giovedì 27 giugno 2013

Goteborg: where to sleep?

I go to Goteborg several time per year, mostly for work but also for leisure since I love this city and I have friends living there.
Being the second larger city in Sweden after the capital Stockholm, and being site of a famous university, Goteborg is crowded in every season.

Very often you can also find conventions, meetings and fairs that bring there a lot of people and I must admit that more than once I've got problems in booking hotel during those events.

Being there pretty often, I've already tried many hotels. I mostly stay in the city center since everything is nearby and it's easily accessible. 
Here below are my impressions and my suggestions...

Clarion Hotel Post is doubtless one of the top hotel in town and even the price is higher than elsewhwere. I've been there for a drink at the bar only since I didn't manage to take the advantage of the opening offer. 
Clarion Hotel Post opened almost one year ago and during the first month you could find rooms at a really cheap price. It's hosted in the former Central Post building and it's very centrally located, just in front of the Central Station.
Inside you can find a couple of restaurants and a bar. One of the restaurant serves japanese food: good quality with a slightly high price.

Clarion Hotel Post - Drottingtorget, 10

Clarion Post at Christmas


Elite Park Avenue Hotel is one of my favourite in Goteborg.
It's located on the Avenyn, the main restaurant and touristic street, not far from the Stads-Teatern [City Theater].
It' one of the oldest hotel in town and if you have read the Larsson Millenium Trilogy you would be pleased to know that when M. Blomkvist spends some days in Goteborg he stays here.
What I like most here is the gym and the beauty center...and the breakfast!
I've been there several time and I have the Rewards Card. After few nights here you can already get the upgrade and have the possibility of having breakfast in the Elite Lounge: a good way  to start the day!
Park Avenue Restaurant, inside the hotel, is a nice place to have dinner. It has a big window from where you can enjoy a nice street view.

Elite Park Avenue Hotel - Kungsportsavenyn, 36-38

Elite Park room



Elite Park, view from room window




Riverton Hotel is not far from the city center and it's facing the sea.

It is nearby the Opera House and the Casino and from there you can enjoy a nice view of the harbour.
The hotel has a very nice restaurant on the top floor that has a breathtaking view over the harbour and all the tables are nearby the windows. You cannot miss the wonderful view and it can be a very nice and romantic place to dine.
Rooms are not that big (I had a single one with a single bed), but equipped with all the needed confort.
The nearest tram stop is at few hundred meters from the hotel, and since is located into a residential area, during evening it might seem a bit worrying. No problem at all!

Hotel Riverton - Stora Badhusgatan, 26

Riverton room


Hotel Gothia Towers is the one I've spent most of my nights in Goteborg. Due to that I have a "frequent guest card"; you can ask it at the reception when checking-in. Each night gives you one point and after 10 points you can have a free night there.
It's facing the Liseberg amusement park and from the rooms you can either see inside the park or, on the other side, inside the big Ullevi stadium.
It's a huge hotel, the biggest in Scandinavia, and it's built on two towers. They will soon be three, as there are construction works ongoing.
On top of the West tower there's a well known restaurant and bar: Heaven23. From here you can enjoy a spectacular 360° view. Even if you're not a guest in the hotel, I recommend you to go and have a drink, just for the view.
The elevator that goes directly to the top is made of glass and while going up you already see the Liseberg park from a nice height.
On the ground floor there's Restaurant Incontro. It's a nice place where mingeling while drinking a cocktail. The food is not bad, but the italian pretending dishes are not as good as you may expect. I've taken spaghetti here once (my mistake, I admit!) and I was deceived. That was a good lesson: never order pasta abroad :)
It has a nice small room for exercise where you can find a couple of  exercise equipments and the sauna.
Since it's part of a meeting and convention center and it's really big, you might find the breakfast room a bit crowded. It's huge, but still there is always plenty of people around.
What is lacking a bit at breakfast are the sweets. You can find few biscuits and a cake, some jam and marmelade, but the salted part is indeeed  fantastic.

Gothia Towers Hotel - Massans gata, 24

How Gothia Tower will be with the third tower


Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is very centrally located. It's close to the Central Station, few hundred meters from Nordstan shopping center and next to one of the nicest garden in Goteborg, where you can go jogging if you like.
Underground floor hosts a super gymn + swimming pool, open to everybody, that you have to pay with a special rate dedicated to hotel guests.
Breakfast is really super. The assortment is amazing, you can find any kind of food, even the rhubarb jam!
Rooms are either overlooking the street or the inside patio. Inside the hotel there is a big court, where you can find the restaurant and the bar. 

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel - Sodra Hamngatan, 59

Radisson Blu room


Scandic Crown is an other hotel very centrally located. It's part of the Scandic group (in Goteborg you can find several other hotels of this chain) and rooms are furnished in the same style.
The gym here is very well equipped and breakfast and food in general have good quality.
On the ground floor, near the reception, you can find a mini-shop where you can find salads, sandwiches, small amenities that you might have forgotten home (e.g. toothpaste, t-shirts, brush...).
A minus of this hotel, that is same in each Scandic, is that they don't have room service for food. No service at all, therefore either you eat at the restaurant on the ground floor or you buy some food in the mini-shop and bring it upstairs in the room.

Scandic Crown - Polhemsplatsen 3


Scandic Crown room

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