HistoryIn 1937, the cinema Rival was inaugurated at Maria Square. The building
early on became an establishment for entertainment with a cinema, hotel,
restaurant, bakery and flats. The theatre has a historical value that
is underscored by the roomy entrance halls on three floors and wide
staircases with elegant railings.
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Re-construction and extension, 2002-2003A major consideration during the remodeling was to ensure that the
various activities of the building would touch upon each other in a
harmonious way. To be able to move between bars, bistro, entrance hall
and lounge was of the utmost importance. The attic was decorated and
provided room for The Rival Hotel's suites. An extension toward the
courtyard resulted in 15 new hotel rooms with balconies or French
balconies. One of the biggest changes was the addition of glass
elevators. From the top 2 floors (of a total of 7), there is a
magnificent view of the rooftops and the church of Mary Magdalene.
Interior designer Karin Ahlgren and architect Anders Bergkrantz had the
principal responsibility for the re-construction and extensions made
Rival is wholly owned by Benny Andersson Produktion AB.
Construction work 2002-2003.
The Rival Hotel's logotype back in 2002, signed by Maria Dahlgren. On
this picture seen as a "blanket" over the construction work.
The Rival Hotel has 99 hotel rooms
(194 beds), café, cocktail bar,
bistro bar, lounge seating 700 and 5 conference. The Rival Hotel was
inaugurated on 1 September 2003 as Sweden's first boutique hotel.