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Welcome to another post of helping a reader travel! As I’ve mentioned before, I have not been to every destination (unfortunately), but do get questions from friends and other blog readers on all sort of travel destination questions. Thus far, we’ve been able to help other readers travel to Maui, The Greek Islands, The Pacific Coast Highway, Argentina, Costa Rica, Cape Code & The Islands, Iceland, Geneva, Canadian Rockies, Rome, Israel, Peru, and Las Vegas.
So this weeks travel destination includes Stockholm. I received the following email from reader Lou:
“I am planning a trip to Stockholm next Summer and could really use some help figuring out where to stay and things to do. I’ve been to Europe a few times, but never Scandinavia. If possible, I have Starwood points that I’d love to use. Thanks!”
I actually was in Stockholm over Labor Day 2009 (before starting this blog so I unfortunately do not have a trip review). I absolutely loved the city! This was part of a larger trip that included Copenhagen and London as well. We lucked out with beautiful weather (low 80’s) and no rain so that really helped since it can get quite cold there. Since you are going in the Summer though, you should be fine with weather, but a light jacket is probably recommended. We stayed at the Sheraton Stockholm hotel and the location is perfect. Probably one of the best locations in the city. It is a category 5 hotel, so only 12,000 points a night, which is great! There are also a bunch of Radisson Blu properties that I remember seeing in good locations. From what I remember the hotel was nice and the club lounge (if you have status) was decent. I do remember the rooms being small, but large enough that we were able to fit a rollaway in with our two queen beds. Food in Stockholm (and all over Scandinavia) is ridiculously expensive, so having access to the club lounge was really nice. We even ate dinner there one night. We only had two (or maybe three) full days, so we didn’t leave the city limits, but I’ve heard the countryside is really nice. We bought a two day pass to take the boat to the different islands right off of the city. The Vasa Museum is definitely a highlight and I recommend just walking around the other islands. It is a beautiful city, so I recommend spending time walking around to the various parks and through the shopping area. Also, make sure to take the Arlanda Express train from the airport to the city. It is very quick and much cheaper than a taxi. The hotel is walking distance from the train which is great. I really loved Stockholm (and Copenhagen for that matter) and would love to visit other cities in Scandinavia as well!
If you’ve been to Stockholm, let’s help out reader Lou by commenting below. Also, if you have any upcoming travel where you need some help, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be a featured “Help a Reader Travel” Monday special. Thanks!