Set in an Art Deco building from the 1930s, Rival is a luxury boutique hotel located in the trendy Södermalm district. Mariatorget park is across the street and the area adds a number of dining and entertainment options to Rival’s already overstuffed list.
All of the cool, upscale rooms and suites offer a minibar, a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray player, an iPhone docking station and an en suite bathroom. Extra luxuries include Egyptian cotton sheets, a pillow menu and robes and slippers. Some rooms have park-view balconies, and suites add living areas and airy, upgraded bathrooms. Over each bed hangs an enlargement of a frame from a Swedish cinema classic (or, in some cases, ABBA: The Movie). Room service is available. The hotel has a large DVD library.
The eclectically decorated bistro restaurant has walls papered with a mosaic of nearly a thousand portraits of international film stars and offers a popular brunch. There is also an Art Deco style cocktail bar, and a casual café.
Furter amenities include a 700-seat theater with regular live entertainment.
• 99 rooms
• Hotel opened: 2003
• Unique: The hotel's owner is Benny Andersson, of ABBA fame.