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About Gothenburg

Friendly, relaxed Gothenburg may be Sweden's second largest city after the capital, but for many this is by far the better city to visit, or to live in. The neo-classical architecture lining the streets, busy with students and trams, has plenty of charm, but there's also plenty of fresh art and architecture brewing here, in the buzzing hipster cafes or live music venues. The best places to stay in Gothenburg come in all shapes and sizes and to suit all budgets - this is, after all, the home of Scandinavia's largest university, and there's plenty of very affordable fun to be had here.

Gothenburg's waterfront is working, but also historic - this was once Sweden's only western port and the centre of Swedish ship building - so you'll find some ships bringing in the freshest fish, while some bob by the quay as museum pieces.

Behind that you'll find a few scenic,17th Century canals, the dressy Avenyn boulevard with its high end boutiques and graceful buildings, then the creative and fashion districts.

Gothenburg's highlights include a number of really wonderful museums. The themes range from your standard modern art museum to the 'Universeum' - Sweden's great kid's museum, to the random vintage treasures of the Mölndals Warehouse Museum and the Maritiman, the world's largest floating ship museum.

You'll also want to visit the 17th Century hilltop fort of Skansen Kronan and the local Haga district, which has pretty 19th Century wooden houses. And possibly Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park.

Foodies, or those in search of a tasty bargain, won't want to miss the fish market.

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Gothenburg are both centrally located, so all the city's highlighs are easily accessible.

For central location

  • The Elite Plaza Hotel is a large four-star hotel with a gym, saunas, two restaurants and an English style pub. It's great for comfort, and value, and it's by the river and close to many sights.

For five star luxury

  • Add a star and you've got the Avalon Hotel a feng shui wonder just a few blocks away. As well as a sense of calm you'll get a roof terrace, pool, bar, restaurant and free wi-fi.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Gothenburg, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Gothenburg

  • Hotel Flora, Gothenburg 68 rooms from $85


    Situated in the centre of Gothenburg, a boutique hotel with interesting design and fantastic work spaces. Flora offers guests a trendy lobby, cosy terrace offering food and drink and unique spaces for meetings and showcases. Rooms are full of character and perfect for exploring this eclectic city.

    Great walks  -  Explore Botaniska - local botanical gardens
    Sights nearby  -  Trädgårdsföreningen - a local palm house
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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  • Elite Plaza Hotel 127 rooms from $117

    Gothenburg (Box 11065)

    Perfectly located five star property in central Gothenburg. The hotel offers a charming restaurant, an English style pub and sultry Plaza bar. Bedrooms are well-equipped with comfortable beds, satellite televisions, toiletries and free WiFi. Cultural sites nearby.

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Hotel Villan 26 rooms from $137


    Located in the Eriksberg district - a 10 minute ferry ride from Central Gothenburg. Hotel Villan is a refurbished traditional wooden building overlooking the harbour. Each of the bedrooms has underfloor heating, comfortable beds, all are elegantly decorated. Try local fish in the hotel restaurant.

    Designer Shopping  -  Röhsska Museum - a fashion hub and museum
    Kayaking  -  Gothenburg Archipelago Exploration
    Sights nearby  -  Slottsskogen - a large local park
    Golf  -  Jörgen Golfklubb
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  • Avalon Hotel, Gothenburg 98 rooms from $186


    Five-star Gothenburg hotel which is centrally located and well-equipped. The hotel has been designed in accordance with the principles of feng shui, providing an ambience of calm. Also available is a roof terrace, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and free WiFi. Perfect location for business or leisure

    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Dorsia Hotel 37 rooms from $253


    This modern, boutique hotel is a vibrant and exciting gem just minutes form Gothenburg Central Station. Bold guest rooms are opulent in design and come with modern luxuries. The hotel restaurant serves international cuisine throughout the day as well as a welcoming afternoon tea.

    Sights nearby  -  Trädgårdsföreningen Palmhuset just a short walk away - Gardens and palm house
    Kayaking  -  Canoe the Gothenburg archipelago
    Restrictions on children  -  Children Over 10 only
    Full of character
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  • The Upper House, Gothenburg 49 rooms from $332


    Located at the top of Gothia Towers, this luxury hotel offers extensive penthouse suites, modern elegant bedrooms and a glass bottom swimming pool. Upper house boasts a large spa and gym complex as well as a modern cuisine restaurant with stunning views just 10 minutes from the city center.

    Learning  -  Step inside one of Gothenburg's many museums
    Other Activities  -  Enjoy a gig in Sweden's foremost music city
    Designer Shopping  -  Many designer shopping districts nearby
    Close to nightlife  -  Explore the main boulevard Avenyn
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  • Hotel Pigalle 38 rooms from $393


    The design of this luxury hotel in the heart of Göteborg is inspired by the sinful Paris of the early 1900’s. A decadent bar, restaurant with charming terrace and sultry bedrooms - this is a hotel to fall in love with. Try delicious local seafood dishes and original drinks in Bar Amuse.

    Kayaking  -  Gothenburg archipelago, the city canals or the calm inland lakes.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the old City Hall dating from 1654
    Local markets  -  Feskekôrka - the local fish market
    Other Activities  -  Visit Gothenburg archipelago
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