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Hotel Royal Gothenburg
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Gothenburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2010

I loved this hotel, it's only five minutes walk from Central Station, perfectly located for getting about, and in an area that feels safe. The service was excellent, the staff were all extremely friendly and helpful and professional. There is complimentary tea, coffee, mini pastries in the lobby, and a lovely lounge/bar area (there's no bar but you can buy drinks at reception), it's got such a relaxed feel and is lovely and warm. The breakfasts, typical of Sweden, are astonishingly good, and there are newspapers available too (I think just Swedish but didn't look for others). The rooms were gorgeous and clean although a single room is quite small - but I didn't mind. The hotel in general does have a lovely extravagant old feel and I didn't notice any Ikea furniture ;-)

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

We are used to staying at the major chains so it's always interesting when we venture off to an independent hotel like this. The hotel was in great condition, the room was clean and of a good size.

The staff was very helpful and friendly. We met the owner and learned about the history of the hotel (such as the mural painted at the end of the top floor hallway was by a customer that couldn't pay his bill). They have a grand staircase which is picture worthy in itself.

There is no parking at the hotel, but the public parking lot is right across the street.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

As an American with not too much experience traveling abroad, I was looking for a hotel that was clean, safe, charming & Swedish, and a good value, with breakfast included. I really chose well with the Hotel Royal. It is a very charming building. Easily accessible to the train station, and my room was almost perfect. The room overlooked the cute courtyard of the hotel, and yes, it was compact, but very functional and not too small. It was quiet and pleasant staying in this hotel. I did stub my toe once or twice on the bathroom threshold that is a little awkward, I think other reviewers also mentioned this. But, that's really minor in my book, it was cleaned every day and had a comfortable single bed.

Best of all really were the hotel staff. They were so friendly, and nice, and the lady that first checked me in made sure I was aware of all Gothenburg had to offer. I got two restaurant recommendations that turned out to be the highlight meals of the trip. Not to mention the fantastic breakfast buffet they serve. The breakfast rooms are full of comfortable seating and all of the food was fresh. I was so pleased to have so many choices for breakfast - including fresh, tropical fruit! Finally, the homemade cake every afternoon was such a nice touch. I would love to return and bring my family, and I will be sure to stay again at this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

Staying at the Hotel Royal is like taking a walk back into history yet enjoying all the amenities of a modern hotel. The resortation and modernization of this hotel is truly remarkable. We would have liked to have taken our room home with us. It was a large room with a sleeping area as well as a spacious living room area. The bathroom was huge and modern. The room was decorated beautifully and you can tell that much thought had gone into making each room unique.

The location to every point of interest in the town is perfect. You can walk everywhere and if you get tired can hop on a bus or tram and be dropped off less than a block from the hotel. It is about a three minute walk to the central station so there is no need to get a cab or public transportaion when you are coming to or leaving town.

The breakfast area is elegant with a definite old world flavor. There is a great variety of food and the food is excellent tasting and also healthful. You get a regular key for your room which in this day of plastic is unique and refreshing.

This is more than just a hotel. It is an experience and shows what can happen when people decide to restore a great older building rather than tearing it down and building a chain hotel which looks like every other one of it's kind all over the world

I give this hotel an A+ and it is in the top five percent of all hotels that I have stayed in all parts of the world. I absolutely loved it!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

The hotel is perfectly located on the edge of the center of the old city within easy walking distance of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, etc. It is also just two blocks from the central station, tram lines, and airport bus stops. The hotel is oddly old-fashioned. It is the only modern city-center hotel I have ever stayed in where you leave your room key with the desk clerk, like in old movies.

Note that the rooms are not air conditioned.

Note also that the "single" rooms are truly tiny, with barely space to turn around, and that they allot you only *1* towel (and don't necessarily have extras available on request).

The staff were pleasant and of course available 24 hours a day to let you have your key so you can get into your room. The hotel is strangely both charming and functional at the same time, and the location really is perfect. No problems, but certainly not luxury.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

This hotel is absolutely lovely. Well situated only 2 blocks from Train Station, in a perfectly situated corner in a quiet area with excellent access to all of the sights. We were treated like old friends when we arrived, and given a flat-out beautiful room. An octogonal room with large bathroom, gorgeous furnishings and terrific bathroom. We were in heaven. After check-in we were able to walk down to the Opera House, tour Maritimen, make our way to Haga, back through university and parks, feeling safe and secure. The hotel staff made every effort to make us feel like valued guests and I can not WAIT to go back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

Couldn't have asked for more. Beautiful old hotel, excellent location bang in the centre of Gothenburg but nicely tucked away in a quiet street, easy walk to everything, excellent service - has that family-run feel where everyone working there wants you to have a great stay - love the Swedes. If i had to pick holes, our door handle came loose one day, but they promptly sorted it.
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  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Royal Gothenburg

Address: 67 Drottninggatan, Gothenburg 411 07, Sweden
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Location: Sweden > West Coast > Vastra Gotaland County > Gothenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Gothenburg
Price Range: $128 - $232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Royal Gothenburg 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Royal is the oldest hotel in Gothenburg founded in 1852. The hotel has 75 rooms of different sizes, situated on four floors.Royal Hotel breathes a 19-century atmosphere with its hand wrought iron banisters and painted glass ceiling dating back to 1897. The old world charm combined with modern features such as I-pads in the lounge and free wireless internet access in all rooms, makes it a cozy as well as comfortable hotel in the heart of town.All rooms with recently renovated bathrooms. The breakfast room is spacious and a Scandinavian style breakfast buffet is served every day.The Royal has 35 double rooms. Our famous octagonal "tower rooms" are very popular with our guests. Free check in coffee/tea with home baked cake is served all afternoons and evenings. Our newly decorated lounges are very popular with guests for relaxing, or working via our wireless internet service with printer access. ... more   less 
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