Hello Dear Readers!
Ok, I promise I won’t do a thousand posts in a row about Scotland. It is, after all, where I live now, so it’s not exactly traveling, is it?
But you know what is traveling? Sweden!
I mentioned in the last post that we spent 4 nights there, and we had an excellent time. The only downside to Stockholm (and Scandinavia in general) is that it’s ridiculously expensive. I knew this, having been to Norway last year, so had booked a hotel that included both breakfast and dinner in order to cut down on costs.
Side note: I booked this hotel using my Citi Prestige card, which gave me the 4th night free. It was also the first time I had stayed at a Nordic Choice hotel, whose Platinum status I received from a status match with IHG. I got my IHG status from the $49/year Chase credit card they offer, which I highly recommend.
Part of the reason I booked this hotel was because I wanted to see what kind of benefits they gave to their top-tier elites. The answer: a resounding meh. The hotel itself, while stylish on the outside, was pretty mediocre overall, though I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since it was running about $125/night in an area where the median hotel cost is closer to $250/night. I did receive an upgrade to a superior room, which was absolutelymoot due to the fact that my sheet was covered in someone else’s blood, which I only realized on my 2nd night there. At least reception was appalled and gave me 4 free drink vouchers and a giant apology spread. Still…I probably should have been comped the room. I mean…blood? Really?
Anyway, we were a bit limited in the fact that Stockholm was so expensive. A beer? $10. A museum entry? $30. So it was everywhere we went, which meant we spent quite a bit of time perusing the less expensive options, of which Stockholm still has plenty.
-Carissa “Please Don’t Bleed on Me” Rawson