Hotel Rival, Stockholm

19 Jan, 2009

Hotel Rival in Stockholm is What a Boutique Hotel Should be

Hotel Rival, Stockholm

When searching for a hotel—not just in Stockholm but also elsewhere—it is inevitable to encounter the word “boutique hotel.” To some, this word refers to a small hotel, with only a few rooms to its disposal. To those unfamiliar with traveling, a boutique hotel, because of its size, is inferior compared to the bigger brand hotels. However, this is not entirely accurate. A term boutique hotel is coined to describe hotels that are smaller than the usual brand hotels, yes, but for a reason—they are more specialized. Boutique hotels are always more intimate (meaning, the staff and everyone else involved in the hotel are more accommodating and hospitable) and more quirky and unique in terms of character. Again, because of its size, the littlest details are given more attention. The best boutique hotels are themed, luxurious, stylish, chic, and contemporary.

Using these standards, the Hotel Rival in Sweden’s capital Stockholm is everything a boutique hotel should be. Hotel Rival is perhaps what other boutique hotels should aspire to be. For one, Hotel Rival is known by one of the former members of the seminal group. Every detail of the hotel would reveal the thought put into it. For example, the carpeting of the corridors in Hotel Rival is not just plain carpets. Instead, the hotel used a sort of collage to make livelier. However, more than just design, the carpets also serve as indicators for location, as well as for sound-absorption.

Hotel Rival, Stockholm

In any case, the concept of Hotel Rival is to recreate its former luster. The location of the hotel is formerly a cinema. Back in the 1930s, it was known as the Rival Cinema, home to various entertainment establishments (besides the movie theater, it has a hotel, a patisserie, as well as apartments). Today, Hotel Rival is reviving this history by housing a cinema of its own. In fact, the whole hotel screams “entertainment,” as the cinema and the corridor carpets could attest. Hotel Rival restores the architectural beauty that the Rival Cinema was. All in all, this creates an effective motif that the guests can easily spot, appreciate, and enjoy.

But, of course, the theme does a boutique hotel make. Thankfully, the Hotel Rival also passes these categorizes in flying colors. The hotel has 99 rooms, big enough to house a substantial number of people but small enough to give the guests the attention they deserve. Hotel Rival takes prides of its furnishing, which they say is chosen carefully with the comfort of the guests in mind. And a simple look at their rooms would reveal that this is true. The theme of cinema and entertainment embodies the whole room, which is furnished by beds modeled after elegant designs. Even the bed linens are made from Egyptian Cotton, illustrating how devoted the hotel is to comfort while staying true to their concept.

To add to these, Hotel Rival really pays close attention to details to add to the experience. For example, previous guests have noted that the copy an ABBA CD in the rooms is a perfect touch. Those with a keen observation skills would note the other similar details that are incorporated in the hotel.

Entertainment and dining are also tops at the Hotel Rival, as well as it should be. Hotel Rival has the Riva;s Bistro, the Café Rival, and the Bistro Bar. Obviously, guests have a lot of choices when it comes to dining at this hotel. The Rival Cinema, on the other hand, can seat more than 700 people—perfect for almost all kinds of occasions such as lectures, fashion shows, film screening, and other similar activities. For smaller affairs, the Hotel Rival has several board rooms.

A thematic hotel without sacrificing service and comfort—that is how Hotel Rival has earned its distinction for being one of the best boutique hotels in the world.

Average Price: $255

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