A regular visitor since 2006, this was actually our sixth visit. It is indeed a very nice place to go and we enjoy the atmosphere. It has grown quite a bit and enjoys a high degree of popularity, and every time we come there we see a painter here, a carpenter there. All the same, it would be nice if they replaced the worn carpet at the wing leading to the room 200 and up. Friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and lots of smiling faces meet you everywhere. Arriving on a Sunday, the place was packed, and the spa area was apparently filled to capacity. Instead, we went fore a long walk along the beach, which must be beautiful in summer. Having booked a late dinner (9 pm seating), we found the nice spa area much less populated around 6 o'clock. The restaurant has been refurbished since our visit last year and looks more inviting, although some of the chairs are more for looking at than for sitting on (incidentally, watch out for the sharp corners on some of the metal tabletops - they can easily rip your trousers!). As a starter, we opted for grilled scallop with cauliflower soup & pumpkin seeds. The soup was cream-based and much to rich for our taste, so we both left most of it. The lone scallop was fine." Herb baked veal 57’ C, ragoût of prime rib, parsley root variation & roasted potatoes" sounded interesting, but the balance between the delicate veal and the rather heavy ragout was not good. Dessert (chocolate circus, raspberry crème & meringue) was better. The wine list is generally very good value for money (which the minibar definitely isn't - exorbitantly priced wines, so order in the restaurant!). Rooms are very nice, but generally too hot. To sum up: dinner was a below our expectations based on previous visits, but the nice spa area, excellent location and friendly staff make us look forward to our next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Today Ystad Saltsjöbad is a hotel under ongoing change. Since May 2007 there are new owners who are now transforming the hotel into a classic New Port hotel. It is all about taking advantage of the local charm and the closeness to the sea and at the same time our fantastic resources. The whole environment is lightened up and modernized and the SPA and conference halls are becoming larger. ... more less
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