Best Family Hotel in Stockholm – Hilton Stockholm Slussen
My family began a six-week European vacation with a 2 1/2-day stopover in Stockholm, Sweden. I have always wanted to visit Stockholm, and although we wouldn’t be there as long as I had hoped, our 2 1/2 days was still going to be exciting and action packed. Because our time was short, it was critical that our hotel be centrally located to all of the things we wanted to experience in Stockholm. Hilton Stockholm Slussen met our criteria and exceeded all of our expectations.
Central Old Town Stockholm Location
The hotel is about a 45-minute cab ride from the Arlanda Airport, but the Arlanda Express train goes to Central Station which is a 5-minute cab ride from the hotel. Because my daughter had not felt well on the flight over, we decided to skip the train and take a taxi for the sake of convenience. The fare was approximately 525 Swedish KR or $60. The cab driver was amazing and loved sharing his knowledge of Sweden.
Among all of the wonderful amenities offered at Hilton Stockholm Slussen, the best feature is its location. The hotel is situated within walking distance of public transportation, the ferry, Gamla Stan, also known as Old Town Stockholm, and numerous major landmarks.
The magnificent royal castle is only a 5- to 10-minute stroll from the hotel, and the kids loved seeing where the King and Queen live and observing the guards, who will even give you a peek of a smile. The city is extremely pedestrian friendly and Old Town is just a short walk from the hotel, offering a variety of restaurants to choose from and unique 17th century architecture to enjoy.
When entering the hotel, you will find the lobby of Hilton Stockholm Slussen overlooks the water of Riddarfjärden and Old Town Stockholm. The hotel has been recently updated and features the minimalistic style Scandinavia is known for. Light streams in from the many windows giving an open and airy feeling, and although bustling with tourists, it didn’t feel overly crowded.
Traditional Swedish Hospitality
Upon check-in at the hotel, our children were treated like royalty. Sweden, like the other Scandinavian countries, welcomes children with open arms. The children were given coloring books, crayons and little activity booklets. The receptionist was friendly and quite helpful, offering suggestions for our short time in the city. For a minimal fee, she upgraded us to a room with a water view and access to the Executive Lounge. I strongly recommend taking this option if offered.
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Bright, Stylish Rooms
True to European form, the room wasn’t large but definitely adequate for our family of four. It looked like an IKEA showroom, and the wall of windows allowed light to pour in while offering spectacular views across the water to Old Town. We loved the little touches such as the Nespresso machine and bubbly water.
The floor to ceiling windows were the best part of our room. One morning we watched the most spectacular lightning storm we have ever witnessed as we laid comfortably snuggled in bed wrapped in the coziest down comforter. Hilton beds are always so comfy and this one was no exception!
Several Restaurant Options
Hilton Stockholm Slussen offers a variety of restaurants and dining options. The Executive Lounge was fairly large and filled with a plethora of snacks and drinks throughout the day. The lounge was a great place for our family to relax and recharge before and after exploring. The staff was always friendly and made sure the children felt welcome by offering them little chocolates.
Because my reservation included breakfast, we were given the option of taking it in the lounge or the Panorama Restaurant. Although we enjoyed the lounge for snacks, the Panorama Restaurant offered a larger range of breakfast options making it difficult to choose what to eat. The food was all so delicious!
For dinner be sure to try Restaurant Eken Matsal. While dining, you can admire the stunning views over the water and Old Town. The restaurant focuses on Scandinavian cuisine and they use locally grown produce from Swedish farms. All dishes are 100% free of genetically modified ingredients.
The children’s menu features numerous delicious options even for the most discerning toddler. When traveling it can be difficult to ensure your children receive balanced meals, but that is not the case at Restaurant Eken Matsal. Your children will eat healthy and love the food! The hotel also had a bar, Eken Bar, and although it looked inviting with an exciting vibe and great atmosphere, time simply didn’t give us the opportunity to try it out.
The hotel also offers a full range of amenities such as a fitness room, bicycle rental, full business center, gift shop, cribs, high chairs, babysitting services and children’s menus. With the location and all the comforts and features of the hotel, when we return to Stockholm, you can bet our family will choose Hilton Stockholm Slussen.
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