May062017

Clarion Hotel Stockholm trip report

In April 2017 I booked Clarion Hotel Stockholm for 6,000 Choice Privileges points + $30 for an overnight stay before flying home to California on a Norwegian Airlines Stockholm Arlanda ARN to Oakland, California OAK $148 nonstop flight. Published room rate was $135 USD.

I arrived to Arlanda ARN from Riga, Latvia on a $28 Norwegian Airlines one-way ticket and caught the Flygbussarna to Stockholm city terminal. After several hours sitting around to get to Stockholm, my legs wanted exercise and I walked three miles across the city to the Clarion Hotel Stockholm.

Clarion Stockholm

Clarion Hotel Stockholm on Ringvagen on Sodermalm island. 

A photo walk over several hours and miles of Stockholm is in these other trip report pieces:

Walking Stockholm 4 days after April 7 terror attack (May 3, 2017)

Stockholm photo walk Sodermalm, Langholmen, Kungsholmen (May 5, 2017).

 

Stockholm Metro Skanstull T Station for Clarion Hotel Stockholm

Stockholm’s metro underground stations are designated with a T. T-Centralen is accessible from Stockholm Central Station and will take you within one block of Clarion Stockholm at Skanstull Station on Sodermalm in 4 stops in 5 minutes at 43 SEK (one-way). There are also discount price debit cards and daily unlimited ride passes for Stockholm.

Stockholm is full of tunnels. T-Centralen entrances are at Sergels Torg square and this is the same metro station accessed from Stockholm Central Station 400 meters away.

T-Centralen

T-Centralen metro station entrance at Sergels Torg is seen in background. This flower memorial to the April 7, 2017 Stockholm truck attack victims on Drotninggaten (pedestrian walkway at top of stairs) is the only photo I found from my trip showing a metro T sign.

Clarion Hotel Stockholm Lobby

Clarion lobby

The lobby entrance to Clarion Hotel gives the visitor a sense of a cavernous space with a two floor Mexican casual bar/dining restaurant to the left and a long inclined walkway to reception with seating and water fountain features on the right wall.

Clarion Stockholm lobby-1

Get a true taste of South and Central America in the hotel restaurant “Eatery Social” is the Nordic Choice Hotels website description. Margarita specials make me think Mexican.

Clarion margarita

Margarita Hour Mon-Fri 16:00 – 18:00 discounts price to 98 SEK ($11.15 USD).

Bar specials:

Local Beer 78 SEK / $8.88 USD

Sparkling Pineapple Sangria

  • 90 SEK / $10.24 USD glass
  • 310 SEK / $35.27 pitcher

Margarita 98 SEK / $11.15 USD

My standard line when I see Scandinavian drink prices is “Fancy getting drunk?”

Clarion bar

The high price for alcohol in Sweden, Norway and Finland to limit over consumption has the intended effect on me when I am in these countries. After a week of $2.00 to $2.50 pints of beer in Latvia and Lithuania, I was ready to dry out in Stockholm anyway.

Social Eating

Eatery Social bar at Clarion Hotel Stockholm.

Food prices start around $10 with main courses $15 to $30. Pork tacos 115 SEK / $13.08. A hamburger 195 SEK ($22.20). Chicken dinner with salad 275 SEK / $31.28.

Clarion Eatery

A freeway runs beneath it

Clarion Stockholm freeway

Eatery Social hotel restaurant is located directly over the highway to southern parts of Stockholm with words on the window reading, “COMPLIMENTARY VIEW FOR ALL GUESTS”. I could not hear traffic from any of the spaces inside the hotel.

Clarion Hotel Stockholm Check-In

Clarion Checkin

I did not see the self-service check-in desk when I walked to reception. Some social contact talking with the receptionist was nicer anyway. Then I got an elevator ride with a group of young women athletes at the hotel for the Stockholm Open international swim competition at Eriksdalsbadet pool complex behind the Clarion.

Clarion foyer

Clarion Hotel Stockholm guest floor elevator foyer.

Clarion interior views

Some rooms at Clarion Stockholm have very limited room view.

I was happy to see my room view. I am Choice Privileges Platinum elite from 20+ nights in 2016. My room had a view of the Eriksdalsbadet pool complex.

Clarion room view

Eriksdalsbadet is located on the south island waterfront of Sodermalm.

The full window view looks out to the freeway to the southern area of Stockholm.

Clarion Stockholm room

Clarion room-2

Like nearly every hotel I have stayed in Scandinavia, wifi was fast. Plenty of outlets around room.

Clarion room-3

Good bed.

Clarion room-4

Corner cushioned chair.

Clarion room-6

Clarion room-8

Breakfast Buffet

Morning breakfast buffet is complimentary at Clarion Hotel Stockholm. Highlight was made-to-order omelet.

Clarion omelet-1

Clarion omelet-2

Clarion Hotel Stockholm is a nice alternative to Clarion Hotel Sign for Stockholm city stays. Sodermalm neighborhoods are more interesting to me that central Stockholm area around Central Station when staying at Clarion Hotel Sign.

Stockholm Clarion Hotel Sign great deal on points, convenient airport train access (July 13, 2016).

Trip Report Stockholm NYO to Clarion Hotel Sign to Arlanda ARN (March 15, 2017).

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Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm is the other hotel in Stockholm city at 10,000 Choice Privileges points per night. Clarion Sign is 5 minutes walk to Arlanda Express train and Flybussarna bus to Arlanda Airport.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. You did not mention a free dinner there. Does this Choice hotel not offer it, or did you arrive too late, or???

  2. Only Clarion Collection hotels have free dinner buffet. Clarion Hotel Sign and Clarion Hotel Stockholm do not have free dinner.

    For Copenhagen CPH overnight transits I like to take train from airport to Malmo, Sweden (30 minutes and about $13) and stay at Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance (8,000 points) with an evening meal and breakfast before catching a flight out of CPH.

    Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance Malmo, Sweden food alone worth 8,000 points
    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2015/09/06/clarion-collection-hotel-temperance-malmo-sweden-food-alone-worth-8000-points/

  3. So do you recommend this hotel over Clarion Sign? Seems like it’s a better location vs bigger rooms at the Sign?

  4. Thanks, that’s a good point actually. I have Clarion Sign booked for 6 nights on points. It’s pretty incredible value.

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