Monday, 8 August 2011
Finding a hotel is usually a straightforward affair, especially in a major city. Skip through a few major sites (Lastminute.com, Expedia, Opodo) and pick something central and reasonably priced, preferably with reviews including words like 'clean' and 'good breakfast' (I have my priorities straight!). Unlike with transport, where it's usually better to book a long way in advance, the best hotel deals seem to appear a week or two before you need them. But when we started looking at Stockholm, the usual approach didn't seem to be working.
And then my husband found this...
The Malardrottningen is a hotel on a boat, moored permanently right in the middle of Stockholm. Since Stockholm itself is built on a series of islands, being on the water felt appropriate, and we certainly had a great view from the breakfast table (below), not to mention the extensive breakfast buffet.
The bedrooms were unsurprisingly small, but comfortable enough. We had a bunk bed in our room, which wouldn't have been our first choice, but it was worth it to stay in such a unique spot in the middle of town. We'd love to go back and see more of Stockholm, and we'd certainly stay here again.