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One of the most popular areas of Södermalm are the blocks around Mariatorget Square. You will find restaurants and stores on the streets of St Paulsgatan, Krukmakargatan, Hornsgatan and Swedenborgsgatan, which form the charming square of Mariatorget.

At Mariatorget you also find Hotel Rival – a small, privately owned hotel. The owner? No one else than Benny Andersson from ABBA.  Hotel Rival has become very popular with the Stockholmers and it also houses a bistro with a bar, a cocktail bar in art deco style, and a immensely popular café.


“Overlooking a leafy square in the bohemian Södermalm district, this hotel, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, is also flush with character. Among its features are blow-ups of Swedish film stills above the headboards, so you can drift off to sleep under the disdainful eye of Greta Garbo.” Conde Nast Traveller (UK), December 2012

Speaking of ABBA, have you heard that ABBA The Museum is opening in Stockholm in May?


Photo: Hotel Skeppsholmen

Seattle Gay News announces “Best of Travel 2012” and Stockholm is on the list!

Three travel writers for Seattle Gay News lists their absolute favorite places to stay, eat, drink and visit, plus the best ways of transporting you there.

On the list you’ll find two places in Stockholm. The Sheraton Hotel Stockholm and the restaurant Långa Raden at Hotel Skeppsholmen.

Photo by Louise BillgertSheraton Stockholm  – “Conveniently located just five minutes from Central Station, this hotel offers stunning views of Stockholm’s unique skyline and tranquil Riddarfjärden at a reasonable price.”  J.L. Peerson

Langa Raden – “From a historic 17th-century building inhabiting serene grounds in Stockholm’s artistic center, Langa Raden dishes out traditional Swedish cuisine with a contemporary twist.”  J. L. Peerson

And on the list of the best transportation services you find SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Scandinavian Airlines ‘Economy Extra’ – “Meriting awards not only for their on-time flights, but also for an ahead-of-the-times campaign promoting marriage equality. SAS delivers efficiency and peace of mind for LGBT travellers.”  J. L. Peerson

To see the full list – visit Seattle Gay News>>


“At Clarion Hotel Stockholm we love art so much that from the 8th of June 2012, artists can pay for their hotel stay with art. It’s all really very simple: An artwork – a room – one night.” How great is that?!

The tradition to let artists pay with art at hotels and restaurants has headed in the direction of extinction. A couple of months ago, the Chelsea Hotel closed and here in Sweden it hasn’t even been possible to pay with art. Ever.

“My dad was one of the artists who in the 70’s paid for his hotel room in New York – with art. To see my dad’s pieces hang next to famous artists at the Chelsea Hotel really made an impact on me. Now that the historic Chelsea Hotel has closed for an unknown period of time I thought it was obvious that we at Clarion Hotel Stockholm should do something about this. After all, we are already a significant art hotel.” Marcus Majewski, General Manager, Clarion Hotel Stockholm.

LGBT-friendly Rica Hotel Kungsgatan in Stockholm offers 15% discount on accommodation during the period June 22th – August 19th 2012.
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Stay in a landmark department store building just 500 m from Stockholm Central Station.

Stockholm’s true shopping hotel, Rica Hotel Kungsgatan, with an unbeatable location in a classic department store. Located in the recently renovated PUB department store, with its high-end shopping malls, traditional square market, two pedestrian shopping streets and two covered markets right on your doorstep. You can even take the elevator from our lobby straight to the department store’s third floor. PUB offers all hotel guests 10% discount at selected shops in the store. Real value-for-money accommodation for anyone that needs a regular base in Stockholm City Centre.

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