Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg exudes Scandi charm. Cosmopolitan and stylish, but less stuck up than the capital Stockholm, the city’s laid back vibe combines with an exciting art scene fuelled by some excellent galleries. Keep an eye out too for the handful of old fashioned trams which still rattle along this port town’s classical boulevards, to and from the glistening sea.
Gothenburg’s also crammed with excellent, well run, and very comfortable hotels. Granted, it’s not the cheapest city for accommodation, but with our tips you ought to be able to make the best of this slightly off-beat destination without breaking the bank.
Spar Hotel Gårda
Close to Gothenburg Central Station, this modern hotel promises an affordable, relaxing stay. The staff are renowned for their friendliness and the beds for their comfort. There is a roof terrace with views out over the city and complimentary sauna access for guests. With a children’s playroom, it’s a great place from which to base a family vacation.
Good Morning + Göteburg City
All aboard this hotel with a difference. What’s the difference? It’s a boat, that’s what! Floating elegantly on Gothenburg’s quayside, Good Morning Göteborg is perfectly located for walks into town, not to mention that there are great views to be had from its sundeck. And lest you think its nautical form is the only thing going for it, shiver no timbers, with bright, modern rooms equipped with the full roster of expected facilities (TVs, showers, WiFi etc.), Good Morning Göteborg’s unusual casing is just the start of what it offers.
Linnéplatsens Hotell & Vandrarhem
OK, so it’s technically a hostel, but it might as well be a hotel. Crammed – in a Scandinavian minimalist sense, we mean – with stylish features, and offering a level of comfort way in advance of the price you pay, this place in the heart of Gothenburg is one of the best value sites in town. The staff are friendly, and there are museums, city walks, and restaurants to be enjoyed just round the corner.
Spar Hotel Majorna
It may not look like much from the outside, but the interior of this centrally located hotel is a monument to cleanliness and comfort. With loads of great cafés and restaurants just a short walk from its front doors (don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff), it’s a perfect launch pad for exploring the town, not to mention that it’s overflowing with facilities – gym, sauna, games room – within.
Le Mat B&B Göteborg City
A no frills establishment in the centre of Gothenburg, but then, at these prices, who needs frills! It’s comfortable, clean, with some decent views out over the city streets. There’s also WiFi throughout, TVs in the rooms, and a great buffet breakfast in the morning. If all you’re after is somewhere private to bed down for the night, it’s hard to ask for more.