When we went to Stockholm and Oslo during our round trip across Scandinavia, we stayed at a Scandic hotel. Scandic is the largest Nordic hotel company with more than 280 hotels in six countries, and not only puts a focus on sustainability such as reducing food waste but is also certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
Recommended by a friend of mine, who already stayed at this hotel before, we decided to stay for two nights at the Scandic Upplandsgatan (former HTL Hotel Kungsgatan) too. The hotel offers everything that today’s modern traveler needs: simple but modern and well-equipped rooms, a central location, and, not to forget, great value for money. We stayed at a standard room, equipped with a comfy bed big enough for two, smart storage including hangers and a storage box below the bed, as well as a TV and a bathroom with a shower – to name a few. If you want to save even more money, there is a cheaper room category, but this one comes without a window.
The hotel, of course, also has free WiFi to stay connected with friends or do some work at the hotel and has a mini shop, which is open 24/7. For foodies, the hotel also offers a breakfast buffet and à la carte dinner served at the combined lounge and restaurant, which is also suitable for having a drink in the evenings. Thereby, the daily breakfast buffet is included in the room rate and offers everything one needs for a great start to the day.
Conclusion: The hotel not only offers good food and comfy rooms at great value for money, but is also ideally located in the city center and, therefore, perfect for exploring everything Stockholm has to offer.
In Oslo, we also stayed at a Scandic hotel, the Scandic Karl Johan (former HTL Hotel Grensen). We booked a standard room again, which came with nearly the same equipment as our room in Stockholm. However, since the window didn’t close properly in the room we were actually supposed to stay in, we were given another room and were quite lucky that the new room had a nice view of the streets of Oslo.
The hotel is well-located in the center of Oslo, making it easy to get around the city also by food. However, public transportation such as busses, trams, metro, and trains are only a short walk away. Also, Oslo’s main sights, shops, restaurants as well as bars can be found nearby. The hotel, moreover, offers a breakfast buffet for a great start to the day, and a mini shop. In the afternoon, they also serve lighter meals, snacks, and drinks in the lounge area.
Conclusion: The Scandic Karl Johan is a great city hotel, favorably located to explore Oslo, while at the same time enjoying great service and comfy hotel rooms equipped with everything you need for a city trip.