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Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa
Ranked #42 of 67 Hotels in Gothenburg
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Stayed for business at this hotel. The decor is nice and stylish, especially reception area is warm and welcoming.
Rooms are of ok size, tea and coffee facilities were nice. Cleaning was not satisfactory and there is obviously much noise from the trucks entering harbour area.
I have attended some conferences at this hotel, and these facilities are good.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We book a spa weekend with a dinner and one hotel night. We really enjoyed the spa. A bit noisy and crowded on the Saturday (I think it would be good to loose the jacuzzi for a more relaxing environment). Nice with three outdoor saunas and an outdoor pool. One hot pool upstairs together with a couple of different saunas and steam rooms (nicely sentenced with cinnamon and eucalyptus). nice relaxing areas on the first floor. A good selection of complementary tea, water, fruits and dried fruit. Very good vegetarian dinner in the evening. Nice breakfast buffet.

Rooms are small but nice. I wouldn't stay here if I were visiting Gothenburg (it's in the harbour far from the city center) or had a lot of bags with me. But for a spa weekend or a conference it's ok. I personally liked the mix of ruff dock surroundings and luxury spa.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

This hotel is also a spa with many different options (massage, steam rooms, etc.). If you plan on going there and not anywhere else, I would highly suggest it. However, it is located near the port of Gothenburg and there is not much else around. Getting to the city center via taxi will cost $60+ one way due to the distance.

The rooms are extremely small compared to United States standards. The beds were comfortable and the wireless worked well.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

The hotel is located way outside Goteborg, and it will cost you about 30 euro one way to go downtown. There is absolutely nothing to do around, except if you are there on business. The area is industrial, and all you see are huge trade ships, trains with various wagons and stuff like that. You cannot even get close to the port since it's all locked around.

Rooms are extremely small, it's impossible to move around for 2 people with 2 luggages. We were lucky though since the reception upgraded us to the suite. The suite is twice as large as a standard room, but still does not fall under a definition of a "suite". Breakfast was good, but other food options are very poor, there is nothing to eat after 9-10 pm except for some cold sandwiches from the reception shop. There are flies all over the food, which is unacceptable.

Everything in the hotel is for extra charge. They call is a SPA hotel but offer no discounts or offers for those who actually pay for the room to stay in the hotel. They do not offer the option of showing you around the spa since it is disturbing to other people. How can you decide then if you wanna try the spa or not??

The hotel is marked as 3 stars on websites, but the actual hotel considers itself as 4 stars. Hard to believe!!! They don't even offer shampoo/shower gel/body lotion, all they offer is an all-body shower gel. The bed is very comfortable though.

The lobby is large and nicely decorated, but overall the place is quite depressing. Would not recommend this hotel to anyone, there are much more options in downtown Goteborg.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view room or a suite. Otherwise all rooms are extremely small.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

This hotel along the port of Goteborg has recently been upgraded within the past few years. Today, although the rooms may be small, they are efficient. The size of the hotel can be misleading since most of the building is built into the rocky coast. For starters, I would ask for a room that overlooks the port. Here you can see the ships that dock in Goteborg, and mostly you can see the Volvo Logistics at work. The almost daily transporting of Cars, Trucks going all over the world. For cocktails I would suggest sitting outside the bar area, where there is an open fire pit as you stare into the sunset over the archipelago. Goteborg has been dubbed by many critics as the 'cuisine capital of Scandinavia'. Other hotel amenities include a nice steam, and sauna - of course, where else do you find good saunas, but in Scandinavia. One thing to remember, this hotel is located in Arken, which is basically across the river from all the main attractions. I would suggest staying on this side if you look for peace and quiet. One can always drive about 3 minutes over to Eriksberg and take the local ferry-taxi into the Centrum.

If you are wanting to visit the Volvo museum, you can spend one night at this hotel, since this is about 1000 yards to the museum.

If you are flying into Goteborg City Airport, not Landvetter, this airport is close.

Finally, if you have meetings in the Arken area - this is a very nice choice since all the office buildings are close by.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Stayed in fact mostly for the spa, which was just excellent! Lots to do, several different pools and saunas, nice, cosy atmosphere abd very relaxing! Room were Ok, lobby area really nice. Dinner, tasted good but was not refined. Nice breakfast buffe.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed August 16, 2009

This is a clean, modern and stylish hotel in a good condition. The beds are comfortable and the breakfast is excellent. The only problem with the hotel is the location (if you want to visit Gothenburg without a car). Sure, the hotel is located in the harbour, which gives a nice view, but the surrounding industrial area is still very boring. To go to the city you need to take two different buses and it takes about 30 minutes. In late evenings there are no buses available, so the only way to get to the hotel is by taxi. The hotel has a special deal with one of the local taxi companies, so you can go to the hotel for 250 SEK (one way). This way the visit becomes rather expensive if you want to stay out late. In short - if you just want to stay in your hotel room - choose this hotel. Otherwise, choose one with a better location.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Nordatlanten 100, Gothenburg 41878, Sweden (Formerly BEST WESTERN Arken Hotell & Konferenscenter)
Location: Sweden > West Coast > Vastra Gotaland County > Gothenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #42 of 67 Hotels in Gothenburg
Price Range: $140 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 149
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