I stayed at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia for two nights from 31 May 2013 and was really very pleased with the stay.
The accommodation was booked only a week before travel since the break to Gothenburg was a spur of the moment decision. Immediately after booking, I sent an email to the hotel and requested a twin bedroom as I was travelling with a friend. I heard back quickly and my twin room was confirmed. On arriving at the hotel and checking in, the receptionist had no record of any such request ever being made. Although not the end of the world since there was a twin bedroom available, it was still a little frustrating.
It was possible to check in slightly earlier than the advertised 3.00pm check-in time. We were given our keys for room 136 located on the first floor and at the back of the hotel.
The room was of very generous proportions with two single beds (both very comfortable), a large flat screen television, a desk and chair, two armchairs, complimentary tea and coffee facilities, ample storage space and a television. The bathroom with an all-in-one bath and shower, toilet and wash basin was well stocked with complimentary Anne Semonin toiletries. The room had quite an elegant feel to it with marble walls and surfaces, even if it appeared slightly outdated.
The view from the room was not the best. We looked out onto a block directly opposite so we had nothing of a view and saw almost nothing of the sun.
Included in the price of the hotel was free wifi and free breakfast too. The wifi was nice and fast and I found that I could get online with ease, wherever in the hotel I was. It was fast enough to allow me to stream films on the internet and to make Skype calls home. The breakfast was excellent and definitely one of the best hotel breakfasts I have experienced. An endless supply of breakfast options - mushrooms, bacon, baked beans, tomatoes, fried potatoes, eggs, breads, cheeses, meats, salads, fruits, pastries and more. On both mornings, I got a little carried away with the pastries, enjoying five of the things. One of the pastries was so good that I could quite easily have filled my suitcase with them and taken them all home! A vast selection of drinks and a pot of fresh coffee on each table meant that nobody ever went thirsty at breakfast. One thing I would like to see for my next visit is fried eggs.
Underneath the hotel is 'World Class', which appears to be a chain gym, available to both paying members and hotel guests. Unless staying in a premium room at the hotel, the use of the swimming pool and the gym attracts a fee. The prices are 50Kr and 100Kr respectively. The facility was disappointing and I left after around 15 minutes. The swimming pool was small and the ridiculous number of people using it meant that it was impossible to swim lengths. Also on the poolside was a small jacuzzi, which proved popular, and a wait was necessary before being able to use it. Each changing room offered a sauna as well.
Checking out of the hotel took a little longer than expected but lots of staff worked on the reception to get through the many guests queuing there. With no extra charges to pay, it took just a matter of seconds to check out. The hotel looked after our suitcases until a little after 6.00pm without charge.
The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is recommended. The location is excellent, right in the centre and only seconds away on foot from the Nils Ericson Terminal (bus station) and the central train station. If arriving from Landvetter or City Airport on the Flygbussarna coach service, it is quick and easy to walk to the hotel, avoiding expensive taxis. Also just a minute or two away is Nordstan, Scandinavia's largest shopping centre.
I really enjoyed my time in Gothenburg and will almost certainly consider this hotel for future visits.
Request a room to the front of the hotel or on a higher floor in order to ensure a decent view.
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