Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Gothenburg
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Will update later...but we're having an amazing time!!
Well, we're safely ensconced at the Radisson Blu in Gothenburg. Spent 24 hours in/on planes/airports. GOOD TO KNOW: DON'T FLY THROUGH NEWARK!! Ugh! First flight delayed; almost missed our connection in Newark & staff were less than willing to help us get through security (again!) to make our flight. We weren't alone - about 30 of us that just …
don't wanna talk about it.
Nick still isn't feeling too well, but Mom and Annie got a chance to walk around town a bit. Here are a few of the pictures they took. The AC/DC crowd is out in full force, giving the town a bit of a festive atmosphere (in a black metal sort of way).
Afternoon update: Annie was getting hungry (of course, it was lunchtime), so we decided to …
We arrived in Gothenburg around 5 pm local time yesterday, and we're very thankful that part of the trip is over. Although Annie is now feeling better after being sick all week, Nick is still feeling the affects of the viral infection he picked up last Tuesday, and did not do well during the long plane rides. We are now in the Radisson SAS in …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Gothenburg
Albeit a bit expensive, this was a very nice place to stay. The breakfast was included, which consisted of a smorgasbord of options, including a tube of caviar. Central location, nice rooms, overall great place.
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To begin with, the beds here are DIVINE! No, not just the jet lag talking. Rooms are on the small side (as in many cities), but adequately appointed.
Staff are accustomed to dealing with Volvo's American OSD clients (this is both good & bad). Dining options are limited & as throughout most of Sweden, incredibly expensive - especially when it comes to wine, etc. A bottle of Malbec runs about $70. Wait staff in the lounge seems less than willing to serve paying guests. Perhaps they should serve a shift during breakfast.
That said, the breakfast buffet is included in the room price, offers a wide variety, & excellent coffee. Morning staff was busy, but polite & willing to help with requests swiftly. Front desk staff also pleasant to work with.
(Full disclosure: Our room was covered through Volvo's OSD program. We did have to pay for parking and all dining, etc., beyond the included breakfast.)
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Gothenburg
Just got back from staying at the Radisson for 2 nights. We weren't disappointed at all. Our room was large, clean and decorated very nicely. Loved the heated towel racks. Staff was attentive but not overly friendly. Breakfast was fabulous. Great location. Our only complaint was the very uncomfortable bed; a bit too hard for us with tiny pillows.
Stayed here 4 nights 9th to 13th Oct 2005. I must agree with other reviews - the location just couldn't be better, right beside shopping and entertainment areas, and the tramstop is right at the door. Gothenburg's tram/bus network is amazing and tickets are interchangeable. We booked a Royal Club room on the 5th (top) floor. Yes, it was very big, spacious and quiet - we didn't hear a sound, but from the hotel's own TV channel, we could see that they are undergoing a refurbishment program. Our room was definitely not refurbished. The carpet was very badly stained, the bedspread was washed out and the bathroom was clean but pretty tired looking. There was also a very noticeable sewage smell in the bathroom which was there the entire time. We noticed the bad smell in other parts of the hotel. Right after check-in, I had to go in search of a maid to ask for replacement cups for tea/coffee in the room, as the ones in the room, had cracks. I found a trolley with several, but they were all cracked! The maid only ever left two of these awful powdered creamers, so we could only have one cup of tea/coffee per day. Why don't hotels of this standard at least leave the small pots of milk? The breakfast (included if you are in a Royal Club Room) was very adequate and could fill you for the whole day. Reception staff very efficient, but during our entire 4 days, no-one even raised their head or nodded any acknowledgement to us when we passed (Hyatt staff never fail to smile or nod). It sounds as tho I am nit-picking, but if I was back in Gothenburg, I would definitely book this hotel again, but I would ask for a refurbished room. There were some irritating faults which shouldn't happen in a hotel of this standard.
I stayed in this hotel in early December 2004, and was very pleased with it. It is conveniently located approximately 150 yards from the rail/bus terminal, and very easy to identify due to its prominent position and distinctive design.
We stayed at this hotel Aug5th-9th 2004 and as posted on Tripadvisor found it an excellent choice for a summer short break in Gothenburg.
We stayed here for a weekend last year (May 2003). As with many European hotels, the room was comfortable but very small. Nice bathrobes though. No pool on-site, but I am giving the hotel an above-average rating based on its fabulous buffet breakfast - smoked salmon, prawns, eggs, fruit, everything you could want and lots of it! We didn't need to eat again until dinner. The breakfast room was near the top of the building and had enormous windows with great views over the city. I think this breakfast may have been associated with the "business" traveller rooms - not sure what normal rates get you. Didn't see much of the city because we were in town for a wedding, which took up most of the visit, but there were definitely shops and restaurants that were walkable from the hotel.
This is the hotel that Volvo Corporate Travel uses if you buy a Volvo through their European Delivery. We stayed there (in these exact circumstances) one night on July 15th 2004. Rooms were of very reasonable size for european standards, spotless, and well furnished. We had windows on the square accross the canal, but I believe some rooms have windows into the roofed internal courtyard. Breakfast buffet was memorable, lots of breads, cold cuts, cheeses, a few flavors of traditional marinated herring, plus the usual cereal, fruit salad, and eggs/bacon/sausage/potatoes. Right at the back of the hotel is a large pedestrian (or at least very low traffic) zone with hundreds of shops and restaurants; great place to relax with a nice cold swedish beer. The hotel has WiFi high-speed internet, but it charges a whopping 20 euro for a 24 hour chunk. The swimming pool also belongs to an independent gym club, and you have to get the $7 daily pass to use it.
The world is full of business-oriented hotels that try to re-market themselves in the summer (when business travel falls off) for leisure travelers. Often it doesn't work very well, especially if you're traveling with children -- they're not really set up for families and don't seem to particularly want kids around anyway. The Radisson SAS Scandinavia in Goteborg was the exception. There were so many families staying at the hotel (July 2004) that it felt like being part of a school field trip. The location is excellent: across from the train station w/in easy walking distance of the Avenyn and attractions such as Liseberg. The double rooms are huge by European standards -- with two connecting rooms we had tons of space for 2 adults and 2 children -- and at summer discount rates it's very reasonable for what you get. They even have air conditioning! There's an indoor pool and a (very small) kids' play area in the atrium. The breakfast buffet is very large and reasonably varied. Service was good, if briskly efficient. All in all, a very positive experience, and if we ever go back to Goteborg we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
We stayed at this hotel just before Xmas 2003. It is a really good hotel, very convenient for shops and trams to all districts. The room was great and luxurious, with a balcony overlooking the atrium. The staff were very helpful and the facilities including gym and swimming pool were great. We went to Liseburg - a local theme park which was also very good. Sweden was not as expensive as we thought and we would definitely go back. Couldn't stay anywhere else in Gothenburg now!!
Radisson SAS Scandinavia--gorgeous property, great location
I was here for two nights in August on business. Superb hotel, across the street from the train station and main tram center, in the middle of shopping.Gorgeous rooms with maple doors and paneling. Beautiful atrium view or overlooking city. Health area is about $5 per day to use--huge private dressing area, sauna,indoor pool, 9 person jacuzzi, 3 bikes, 2 treadmills, etc.TV had 3 english channels, 2 german, 3 swedish and 2 international sports.Breakfast buffet is about $14 per person, but includes eggs, yogurt,cheese, homemade bread, etc.Special rate of $125 per night double was quite reasonable. Parking is about $27 per night---beware!!Great property. Highly recommended.
Expensive but fantastic service and quality