Outside of its main cities, the large Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea is one of the country’s most perennially favourite travel destinations. And the jewel in the island’s crown is unquestionably the medieval, walled town of Visby – a UNESCO World Heritage site, no less, where cobblestone streets, ruined medieval churches, and well-preserved city walls abound.
If that’s whetted your appetite and convinced you to take the next step and book a trip to Gotland – perhaps as a part of a broader visit to Sweden – we’ve looked into the accommodation options available on the island and in the town of Visby itself, and picked out 7 of the best hotels currently on offer.
FROM €112/ NIGHT
Located on the west coast of Gotland in the locality of Klintehamn, this hotel offers an attractive garden, an on-site restaurant and a cosy bar area, along with free WiFi. For guests arriving in their own transport, there’s also free private parking at the property. Hearty buffet and continental breakfast are served in the dining area each morning. Popular local activities and excursions include hiking and trips to the charming town of Visby, which is just over 20 miles away.
Strandakar Hotell & Restaurang
FROM €92/ NIGHT
Situated in the south east corner of Gotland, Strandakar Hotell is nestled within verdant and attractive woodland, providing a tranquil base from which to explore the island. Modern and stylish guest rooms are equipped with a desk and a private bathroom. Hearty buffet breakfasts are available each morning and there’s also an on-site restaurant and bar, plus barbecue facilities in the charming courtyard where popular BBQ nights are held during the summer months. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Hiking is a popular local activity and the Baltic coastline is only a short drive away for beach walks and bracing ocean dips. There are also two golf clubs within a few miles of the hotel and Visby Airport is 37 miles away.
Hotell Villa Borgen
FROM €82/ NIGHT
Positioned in the heart of Visby, Villa Borgen combines a charming setting with stylish contemporary décor and furnishings. Guest rooms are equipped with a minibar and TV and there’s free WiFi in all areas of the hotel. Other communal amenities include a quaint inner courtyard where guests can relax and unwind, and complimentary tea, coffee, cookies and fruit are available in the lobby area, along with a range of books and magazines. A number of cafes and arts and crafts shops are located nearby, as is the pretty Visby Marina.
FROM €57/ NIGHT
This cute, family-owned hotel on the island’s west coast offers easy access to a number of local attractions, including the 2 miles of sand along Tofta Beach and Kronholmens Seaside Golf Club. There’s an on-site restaurant and a swimming pool with a poolside bar and outdoor grill serving up a range of delectable dishes. A range of outdoor activities including beach walks, tennis and cycling are available nearby.
FROM €71/ NIGHT
Situated in the centre of Visby, this 3-star design hotel is a fine choice for those who enjoy staying in a stylish setting. Guest rooms are soundproofed and come with an iPod docking station and refrigerator, and some also offer scenic park or sea views from large windows or balconies. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s a charming breakfast room, a sports bar & restaurant, and a rooftop terrace where guests can relax and socialise. Notable nearby attractions include Gotland Museum and Visby Cathedral.
Gumbalde Golf & Hotel
FROM €67/ NIGHT
Set on the site of a horse farm that dates back to the 1600s, this is the only hotel in this list located inland. It offers 30 well-appointed guest rooms, including several family rooms in the property’s annex. Amenities available to guests include an 18-hole golf course, an on-site restaurant serving all-day food, conference facilities, free WiFi, and free private parking for guests arriving in their own transport.
Hotell St Clemens
FROM €62/ NIGHT
Perched just inside Visby’s medieval city, this elegantly styled hotel is home to two charming courtyards with outdoor furniture for guests to relax and unwind. Distinctively designed guest rooms come with cable TV and a comfy seating area. Free WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel. Many of Visby’s main attractions, including the Botanical Gardens and Visby Cathedral, as well as numerous shops, bars and cafes, are just moments away on foot.