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“Great sea views, not good for business but consider for couples weekend away”
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Hotel J
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Nacka
Certificate of Excellence
London, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Great sea views, not good for business but consider for couples weekend away”
Reviewed 10 June 2012

BREAKFAST
For a hotel this size, breakfast was surprisingly good. It’s buffet-style and has all the staples – cold meats, cheese, and good variety of wonderful freshly baked bread. There is also bacon, scrambled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, and Swedish-style thin pancakes. Try the pancakes with whipped cream and some of their home-made blueberry jam, what a way to start your day! Coffee was good and Sadly there were not many vegetarian items, but if you are vegetarian you will manage. Swedish newspapers are provided and the breakfast room itself was inviting and had great views. It can get busy at times, but I always got what I wanted from the buffet and everyone was always courteous.

Tip: Breakfast is served on the lower floor of the Club House (Tårnvillan), which is a few minutes walk from either of the hotel buildings. Make sure you wear good shoes and put on a jacket if it’s cold outside.

ROOM
My room was on the 4th floor. Bright, inviting, and had a fantastic view out to the sea. I liked the polished wooden floor (great if you have dust allergies), and the light wooden furniture. The room had all the standard amenities such as a hair dryer, flat screen TV etc. There is a minibar and plenty of hanging and drawer space for your clothes. The bed was comfortable and there was also a very comfortable chair. There are big windows and a door leading out to the balcony. I did not like the balcony with the wrought iron balustrade. I kept worrying I might lose something, and it was a very long way down. Also, the chair on the balcony was not comfortable. I ended up moving the comfy chair indoor to the balcony door and sat there for a whole evening watching the boats go by and the sun go down, which was really nice. The bathroom was great, with underfloor heating and a good shower. Not sure about the navy blue instead of white towels but they were very soft. There is no ironing board in the room, but there is an ironing room out by the lifts. My room was in the new building, so the corridor still had a “new building” smell and everything was literally brand new and looked unused.
When booking I would recommend getting a sea view, it really makes a huge difference. Many rooms face the sea – see my photos so you can see what I mean.

Note there are NO coffee- or tea making facilities in the room. Very disappointing. I ended up buying a thermos, going down to the lobby self-serve bar and filling it up with coffee. For a hotel charging the rates they do you would think they could at least provide a kettle in the rooms.

HOTEL
The hotel itself is comprised of two freestanding buildings, one which was obviously built very recently. Reception is in the older building, and right next to the reception is a great lounge area with a self-serve bar, a fireplace and some very comfortable chairs. This is the place to go if you want to relax. The bar has soft drinks, wine, beer, cider, coffee and sometimes very nice pastries. In the summer you can also sit outside – they provide deckstyle chairs and if a little chilly there are blankets you can tuck yourself into. There are also some tables and chair out on the grassy courtyard, and you are welcome to sit there and have your drink. Wi-fi also works there so I took my laptop and caught up on my work emails whilst enjoying the sunny day and a glass of wine.

A major downside to the hotel is that it’s not all housed in one big building. Therefore you have to walk outside for anything. For example, after I checked in I had to lug my suitcase up quite a few steps to get to my hotel building. You can avoid the steps, but it’s a longer walk and a bit steep, so if you are not fit and you have a heavy suitcase you may struggle.

THE CLUB HOUSE RESTAURANT
Other reviewers have rightly stated that the hotel has very limited options for dining. In fact, you only have two options – the Club House or the always-full J Restaurant. The Club House is not open all week, and has a pretty limited menu with 6 mains. Not an issue if you are staying for 2 nights but on the fourth night when you have already tried half the dishes on the menu and you don’t like the look of the rest it becomes a bit limiting. The Club House is in a building within the hotel “complex”

The club house itself is quite charming and the food was OK, although a bit bland. On my first night I had fish, which turned out to be raw in places. I had to send it back, to an embarrassed waitress, who recovered the whole situation well by apologising, giving me a free glass of wine on the house and making sure my replacement fish was cooked right. A free glass of wine may not seem like much, but in a country where a remortgage of your house is required before you can sip as much as a glass it’s a pretty nice gesture.

The restaurant is clearly frequented with a mix of single business travellers who all look a bit bored and lonely, and Swedish couples who are out for a special night. During the rest of my stay I had dinner there several other times and it was fine, but it felt a bit formal. Great if you want a nice dinner overlooking the water but for just a simple dinner for one before bedtime it just felt a bit too much.

Warning: The Club House is not open January – beginning of May and is also closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Tip 1: If booking a table try and get a table overlooking the water, the view is wonderful.
Tip 2: The bar is not half bad and there are some very comfy seats next to the bar so if with a group it’s a good idea to go and have a drink first.

LOCATION
The area is a mix of residential and businesses and is pretty quiet, especially after business hours. If you are looking to party, this is definitely not the place for you. The feeling is of being pretty far away from it all, although geographically you are not far away from the centre of Stockholm across the water. Hotel J is the only hotel in the area. You can walk down to the marina, or up to the main square where there are a few shops which close early. If you walk further, over the motorway, you will see a large shopping mall, and next to it there is a large ICA supermarket.

OTHER PLACES TO EAT
This hotel has VERY limited options for dining, especially after 8PM. There is the Club House (if open) and the J Restaurant, a trendy and high-priced affair which is normally fully booked. If you can get a table, great but there may be a long wait for a table. Both restaurants offer a pretty formal style of dining.

There is NO room service for lunch and dinner. For breakfast they do offer a continental breakfast delivered to your room (for a fee).

The reason your dining options are so limited is because you are so far away from central Stockholm. In fact, you are so far away that even pizza delivery is not an option! I called 3 different pizza places and checked all the websites that do deliveries. None of them deliver out to Nacka. So, here are your only other options:

1) There is a McDonald’s open 24 hours about 15-20 minutes walk from the hotel.
2) The Nacka Forum mall has quite a few cafes and restaurants, which mostly close at 8PM. 20 minutes walk (15 minutes brisk walk) from the hotel. No buses so you have to walk, or take your car if you have one.
3) There is a small take-away place in the town square, doing sushi and other “asian” dishes, but it closes at 3PM every day.
4) I did not try it, but there is a pizza place not too far away (no delivery ), pizzas are supposedly good, but they also close at 8PM.
5) Take some food with you, for example buy some take-away from somewhere in central Stockholm and take it on the boat back in the evening.

TRANSPORT
I wanted to try and complete the picture as to your transport options to/from this hotel.
- By boat: Walk for 5 minutes down to the marina and catch a boat to Nybroplan for the centre of Stockholm, or Frihamnen for the harbour. It really is a great way to travel. Even at peak hours the boats never seem to be really full, and there is plenty of space. There is space for 4 bikes, and there is a small cafe onboard where you can buy coffee and pastries. The boat system may seem confusing at first, but it’s pretty simple: There are 2 boats that run different routes from the marina (Nacka Strand). The one to Nybroplan takes about 25 minutes and takes you to the very centre of Stockholm – for example just a few minutes down the promenade from Nybroplan there are plenty of trendy cafes where you can sit down, chill out and enjoy a drink. You can also easily catch other public transport from there. The boat to the harbour (Frihamnen) takes you to the main harbour of Stockholm, which is not very central but convenient for some parts of Stockholm (i.e. Östermalm). The fare is reasonable and you can buy a 10-trip card onboard for SEK 300.

There are also boats going to Slussen and Lidingö, but most of these boats either only run during the summer or they have a very reduced service during winter. Ask in reception for timetables and details.

Tip 1: If unsure ask before you board the boat where it’s going. You don’t want to end up in the wrong place!

Tip 2: Fares, route maps and timetables are available from www.sjovagen.nu

- By bus:
There are multiple buses going into the centre of Stockholm. Some of the buses do not run in the summer, but there are always buses going to Slussen and they run pretty late. At weekends there is also a night bus (number 404) which runs until 02:30 in the winter at 03:15 in the summer from Slussen. During the winter season there is also a bus going to T-Centralen. You can catch the buses from the Nacka Strand station, which is a 10-15 minute walk up a pretty steep hill – or if the funicular-style lift is running walk down to the marina and take the lift up (it’s free).

- By taxi:
Taxi from the airport currently has a fixed price of SEK 545 and takes about 45 minutes. It is definitely worth taking a taxi from the airport. The alternative is to take the bus or airport express train into town and then catch a taxi from there, a bus or the boat – but if you have luggage this is a lot of hassle. A taxi from the hotel into town will set you back about SEK 250.

- By car:
Coming by car is very convenient and there is free parking. Note that there may be a lot of traffic during peak hours, depending on where you are coming from.

CONCLUSION
My conclusion is that this hotel is great for couples who are looking for a stress-free weekend away, with the minus point that there is no room service so you have to go out for your meals, and you have to plan ahead and always book a table. For business I did not find the hotel very convenient, except if you are visiting a company in the vicinity or have your own car. I have given it an overall "average" rating due to the lack of facilities.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the sea in the old building have the best views.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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We had a great room on the fifth floor of the new building, very comfortable and with a fantastic view. Unfortunately the rooms are let down by other factors. Firstly we were charged SEK50 (about £5) for two cups of tea which we had to make ourselves at the "honesty bar". There were a lack of cups and saucers, the whole thing seemed a bit chaotic, and I would have been surprised to pay this much for two cups of tea if it had been made for me and served in fine china! Secondly, the reception staff, who double up as the concierge service, do not seem able to offer advice. We could not get a straight answer on the best way to get to central Stockholm from the hotel, or on the options for trips out to the archipelago. It all seemed beyond them. Thirdly, and as others have mentioned, the lack of a dedicated hotel restaurant is a concern. We had already eaten in Restaurant J and planned to eat in the Clubhouse on our last night (a Monday). It was only by chance we discovered the Clubhouse is closed on a Sunday AND a Monday. This is not mentioned in the hotel literature provided in the room. Our only option locally was to go back to Restaurant J (which luckily had space for us), as the hotel does not seem to offer any room service either. Lastly, we really did not enjoy the breakfast experience. The hotel takes over 300 guests and breakfast is served in a room not equipped to deal with the numbers. Each day it was manic in there, people pushing and shoving to get to the buffet. It was more like a canteen than a hotel dining room. We enjoy having a relaxed breakfast while on holiday and this just was not possible at this hotel. It is a shame that this lovely spot is let down
in so many little ways. In summary, if you are planning to visit central Stockholm, this hotel is too far away, and the lack of service is not acceptable for the prices they are charging.

Room Tip: You must pay the extra for a sea view, the higher up you go, the better.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Just as I was thinking how much better this hotel was in the summer than the winter they managed to ruin the experience. On the second night of 2 I was booked in for they had booked out both of their restaurants to a conference party. If you weren't on the conference your evening meal option was sandwiches or whatever the receptionist could microwave. At 1845 SEK per night you expect to be treated a bit better. Absolutely unacceptable.

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Reviewed 26 April 2012

I have stayed at this hotel several times over the last 4 years. It is a very nice hotel, beautiful location and the new rooms are excellent it also has excellent connections to Nybroplan in Stockholm center via the boat service (quite reasonable cost for Stockholm) or about SEK250 in a (genuine) taxi. However, it is severely let down by the restaurant situation... it has no onsite restaurant but an affiliated one a short walk along the waterside, Restaurant J, which is fully booked (even to guests!) almost every day and there are no alternatives without a taxi/boat ride. Coming back late(ish) after an 11hr day in the office to be told I cannot eat is unacceptable for a hotel of this class - they need to make the clubhouse into a guest restaurant then this would be a 5* review...

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the new building on floor 3 or above facing the water - a view you will not mat...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

We never knew about this hotel until now. Unfortunately, the hotel is listed under Nacka (Strand) and not under Stockholm. Too bad! The public transport with boat and bus to the city center is very good and frequent and takes just 10-15 minutes.
The hotel is fantasticly located on a hill overlooking the water. This also is a downside for people with problems walking: height difference with and without stairs make this hotel less favorable for those visitors. Otherwise great hotel with great atmosphere. The view from the breakfast area is also great. Just too bad you have to go outside for breakfast. Especially after a nights snow and the way has not been cleaned or sanded properly.
The bathrooms had two points of improvement, one is more towel hooks and the other one is the bathroom paper which was really too cheap quality for a hotel of this standard.
We also loved sitting by the open fire in a comfy chair. All in all a very relaxing atmosphere and great hotel. Warmly recommended. The restaurant by the water likewise!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel J

Property: Hotel J
Address: Ellensviksvagen 1, Nacka 131 27, Sweden
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Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Nacka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Nacka
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,366 - ₹ 16,923
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel J 4*
Number of rooms: 158
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to J, Stockholm’s Newport. Archipelago and city combined. The modern, nautical design of the luxury Hotel J inspires visitors to experience the city from the waterfront then relax in the comfort and tranquility of Stockholm's answer to Newport. Hotel J is a unique and convenient base for your stay in Sweden's capital city. The hotel is situated just by the inlet of Stockholm’s harbor, and ferries run regularly between the wharf next to Restaurant J and central Stockholm. Most of the beautiful hotel rooms have a balcony or their own patio with a view of one of the world’s most beautiful harbour entrances. ... more   less 
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