Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hotel Review: Clarion Hotel Temperance, Malmo Sweden

With my recent post on the stay twice get 8,000 choice privileges promotion, Ive gotten a few questions about which hotels would be good reward redemptions.  In my opinion most of the Choice hotels in the US are mediocre at best and require a relatively high number of points for a free night when considering the standard cash rate.  Choice hotels in Europe on the other hand occupies a more upscale niche.  I will have a series of 3 posts, the other 2 detailing my experiences with Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm, and Clarion Royal Christiana in Oslo.

Clarion Hotel Temperance, Malmo Sweden
Choice Privileges Points: 8,000 for superior room
Average Peak season price: $220

I came across this hotel when looking for a place to stay in Copenhagen.  Copenhagen is a very poor value for hotels and Malmo is right across the water, so i figured id give it a shot.  Turned out to be a good idea, as in retrospect I would much stay in a nice hotel and have a short commute than to stay in a cramped room in Copenhagen.  Malmo is located in the very southern tip of Sweden just across the oresund bridge from Copenhagen.  The bridge itself is pretty impressive, it cost 5.7 billion dollars to build and includes a 5 mile long bridge and a 2.5 mile long tunnel.  Hotel is located near the center of town within easy walk of the train station. 

The room I ended up with a very nice deluxe corner room.  The only issue I had with the room was the ancient TV (as you can see from the pictures), otherwise the rooms were modern and tastefully designed.  Very nice hardwood floors and the corner room had 3 large windows looking out onto the street.  I had no issues with noise from the street despite being on the on the 2nd floor.

One of the best features of the hotel is a free breakfast and dinner buffet daily.  The dinner buffet included a rotating menu of Scandinavian dishes as well a cheese and bread.  Breakfast was continental with a very good selection of fruit, bread and pastries.

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