Travel Booking

I spent some time today booking accommodation for my forthcoming trip. My main priorities were for the first two nights in Stockholm, the following two nights in Norrköping (which I’m travelling to for a concert), the two nights planned in Copenhagen, and my final two nights in Stockholm.

The Crystal Plaza in Östermalm looks like a pretty good place to end my trip. It’s in a nice area, it looks clean, and I got it for a good price. I’ve had a look at photographs of the room on the net. They look classically Swedish in design, like something out of an IKEA showroom. The room looks pretty small, I have to say, with a 90 centimetre bed. I’m assuming that means I might need to lose a few kilograms between now and then, and the chances of a bit of unexpected hokey-pokey are significantly reduced :) But it looks good, and it’s great to know I’ll have somewhere nice to stay on my final two nights, and that it’s sorted :)

My first two nights also look good, as I’ve booked into The Clarion on Södermalm. Despite also being quite small, the room is actually considerably larger than at the Crystal Plaza at 14-18 square metres. The photographs on their website don’t reveal much. Close-up shots of a bed always seem to suggest there’s not much more to the room aside from the bed, but that’s okay, as I’m planning a holiday to see a country, not see a bedroom.

I’m also putting this all in the context of having shared 12 bed dormitories in a range of youth hostels and being quite happy with the experience. Unfortunately I’ve got a few hours between when I arrive and when I can book in, so I’m hoping that if I’ve done all my sums correctly in terms of time zones, I’ll be fine when I arrive in Stockholm and won’t collapse in a heap on the back streets of Gamla Stan.

Accommodation in Norrköping was a little tougher. Although it’s a city of about 100,000, much of the accommodation for the nights I’m there was already booked out. But I found somewhere which looks good and at a good price. I was also concerned about accommodation in Copenhagen, having been told it’s incredibly expensive, and noting accommodation was already heavily booked. Perhaps because of the conference I’m attending But I found somewhere at a good price that also looks clean. As I read some of the online reviews, I note the only concerns expressed were that their breakfast “was too Scandinavian” (bring it on) and that it was on the edge of the red light district (fine by me!). So I’m happy.

When discussing it tonight with Graeme and John at the pub, they were both appalled that many of the places I’m staying have a shared bathroom. They both agreed they were at a point in their lives where they couldn’t do that any more. I have no such qualms. As I travelled eighteen months ago, I learned that my tastes in bathrooms and bedrooms were reasonably “western”, but that said I’m happy to share with others, especially if it halves the price of staying somewhere.

Speaking of which, I got some good deals by booking ahead. With apologies to Swedish readers of this blog, here’s hoping the AUD remains strong and the SEK remains weak :)

  1. A couple of points….

    1. Doesn’t the ABC pay your accommodation when you attend a conference? I’m happy for my 8 cents a day to go towards your hotel; of course that might mean you staying at even more modest digs.

    2. A 90 centimetres bed. I hope that is not the length of the bed! In that case not only will you get no hokey pokey, you’ll get no sleep either.

    :-)

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    1. Victor, this is a private venture for me. But I’d happily accept your 8 cents. Or perhaps I could earn my way in the red light district :) ??

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      1. I’m so happy that you’re going to Sweden. Your love for Sweden reminds me so much of my love for Australia. I need to find myself a Swedish person who loves America. Then the circle would be complete. Although if a Swedish person loved America, I’d likely think something was seriously wrong with them.

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        1. Or I need to find a Swede who loves Australia and we can do a life swap?

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  2. I must say you choosed very central hotels in Stockholm, I can not beleive it was cheap, if you stay on Clarion at Södermalm, most likelly the Clarion Sign at ‘Norra Bantorget’ have similar prices and is opened for a year or so.
    Small nice hotel is the Berns Hotel, dont know the price level though, located right next to the classic Berns Nightclub (no nightclub in sweden have nothing to do with naked ladys, as it does in some other countries) :-)
    For Norrköping I would prefere Palace, but its the only I knwo, as Norrköping is a pretty boring place to go, hope the conference will be good.

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    1. Thanks for the tips Roger. Norrköping is boring? I’m there for two days, mostly to see a Helen Sjöholm concert so that should make up for it.

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  3. damienmaurice January 8, 2010 at 00:47

    Good location in Copenhagen, the room will be barely larger than the bed but who cares if it’s central and clean? Free wifi is a good bonus too :-)

    The red-light district is nowhere near as full-on as the cross, IMHO, though do be careful if you’re coming home late at night (esp. if tipsy). A cab is safest.

    And just noticed the countdown clock on your site – less than two months to go! Woo hoo!!

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    1. You’ve been quiet lately? Where are you?

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  4. Glad that all the plans are working out James. Berns is pricey, by the way, but nice.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. And best of all? I got a ticket for the final dress rehearsal for Melodifestivalen :)

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