I stayed at this place by accident. I thought it was in Visby but it was actually about 20 km away. Happily a bus goes straight from Visby bus station (but not always the harbor stop) to almost outside the hotell (can't remember the name of the bus stop but worth checking with tourist info because if you get the wrong one it will be a long walk!).
I mark the place as excellent because of the lovely staff, excellent food, relaxing environment and the delight of hiring a bike and cycling around or going to the beach - all this for a very reasonable price compared with other places I stayed in Sweden. My stay which was only one night was full of sunshine and simple pleasures and I really wished that I had had a car and had chosen to stay there for a few days.
My room was very basic and I had the sense that I was in a Sweden of the past,. The room had almost hostel like facilities (you made up your own bed). It was quite old fashioned, but the idea was to get out and be active. The room was a place to sleep, you would not want to spend much time there. The bathroom facilities were shared and old but adequate. I was lucky I was the only person on my floor so it was not a problem. Everything seemed very clean and well maintained just showing its age. There was a lovely area for sitting out and you could either sit in the shade or the sun on some very comfortable lounging chairs. The bar was open all day for food and drink. The sitting area had a really nice sense of privacy too so you really could sit back and relax - no swimming pool and screaming kids, that was located a little bit away from the area.
The staff were superb, unfailingly pleasant and willing to help. They could not do enough to make sure I was comfortable. The food was also excellent and some of the best that I had in Sweden. I was there for midsummer and I was so glad I signed up for the midsummer dinner. The bread was to die for. They said they bought it from a local baker. Everything else was just excellent in the home cooking not ueber-fancy kind of way. It was also really Swedish.
I had to catch an early bus but the breakfast roll that they packed for me was the best that I had in the whole of my trip. I was really sorry to have missed out on breakfast at the hotell. If it had been anything like the roll or the dinner it would have been memorably good.
My thoughts on this hotell were that it would have been ideal with a car. A traveler could base themselves here and see the island. It was however very feasible to access with public transport. I would definitely come back. What the hotell lacked in fanciness it made up for in price and pleasantness. I left feeling great - like I had been on holiday!
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- Toftagarden Hotell Visby, Sweden - Gotland
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