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Old 06-16-2012, 18:03   #1
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Default Sweden - help please Hans or CD?

Rather impulsively booked cheap flights to Stockholm Skavsta for the four of us (DH, me, kids 13 and 15) - now really panicked as I am struggling to find affordable accommodation for the trip - August 5th to 12th...

Any recommendations would be extremely welcome - prefer to rent apartment rather than hotel as it is easier to look after my dietary requirements that way...


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I don't know what you consider affordable, but here are some options. There's one listed that sleeps 4 for $70/night and the reviews are good.

What fun! I'm envious

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Thanks Moon - I have sent a few e-mails out - now the wait for replies... Are you home now? xx

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Yes, arrived night before last. In spite of being infected w/ a chronic travel bug, I must admit being home is awfully comfy.

The last week has been a smorgasbord of remarkable terrains and vistas - and I'll not be able to resist posting a sampling of pics in the next days.

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Clea, I wish I could help you, but I´m not very familiar with this system of renting apartments as hotels. I once had a small apartment in Stockholm for about 20 years and some periods it was rented to others that I knew, but that was at least for a period of half a year and I had to have a permission from the housing cooperative, although I owned the apartment. They should never allow you to use it like some sort of hotel. There were very strict rules, but obviously this differs when it comes to different housing cooperatives.

Anyway, hope you´ll find an appropriate accomodation. Stockholm is a very nice city and just don´t follow the track where all the tourists go. I can recommend a one day boat trip in the archipelago. Otherwise ALL the tourists visit Gamla stan (the old town), Ok it´s worth visiting, but if you go along Västerlånggatan it´s crowded with tourists. Have a nice time!

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I'm neither one, but I just read the best article on Stockholm in the NYTimes travel section which you might enjoy..

Stockholm, and the Strangers Who Brought Me There - NYTimes.com




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I'm neither one, but I just read the best article on Stockholm in the NYTimes travel section which you might enjoy..

Stockholm, and the Strangers Who Brought Me There - NYTimes.com
Yes, some glimpses and reflections about Stockholm, but there are some things that have to be corrected: "Sweden has a high suicide rate"; in fact it´s very low. "A socialist paradise": I don´t know what the author means - good or bad? Sweden is just like any other European country in that respect. And Skeppsholmen; there are also tourists on that island. Some living at a quite low cost on the floating old sailing ship "af Chapman" used as a hostel.

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Clea, I've got a number of questions for you...how many bedrooms do you need in the apartment? 2 or 3? What is your idea of a cheap nightly range ( in £). You're arriving at Skavsta Airport which likely means you are flying RyanAir? Skavsta is actually in a town called Nyköping outside Stockholm but RyanAir normally provides a shuttle bus into Stockholm. Double check this to be sure - especially if you are arriving late in the evening on the 5th.

As Hans mentioned, Apartment hotels are not a common thing in Sweden but they do exist and Stockholm has a few. As for regular apartments rented out to tourists, those exist as well and the website TripAdvisor would be your best bet in finding either type. Stockholm is, in my opinion, a very expensive city (more in relation to the expectations of North Americans than to other Europeans). Sales tax here is 25% and is already calculated into the cost of all goods. Some goods, like food and books, have a lower sales tax rate.

Let me know how it goes and if there is anything else I can do to help!

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Clea, I've got a number of questions for you...how many bedrooms do you need in the apartment? 2 or 3? What is your idea of a cheap nightly range ( in £). You're arriving at Skavsta Airport which likely means you are flying RyanAir? Skavsta is actually in a town called Nyköping outside Stockholm but RyanAir normally provides a shuttle bus into Stockholm. Double check this to be sure - especially if you are arriving late in the evening on the 5th.

As Hans mentioned, Apartment hotels are not a common thing in Sweden but they do exist and Stockholm has a few. As for regular apartments rented out to tourists, those exist as well and the website TripAdvisor would be your best bet in finding either type. Stockholm is, in my opinion, a very expensive city (more in relation to the expectations of North Americans than to other Europeans). Sales tax here is 25% and is already calculated into the cost of all goods. Some goods, like food and books, have a lower sales tax rate.

Let me know how it goes and if there is anything else I can do to help!
Thanks CD - have just had a little miracle happen - found a country place near the sea at Navekvarn on Google yesterday and the owner has just emailed to say that week is free so we are booked.

It has come in at a very good price too so super happy - looking forward to some gorgeous walks and maybe kayaking? We will also be making trips to Nykoping and Stockholm too, plan to hire a car to get about a bit.

I am now crazy excited - can't wait to see some of Sweden. We have so far visited Oslo and Copenhagen in our Scandinavian travels.

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Thanks CD - have just had a little miracle happen - found a country place near the sea at Navekvarn on Google yesterday and the owner has just emailed to say that week is free so we are booked.

It has come in at a very good price too so super happy - looking forward to some gorgeous walks and maybe kayaking? We will also be making trips to Nykoping and Stockholm too, plan to hire a car to get about a bit.

I am now crazy excited - can't wait to see some of Sweden. We have so far visited Oslo and Copenhagen in our Scandinavian travels.
Glad you´ve found a country place in Bråviken. The wild life park Kolmården very well known is situated not far from where you stay.

Feel like I hesitate to mention it, but a very tragic accident took place there today. A female employee was killed by a wolf pack. But I think it will be mentioned also in media in other countries.

Hope you will have a nice and relaxing stay in the countryside.

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