Saturday, December 19, 2009

Two Göteborg hotels

I visited Göteborg with my friend Susanne in March. This visit was, however the third I had in the city. The two other times I had completely different hotel experiences.

Hotel Excelsior

The first time I stayed at Hotel Excelsior. It is an old classic hotel located in the Vasastan area. The impressive neo-renaissance and baroque style buildings in this area was built for the wealthy middle class in the second half of the 19th century when the city expanded outside the city walls.

The Excelsior is constructed in old English style, and is considered to be a pearl amongst Gothenburg hotels. It has been recently carefully restored and is driven in a family spirit.

The Hotel within walking distance to the Avenyn, Göteborgs main street. The hotel has 66 single, double or family rooms that can take up to 6 persons.

It was turned into a hotel in 1938 and the Swedish film legends Greta Garbo and Elisabeth Bergman have stayed here.

When we stayed there 7 years ago, we found the hotel a little run down, but it was very inexpensive, and absolutely an alternative for budget travelers.

If you travel during winter, you'll find that you can get a reasonably priced room even at high class hotels. So check around when booking, and you may be upgraded to a four or five star hotel at a low price.

Address: Karl Gustavsgatan 7
Göteborg, Sweden

Hotel Gothia Towers

When I revisited Göteborg in 2006, my friend Terje and I had booked a room at the ultra modern Hotel Gothia Towers. Staying here was the total opposite experience to Hotel Excelsior.

With its 704 rooms in two large towers, it is the biggest hotel in Scandinavia, and is connected to Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

It is located by Liseberg Entertainment Park and the Universeum Natural Experience centre. This is not within walking distance to the city centre, but there are trams and buses that will bring you to Avenyn and Nordstan.

It has 3 bars and 7 restaurants, which was a relief when we stayed there, as this was a weekend with a nasty winter weather.

The hotel has the most fantastic top floor bar with a 365 degree view over the city. We went up there by night and were both captivated.

The rooms were spacious and we could stay there at a reasonable price off season with a breakfast included.

If you want a weekend in Göteborg, you may book two nights at Gothia Towers Hotel with breakfast for 685,95 or 65,7 EURO the second weekend in January 2010 (


Hotel Gothia Towers
Mässans gata 24, Box 5184
402 26 Göteborg
Tel: +46-31-750 88 00
Official hotel website

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(Photo: Hotel Gothia Towers, as seen from the Liseberg tower by Lennart Gulbrandsson)

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