Hotel Review: Renaissance Malmo Hotel, Sweden

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I was visiting friends from the Bonusfeber community and the Renaissance Malmö was the perfect location for a single night’s stay.

They dropped me off right at the entrance to the hotel with no problem, and I wheeled my suitcase up the small ramp, straight to check-in. There was no one else in line so I was immediately greeted by two front desk agents. As I provided my credit card and verified my details, I turned around casually and saw a huge whimsical elephant statue which made me smile. The front desk area was bathed in a soft pink light which gave it a dream-like appearance. The agent explained that the lobby area is a sort of revolving art gallery where international and local artists display their work.

Elephant in the room

Elephant in the room

Pleasantries taken care of, I was given a key to room 254 and shown the way to the elevators. The Renaissance Malmö boasts the distinction of being the first Marriott hotel in Sweden, but it is also an older building so I had to take care to lift my suitcase over wooden frames in the hallway every now and then.

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In the center of the hotel is a courtyard, so instead of dark and dingy hallways, they were colorful with a rose colored pattern on the carpet and bright with lots of sunlight from the large windows.

Hallway

Hallway

Hallway

Hallway

Looking for my room I found myself squinting at each of the doors, since the room number was right on the light but it wasn’t too long before I found mine.

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Room number on light

Room number on light

I had been given a complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe to a Prestige room, and it felt quite roomy at around 355 square feet. I also loved the hardwood flooring and charming feel.

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The wooden wardrobe was intricately carved and delicately designed.

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

Under the TV in the cabinet there was a minibar that thankfully wasn’t the weighted sort, along with some cups and glasses.

Against one of the walls was a desk with outlets.

There were more outlets by the bed too which I found very convenient, and even though the temperature in the room was just right there was a thermostat with instructions if I needed to use it.

The room’s position in the courtyard was more lengthwise than some of the other rooms which translated to mean lots of windows. They opened too and not just a few measly inches, so I could let in lots of fresh air from the outside easily. I loved the peaceful view, and many hotels don’t have windows that open so it was a treat to be able to do so here.

Room layout

Room layout

Courtyard

Courtyard

The bathroom was very clean and quite modern, with a large shower.

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As a Platinum, when checking in I was given the option of 500 bonus points or a local amenity. I chose the amenity, which was brought to the room swiftly after I had settled in. The bottles held very cold water, which was great considering I had arrived hot and parched. I liked that they were eco-friendly, so once guests were done with them the hotel sterilized them and then reused. The cheeses and breads were delicious, and fresh. I was glad I had chosen the local amenity rather than the points.

Local amenity

Local amenity

When it was time for bed I pulled the heavy curtains and noticed that the tracks overlapped. This might seem like a small feature but it was definitely appreciated since the overlap took care of any stray streams of light.

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Overlapping curtains

The bed was luxuriously comfortable, more than I had expected. I’m not sure if the mattress was new or if it was just very good quality, but I sure slept great.

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Bed

In the morning, a very good buffet breakfast was offered downstairs in the restaurant. I was also approached by a waiter who said if there was anything else I wanted to just let him know.

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I thoroughly loved this hotel stay. The property was charming and had obviously been renovated with care to become more modern while still retaining the best parts of the older building. It was in a great location, and the customer service was outstanding. I felt welcomed, and the whole experience gave me the warm fuzzies. I would definitely stay here again.

Marriott Rewards Category 5 property. 25,000 points needed for a free night.

Renaissance Malmo Hotel

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  1. GUWonder
    Reply

    IIRC this property used to be a Marriot category 4 award until it changed within the past two or three years. I was planning to make this my primary Malmo hotel property until that change hit. Now I use mostly Choice or Scandic or Best Western hotels in the area when redeeming award nights in Sweden.

    • Melinda
      Reply

      GUWonder, it’s too bad it went up to a category 5 as that must have been a great deal for your frequent stays. Thanks for reading!

  2. Wembleygal
    Reply

    I have stayed there many times – great property !

    • Melinda
      Reply

      Wembleygal I definitely think so, and ALCO I hope you have a great stay. Thanks for reading!

  3. ALCO
    Reply

    Thanks for the review. Will be staying at this property for the first time in September, and after reading your review, am looking forward to it.

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