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Hotel Royal Gothenburg
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Gothenburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2011

We arrived early at the Hotel Royal and first impressions were excellent. Lovely reception, nice quaint old interior, modernised very well and sympathetically. We arrived early but a room was available. The guy on reception was excellent - friendly, courteous and helpful. Our room (250) was impeccably clean, not the biggest room, but big enough. View from the room wasn't great - it was on the street side opposite a sex shop! But this really wasn't a problem, I didn't see one person go in all weekend, and it didn't feel remotely seedy as you would imagine. Whilst the street was quiet, for a good nights' sleep we didn't open the windows as we weren't sure how loud it was going to get. But without air con, the room was a bit warm at night. Downsides to the room - no wardrobe, only a small racked area with an iron, ironing board etc all on show with no door, no bedside cabinets only a table on one side only and not full sized pillows, just two small square ones. room plus sides: very clean, neat, well maintained, stylish interior, very comfy massive bed, nice lighting, brilliant shower. Room was very quiet with no noise in the corridor or other rooms. Breakfast was okay if you like cold savoury buffets - cold ham, salami, cheese etc. There were also lots of types of bread and pancakes, but pastries, croissants etc and yoghurts would have been good. A few nice touches in the reception include a shoe shiner, brollies, blankets, ipads in the wall, magazines and a noticeboard with the weather on and tips from guests on where to eat. Also home made cakes are served along with coffee (just help yourself). We needed a slightly earlier breakfast to catch the flight which was no problem. Check out was quick and easy and all staff we encountered were excellent. I was debating between this and the Radisson Blu and I'm so glad I chose the Hotel Royal, so much better than staying in a big faceless hotel chain and I would definitely stay here again. Drops a star from me for the room view and breakfast choice. Hotel wasn't cheap at £300 for two nights' stay, but this seems to be the going rate in Gothenburg unless you want to stay out of town or in a dump. We wanted neither, so the location and hotel quality was worth it.

Location of hotel was excellent, a two minute walk from the bars, the canal on both sides just a minute's walk. Close to the shops and bus terminal too (but not too close, another advantage of not staying at the Hotel G and Radisson Blu which were near all the trams and buses).

Slight warning on drinks prices - I knew Sweden was going to be expensive, but not as expensive as it was. Cheapest price for a 16cl glass of wine was 59SEK (about £5.90) and the most expensive 149SEK (about £14.90!) Beer was about £6 for a 0.4l glass of draught.

Room Tip: A courtyward facing room may be better if you want the windows open.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

Stayed here for one night. Old building and old style decoration but charming and full of lovely touches and details. Small but lovely lounge to relax in with tourist information, 2 iPads on the wall, complimentary coffee and cake. Room was clean and bathroom was modern. Staff very pleasant and helpful. A nice old-fashioned feel to this hotel.

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Reviewed 25 June 2011

Our family had three rooms at the Hotel Royal during our recent stay there. Each one was uniquely and charmingly decorated. Each had good amenities including flat screen TVs, hair dryers and toiletries. Though this is a historic hotel that retains much of the original charm in the lobby, it has been updated with many contemporary touches. The bathrooms are modern and very clean. The breakfast buffet was very complete with both tasty American and European offerings. The Swedish pancakes were a big hit with our group! We also enjoyed the afternoon cake and coffee/tea offerings after a long day of shopping and sightseeing. The hotel is well-located for access to many great shops, as well as the restaurants on the Avenyn.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

A wondeful warm and friendly hotel. With lots of character and lovely individual rooms. The standard single room I stayed in was bigger than some doubles I've stayed in at other hotels over the years. The breakfast buffet had something for everyone, and the complimentary tea/coffee, water and cake available all afternoon and evening in the foyer were a nice touch. I can recommend the cake (all homemade apparently). I had a later flight and they were happy to store my luggage for the day whilst I did the final bit of sightseeing. Gothenburg is a very compact city and for further sights there is the excellent tram system. I'd highly recommend the Hotel Royal especially if you want to avoid those bland hotel chains.

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Reviewed 4 June 2011

We stayed for two nights in May 2011. Room was spacious and pretty, bed comfortable. On a quiet street but close to main shopping areas in central Gothenburg. Staff very helpful in finding out some local information for us. Good breakfast. Many nice touches in the hotel which bigger chain hotels could learn from, free wifi, few ipads freely available on wall in lounge for those travelling without computer or smartphone. Reasonable price as well. All in all highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Royal Gothenburg

Address: 67 Drottninggatan, Gothenburg 411 07, Sweden
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Region: Sweden > West Coast > Vastra Gotaland County > Gothenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Gothenburg
Price Range: $180 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Royal Gothenburg 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Royal is the oldest hotel in Gothenburg founded in 1852. The hotel has 75 rooms of different sizes, situated on four floors.Royal Hotel breathes a 19-century atmosphere with its hand wrought iron banisters and painted glass ceiling dating back to 1897. The old world charm combined with modern features such as I-pads in the lounge and free wireless internet access in all rooms, makes it a cozy as well as comfortable hotel in the heart of town.All rooms with recently renovated bathrooms. The breakfast room is spacious and a Scandinavian style breakfast buffet is served every day.The Royal has 35 double rooms. Our famous octagonal "tower rooms" are very popular with our guests. Free check in coffee/tea with home baked cake is served all afternoons and evenings. Our newly decorated lounges are very popular with guests for relaxing, or working via our wireless internet service with printer access. ... more   less 
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