Stockholm Recap: Beautiful People, Top Notch Sheraton and Expensive Drinks

by on March 21, 2011 · 10 comments

in Mileage Runs, Trip Reports

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I did my first weekend $150 jaunt to Stockholm and had an absolutely terrific time. Although exhausting, I really enjoyed my 24 hours in the city and was able to cover a lot of ground. Saturday was a sunny, gorgeous day so I walked for miles exploring the old city and taking in the Stockholm vibe. Nearly everyone was stylish and beautiful and the city was pristine. Drinks were the equivalent of $20 and everything else was pretty expensive, so I was glad to find out the Sheraton had a top-notch lounge – full hot breakfast and drinks/small plates in the lounge in the evening. I also got a nice suite upgrade and the bed was phenomenal, so that helped me make the most out of a short trip. I used a measly 4,000 Starwood points and $60 USD for the hotel stay-a huge value in my opinion, since the hotel was going for over $250 a night. In fact, the Cash & Points option of the Starwood Preferred Guest program is one of my favorite aspects of the program and what keeps me coming back as a Platinum guest.

I met a bunch of really interesting Swedes and actually bumped into a group of people were were also from NYC and on the same flight deal. Word gets around quick :-)

I’ll write a full report about the Delta transatlantic coach experience and the Sheraton Stockholm (which was excellent) when I’m not jet-lagged. Here are a couple teasers, ending with me having a cocktail at the kitschy Ice Bar (when in Rome!).

NK Department Store

The Wolfs Paw- 100 proof vodka and some sort of fruit juice. A bit too sweet for me

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist…

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  • Alex Hickman

    Haha :) Looks like you had fun B! As many times as I traveled between EU and US, it never surprises me the difference of the people there vs here. I love it! Look forwarding to seeing more!

  • The Points Guy

    @Alex- thanks! It was fun indeed- I’m excited to go back again in three weeks. I can only imagine how nice it is in the summer- maybe I’ll have to plan another trip. Another round of $150 fares would be nice!

  • Mark

    Starwood’s C&P are usually amazing. If I see them, I almost always book them unless: 1) the property is a a high category and the rate isn’t outrageous or 2) I need the stay credit (C&P don’t qualify for stay/night credit). The best deal is when you can find a low level hotel offering C&P for one night and you still get your 500 Platinum amenity points. That is a home run.

  • The Points Guy

    Agree Mark, though usually those low level properties are so cheap, I almost always pay cash so I can requalify for Platinum.

    I’d love to see Hyatt roll out a C+P program as well. I’d add it to my ever-growing loyalty program wish list :-)

  • Tim

    $150 to Europe is NUTS!

    C&P with Starwood is great.

    I just booked 3 nights at the brand new Element Times Square NY for over Memorial Day $60=4000 points per night. It’s now gone up. Rooms are $275+ a night!
    What a steal!

  • The Points Guy

    @Tim- nice move- agree that C+P in expensive cities is an absolute steal.

    $150 for transatlantic flights is also a bargain, even if I did have to suffer through coach for 15.5 hours!

  • James

    Damn I would have gladly suffered in coach to rock Stockholm for a day and a bit. Thanks for letting me get some vicarious pleasure at least.

  • MTR

    Looks like a great time. Glad to hear the Sheraton went well.

  • Kevin

    Nice report Brian, glad you had fun! Same weekend you were in Stockholm I was in Paris on the $196 fare :D. I to, had a great time!

    Copenhagen deal in 9 days!

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