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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.

What not to miss

  • 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 nearly all centrally located, so the city's major highlights are easily accessible, whichever you choose.

For a central location

    • The luxury Hotel Pigalle 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 - a hotel to fall in love with.

    • 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.

    • The Upper House is a luxury hotel situated at the tiop of Gothia Towers. Penthouse suites have modern interiors, plus there's a glass bottomed swwimming pool, great restaurant and amazing views over the city.

    For boutique style

    • The vibrant Dorsia Hotel is an exciting gem just minutes form Gothenburg Central Station. Bold guest rooms are opulent in design and come with modern luxuries.

    • The Hotel Flora offers guests a trendy lobby, cosy terrace and unique spaces for meetings and showcases. Rooms are full of character and perfect for exploring the eclectic city.

    Just off centre

    • A ten minute ferry ride from central Gothenburg will bring you to Hotel Villan, a refurbished traditional building with smart modern interiors overlooking the harbour.

      For an apartment

      • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner, booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

      Travel information

      • Fly to the international Göteborg Landvetter Airport located 15 miles from the city centre.

      • The Gothenburg Central Station is well connected to many destinations across Sweden.

      • The best time to visit is the summer months from June to August with temperatures averaging around 21° Celcius

      • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.

        Still not sure?

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        Best Hotels in Gothenburg

        • Hotel Flora, Gothenburg Gothenburg 68 rooms from £65

          Sights nearby  -  Trädgårdsföreningen - a local palm house
          Great walks  -  Explore Botaniska - local botanical gardens
          Short break
          Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
          Disabled accessParking

          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. See More

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        • Elite Plaza Hotel Gothenburg (Box 11065) 127 rooms from £90

          Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
          Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
          Restaurant  -  Recommended.
          Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessParking

          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. See More

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        • Hotel Villan Gothenburg 26 rooms from £105

          Designer Shopping  -  Röhsska Museum - a fashion hub and museum
          Kayaking  -  Gothenburg Archipelago Exploration
          Sights nearby  -  Slottsskogen - a large local park
          Golf  -  Jörgen Golfklubb
          RestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

          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. See More

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        • Hotel Riverton Gothenburg 210 rooms from £112

          Cycling  -  Pedal along the waterfront or through the vibrant city streets, with easy access to Gothenburg's best cycling routes
          Sights nearby  -  Explore the historic Haga district, just a short stroll away, for a charming glimpse into the city's past
          Local exploring  -  Steps from Kungsgatan, this eco-conscious hotel blends comfort and convenience for urban explorers
          City Style  -  Dine under the stars at the Skybar with Gothenburg's skyline, perfect for a memorable city break
          Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyViewsParking

          A family-owned, waterfront design hotel in Gothenburg that offers award-winning sky-high cocktails, delectable dining with a view, plus an in-house DJ to set the night's rhythm. A few minutes away from the area's main attractions, it's green-conscious and affordable - a unique slice of the city. See More

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        • Avalon Hotel, Gothenburg Gothenburg 98 rooms from £143

          Short break
          Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
          Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
          Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
          Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolParking

          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 See More

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        • Hotel Bellora Gothenburg (Centrum) 97 rooms from £139

          City Style  -  With interiors inspired by the Dolce Vita, this hotel has a classic style with a high-end finish
          Local exploring  -  With a central city location, this hotel is a great base for local exploring in Gothenburg
          Romantic Break  -  Couples love the hotel's cosy rooms and the chic bar and restaurant
          Sights nearby  -  Visit Götaplatsen, the main square in Gothenburg located at the southern end of Avenyn, the city's main boulevard
          RestaurantParkingNo pets

          This stylish boutique hotel is located in central Gothenburg. Rooms are vintage and cosy with feature wallpaper and sink-in carpets inspired by Fellini's Dolce Vita; guests love the suites' unique design pieces. Dine at Ristorante Bellora before drinks on the trendy roof terrace; a chic city hotel. See More

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        • Dorsia Hotel Gothenburg 37 rooms from £194

          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
          RestaurantDisabled accessParking

          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. See More

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        • The Upper House, Gothenburg Gothenburg 49 rooms from £255

          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
          SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessParking

          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. See More

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        • Hotel Pigalle Gothenburg 38 rooms from £302

          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

          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. See More

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