Story Hotel Studio Malmö Review

Story Hotels are a set of three hotels in Sweden that recently joined Hyatt as JdV properties. They are full integrated with Hyatt; meaning you can earn points, book reward nights, and are entitled to World of Hyatt elite benefits.

I booked two nights after my Holland America cruise that disembarked in Copenhagen. I booked a promotional rate that offered double points; only because I wanted to spend a total of $400 to trigger an Amex Offer of $100 off $400 at JdV properties. My nightly rate was $187 USD (I had to pay for some laundry to hit the $400 threshold). The property is a Category 1 property so you can find some fantastic award nights during off peak seasons. As I was staying over the summer, it would have been 6,500 points per night.


Story Hotel is located in the Studio building, a 5-minute walk northwest of the central train station, across from the Old Lighthouse.

Malmo is flat and walkable and most parts of the city center are only about 10 minutes away.

The train from Copenhagen Airport takes about 30 minutes.

Check In

I arrived quite early after my cruise; around 11:30. The app said my room was ready and indeed it was. As a Globalist I was upgraded from a Queen Bed City View to a King Bed Ocean View. I didn’t ask about any further upgrades as I was arriving so early I was happy to have a room.

When I checked in on the app, I requested a late check out. The front desk staff explained that there was a festival that weekend in town and that if at all possible, could I check out at 2pm? I said it was not a problem.

The lobby area also serves as the lobby for the entire Studio building. The hotel itself is only floors 10-13; with the rest being offices. The hotel itself is only 95 rooms. It is a modern building and it doesn’t completely feel like a hotel (for better or worse).


I was assigned room 1213.

The room is quite small — about 225 sq ft. As you enter, the open closet is to the left and the bathroom is to the right.

The closet area has area to hang clothes, a coffee set up, safe and mini fridge.

Inside the fridge were two complimentary bottles of sparkling water. After I was in the room for a few minutes, a staff member delivered me a robe and slippers. Not sure if that was because I was Globalist or if that is standard.

The bed is in the middle of the room with a small bench along the window. On either side of the bed is a small table with reading light and power outlets (including USB).

The bed faces a wall mounted TV. There is a small desk in the corner. Some art decals are glued to the wall.

I would consider the room modern budget. Some whimsical accents but overall very basic.

The view was lovely out to the port and ocean.

I ended up being sick for most of my stay so I spent a good amount of time in my room sleeping. Unfortunately I found the ventilation quite poor and the room stayed quite warm even on the lowest temperature setting.

The ventilation was so poor in the bathroom that there was visible mold growing on the ventilation fan.


The bathroom is quite small but functional minus the air flow.

There is one sink with a small counter space directly next to it. It was small for me; I would imagine it would be very tight for two people.

The shower and toilet are divided by a glass panel. The shower itself has both an overhead rain shower and a hand held wand.

The bath products were all wall mounted but I found them to be quite nice and seemed high quality.


Breakfast is included for all guests (not just Globalists). It is in the restaurant on the 14th (top) floor. It is a basic breakfast with some yogurt, fruit, baked goods, eggs, bacon, and make your own waffle.

There is a roof top patio area as well that offers great views. A bar is open in the evenings; I was given a 200 kroner voucher for the bar but as I was sick, I didn’t make use of it.

Malmö is a nice option near Copenhagen that is much cheaper. Having a Category 1 property in Scandinavia is impressive. Story Hotel is a modern but limited property in a good location.

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