Decisions, Decisions. Which hotel in Stockholm?

If you had to pick from a hotel in a beautiful park, a middle of the road hotel near the conference location, or a boutique hotel owned by Benny from ABBA, which would it be?

I’m taking the plunge and going to Stockholm for a week in July, for the TBEX travel blogging convention. It seems really decadent to go to Europe for only one week and I can give you the excuses but let’s not go there.

It’s my first trip to Stockholm.

Here are three hotels I am trying to choose from. I am not going to decide based on price. They’re listed in the order I found out about them.

  1. Best Western Kom: Downtown, reported to be comfortable, and a prominent blogger is staying there so I suspect there will be others from the TBEX event, and a chance to mingle.
  2. Hotel Rival: In a neighbourhood described as Bohemian, also close to the conference, but this is a boutique hotel. It’s owned by one of the ABBAs (as my Swiss friend used to say) and a lovely touch is the teddy bear in each room. They will have a bloggers’ lounge for us, again, a great chance to mingle. I love that they are making us feel welcome.
    I really don’t do big parties very well and noise is no fun. I like to meet people in places where you can at least hear each other speak. The bloggers’ lounge sounds attractive. However, experience has taught me that at TBEX I leave my hotel in the morning and I am g.o.n.e until bedtime!
  3. Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel: So far this one is winning. It’s about an hour to get there by transit or bike and I really hope to rent a bike. The first half of the ride is through a big park, Hagaparken, pictured above. I may not have a view room but if I step outside the hotel it is a short walk to the beach.
People enjoying a summer day in a grassy park with a lake and trees in the background.

Should I choose the hotel in this beautiful park in Stockholm? / Photo by Peter Isoltalo, Wikimedia Commons

So, do I stay in town and hang out with the cool kids, or keep myself more to myself out in Hagaparken?


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