Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stora Brännbo - Sigtuna

I have just returned from an international conference. It took place at Stora Brännbo hotel. Located in historic Sigtuna in Sweden it offers guests great value, and breakfast is included!!!

Location: BBBB

The Stora Brännbo hotel is located a five minute walk from historic Sigtuna, a quaint town with small wooden houses on the banks of Lake Mälaren.

It is easily within reach from travelers to Stockholm Airport Arlanda. A 20 minute taxi drive with the Taxi 020 from the airport will cost you a fixed price of 27,40 EUR. For those of you not willing to use as much money, you can take a bus from the airport to nearby Märsta, and change to another bus that will bring you by the hotel. This will, however, take much longer time.

The hotel is located in a green park. You may experience some traffic noise from the nearby road, particularly those rooms located near the road.

Service: BBBBB

One of the best things being a guest at Stora Brännbo, is that you are not met merely with a modest Scandinavian nod, but you feel extremely welcome from the moment you arrive.

The hotel has a multilingual staff that makes a strong effort to take care of your needs. They are always willing to help you or answer your questions. The staff at breakfast are equally kind and welcoming.

Room: BBBB+

The rooms are located in a number of smaller and larger buildings scattered throughout the hotel area. I was given a single room in building number 6 facing the nearby road.

It was a small room, and a tiny bathroom. Decorated in light green and white, with light wooden furniture. Single bed, small desk, and closet for your clothes.

Exceptionally clean, and immaculately maintained - no dusts on any surfaces, and few, if any marks from wear and tear. The tiny bathroom likewise. Delicately decorated in white and green tiles, with plenty of place for your toiletries.

The room had a flat screen TV, and a radio/alarm clock that was out of order. The TV had mostly Swedish channels. It would have been nice to have access to English news channels as BBC News, CNN International or Sky News. The free internet access worked perfectly in the room.

The ventilation did not work very well, which meant that I needed to sleep with my window open. As there were traffic on the nearby road around the clock, it seriously affected my sleep.

Breakfast: BBBBB-

Breakfast was included in the price, and what a bargain! It is hard to find anything that even the most picky guest would not like.

This was an offer worth even paying for - getting it for free was even better. There were an abundance of foods to choose from. You could choose from boiled eggs, home made scrambled eggs, crispy slices of bacon and small tasty sausages.

There were an abundance of different cold cuts, and soft and hard cheese. For those of you choosing a healthy start of the day you could choose from a range of muesli, yogurt, fruit, milk and several kinds of juice.

There were different kinds of bread, fine and whole grain, and even deliciously crispy and sinful pastries. There were even gluten free bread and other products for those suffering for coeliac disease, gluten- or lactose intolerance.

And good coffee and tea, both regular and herbal brands.

Facilities: BBBBB

Entertainment: Inhouse bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Excellent quality on food.

Exercise: Fitness centre and jacuzzi available. Full spa treatment offered.

Well being: Several comfortable rest areas, extra PC's by reception, well functioning wireless access over the whole area. Air conditioning not in good order in the hotel. rooms

Hygiene: Immaculate over-all cleaning of the hotel.

Price: BBB

You will have to pay up in order to stay at Stora Brännbo. A single room will cost you SEK 1100 (107,74 EUR) and a double SEK 1600 (EUR 156,62).

In summer (June 28th to August 8th) you will get rooms at a reduced price. One night will cost SEK 445,- (43 EUR) per person in a double room, and SEK 550 (EUR 53,84) in a single room.

All prices includes breakfast buffet.

Rating the Stora Brännbo experience: BBBB+ (4,36 points)

Stora Brännbo is a professionally run hotel in a scenic setting. Both the tranquility of small town Sweden, as well as the Stockholm metropolitan area is within reach. Good overall standard, excellen service, and a buffet breakfast to die for.

Stora Brännbo
Stora Brännbovägen 2-6, Sigtuna

Postal address: Box 65, SE-193 22 Sigtuna
Phone: 08-592 575 00
Fax: 08-592 575 99 

E-mail: info@storabrannbo.se

See map of Sigtuna and surrounding area here, included bus connection to the hotel from Arlanda

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