The Goteborg Blu is modeled after typical American atrium-style business hotels - but delivers a more elegant execution. This property is clearly designed to appeal to upscale business travelers for Volvo and the major drug companies in town. The Goteborg Blue also is the choice of Volvo for people coming in to pick up cars at the factory - which we were. Volvo is definitely showing you the love by putting you here.
Rooms are big - American-sized, plus. And they're appointed in a typically Swedish fashion. Hardwood floors, new clean Swedish furnishing and goosedown underbedding and duvets make the rooms very Swedishly elegant. Our room was spotless. The room includes a complimentary coffee maker and a lightly stocked honor bar.
The bathroom also is American sized, with raw black granite tile floors and marble walls in the shower. And, it's a real full-curtain, American-style shower head, with a secondary wand system for Europeans. Lighting is outstanding in both the bath and bedroom. Cleanliness was A+ throughout.
The hotel's location is great, with local trolleys running out front, and shopping in several directions. Plus, it's an easy walk to the water. Do try the Fiske Krugen restaurant down to the left almost to the water for first class seafood. The hotel can guide you, but it's literally 3.5 blocks to your left. Look for the gold lobster logo over the door.
The hotel is in a quiet location, and with catering to businesspeople and Volvo buyers, was extremely quiet on the Monday night we stayed. WiFi seemed good, although we only used it lightly. The downstairs bar was open pretty late, if you want an after dinner drink.
The breakfast buffet was extensive and good, and included both American (eggs and bacon) and European regulars (cheeses, sliced sandwich meats, soft-boiled eggs). The Swedes must have a lot of blueberries, as that, plus some kind of rosehip concoction, were offered among the usual juices. The cured salmon is, of course, always good. And be brave - try some pickled herring for breakfast. You'll feel like a native.
I'm sure the property has workout and other amenities, but we were only there one night, and didn't use any of those.
If business or a new Volvo takes you to Goteborg, the Radisson Blu Scandinavian is a grade-A hotel in this class and price range.
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