Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport, Stockholm – Arlanda’s newest airport hotel
General Info and Location
Clarion Arlanda is located a stone’s throw from Skycity and is within walking distance of terminal 4 and terminal 5. There is easy access to the hotel from the main train station, the Arlanda Express, and the buses that serve the airport. The hotel is accessed by a bridge, the Sky Bridge, which leads from Skycity right into the lobby of the hotel. There are also several shops and restaurants in Skycity which you can visit during your stay.
The hotel consists of 13 floors and 414 rooms divided into three categories – Standard, Superior and Deluxe. In addition, there are 7 suites. In particular, the upper floors offer a beautiful view of either the terminals or the eastern runway. With a room on the 12th floor we had an unobscured view of the terminal area.
The standard room was just over 20 square metres and was well laid out with a stylish and elegant decor. It lacked, however, any kind of rack or storage for suitcases. We, therefore, had to put everything on the floor. In the room there was an armchair with a table, a somewhat small work area, a bathroom with bath tub, and a wardrobe with an attached minibar. Perhaps the most important piece of furniture, the bed, more than lived up to expectations. It was very comfortable and had nice bedding. Even from the bed you could look out at the view. Waking up to a beautiful sunrise is not a bad start to the day.
In the room, there was also a modern plasma TV with over 20 channels. It was, however, missing an interactive system/menu, but this will hopefully be installed in the future. The hotel also offers free WIFI via Telia Homerun. This means a fairly quick and reliable connection but with the disadvantage that you need a voucher from the reception with a troublesome combination of numbers and letters, upper and lower case, to log in.
Eating and Drinking
There is a restaurant and bar on the 12th floor with a fantastic view of the airport. We decided to have dinner in the restaurant and the service was attentive and the food reasonably priced with generous portions served. If you just want to have a drink, there is a good range to choose from, not least, a couple of cocktails aptly named ‘Aviation’ and ‘Blue Sky’. Room service is also available, but if you can not find something that appeals to you in the hotel there is a wide selection of dining options in Skycity.
Breakfast was served in a separate restaurant, on the second floor, where you could enjoy the hotel’s beautiful art collection while eating your morning meal. The breakfast was fresh and had a plenty of options to suit most tastes, but was not on par with the really big breakfast buffets that can be found, for example, in Asia. A nice surprise was the chef who made omelettes to order, something that is relatively rare in Sweden. A breakfast hostess was also on hand to distribute newspapers to guests who requested them.
On the third floor there was a relatively well stocked gym with weights and treadmills. There was a dry sauna and a steam room directly adjacent to the gym. Dressing rooms were also available with advanced code locks on the lockers, similar to a what you sometimes finds on a safe in hotel rooms. For guests who prefer outdoor exercise, there was a map at the front desk with tips on good running routes in the area. In the near future, staff will also arrange organised jogging trails every weekday morning at 6:30 of about 7km in distance.
In February 2013, an outdoor swimming pool will open, located on the outdoor terrace just outside the gym. The pool will be heated to a temperature of about 29 degrees and in the summer they will have loungers and outdoor furniture from Italian designer ‘Moroso’.
A pleasant aspect of the hotel is the art that Clarion has displayed. It can be seen in several locations, including the breakfast room, lobby and conference department. The top floor, level 13, will soon open the ‘Gallery Klum’, a large gallery of nature photographs by famous artists, such as Ernst Billgren and Mattias Klum. This will occupy most of the floor. First up is Mattias Klum’s exhibition, ‘Horse People’. Clarion also has the aim to organise art shows at the hotel and have the art gallery open to the public on Sundays.
Service and Status Benefits
The service was very friendly and attentive during our entire stay. It was clear that the staff enjoyed working at a brand new hotel and all that it involves. Staying at a five day old hotel with over 400 rooms meant that there was the odd detail that was not yet perfected, but the few teething problems that we did experience during the visit, the staff took care f within the blink of an eye.
A hotel that exceeded expectations. Excellent facilities, great location, stylish and well furnished rooms and good service. Also, the art and other adornments made a good impression and the fact they intend to organise jogging trails is of great value to those guests that are interested. Clarion Arlanda also has very interesting opening offers.