known local personalities.

Each of Rival’s 99 rooms and suites are colorfully designed in Scandinavian Art Deco style and a hint of cinema which comes in the form of either a cinematic photograph or an ABBA print mounted above the bed and bordered by velvet curtains.

The suites and deluxe rooms all have huge glass windows offering views over Maria Square while the superior and standard rooms overlook the quiet courtyard or the resident rooftops.

The Rival Hotel is the perfect base from which to immerse yourself in Stockholm's trendiest district and explore the charming and unique boutiques that are brimming with fashion, design and vintage merchandise.


The 99 rooms and suites at Rival Hotel are well-appointed and are in keeping with the cinematic theme of the rest of the hotel. They are very art deco with large pieces of art on the wall and splashes of color. They are of course equipped with the latest technology to include Wi-Fi and complimentary movies for you to watch to your heart's content.

Standard Room

  • 16-23 sqm
  • Queen size bed or twin
  • Smart TV
  • Views of the quiet courtyard or district rooftops

Superior Room

  • 25-33 sqm
  • Queen size bed or twin
  • Smart TV
  • Some have bath tubs in addition to showers
  • Overlooks the quiet courtyard

Deluxe Rooms

  • 32-34 sqm
  • King size bed
  • Smart TV
  • Shower and bath tub
  • Large windows and balcony
  • Views of Maria Square


  • 36-50 sqm
  • King size bed
  • Separate sitting room
  • Maria Square or rooftop view
  • Balcony


The Bistro at Rival Hotel serves classic Swedish and international favorites using locally sourced ingredients where possible. The funky décor of red velvet and soft lighting provides a fun dining atmosphere. The hotel is renowned for its Sunday brunch, a must if you are there over a weekend. Healthy and delicious unhealthier options are on offer to include the traditional pancakes and fried breakfast to the lesser known dishes such as steak tartar with egg yolk. Café Rival has a more casual atmosphere where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.


SStockholm offers a huge amount to see and do. The city is filled with art galleries, museums, cobbled streets dotted with boutique and designer shops and delicious restaurants - we have some fantastic guides who can give you a tour and show you some hidden gems within the city. Hiring a bicycle is a great way to spend the day and see the city - there are organized tours or you can explore on your own. For the more adventurous catch a rib ride around the archipelago, or alternatively rent a kayak to take in the sites at a more leisurely pace! During the height of the summer you might like to go and spend a few hours at one of the city's beaches and you can even swim, right in the city center as the water is so clean!

Location & Directions

Stockholm, Sweden

Rival Hotel is located on Maria's square just off Hornsgaten on Södermalm.

When to go

Stockholm is a year round destination but is at its best in spring, summer and December. From May to September temperatures are warm, early twenties but in the height of summer can reach up to 30 degrees and the sun doesn't set until around 10:30pm, rising at around 3:00am so you can really pack a lot in! During the winter temperatures do get cold but it is a great place to go for a pre-Christmas getaway.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Rival Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Stockholm and Eastern Sweden

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