Court­yard by Mar­riott Stock­holm Kung­shol­men

A com­fort­able busi­ness ho­tel that is good value for Stock­holm and an up-to-date ex­am­ple of the Mar­riott Court­yard style

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BACK­GROUND When this Court­yard opened in 2010 it was the first from the brand in Scan­di­navia and the largest Court­yard by Mar­riott ho­tel in Europe, al­though since then the group has added sev­eral hun­dred more around the world.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? This mod­ern prop­erty in a res­i­den­tial dis­trict is a com­fort­able busi­ness ho­tel, good value for Stock­holm and pro­vides an up-to­date ex­am­ple of the Mar­riott Court­yard style. The re­cep­tion is bright and spa­cious, and leads straight through to the bar and restau­rant on one side, and to the lifts for the 11 floors of rooms. Staff were welcoming and spoke ex­cel­lent English, ex­plain­ing about the restau­rant (which was about to close when we ar­rived late on a Fri­day evening) and of­fer­ing us the chance to book the bi­cy­cles out­side (which turned out to be re­served all week­end).

WHERE IS IT? On Kung­shol­men, an is­land (al­though you wouldn’t know it) just to the west of the cen­tre of Stock­holm. The ho­tel is lo­cated just across from Ralamb­shovs Park, lead­ing down to the water’s edge of Lake Malaren and a pleas­ant 30-minute walk into the city cen­tre along Norr Malarstrand and past the City Hall. It is a five-minute walk to Frid­hem­s­plan metro sta­tion, two stops from Cen­tral. A coach – the Flyg­bus­sarna – runs to Ar­landa air­port reg­u­larly from Frid­hem­s­plan, tak­ing about 40 min­utes; it also of­fers free wifi.

ROOMS The 279 rooms start from 26 sqm and come in four cat­e­gories – Deluxe, Pre­mium, Su­pe­rior and one Stu­dio. They fea­ture bright pine head­boards and moody yet colour­ful shots of Stock­holm ur­ban land­scapes. Pro­vided as stan­dard are free wifi, tea and cof­fee, lap­top safes, show­ers, good-sized workdesks and plenty of plug sock­ets. Su­pe­rior rooms also have baths and iPod docks. None of the win­dows open, al­though there is good air con­di­tion­ing. Rooms on one side of the ho­tel have great views over the park­land and lake. Pre­mium rooms are on the up­per lev­els, while the sin­gle Stu­dio is on the top floor.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS The ho­tel’s ground­floor restau­rant is called Bjork Bar and Grill (a ref­er­ence to the Swedish word for birch tree rather than the Ice­landic singer – ap­pro­pri­ate, given the venue’s tim­ber fea­tures). We had a bar snack on the first evening and a meal on the sec­ond evening, and both were fine, with a good amount of choice and not too ex­pen­sive (for Stock­holm, at least). Al­co­hol is costly, but rooms have empty mini­bars so you have the op­tion of shop­ping lo­cally and then hav­ing a drink or two in your room be­fore go­ing out.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The sec­ond floor is ded­i­cated to meet­ings and has 12 rooms of vary­ing sizes, to­talling 1,500 sqm. The largest is a ball­room for up to 400 peo­ple, with a ceil­ing height of up to eight me­tres. As we were here on a week­end they were not be­ing used but I imag­ine this is a big part of the ho­tel’s busi­ness. There is also an un­der­ground car park.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES There is a good-sized gym with car­dio ma­chines and a large se­lec­tion of free weights, plus a side room for stretch­ing. Tom Ot­ley

VER­DICT While the ho­tel isn’t in the his­toric cen­tre, its lo­ca­tion has lots of ad­van­tages, from the views across the park to good trans­port links to all parts of the city and the air­port. You also get a bet­ter sense of Stock­holm be­ing in this smart res­i­den­tial area, and it’s a good spot to ex­plore fur­ther afield too.

PRICE In­ter­net rates for a mid­week flex­i­ble stay in Novem­ber started from 2,075 kr (£197) for a Deluxe room.

CONTACT Kung­shol­men, Ralamb­shovsle­den 50; tel +46 8441 3100; mar­

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