We stayed in Best Western Strand Visby for 3 nights in late June as a couple with a child. It’s at a nice location about 1 Km from the ferry terminal inside the old wall. Despite the warning sign outside the wall entrance, you can drive in if you are booked in the hotel. The town square and the church are within walking distance as also most attractions and the waterside.
The parking left a lot to be desired. There is one parking right in front of the hotel which was always full. There are 2 additional parking lots behind the hotel which are accessible via very narrow streets (most streets in fact are cobbled and narrow in the old town). The first day we found one parking in the rear lot. On the second day, all the parking was taken; luckily I had a small car and could manage to squeeze in the empty space between the gate and the first slot (though it was not a regular slot). Again, the third night I managed to find the last slot. I really wonder what the others did and noted some customers looking desperately for a place to park. Point to note is that you must get conversant with the hotel location in the map since the GPS may not be useful especially when some streets have been made one-way and some are closed suddenly to traffic.
Lady at the reception was rather cool and stern looking. Not very welcoming.
We had booked a room for a family i.e. 2+2 children. It was spacious but had not got any good views- just the rear of the hotel. There wasn’t any air-conditioning in the room but luckily it was very cool during our stay. Apparently you could get table fans on request. There was no coffee-maker (available on request) or iron for pressing clothes. Tea-coffee is always available at the reception along with some cookies. The room was carpeted (bit old), had a minibar (only with water), a writing desk with chair, a 2 +1 seater sofa set, an additional oval table, hair dryer and room telephone. When I went to shower in the bath, there was no soap in the dispenser! So I had to dry myself and come out to call the house service for the same. They then provided toiletries. Otherwise it seems it’s just the soap in the dispenser.
The breakfast was large and quite delicious- but the usual one you would expect in such hotels.
The room price was quite expensive, as is everything else in Visby compared to rest of Sweden.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A first class hotel with a service minded staff and environmental certification. The hotel is located in the middle of the town, near the sea inside the city wall of the World Heritage Town of Visby. Beautiful medieval houses and alleys in Visby surround the hotel.Best Western Strand Hotel is the old Visby Brewery that became a hotel in 1982. From a family owned hotel with 13 rooms to one of the largest hotels in Visby today with 110 rooms and suites and member of the international hotel chain Best Western. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Visby
- Visby Best Western
- Best Western Strand Hotel Visby, Sweden - Gotland