Comfort Xpress

Mind ootab homme ees üsna pikk päev autosõiduga ja selleks, et end natukene säästa, otsustasin ma täna poolele teele ära tulla. See tähendas omakorda sobiva hinnaga hotelli leidimist Oslos. Kui natukene uurida ja otsida ja planeerida, siis leiab Oslos väga mõistliku hinnaga hotelle, kuid võib ka juhtuda (eriti suveperioodil) et midagi mõistlikku lihtsalt enam pole.

Tavaliselt ööbin ma Oslos ühes Bekkestuas asuvas airbnb korteris (hind ca 35 eur öö), kuid loomulikult oli see välja üüritud Õnneks leidsin ma hea pakkumise Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget (https://www.choicehotels.com/norway/oslo/comfort-inn-hotels/no104) lehelt. Hind ca 70 eur/öö.

Hotell on suurepärase asukohaga. 10 minutit Oslo raudteejaamast jalutada, Oslo kesklinnas, nii et nii parlamendihoone, toomkirik, Karl Johan, ooperimaja ja kuningaloss on käe-jala juures.  Tuba on ruumikas ja korralik, lihtsa sisustusega, kuid kõik vajalik on olemas.  Kuna hotellis ei ole restorani, siis ainus miinus on see, et ei pakuta hommikusööki, samas on keldrikorrusel olemas mikrolaineahi ja veekeetja, et endale midagi ise süüa teha.  Hotellis on olemas ka jõusaal, kuid nagu piltidelt näha, on erajõusaal olemas ka igas numbritoas;)

Samuti on keldrikorrusel olemas võimalused pesu pesemiseks ja triikimiseks. Lisaks lihtsalt ka mõnusad lebonurgad, kus raamatut lugeda. 9.korrusel asuv katuseterass on ilusa ilmaga vägagi ahvatlev. Ideaalne koht niisama chillimiseks.

Hotell on pigem suunatud nooremale reisijale, kes võib olla tahab ka õhtul teiste hotellikülastajatega koos aega veeta, aga keegi ei sunni sotsialiseeruma. Vanainimene saab vaikselt oma toas telekat vaadata. Lärmi pärast kartma ei pea.

Plusspunktid hotellile keskkonnasõbralikkuse ja teadlikkuse tõstmise eest.

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If you are looking for a cool but affordable accommodation in Oslo I suggest you to check out Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget. The prices start from ca 70 euros per night. Of course there is possible to get cheaper accommodations in dormitory, but if you are not the backpacker type and need some privacy, this may be the best price you get in Oslo center.

The location of the hotel is perfect – just 10 minutes walk from Oslo S and all the main toursit attractions in Oslo city are nearby. Karl Johan, parliament building, opera house, the Royal Castle. 

Also the staff is very friendly and make you feel like at home at once you enter the hotel. I have once before stayed in this hotel 5 years ago and everything was the same then also. Very welcoming staff waiting for you. The check in is from 15, but I arrived an hour earlier. Without a problem I was allowed to check in. I guess this hotel is more meant for younger travelers – there are common chillaxing areas on rooftop terrace and ground floor, but also older travelers (like me) do not need to fear that it is too noisy or one needs to socialize with other guests. No one is forced to do anything. One can peacefully stay in own room and watch tv. And the double room is specious.

The only negative thing is perhaps the lack of restaurant and no breakfast, but a light breakfast bag can be bought in the reception. Also snacks and beverages. On the ground floor there is a micro wave, iron and washing machine. So basically everything you need for a successful stay is at your service.

Stockholm, mu arm

Ma tean, et inimesed peavad mind napakaks, kui ma ütlen, et Stockholm ON ja jääb üheks minu lemmiklinnaks. Maailmas on ju nii palju huvitavamaid ja ägedamaid ja kaugemaid sihtkohti. On. Ma ei vaidle vastu. Aga Stockholm on minu jaoks eriline. Lapsest saati on just see olnud see linn, kus ma end ära unustan ja unistan. Umbes sama tunne nagu Pranglis, et aeg jääb seisma, lihtsalt tahaks kulgeda ja fika´da.

Minu enda jaoks on kõige kummalisem see, et ma olen ületanud oma hirmu laevasõidu vastu. 33 aastat olen ma laevaga sõita kartnud ja piinelnud, viimased kolm aastat on hoopis teine lugu olnud. Tormist, st kõigutavat merd ei armasta ma siiani, aga vanasti ma reaalselt kartsin kajutiski olla.

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Kui juba jutt vanasti peale läks, siis vanasti  sai mööda ostukeskusi joostud, et leiaks vaid H&Mi, nüüd ma ei mäleta, kuna ma viimati mõnes suures keskuses käisin. Pigem jalutad mööda vanalinna, avastad poekesi, kohvikuid külastad muuseume ja no ofkoors Emmaus poodi. Stockholmis on mingi eriline vibe, mida mina sõnadesse panna ei oska. Seda saab vaid kogeda.

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Seekord oli selles mõttes veidike erilisem, et me sõitsime Stockholmi ekstra selleks, et Stockholmi Eesti segakoori kontserti kuulama minna. Üliäge oli. Filmimuusika Eestist, Rootsist ja Hollywoodist. Väga meeleolukas ja kuidagi armas kontsert. Tahaks neid veel kuulda. Hoidke nende Facebooki lehel silm peal, võib olla juhtute nö õigel ajal õiges linnas olema.

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Ilmaga vedas meil täiega, nii et me lihtsalt komberdasime pühapäeva linna peal maha, sõitsime paatidega siia-sinna ja kulgesimegi, lihtsalt niisama. Kui te ostate endale SL ühistranspordikaardi, siis saate sama kaardiga sõita ka Djurgårdenisse ja Slussenisse.

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Lõbustusparki seekord ei jõudnud, aga selle asemel nägin ma ka lõpuks Stockholmi kõige kitsama tänava ära. On küll selles linnas 9076 korda käidud, aga näete, iga kord on avastamisrõõmu.  Saksa kiriku ja Eesti kooli juures polnud ma ka käinud.

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Ööbimiskohtadest olen ma varem soovitanud Södermalmil asuvat Hotel Hellsten Malmgardi, seekord aga soovitan nende partnerhotelli Norrmalmil – Rex hotelli. Hea hind, kaugus kesklinnast kiviviske kaugusel, metroopeatus sealsamas lähedal, söögikohad samamoodi ning hommikusöök hinna sees.  Hubane ja mõnus hotell. Mitte niivõrd luksuslikult mõjuv ja põnev kui Hellsten, kuid absoluutselt olid hind ja kvaliteet hotellis paigas.

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Me Idaga ei oska seda “travel-light”-asja väga hästi. Seekord mõtlesin ma, et ei võta peaaegu midagi kaasa, et mahutame kõik oma asjad Ida imepisikesse Frozen kohvrisse. Ma tean alati Rootsis käies, et selline otsus ON viga, kuid ei õpi oma vigadest. Nii ka seekord. Tagasi tulime me nagu kaamelid saja kotiga. Isegi Ida oli sunnitud päris raske seljakoti selga tõmbama.

Tema visadus reisimisel on täiesti hämmastav. Stockholmis sadamasse kõndides oli ta tegelikult juba unine, aga  pidas nii vapralt vastu, kandis oma kotti ja ei nurisenud absoluutselt, kuid järgmisel päeval kui me ühest sadamast teise jooksime oma kottidega, olin ma tegelikult lausa hämmingus. Kahe sadama vahe ei olnudtõesti rohkem kui kaks kilomeetrit, kuid kui seda vahemaad läbida pooljoostes, suure koti, kohvri ja lapsega, siis on see päris arvestusväärne maraton. Ida reaalselt jooksis minuga ilma igasuguse nurinata kaasa, sest tema ei tahtnud ka sellest paadist maha jääda. Mida me oleks oma kottidega seal Helsingis kolm tundi teinud, eks? Ja pealegi lubasin ma, et kogu laevasõidu veedame me siis mängutoas ja Idal oli nii suur soov sinna jõuda.

Kui Ida kodus on parasjagu printsess, siis reisides ta digimuutub äärmiselt vahvaks ja vastupidavaks reisiselliks. Mitmeid kilomeetreid mööda linna jalutada ei ole tema jaoks mingi probleem. Nii äge!

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Stockholm, Stockholm, Stockholm

Ei tule vist üllatusena, et Stockholm on üks minu lemmiklinnasid. Mul ei saa sellest kunagi kõrini, nii et kui õde ütles, et läheb vanaema Rootsi viima ja ema meid Idaga kaasa kutsus, ütlesin ma loomulikult jah. Ma ei teagi, mis põhjusel me seekord Stockholmis ööbisime, kuid  kuna edasi-tagasi rongisõit jäi ära, oli meil kolm päeva aega linnas ringi jalutada. Stockholm ON imeline! Päike paistis ja inimesed lihtsalt nautisid, kellelgi polnud kuhugi kiiret. Mu meelest on meil Skandinaavia hygge´st ja fika´st nii palju õppida. Oskus aeg maha võtta ja mitte kiirustada.  Nii jalutasime meiegi mööda linna teosammul ringi, ühest muuseumist ja kohvikust teise.

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Neli põlvkonda naisi jalutuskäigul
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Moekalt fikamas:D
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Pendelpaati ootamas. Kui SL ühistranspordikaart olemas, siis on paadisõit sama hinnaga nagu bussid, trammid ja metroo, aga hoopis huvitavam vahelduseks

Esimeseks muuseumiks, mida me külastasime, oli Junibacken, me olime seal Idaga ühe korra juba käinud ning kuna tegu on laste ja lapsemeelsete paradiisiga, siis loomulikult ei olnud minul selle külastuse vastu mitte kui midagi. Rahvast oli laupäeval seal muidugi palju, kuid õnneks on ruumi piisavalt, et ei pea küünarnukitunnet tundma. Muinasjuturong (mida saab kuulata ka eestikeelsena) on muidugi selle muuseumi parim pala.  Mina olen Astrid Lingdreni suuuuuuur fänn ja loodetavasti kasvab ka Idast samasugune fänn. Emil ja väike Ida on hetkel tema lemmikud.

Idavanusel on seal küll metsikult lõbus, kuid ma usun, et lõbus on ka noorematel ja vanematel. Nooremate puhul peavad lihtsalt vanemad rohkem kaasa turnima, vanemad lapsed (sellised Idasugused ja vanemad) lustisid täiesti omapäi juba.

Pilet on mu meelest küll natukene kallis (159 SEK täiskasvanud ja 139 lapsed alates 2. eluaastast), kuid ka seda raha väärt.

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Emil on väikese Ida lipumasti tõmmanud
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Emil on kogemata sahvrisse magama jäänud
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Karlssoni katusekorter
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Alfons Åbergil külas
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Tõeline Segasummasuvila kohvik
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Karlssonil külas
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Kellele ei meeldiks täpiline Pipi hobune? 
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Juveelipood
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Tõeline draakon, aga mitte selline kuri nagu Katla, pigem ikka vist sõbraliku loomuga

Edasi liikusime me kuningalossis asuvasse Skattkammaren´i, kus on tasuta näitus kuninglikest tõldadest, juveelidest ja riietest. Väga vahva muuseum, kust kindlasti soovitan läbi astuda. Endal lõbus ja lastel ka.

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Lapsed saavad end muuseumis riietada rüütliteks ja printsessideks, sõita tõllal ja katsuda kui raske oli üks kuningakroon. 1719 grammi kaalus üks neist. Paras pirakas peas kandmiseks.

Kuus tundi jalutamist läks niikui niuhti. Uni tuli magus kõigil. Ida jäi lausa süles magama. Ja see on harukordne nähtus, et see laps ütleb ise vabatahtlikult, et on unine ja tahab magama!

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PS: Kui teie minu Stockholmi vaimustust ei jaga, siis peate vist siit blogist paar päeva eemale hoidma, mu vaimustus jätkub veel;)

Lugusid rubriigist “Reisile minuga”/ When I travel things happen vol1000

Niisiis. Mina ja Ida reisimas. Mis saaks viltu minna eks? Kui lauses on need neli sõna, siis ilmselgelt saab viltu minna palju. Esiteks olin ma Lillehammerist Oslo lennujaama ostnud pileti hilisemale rongile kui planeeritud. Ei midagi traagilist iseenesest, me oleks võinud ka tund aega hiljem minna, kuid kuna eile sai õhtusöögiks liiga palju vedelal kujul viinamarju tarbitud, siis ma lihtsalt tahtsin hotelli nii kiiresti kui võimalik. Ühesõnaga oli mul esiteks vaja ära moosida konduktor. Laps, tuhat kohvrit ja hale nägu aitasid.

Ja siis jõudsime me hotelli. Ma hakkasin maksma. Mu kaart ei toiminud. Või ei olnud seal raha. Igatahes seal ma seisin Ida ja oma miljoni kompsuga ega saanud hotellitoa eest maksta. Korraks leidsin ma end mõttelt, et me veedame öö lennujaamas. Kusjuures algselt oligi mul see plaan, sest lennuk läheb homme nii vara, et Lillehammerist ei tule rongi. Aga ma sain nii hea pakkumise ühest Gardermoeni lähedal asuvast hotellist, et otsustasin selle kulutuse teha, et Ida ei peaks kusagil põrandal magama. Mul endal oleks suht suva olnud.

Siis tuli mulle meelde, et mul on ligipääs Mareki kontole. Et ma võiks ju sealt varastada. Ma teadsin, et seal on raha. AGA selgus, et pool tundi enne oli ta sealt raha välja võtnud ja konto oli tühi. Tagasi lennujaamas põrandal magamise juures?

Ma ei tea, kas laps ja tuhat kompsu mõjus, aga hotelli vastuvõtus töötanud meesterahvas maksis toa eest ise ära. Täiesti uskumatu mu meelest, aga äärmiselt abivalmis. Ma ei tea, kuidas need lood ikka minuga alati juhtuvad. Reality missugune!

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What could go wrong when I travel? If you know me, almost everything is possible: I never seem to travel without adventures. Today I first had bought ticket to a later train than planned. Not actually a problem, but as I had way too much liquid grapes yesterday, I just wanted to get to the hotel. I hoped that we are allowed to take the earlier train with the wrong ticket. I don´t know if child, a sad face and thousands of bags did the trick but we were allowed on board.

We arrived at hotel and all I was thinking about was bed. When I tried to pay for the room it turned out my card was either not working or I had not enough money, anyway there I was with my bags and Ida. Not being able to pay. We´ll sleeping in the airport it is then. It actually was the original plan, because the flight goes so early that no trains come from Lillehammer. At the last moment I got a very good offer from a hotel near Gardermoen that for Ida´s sake I chose the hotel.

So. Then I thought I can transfer money to hotel´s account from Marek´s. I knew he had miney, I have access to his account. BUT it turned out that 30 minutes earlier he had taken out the money. Back to sleeping in airport.

And you know what happened. The person working in the reception paid  for the room. Of course I will have to transfer money to him, but this kind of kindness really surprised my socks off.

This is what can happen when I travel:)

I died (of jealousy) and went to heaven

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See on nüüd üks selliseid postitusi, kus ma ütlen ausalt, et ma tunnen iga keharakuga kadedust. Ja mul ei ole seda isegi häbi tunnistada, sest no mis ma ikka teen kui sellised tunded mind valdasid peale “historisk hage” (ajalooline aed) külastust Sveinhaug Gård’ is (LINK). See on minu absoluutne uus lemmikkoht Lillehammeri kandis. Oligi juba aeg, sest kuigi Maihaugen on ikka kindlalt top 3-s, siis natuke “värsket verd” kulus ära. Godværskafè (Hea ilma kohvik) on lausa geniaalne ja toit hellitab köhtu nii minusugusel kui taimetoitlasel. Koht ise asub Moelvist ca 2 km, nii et kui siia kanti satute SUVEL (sest aed ja pansionaat olid sel nädalavahetusel viimast korda sel aastal avatud; talveperioodil saab majas ööbida kui koos viieliikmeline grupp vöi broneerida seda üritusteks), siis see on koht, KUHU PEAB MINEMA. Miks? Ma ei oska seda sönadesse panna. Vaadake parem pilte. Mina olen armunud! Ja kade! Kade, sest sellest ajast kui kunagi “ökovanaema ja Martin” sai kirjutatud, olen ma alati salamisi millestki sellisest unistanud. Küll tagasihoidlikumast versioonist, kuid siiski. Laiem pilt on unistusele üsna sarnane.

PS. Galeriis oli parasjagu ka Elena Engelsen skulptuuride näitus. Tema köige tuntum teos seisab aga ilmselt Oslos. See sama “Tiigrilinna” tiiger, kes talupoegi suurlinna eest hoiatab Oslo S ees.

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All my body is full of jelousy right now and I am not even ashamed of it. After visiting the most wonderful farm yard these are the feelings. Cannot help it. I will probably dream of of owning this place tonight, because I must confess that a place like this has been a dream of mine since I published “Eco granny & Martin” children’s book. A more modest version of course, but the wider picture is exactly something like this. I AM IN LOVE. And I tell you that this is my new favorite place in Lillehammer region. Maihaugen still is in top3, but a bit of “fresh blood” was needed. Sveihaug gård (LINK) approximately 2 km from Moelv is a PLACE YOU MUST VISIT. It’s like dieing and going to heaven. If you of course like this historical romantic places. If not, well then it’s not for you. It is opened in summertime (this weekend was unfortunately the last this year) and there is also a pensjonat for accomdation. Definately a place where I wish to stay now. In winter period it is opend for groups (min 5 people). Can I please have my 40th birthday there, dear God? Or Santa?

The “Godværskafè” (Good weather Cafè) is such a cool concept and the food is local and different from what you usually are served in Norway (at least I have been).

I am pretty much dieing of envy, it is hard to describe in words how AMAZING it is, just take a look at the photos and you`ll understand what I mean.

PS: In the gallery there was an exhibition of Elenea Engelsen sculptures. Her most famost piece of work is in Oslo S – the Tiger of “Tiger City” saying “Watch out for big city, farmer!” Do you know the poem by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson? You can read a bit about it for example here.

 

Hiking in my ballerinas

A week ago I was so lucky to visit this lovely little mountainhotel in Rondane naturepark. It is the oldest and said to be the prettiest nature parks in whole Norway. It is hard to describe the beauty of this park with photos and words, you have to visit the park. Close your eyes and sense the mountains. Over 2000 metre-high tops decked in snow, the rays of sun on landscape, tranquilillity. The sun is shining but the temperature is low, the wind is blowing. The landscape with towering mountains is almost magical and the knowledge that you are in one of the most beautiful places in Norway makes it special.

In the middle of  this beauty one will find Høvringen Fjellstue. It is one of the oldest mountain lodges in Rondane which has been in the same family for more than 120 years. Their guestbook dates back to 1903, but they have been welcoming guests since the 1890’s. Today the hotel is run by 3. and 4. generation – mother Marit and son Tormod. They are the ones welcoming you when you enter the fjellstue.
It is hard to see this hotel as a hotel, as you can see history of the family in each corner of the house. Marit proudly shows you the chair her great grandfather made. It is a strange mixture of visiting a grandmother and a museum. The warm and good feeling when sitting by the fireplace and drinking hot cocoa after a hikingtrip in the mountains.  Or sitting in the “living room” enjoying the view. And it sure is magical waking up in total quietness to these views.

I got this urge to climb the highest mountains (as they seem so near when looking from the window) the moment I opened my eyes, but unfortunatley I discovered I had forgotten my hiking boots and you do not go far in your ballerinas. The whole evening I had laughed at my husvand who had forgotten a warm jacket, guess who was laughing when I didn’t find my boots in the suitcase…

I still went for a little walk, but really at 7 AM it was quite cold, so make sure you take with you warm clothes when you go there. Even if it is summer, it is cold in the mountains. But you knew that, right?
Our room was really nice. For me it was as Norwegian as it can get. Everything from wood – I remember when I moved to Norway first time 18 years ago it confused me, I didn’t like this style too much, but this time it was like coming home to one of my hostfamilies from Rotary-times. The hotel is closed for couple of months from the end of September, but they open again in the winter and I have this crazy idea to go back there in wintertime. “Remember “Shining”?” my husand joked, but somehow I don’t think Jack Nicholson will be there waiting for us. When we go back in the winter, I hope we can stay at a cottage. It seems so cozy.
Before breakfast we played, or tried to play chess. I had never in my life played it before, it seems so complicated. My husband tried to teach me and I must say it was quite fun, but I couldn’t rememeber all the rules, so I was happy when our daughter joined in and “saved” me from defeat.
The food in this hotel is exceptional. Again I thought of one of my hostfamilies, where creamy au gratin potatoes accompanied with brown sauce, beautiful lamb and vegetables was one of the dishes which was served in the weekends or holidays where whole family got together. It tasted so good then and it tasted so good now. I didn’t remember how much I had loved the brown sauce. Our daughter seemed to enjoy the meal as well and when a child likes the food, it sure must be good…

 

Before you go hiking you can pack a lunch bag and fill thermos with hot coffee or tea. How sweet is this? Yes, this is a lovely hotel and I am so glad I got the oppertunity to be there with my family. I mean, I am used to visiting the hotels with my daughter, everyone already knows that, but that my husband also got to be with us, that was such a blessing.
Thank you, Høvringen Fjellstua for a wonderful stay! 
Eestikeelset arvustust võite lugeda Hotelliveebi blogist SIIN.
 

When I travel, things happen

Well. Whenever I travel, things happen. Especially in Sweden. Not bad things, but just small adventures that make the stays memorable. Broken cars, missing tickets, wrong destinations – this kind of things.

Last week I was on Gastronord expo in Stockholm and of course I needed a hotel to stay. I have been to Sweden thousands of times as you know, but I don’t know much about city. I mean if you tell me “Brännkyrkagatan” it says nothing to me. It can be in Södermalm or Östermalm, or further away – I don’t know. I only know Götgatan – because Emmaus second hand is located there, I know Södermalm – because Götgatan is there, I know Gamla Stan – because everyone knows that and I know Gärdet – because this is the stop where you get off subway when taking the ferry to Tallinn. That’s it.

So it does not come as a surprise to me that I at first tried to check us in to a wrong hotel. I was pretty sure that I had booked a hotel on Södermalm, but when I googled Hotel Hellsten it gave the address on Östermalm. Well, well, I thought and that’s where we headed. OF COURSE it turned out that there are two partner hotels – Hotel Hellsten on Östermalm, and Hotel Hellsten Malmgard on Södermalm! Of course. Our hotel was Hotel Hellsten Malmgard on Brännkyrkavägen 110, on SÖDERMALM.

I had choses this hotel 1) because of location in Södermalm (and yet again I didn’t suspect anything when I googled different location for its address) and 2) distance from T-bane (subway). We arrived by ferry and travelled this time without car, and for me it was very important that with suitcases, stroller and a baby (can I still call a 2,5yrs old a baby?) I don’t get into any extra adventures. And it actually extreamly easy to find the way from port to the hotel. You take line13 (Ropsten towards Norsborg) from Gärdet T-bane stop to Zinkensdamm and there it is – this romatic cozy three stars hotel. 150m to walk. Max.

The hotel has been known as Queen Christina”s Hunting Palace, the story from 1770 is in the walls. Strong colors in the rooms” walls, furniture in typical Gustavian style, some antiques from different parts of the world and articles from exciting places spiced with unexpected details. Unique original fireplaces, some of the brand Gustafsberg, are remaining in the building.
The buildings are built around around the cobblestoned yard, contributing to a cultural environment that is being experienced with graceful shivers. There is also an old chestnut tree in the yard, which was planted when the building was built 240 years ago. All this contributes to the feeling that time and the centuries stand still.

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Whenever possible I try to choose small hotels with personality for my stays. unfortunately it is not always affordable, I also feel that this hotel was quite pricy (from 1690SEK small doubel room), but still for me the stay gets another dimension when staying in hotels that are unique. Hellsten Malmgard definately is.

And the location could not be better. Just a walk from Gamla Stan, with beautiful parks nearby (the cherry trees were blossoming), peaceful and quiet. Breathtaking views. Not to forget shopping and nightlife. Södermalm, the “hipsterville” as we call it, has everything. For every taste.

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PS: I could write what more happened on this trip, like I lost my t-bane card at least twice, we got lost, when we tried to show my aunt HOW EASY it is to take the t-bane, we had booked return tickets back to Estonia for wrong date and I got a food poisoning, but hey…THINGS HAPPEN WHEN I TRAVEL.