Sa stress ko parang gusto ko na lang mag-extend sa Copenhagen but unfortunately, we already had a train ticket from Copenhagen to Stockholm so we need to go to Sweden. It is so easy to book accommodation but of course, we need to check the location, facilities, amenities, price and even reviews to make sure that we will have a comfortable stay.
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I had a hard time because our trip fell on Holy Week so the majority of the hotels, hostels, and apartments that I’ve checked were all fully booked. My other concerns are some accommodation has no private bathroom, no common kitchen, no elevator, no window and some do not have good reviews.
My only choice is Generator Stockholm but I was hesitant to book this because there is no guest kitchen, bringing of food and drinks are not allowed and I’ve read one review that they had a hard time sleeping because of the noise coming from the bar. I just informed my mom about it, I slept and I promised myself that I will continue my research the following day so we can have more options.
When I woke up, I was surprised when my mom told me that she already booked a room at Generator Stockholm. Waah! Nagmamadali? Even though she already booked our room, I still continued my research until I gave up. I stopped searching because I no longer want to waste my time and I need to plan for our Scandinavian trip.
Hotel Generator Stockholm Review
We settled at the Hotel Generator Stockholm. Generator Hotel started in the year 1995, Louise and Kingsley Duffy opened their first hostel in Bloomsbury London. In the year 2002, they expand their hostel in Berlin and now, they have branches across Europe such as Dublin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, and Stockholm. This year, they already have a branch outside Europe; they have a Miami branch in the U.S.A.
Generator Stockholm is a two-star hotel that was established in the year 2012. It is located in Torsgatan 10 which is just near Stockholm Central Station, Arlanda Express, museum, theater, bars, and palace. In my mind, it was really near but I was shocked when I learned that we need to walk for more or less one kilometer from Stockholm Central Station so we took taxi just to reach Generator Stockholm.
Check-in time is 2PM and we arrived past 6PM. The line was long so it took us several minutes of waiting before we could check-in. Cash payment is not allowed so make sure that you have an international credit card. We paid SEK4973 for four nights + 150 SEK for 3 towels (my mom brought her own towel). Unfortunately, towels are not included in our room package.
Private Quadruple Room
Last March. we’re supposed to book the family room but it was no longer available so we chose the Private Quad or Quadruple room. It is good for a small family or group of friends. It can only accommodate 4 persons and there is no more room for an extra bed. The room has a private bathroom, full-length mirror, bench, and storage area.
I’m happy because even we book a two-star hotel, the room looks good naman. It is clean and we have enough space to move around. Our bed, pillow, and duvet are all clean and comfy. We have our own power sockets, bedside lamp, and hooks. There is a storage box under the bed so don’t forget to bring your own lock so you can store your stuff there.
The bathroom is small. It only provides toilet paper and body soap. There is bidet but no hairdryer and I’m not sure if it is available upon request, we did not ask for it kasi nga yung towel may bayad e. hehehe! The red door leads you to the bathroom.
What I don’t like is there is no switch for light; they are using motion sensor light. So if they don’t detect any movement, the light will turn off. What I don’t understand is, kahit may movement ka naman kasi nga naliligo pero namamatay din every 30 seconds or 1 minute. So I kept waving my hand just to turn on the light again. Ang hassle.
Generator Stockholm offers free wifi. They have luggage storage, safe at the reception, cafe, restaurant, bar or lounge area, laundry facilities, and small travel shop. As I’ve said before, they do not have a common kitchen and you cannot bring outside foods and drinks so we have no choice but to eat outside. There is no reason to be hungry because they have a cafe/restaurant/bar in the lobby area. There are also convenience stores, fastfood and restaurants within the area.
|view from our room|
Since we’ve been traveling for so long, we ran out of clothes so we wash some of our clothes in Stockholm. You need to go to the reception to get the tokens so you can use the washing machine and dryer. One load is SEK65; Wash SEK25, Dry SEK25, and Detergent 15SEK.
I was reading some reviews about Generator Stockholm and one of the complaints is noise. So when my mom told me that we’re on the second floor, I was a little bit worried. Good thing that we did not hear any noise and we had a sound sleep for our 4 days stay in the hotel.
Other things that I like about Generator Stockholm
1. 7-11 is just in front of the hotel so if we need food and drinks, we can just cross the street.
2. Stockholm Pass is available so we bought our Stockholm Card at the hotel.
3. If you want to join FREE Stockholm Tour, the meeting place is at the lobby.
Check-out time is 10AM but we left at 6AM, this time we did not take a taxi. We just walked from Generator Stockholm to Stockholm Central Station with our luggage. We’re going back to Oslo, Norway via SJ train.
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