Quality Hotel Nacka, Stockholm, Sweden
On arrival at we were greeted with an outstandingly friendly welcome. The spacious lobby offered a great first impression, and check in was quick and seamless – just what we needed after a long day travelling.
Our family room had plenty of space to spread out. A seating area on one side of the room included a sofa bed, made up and ready to use, and comfortable armchairs. The décor was stylish and typically Swedish, featuring white and pale grey walls and upholstery, and polished wooden floors. Nice touches in the room included colourful rugs and cushions, and vintage-style lamps that formed soft pools of golden light.
A huge photo mural of a Stockholm scene covered one wall, providing a great view from the bed, even with the curtains closed! There was a good view from the actual window too. This view made us realise just how green some of Stockholm's suburbs are – we were able to see Sickla Lake in the distance, and forested hills on the horizon.
Although there were building works going on during our stay, the suburb of Nacka is a green area of woodlands, parks and nature reserves – so it's an excellent choice if you enjoy the great outdoors but still want easy access to the city.
From Quality Hotel Nacka it's a 20-minute bus ride into the city centre – and here you can explore . The beautiful, historic region of Gamla Stan offers hours of scenic wandering, as well as superb shopping opportunities and some great cafés. A boat ride across the harbour to visit the Vasa Museum (above, right) is also highly recommended.
Closer to the hotel, the Sickla retail park is just across the street and offers extensive shopping, as well as entertainment in the form of bowling, a cinema and an adventure playground.
The hotel has its own relaxation area, with swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. We visited a couple of times during our stay, and the relaxation area never got crowded – in fact, on one occasion, we had the facilities to ourselves for much of the time.
Breakfast is served in a pleasant dining area, with picture windows looking out onto green, tree-filled spaces, and lighted candles creating a relaxing, hygge atmosphere. The food was good and varied – with eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, a selection of breads, cheeses and cold meats just some of the items on offer.
We were pleased to find recycling bins in reception – these make it easy for guests to recycle their waste, without having to search for local recycling bins.
This was just one of the eco-friendly features of the hotel. Quality Hotel Nacka is part of the Nordic Choice chain, which has an impressive raft of environmental and sustainable policies.
These planned and monitored initiatives have produced excellent results, with the environmental impact of Nordic Choice hotels dramatically reduced – for example, a 41 per cent reduction in use of chemicals and a 45 per cent reduction in non-recyclable waste – with plans in place to reduce impact further year on year.
Initiatives include electricity produced through renewable energy, and low-flow jets in toilets, sinks and showers to reduce water consumption.
Sustainable food is of great importance too: organic and locally produced food is used in breakfast buffets, food waste is avoided and alternatives to meat – including plenty of fresh and healthy fruit and vegetables – are readily available.
If you're planning to continue your Nordic exploration by taking the ferry to Helsinki, in Finland, Quality Hotel Nacka is a great place to base yourself. The ferry terminal is just a few minutes away by taxi – so the hotel is perfect for late arrivals or early departures. To book a room, click .