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Hotel Rival, Stockholm 

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3 Mariatorget
Tel: 46 8 545 789 00
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Bono owns a hotel in Dublin, so—pop quiz—if a native rocker were to own a Stockholm hotel, who should it be? ABBA, you say? Correct! One of the B's of ABBA, Benny Andersson, bought the Art Deco Aston Hotel, did it up, and opened it in fall 2003. Two features from the 1937 building remain intact (though renovated): a glamorous circular cocktail bar and a 703-seat scarlet-velvet movie house. Otherwise, all is properly Swedish-modern, with pine-green, raspberry, or oatmeal floor-length velvet drapes, wood floors with thick rugs, pale birch, and the odd piece by Scand stars like Alvar Aalto and Mats Theselius. Above the headboard is a giant black-and-white photo mural depicting a Swedish movie scene (what Bergman's bleaker moments might do for a marital bed doesn't bear contemplating); cool glass-mosaic-tiled bathrooms have a window into the bedroom (with a privacy blind). Only deluxe rooms and up feature that quirk—and only they have the view over Mariatorget; standards and superiors look into the internal courtyard. All rooms have Wi-Fi and wired broadband, 32-inch plasma-screen TVs, and a pillow menu. Instead of piped movies, there's a free DVD library—but you can't easily counteract the dampening effects of Scenes from a Marriage: There's no erotica in the house.

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