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.
- 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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