The Facts — A favorite for families with kids and party-goers alike, this hotel in downtown Stockholm combines a whole range of traits that are often associated with Sweden.
One of those traits has to do with Scandic Anglais‘ claim as being environmentally friendly — in addition to being both stylish and efficiently managed. The hotel is a good example of how environmental thinking has been embraced in Sweden.
Swedish consumers, in fact, voted Scandic the most sustainable hotel chain earlier this year. True to its green philosophy, the hotel encourages guests to consume Stockholm drinking water, which, the hotel says, ranks among the “world’s best water.” Drinking the tap water will save you needless consumption and cost.
In line with the environmental thinking, guests at the hotel can borrow bikes free of charge. That means the chance is yours to join the locals and go for a bike ride when in Stockholm. Such a service is actually well in line with the city’s ambitions of developing into a city that is as bike-friendly as Amsterdam. That being said, the Scandic Anglais is situated close to trendy Stureplan, meaning that the hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions.
The proximity to Stureplan, which is only minutes away by foot, means that if you’re looking for the local party-going crowd, you have come to the right place. Some of the best clubs and bars that Stockholm has to offer can be found close to Scandic Anglais.
The hotel itself is also a good alternative for nightlife: The ground floor houses a long bar and lounge, popular with the after-work crowd. The breakfast area and reception are found nearby. In the adjacent shop, guests can buy salads and sandwiches for quick meals on the go or to stock their mini-bars back in their rooms.
Care more for experiencing the local culture in a quiet pace? Then Östermalms Saluhall might be something for you. Built more than a century ago, this food hall is a haven for foodies looking for ingredients – or for anyone looking for a restaurant. Another restaurant alternative is Vapiano. Located just across the street from the hotel, Vapiano is a kid-friendly alternative for lunch or dinner.
While location and environmental thinking are both strong plus factors, a real forte for Scandic Anglais is in fact its kid-friendly approach. Featuring activities for kids of different ages, the hotel is sure to be a favorite among the younger guests.
Cozy Digs — The 230 rooms at Scandic Anglais fall under three categories: Cabin, a cozy 129 square feet, designed primarily for those who simply need a place to sleep while on business in Stockholm; Superior, 301 square feet and with views over the park Humlegården from your private balcony; and spacious suites.
Final Word — The Scandic Anglais is located in the heart of Stockholm’s shopping and nightclub district. Also, the hotel bar is a popular local hangout for young professionals, especially on weekends. The hotel features a new, quieter bar on the second floor.
Scandic Anglais also offers a spa with hot tubs, Swedish sauna and gym, and the entire property is set up for wireless internet.
• Dry cleaning and express laundry service
• Irons, ironing board available upon request; safe in room
• Free wireless internet is provided, but you need a code, which conveniently can be retrieved via reception or your in-room TV.
• Bikes are available free of charge.
• Air Conditioning
• Health Club with gym and treatments
• Kids Stay Free
SAMPLE RATE: Sample rate for July 14 – July 16, 2012, (two nights, two people) US$204 per night for Twin Superior room with breakfast included.
**** 4 Stars
The Scandic chain used to transport 4 million bottles of water annually to its hotels. That was unsustainable, management felt, which is why the chain now invests in the best water there is — H2O from its own tap. At Scandic hotels, you’ll find attractive hand-blown glass water bottles designed by an Olympic swimmer, who has an obvious affection for water, and a glass designer. Either fill from your sink or from water dispensers that serve still or sparkling. Your cost: $0.