Arriving in Stockholm in the afternoon, I took the Arlanda Express train to the city centre from the airport. The Sheraton in Stockholm is located about a 5-10 minute walk or 3 blocks from the Arlanda Express train station. The hotel is located right by the waterfront which means some of its rooms have good views of the bay and the city.
A set of revolving doors will open out to a standard hotel lobby with the reception desk located on the right side. There is an Espresso House coffee shop located in the hotel and the Brasserie 360 restaurant on the left side of the lobby.
Check-in during the afternoon was quick since there was not a queue and I was handed my key in no time after handing over my passport for guest registration. The front desk agent gave me the overview of the hotel with the breakfast hours. She also mentioned the Club Lounge which I have access to on the same floor as my room.
Room No: 716 Category: Club King Room
Having a room on the same floor as the Club Lounge was convenient and fortunately my room was not too far from the elevator. It was also a nice room since there was some nice views to be had from the room.
The room has a standard layout with an old closet with sliding doors on the right side. At the end of the closet was a cabinet holding the minibar at the bottom and the kettle, cups and tea sachets at the shelves. There was also 2 glass bottles filled with filtered water from the tap.
Next to the foyer was the bathroom. While the rest of the room might seem classical Sheraton, the bathroom was bright and seems to be relatively modern compared to the rest of the room. On the left side was the plain vanilla countertop that had plenty of space to hold your toiletries.
In the middle past the door was the toilet, while the right side of the bathroom was a shower area that has a partial glass partition. I liked the fact it was spacious and bright since there was no shower curtains over the bathtub in most Sheratons I have stayed at. Fitted with a hand-held and rain shower head, this was all I need for a short city hotel stay.
Amenities in the bathroom was the standard ‘Le Grand Bain’ common to all Sheraton hotels. These are basic but they are adequate and has a scent that should be agreeable to most travelers.
Moving into the bedroom, there was a TV console by the wall and next to the minibar cabinet. And one side of the console was meant for guests to place their luggage but the height of the console seems a bit high for a luggage bench. The other side of the console doubles as a desk with a standard pull out chair.
A comfortable King sized bed sits in the middle of the room facing the flat screen TV. There was 2 oversized night stand beside the bed with light switches and power outlets conveniently placed above the bedside table. The room is also large enough with a connecting door beside the bed that allows families to share the room next door as well.
At the end of the guest room, there was a pair of armchairs and in between, there was plenty of space to place my luggage on the floor. Thus it was easy to make myself comfortable after the long flight and the intra-Europe transfer.
Food and Amenities at the Club Lounge
The hotel’s club lounge is located on the 7th floor right beside the elevator lobby. This made it convenient to access with eligible guests gaining entry just by tapping their key card on the door.
Inside the lone staff serving the small lounge was busy and thus the desk was not being manned since only eligible guests could enter this room.
Breakfast in the club lounge is fairly decent with a good selection of food items. First up was the cold items like sliced fruits, vegetables, hams and cheese. Smoked salmon was also served here since it is part of a Scandinavian breakfast.
Next to the cold cuts was jugs of milk, yogurt and assorted cereals and granola placed in small black bags.
Choices of dried fruits and grains make it easy for guests to make their own muesli with yogurt
To round up the continental selection, there was several pastries to choose from along with muffins on the crates. Crackers was available here to go along with the cheese. Next to that was white and wholemeal bread with a toaster.
Butter was placed in the buffet with 4 different types of marmalade (orange, strawberry, blueberry and apricot). Nutella was also placed here alongside other condiments for the hot food.
Amongst the hot cooked food in the buffet was mini hash browns, scrambled eggs and bacon. The bite sized hash browns was nice along with the bacon.
For drinks, guests could make coffee using the Nespresso machine which also makes cappuccinos and lattes. There was also tea bags beside the Nespresso machine with a jar of honey provided as a sweetener.
During breakfast the soft drinks fridge is also open for guests to get bottled drinks. Otherwise there was orange and apple juice from the jug along with 2 kinds of breakfast smoothies (mango & pineapple or mango & blueberry).
For the evening snacks, there was fresh apple and oranges from the crates beside the cheese plate. Two kinds of relishes are available to go along with the cheese plate.
Guests could also find marinated olives and potato salad next to the cheese plate.
The main course though was the deep-fried samosas and the Swedish meatballs with gravy and lingonberry jam. They were perfect for a light dinner in the club lounge for guests who are tired to go out.
And if the food is not enough, there was dessert of mini cream puffs and some log cakes which seems to be presented due to the festive season.
Some mixed nuts for snacks was also available on the buffet console. Crackers and breadsticks was placed next to the nuts.
For drinks, there was a fridge filled with bottled water, Pepsi (normal and Diet), orange soda and 7-Up. This was in addition to the Nespresso machine and tea that was set up for guests to use round the clock.
On the bar section below the television in the lounge, there was wines available for self-service. Selection on my stay was between a Spanish Tempranillo red wine, a Spanish Brut and an Argentinian rose.
There was also local bottled beer on the bar along with tonic water and a variety of whiskey, gin and vodka.
While the food in the Club lounge was good, the space was a bit small and it is equivalent to perhaps the size of 2 guest rooms. This makes it quite packed in the evening when there are a lot of Club guests and the lack of partition makes it difficult to get a private space for conversations during peak lounge hours.
Breakfast at Brasserie 360 in the Hotel
Since I was also able to have breakfast at the restaurant in the lobby, that was where I headed in the morning. The Brasserie 360 restaurant is located on the left hand side of the main entrance. Open to the public as well, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As expected, the variety of items offered for the buffet breakfast is substantially more here. Just for the fresh fruits, there was pears, plums in addition to the common apples and oranges.
Sliced oranges, grapefruit and honeydew was placed in bowls for easy eating.
In the Continental selection, there was 3 different types of yogurts or milk to choose from. They could be added with a choice of cereals from the jars. Or they could choose from a variety of grains, dried fruits and fruit cocktails.
Forest fruit compote and bircher muesli was also available in large bowls.
A section of the buffet also consists of gluten-free cereals and crackers along with lactose-free milk.
Located in the cold plates section, there was a mixed garden salad, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes to go along with a wide range of cold cuts and cheese.
Besides ham, the cold cuts include smoked salmon and mackerel as well. And in Scandinavian tradition, there was things like liver pate, pickled cucumber and herring as toppings for the cold dishes.
Bread and assorted pastries were available on the other side of the buffet.
At the centre of the buffet was an open kitchen and the end of the buffet console was where guests could order eggs made to their preference.
Next to the egg station was a row of casseroles filled with cooked food like baked beans, hash browns and pancakes.
Other casseroles on the buffet has bacon, Swedish sausages, boiled eggs and scrambled eggs.
Aside from being able to make your own lattes using the espresso machine, there was the same kind of smoothie choices as in the Club lounge. Three kinds of juices (apple, orange and grapefruit) was provided in the dispensers along with three kinds of milk in varying fat content.
Fitness Centre and Other Facilities
Located on level 1, which is one floor above the lobby and reception desk, guests could find the Sheraton Fitness centre and sauna. The fitness centre is open for 24 hours access with guests requiring the room key card to gain entry.
Inside the windowless facility, guests will find a row of several treadmills and cycling machines.
Other equipments are found in the middle of the room with weight benches located at the end of the fitness centre.
Aside from the sauna and fitness centre, there is a branch of the local coffee chain Espresso House. This made it convenient for guests to buy a quick lunch or have a cup of coffee throughout the day.
Outside the Brasserie 360 restaurant there is a lounge and bar where guests could unwind after dinner. The space is also a nice venue for relaxing in the evening.
In the far end of the lobby, guests could also find the usual work station and printers that functions as a simple business centre.
A night at the hotel was around SEK1,270 inclusive of taxes (~$133) and it was a very good value for a hotel located in the city centre with a bay view. While there was no suite upgrade here, the evening snacks and breakfast at the restaurant were generous gestures by the hotel to Platinum guests.
Finally, the hotel’s location is very good indeed for first time visitors and it is close to the shopping the city has to offer, the sightseeing to the Royal Palace and the old town as well as convenient to get to the train station. With all the other amenities and the large guest rooms, I can recommend this hotel to travellers looking for an ideally located lodging in Stockholm.