Classic and timeless elegance
If you want to spend the night in a room with both rich history and classic elegance, you should have a look at two of Gothenburg’s oldest hotels. Hôtel Eggers is in a building by the train station, where a hotel has been run since 1859. Eggers has around 70 individually furnished hotel rooms of high standard, some a little bigger and more luxurious, others a little smaller and more intimate. Don’t miss visiting the hotel’s restaurant, which draws inspiration from turn-of-the-century Paris and the carefree La Belle Époque.
Hotel Royal opened in 1852 and is therefore Gothenburg’s oldest hotel. Royal has preserved its heritage with classic decor and old-world charm. In the entrance, the interior details remain from the end of the 19th century: hand-painted glass ceiling, patterned stone floor and hand-forged art nouveau railings.
Stay in style – close to everything!
In the summer of 2022, the new hotel Scandic Göteborg Central opened, with a perfect location between the rive Göta älv and the Gothenburg Central Station. From here, it is walking distance to the inner city’s shops, cafes, and restaurants, while the hotel has an unbeatable view of the river and the harbour. The hotel has 451 rooms, restaurants, cafes, and a Miami-inspired rooftop bar for sunny cocktails all year round.
The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is located right in the centre of Gothenburg with everything within easy walking distance, and close to the train station and hub for trams and buses. The hotel has two restaurants and bars: Atrium with an elegant and relaxed atmosphere and Noot Nordik Kitchen, which serves a modern, seasonal Nordic menu. At the hotel, guests have access to a gym and yoga classes at the spa Hagabadet Drottningtorget. The spa also has steam baths, experience showers, pools, and massages.
Clarion Hotel Post is a modern hotel housed in the historic former post office right next to the train station. Here, new design meets the historic architecture from the building’s time as a post office. The hotel is just a few steps from public transport stops, and it is walking distance to both the city centre and the Ullevi and Gamla Ullevi arenas.
The hotel has two restaurants that you shouldn’t miss: Vrå, which serves the west coast’s best ingredients from sea and land, with Japanese flavours and techniques, and Norda, with a Swedish-American menu signed by chef Marcus Samuelsson and an award-winning and popular weekend brunch.
Design and boutique hotels
The design hotel Avalon is located right in the centre of Gothenburg at the square Kungsportsplatsen. Here, interior design and the guests’ experience are in focus. The hotel has a collection of modern art and iconic design furniture and as a guest you have access to the roof terrace with an outdoor pool during the period May-September.
The boutique hotel Pigalle has 64 cosy and eclectically furnished rooms inspired by the 1920s art deco style. Pigalle is in the historic Palace house by the square Brunnsparken. Since it was built in 1751, the house has been, among other things, a sugar mill, and a single-family villa of 6,000 square meters for the couple Fürstenberg. The family used the large house for periods as a temporary residence for young artists who, in return for food and room, decorated the house with art – among them famous Swedish artists as Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn and Bruno Liljefors. The Fürstenbergs then bequeathed this art collection to the city of Gothenburg, and today it can be seen at the Gothenburg Museum of Art.
Riverton is a newly renovated design hotel, which, with its location right next to the river Göta älv, offers miles-long views of the harbour and the sea. During Valentine’s Day, the hotel has put together a Valentine’s Day package with champagne, roses, chocolate, dinner, and overnight stay. It is also possible to add entrance to the spa department on the hotel’s entrance floor.
Wake up in the archipelago
What could be more romantic than surprising your loved one with a unique accommodation in the archipelago of Gothenburg? The scent of the sea, nature experiences, salty baths all year round and tasty food directly from the salty waters of the west coast of Sweden
Kajkanten Vrångö in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago consists of eleven boathouses with fully equipped apartments and the sea as the nearest neighbour. You can book the accommodation together with a range of cosy activities, for example you can go on a raft with a wood-burning sauna and hot tub, forage beachside seaweed or try sea kayaking around the island.
At the far end of the pier in Donsö harbour in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago is Isbolaget – a restaurant and hotel in a converted ice warehouse. Back in the days, the fishing boats used to come in here and supply themselves with ice, and much of the house’s history is preserved in the scrubbed walls and rustic interior. The fourteen hotel rooms on Isbolaget’s upper floor have views of both the fishing harbour and the sea.
On the small island of Hamneskär at the far end of the Bohuslän archipelago, stands the iconic Pater Noster lighthouse. For more than 150 years, the lighthouse has guided sailors in Sweden’s most dangerous waters, and today the rugged lighthouse environment is a unique visitor destination. Here, they have also carefully renovated the old lighthouse keeper’s residence and turned it into an extraordinary accommodation. There is a total of sleeping places for twenty-four guests. You get here with your own or a pre-booked boat, or by helicopter.
Read more at paternoster.se.
Salt & Sill is a floating (!) hotel on the small island of Klädsholmen north of Gothenburg. The hotel has modern and Scandinavian decorated rooms, and directly outside the rooms there are several bathing ladders, perfect for a refreshing morning dip. The hotel’s name, and the restaurant’s specialty “Herring Plank” gossip about Klädesholmen’s history as a hub for both fishing and processing of herring.
Book a romantic spa weekend
If you long for a relaxing spa weekend, there are several unique spa hotels in Gothenburg and the surrounding area.
Upper House is one of them, with its spectacular outdoor pool fifty meters above ground. The hotel’s spa has a hammam, sauna, three different pools and a gym with views of the entire city. The modern hotel with the fifty-three rooms on floors 20-25 in the middle tower of Gothia Towers, maintains the highest international class.
Sankt Jörgen Park is a modern country club with hotel, restaurant, golf course and spa. The spa and hotel have many different accommodation packages to choose from, including an award-winning spa ritual that guides you between hot and cold springs, bubbling foot baths, aromas and saunas.
Treetop Spa is exactly as the name suggests, a hotel and spa in the middle of the treetops. The small hotel with thirty rooms has two different spa facilities – Treetop Bergspa on the mountain and Harmony Spa in the main building.
Marstrands Havshotell north of Gothenburg takes inspiration from the nature on the Swedish west coast. Granite, driftwood, and the salty sea inspire the spa experience. The spa area has three indoor pools, saunas, outdoor hot tubs, and an area where you can rest on warm rocks. Of course, it is also possible to take a dip in the sea regardless of the season.