There’s no doubting that Stockholm is an expensive city to visit and this means for luxury tourists there is no shortage of quality accommodation in the city.
I spent 3 days in Stockholm and I was lucky enough to be able to stay at the Nobis Hotel – a hotel that I would definitely recommend if you’re visiting the picturesque Swedish capital city.
Situated in the city center, just steps away from Gamla Stan and many of the other popular things to do in Stockholm, the Nobis Hotel makes for a great base to use for exploring Stockholm.
From the moment I walked through the doors until the time that I left I was continuously treated very well and any of my questions or concerns were immediately addressed and taken care of.
The hotel was surprisingly quite big, featuring more than 200 rooms, though it never seemed busy, crowded, or noisy.
Despite being able to accommodate so many people each of the staff still went out of their way to provide a personal experience and I came to quite like the welcoming and friendly vibe that the hotel offered its guests.
I find that usually with higher quality hotels the experience that you get is almost too perfect and that there is just no personality or uniqueness to many of the higher-end hotels that i’ve stayed at.
Thankfully, I experienced the complete opposite at the Nobis and the welcoming atmosphere made for a much more enjoyable and memorable stay.
In this post I want to share the experience that I had while staying at the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm as well as provide an in-depth review of my stay so that I’m able to show you why it’s such a great hotel in the city.
A Nobis Hotel in Stockholm Review
Check-In and Interior
When I walked into the hotel the first thing I noticed was how spacious and airy the lobby area was.
The large windows let in plenty of natural light during the day and underneath the window was a comfortable seating area for guests.
The reception desk was actually quite small, with spaces for three receptionists, but you really don’t need more than that and it was nice to see the Nobis effectively using their lobby space.
Since no one else was checking in at the time I was actually greeted by both the receptionists working and we ended up having a conversation about why I didn’t like Copenhagen and why I was likely going to prefer it more in Stockholm.
Both the receptionists were helpful and provided quite a bit of information on the different things to do in Stockholm as well as some places to eat and other areas to check out.
After I was checked in I glanced at the lobby one more time and throughout the rest of my stay I would always be impressed with how contemporary and modern the design was without being too pretentious.
Off of the main lobby area there was also a large lounge where guests could relax or enjoy a drink as there was some drink service available.
The lounge was much more impressive than the lobby itself and featured a high ceiling that reached all the way up to the top of the building with two large windows letting in plenty of natural lighting and a design pattern on the ceiling that helped to put me at ease.
There was also a large selection of seating in the lounge with a range of different couches, chairs, and other options for seating so you could relax with your family and enjoy a nice conversation or simply read a newspaper in private.
I actually stumbled onto the lounge on my own, it wasn’t mentioned by reception when I checked in, and I wish that I had found out about it sooner because it was truly an incredible space – something you don’t find too often in other hotels.
Making my way up to the room is when I realized how big the hotel actually was.
Even from the outside I never realized that the hotel took up both of the buildings that it was located in that you can see from the outside.
When I eventually made it to my room the first thing I did was walk over to the window to see what the view looked like.
Anyone that has read any of my other hotel reviews knows that the first thing that I do whenever I get into a room is go to check out the view so here at the Nobis I ran over to the window, fought my way through the curtains, and opened the French door so that I could admire the view.
Thankfully I had a great view over the main street that runs right past the hotel and of the park across the street.
During the summer I imagine it would be nice to leave the windows open and just enjoy the view while letting the breeze flow through the room but during the winter months this isn’t as enjoyable.
After taking in the view for a short while I turned around to see what the rest of the room looked like.
I was quite surprised by its size and the room was definitely big enough to accommodate two people very comfortably for a short-term visit in Stockholm.
During the day the large windows let in plenty of natural light so there was no need to use any of the lights in the room and this also helped to make the room seem more spacious.
A night it was possible to close the curtains and with the blackout curtains there was hardly any light getting let in so it was very easy to fall asleep.
The large bed was comfortable and well situated right in the center of the room against one of the walls and there was also a small seating area where one person could sit down and relax.
Against the other wall was a large desk that I used as a workstation and there was also a coffee table that could be used for storing any small accessories that you would want quick access to before heading out to explore the city.
At the entrance was a large wardrobe for clothing and luggage storage and inside was also a mini fridge filled with drinks and snacks.
I found the room to be very well equipped and although it featured a modern design it wasn’t too contemporary that you couldn’t enjoy it.
The overall vibe felt very welcoming and it was a comfortable atmosphere that I loved coming back to after a long day of walking around Stockholm.
Just like the main bedroom living area, the bathroom at the hotel was also very well equipped and came with just about everything needed for a short-term stay.
The bathroom featured a large stand up shower and a small selection of amenities including soap, shampoo, and body lotion.
Above the sink was a large mirror which is great for anyone looking to get ready in the bathroom before heading out into the city and there was also a decent amount of counter space where it was possible to store your own bathroom amenities.
A bathrobe and slippers were included and this is a great addition during the colder winter months when it’s just unpleasant to go from a hot shower into a colder room without any protection.
Overall, the layout and design of the bathroom was minimalist and simple yet it was still spacious and bright enough that it could be used without any issues for a short-term stay in Stockholm.
Depending on the type of room that you choose you can find rates for the Nobis Hotel starting at around $375 USD (for a double-room in June 2017).
From what I can tell online the room rate doesn’t actually include breakfast but I would recommend adding it because the breakfast at the hotel was very well done and featured a wide selection of different options to choose from.
I find this price to be quite reasonable, especially given to the high level of service and all of the quality of accommodation that this hotel offers.
I also want to mention that this hotel is one of the best rated in Stockholm and at the time of writing it’s the 18th best hotel in the city on TripAdvisor.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates so that you can secure the best possible rate and avoid any issues with availability.
The location is definitely one of the best aspects of the hotel, especially if you are a tourist and you’re looking to explore Stockholm on foot.
Most of the main tourist sites in the city can be reached in under 15-minutes on foot with Gamla Stan, the Stockholm Old Town, just 5 minutes away if you’re walking.
The hotel is essentially located right between the Old Town and the more modern High Street area so it’s well situated whether you want to check out all of the tourist sights or just get some shopping done nearby.
From the train station it’s about a 20 minute walk and if you don’t feel like walking or if you have too much luggage there are plenty of taxis and even public transportation that you can use to reach the hotel.
For public transportation, there is a tram stop and also a bus stop right outside of the hotel and from here you can reach basically anywhere you need to go in the city.
Surrounding the hotel are a wide range of small shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of other interesting things to check out so you don’t have to venture very far if you’re looking for a bite to eat or you just want a quick drink before heading out into the city.
As for parking, if you happen to be driving to the hotel there is a parking option nearby for a small fee although there are plenty of options for parking in Stockholm so finding somewhere to leave your car shouldn’t be a problem at all.
There is also valet parking at the hotel – you simply hand your keys to reception and a valet will park your car in a secure garage.
This will cost about $55 USD per 24-hours so keep that in mind if you’re driving and you need a parking space.
I found the wireless internet at the Nobis to be quite good and during my stay I didn’t experience any issues with connectivity or speed.
I was able to upload photos to Flickr, upload videos to YouTube, browse the internet, and chat with my girlfriend back home using Facebook Messenger without any problems at all.
Connecting to and logging on to the internet was very straightforward and if having a solid connection is something that you need for work or entertainment then I can’t see you having any issues with the internet at the Nobis.
When it comes to hotels in Stockholm I would definitely recommend checking out the Nobis Hotel if you’re looking for quality accommodation that boasts a high standard of service, comfortable rooms, and also a great location.
From what I could see, the rooms are well-equipped for a short-term stay and are suitable whether you’re traveling solo, for business, or with your friends and family.
In my opinion, one of the best aspects of the hotel is its location and it makes the exploring Stockholm very easy and since it’s not located directly in the heart of the Old Town tourist area you don’t have to worry about the throngs of tourists being noisy or having to deal with crowds.
Overall, I would definitely recommend taking a look at the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm – I had a wonderful time during my stay and I’m positive that you will as well.