We stayed over for the night and enjoyed a package including afternoon tea and dinner. The location is lovely, it's situated in the old part of town a stone's throw from the cathedral and the hotel is in a great old building that has been beautifully restored.
The rooms are in excellent condition, with every creature comfort you could wish for and beds were extremely comfortable. The only thing lacking was some form of component to allow you to play your own music from an MP3 player or tablet, which would have been a nice addition to the mix.
The food was wonderful and highly recommended, great combination of local ingredients lovingly prepared and presented. The only down side was the service, which would best be described as frosty. Whilst the service at dinner was excellent, with very knowledgeable wine and food presentations done in a friendly manner, the front desk was quite the opposite. Upon check out we had to ring the bell several times and barely managed to squeeze a 'hej' from the receptionist, and it felt totally at odds with the rest of the experience.
For a small, cosy and well laid out hotel it was surprising to be given the cold shoulder on leaving. It would have taken no effort at all to personalize the experience and really show that we would be welcome back again but instead it left a bitter after taste on what was otherwise an enjoyable overnight stay. Perhaps winning several nation-wide awards has taken the edge off the enthusiasm and led to some staff resting on their laurels?
- 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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