This being Sweden, the Hilton Stockholm Slussen naturally is focused towards environmental friendliness and sustainability and the hotel has an interesting, 24-page Environmental Statement brochure (12 pages of which are in English and 12 in Swedish) which fully sets out its recycling and sustainability practices. For instance, all of the electricity the hotel uses comes from wind- and water-generated power and is environmentally certified.
According to Eriksson, the Hilton Stockholm Slussen has been awarded the ‘Nordic Swan’ label, an award only given if a hotel meets the world’s strictest standards for environmentally sustainable performance. The hotel also boasts that it was the first in Sweden to eco-label its breakfast buffet in line with Swedish KRAV eco-labeling standards. In 2010, the Hilton Stockholm Slussen received an award as the best Hilton hotel in Europe for sustainability practices.
Duration of our stay
Three nights, in mid-May 2011, in a De Luxe Twin room.
The Hilton Stockholm Slussen has 289 rooms – 13 Junior Suites, each measuring 323 square feet (30 square meters); 59 Executive rooms, each 215 square feet (20 square meters); 61 De Luxe rooms, each 194 square feet (18 square meters, and all featuring a view over the Riddarfjärden and Gamla Stan, or a balcony with a city view; and 156 standard rooms, most or all of which do not have water views.
All suites and Executive Rooms offer free access to the Executive Lounge, newly (and brightly) refurbished and featuring complimentary continental breakfast, as well as free wine and canapés in the evening. Hilton HHonors Diamond-level members also are granted complimentary access to the Executive Lounge.
Many of the suites, Executive and De Luxe rooms feature views over Gamla Stan and the Riddarfjärden. Some or all of the suites and De Luxe rooms are decorated in Swedish-style, two-tone wood paneling, which we personally found very attractive but which GM Peter Eriksoon told us is not to every guest’s taste.
The De Luxe rooms are also highly mirrored, perhaps in order to increase the feeling of spaciousness in the rooms. While this feature might make some guests slightly nervous, particularly women, the reviewer’s wife found all the mirrors to provide flattering reflections.
All rooms have wireless internet access and all rooms are non-smoking. All doors in each room (including the door to the corridor) open outwards, because each room is designed as a fire cellar which blocks a fire elsewhere in the hotel from entering. Unless instructed otherwise, each guest is instructed to stay in his or her room in the event of fire breaking out anywhere other than the guestroom itself.
While it does not have a ballroom as such, the Hilton Stockholm Slussen has 17 meeting rooms, the largest of which is a 285-seat, theater-style auditorium with up-to-date audiovisual facilities and a technician on hand for meetings to make sure all goes well at large meetings.
All of the rest of the meeting rooms are named after Greek gods or philosophers. The meeting rooms include six boardroom-style meeting rooms, five of which seat 12 people in boardroom style (four can seat more with a U-shaped table or a classroom-style arrangement) and the other of which is a dedicated boardroom and seats 16 people. These six rooms are on the hotel’s Galleria meeting-room level and offer views over Gamla Stan and Riddarfjärden. The Galleria floor also has eight small ‘Combi’ rooms, each of which offers meeting space for up to six people. They can be used for small meeting rooms or as break-out rooms for groups using the main conference rooms.
The other conference rooms seat from 20 to 60 people, six of them on the hotel’s Hornsgatan conference-room floor and four of them on the same basement floor as the hotel’s Panorama breakfast restaurant, which is conveniently available for conference-group lunch buffets and evening cocktail functions. Individually the rooms seat from 16 to 40 people in classroom style or from 12 to 30 in boardroom style, but most of the 10 rooms can be combined with other rooms into larger spaces to accommodate groups as large as 100 people.
At present the Hilton Stockholm Slussen’s rooms are spread over three floors in two buildings. However, Eriksson explains that a sizable project is underway to move the hotel’s large fitness center to where the Hornsgatan meeting-room floor is and move the six meeting rooms on that floor to the fitness center’s former location, next to the Panorama restaurant. This will mean that all of the Hilton Stockholm Slussen’s meeting spaces will be in one building and all will be close to the Panorama-room function space.