Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stockholm - 2 nights stay in Crystal Plaza Hotel

Duration of stay: 16th till 18th October 2015

Crystal Plaza Hotel, set in an art nouveau building is situated at Birger Jarlsgatan 35, in Stockholm. We were walking balk from Vasa Museum, said to be 2.3 km from the hotel when we snapped below 2 photos. Yeah, it was one of those misery walks ending a whole day city tour by foot and one of many good reason why we stayed in these area. Crystal Plaza Hotel, aside from given us a comfy bed it also has all attractions within walking distance. It's advantageous for backpackers like us who wishes to cover all attractions within the shortest time possible.

Another reason why I chose to stay in this hotel was mainly due to its attractive offer, irresistible good deal of discounted room rate which rank it at par with what Anne's chose in the rest of cities stop we made throughout the 4th leg. The room comes with a strong and good reception of wifi (free or rather charged to the room rate), flat screen TV, dressing desk, complimentary tea and coffee making and most importantly to us, is the heated bathroom. It was a very cold autumn season when we arrived in the city, where there was one morning the temperature has dropped to negative 2 degree Celsius. An electric aluminium heater bar has allowed to warm the floor tiles, while simultaneously used to dry our emergency laundry. The room rate per night that I paid is SEK921.50 and 2 nights for SEK1,843 inclusive of VAT.

The hotel seated right in the heart of Stockholm, near the Stureplan big city where there’s Restaurants (locals and international), shopping, cinemas and theaters are on the doorstep. Crystal Plaza Hotel has 111 rooms that combines classic charm with modern comforts and personal service. It is suitable for any purpose of visit, either you are in the city for a weekday night on business or a weekend getaway in Stockholm. The stay is indeed a comfortable and memorable as this is the only hotel that include breakfast in the hotel rate. The breakfast that was served during our 2 mornings were great, we really have no complaints nor regrets.

Crystal Plaza Hotel is part of the Excellence Hotel which is a family run business that operates three hotels in the Stockholm area. The hotel offers options for its guests in the long term living accommodation in the city center or near Stockholm International Fairs. They claimed that their driving force is a personal services and care for their guests. They wanted to create a home environment which you able to appreciate when you enter their breakfast buffet in the morning. I felt it and I hope you may concur with my opinion.

Crystal Plaza Hotel's building is around 120 years old and was constructed in two stages, between 1896-1898 by architect Lars Johan Laurentz (1851-1901), and from 1907 to 1910 by architect Carl Alfred Danielsson-Baak (1872-1967). Permanent artworks inside the hotel, in the shape of stucco and wall paintings, are signed Alice Maria Nordin (1871-1948), a Swedish artist whose work can be found even at the Opera, as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. The building's beautiful main entrance and stairway was built in a period of Art Deco-style K-marked. I don't even know when and what Art deco-style K-marked period was.

Right from the outset, the Crystal Plaza Hotel building served as a hotel, so the interior has changed over time under different lines. The most recent complete renovation took place in the 1990s. An exciting new part of the building's history began in 2015; a renovation with the aim of restoring the hotel to a style in keeping with the building's original design. Originally an order commissioned by the YMCA, was the idea of ​​the hotel to meet the need for young Christians unaccompanied males in the big city. Society has changed over time, and so even the hotel. Today Crystal Plaza Hotel welcomes travelers from all over the world, regardless of gender and age.

On the last day, we spent the whole morning doing nothing after breakfast before the check out time. After checked out, we left our luggage and headed for lunch just 3 rows behind the hotel. The receptionist are all very friendly to assist and ensure that we had a cab ready for our departure to Viking Line port are. I wish to recommend you guys to stay in this hotel as I would should I able to return someday again in the city.

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