The hotel is a charming villa in an airy open space between the cathedral and the 18th century University buildings. The area is beautifully tranquil and atmospheric. The hotel decor is restrained - a modern grey and white colour scheme on traditional wood panelling. The effect is smart but discreet.
I had a single room which was on the small side, and over-endowed with electronic gizmos (gargantuan TV, hand-held computer pad to control lights, heating, and so on) and fussy towelettes and soaps in the bathroom. The bed was 'luxurious' that is, high and (to me) uncomfortably soft.
The breakfast is classy, the wifi reliable, and the staff efficient and helpful (though it's mildly irritating that the reception desk is not continuously staffed).
I'm not convinced that all the extras really contribute that much. The great thing about the hotel is its location, and the building itself. Unless one's on an expenses-paid trip, this is a hotel for a special treat. Another hotel would give you a decent room and a good night's sleep for half the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Anna is a hotel on a small and personal scale where the visitor can expect a warm welcome, a carefully created ”at home” feeling and memorable dining experiences. Our award-winning master chefs, Rafael Löfstedt and Markus E Arkevid, have previously worked at a number of establishments that are beacons of Swedish culinary excellence, such as Edsbacka Krog and Oaxen Skärgårdskrog. Here at Villa Anna they are continuing to develop their creativity and joy in the culinary art.The hotel also enjoys a highly desirable and unique location, set amidst such historical gems as the Cathedral, Uppsala University and Museum Gustavianum. Stepping into the world of Villa Anna for the first time is often an almost magical experience. Here you will find an atmosphere that is best described as simply beautiful – an atmosphere that will make you slow right down and enjoy your surroundings. ... more less
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