I had heard and read a bit about Sadertalje prior to my visit, much of it far from positive, and traveled with hope but no expectations determined to give the city at least one chance. An industrial city about 30 km south of Stockholm, Sodertalje already has the location speaking for it.
A five to ten-minute bus ride from the town’s nearest railway stop Sydertalje Syd takes visitors to the center of Sodertalje. Once there, I strolled along Järnagatan which continues to the pedestrian Storgatan, lined with shops, cafés, restaurants and shopping malls. However, my hope for Sodertalje decreased early when I saw the large building of a certain fast-food chain on M polluting the otherwise beautiful waterside area by pedestrian Strandgatan and Slussgatan.
Fortunately, a visit to Luna Kulturhus, a cultural house with an art hall, a 100-year-old city library, large lobby with daily newspapers and magazines, and Nova for creative workshops and music nights aimed to young people between 13 and 25, increased my attraction. Sodertalje art hall features exhibitions of Swedish, Nordic and international art in an airy, rectangular space on the upper floor of the house.
Even though downtown Sodertalje isn’t unattractive and the surrounding area, including the city park, can appear stunning when the weather cooperates with clear and sunny skies, I decided to spend my visit mainly at my hotel for the night, Scandic Skogshöjd, much because the hotel is a destination in itself.
Scandic Skogshöjd is located in the center of the city, just 30 minutes by car from the Swedish capital. The hotel’s inviting lobby sets the standard high and provides a stylish space for guests to unwind or socialise, depending on the time of day.
The cocktail bar is equally stylish.
The modern rooms, 225 in total, range from Nordic-style Standard rooms and larger Family Standards to more comfortable Junior Suites and Superior Extra rooms. Standard rooms cover up to 21 sqm and have wooden floors, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, TV with movie channels, desk and armchair, and wireless internet access.
The hotel’s highlight is first rate Scandic Skogshöjd SPA with relaxation area, large pool, Jacuzzi, and optional selection of treatments for body, mind and soul.
A swim in the luxurious hotel pool or some time in the whirl pools as part of a stay at Scandic Skogshöjd is well worth the extra SEK 50. Visitors who don’t stay at the hotel can use the spa facility at a higher cost.