Located on Sweden’s West Coast, Gothenburg is a chic and happening port city home to a charming blend of the historic and the modern. Its varied hospitality scene also offers this unique blend and is home to some very interesting choices of places to stay. From my visits, here are my favourite cool and unique hotels in Gothenburg, Sweden…
Scandic Göteborg Central
Scandic Göteborg Central quickly became one of my favorite places in Gothenburg. The modern building, situated just a mile from the Göta älv river, houses contemporary rooms with cutting-edge amenities and attentive service.
During my stay, I loved the complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs in all guest rooms. Some rooms even had coffee makers, minibars, and bunk beds, adding a cozy touch. The suites were a standout with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering breathtaking city views right from my room.
The culinary experience was exceptional, with a hip cafe, a modern restaurant, and a rooftop bar boasting scenic river and city views. What truly captured my attention was the funky decor of the lobby—it set the perfect vibe the moment I walked in.
Funky lively vibes
Exciting rooftop bar
Delectable onsite cafe
Playful kid’s club
Only superior rooms have coffee makers
Bar closes early
No drawers in rooms
I love this upmarket hotel—it occupies the top three floors of the striking Gothia Towers, a glass-fronted skyscraper by the Liseberg amusement park. While visiting Gothenburg for its vibrant music scene, I couldn’t have chosen a better place. Just a 3-minute drive from Göteborgsoperan, the location was perfect.
What caught my attention immediately was the futuristic vibe of this chic hotel. The ultra-modern rooms have an impressive range of amenities, from minibars to coffee makers. The bi-level suites, with walk-in closets, kitchenettes, and living rooms, are a real treat. Flat-panel TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi are standard in all quarters.
While staying there, I tried the onsite restaurant, a classy spot with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a delightful dining experience. Alternatively, I indulged in homestyle snacks at the informal eatery on the 25th floor.
Discerning upscale interior
Glass-bottom outdoor pool
Panoramic views from the spa
Check-in can be slow
A bit crowded when significant events are on
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant
In a striking building near Liseberg theme park, Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant became a favorite. Scandinavian charm embraces a baroque library, a magnificent lounge bar, and a candlelit restaurant.
Rooms, adorned with plush furnishings and vintage curtains, delighted me. The vibrant decor, digital TVs, and a whirlpool tub created a cozy haven. The luxe bathroom with metallic mosaic tiles added a touch of opulence.
The in-house restaurant’s regal ambiance stole my heart. Authentic Swedish cuisine in this setting made my stay memorable. Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant is more than a stay; it’s a Scandinavian hospitality experience.
Lively lounge bar
A baroque library
Authentic onsite Swedish restaurant
No fitness center
Some rooms are small
No heating cables in bathrooms
First Hotel G
If you’re a light sleeper like me, First Hotel G is one of my favorite places. This 4-star gem offers stylish, sound-proof rooms featuring flat-panel TVs, cozy sitting areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The suites, my personal indulgence, come with extra bathrooms boasting rainfall shower heads, floor-to-ceiling windows, and luxurious soaking tubs.
While staying at this chic hotel, I loved its gold-accented champagne and oyster bar, the grand atrium lobby, and the convenience of eight meeting rooms. The day spa, complete with a sauna and the well-equipped exercise room, added a touch of relaxation and wellness to my stay. Not to mention the refined restaurant that doubles as a wine bar, where I tried exquisite dishes.
Situated above Gothenburg Central Station, this trendy spot is ideally located about a mile from the Gothenburg Museum of Art. I could easily reach the Göteborg Opera with just a 9-minute walk.
Colorful cozy ambiance
Charming grand lobby
Champagne and oyster bar
Eight meeting rooms
No ACs in rooms
No microwaves in rooms
No swimming pool
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel became one of my favorite places in Gothenburg. While staying right in the harbor, I had easy access to top attractions. The Lindholmspiren ferry dock was just steps away, and the Göteborg City Museum was a quick 2-minute drive.
In my room, I loved the coffee makers, flat-panel TVs, and the touch of luxury with fresh linens. The complimentary Wi-Fi and free toiletries added to the convenience. Opting for an upgraded room was a great decision as I got a pull-out sofa and a Nespresso machine. The suites, with private terraces and separate living rooms, offered a more indulgent experience.
The onsite restaurant’s hip vibe was something I enjoyed immensely. Beyond the delicious dining options, the 4-star hotel surprised me with a rooftop terrace, two indoor pools, a business center, a spa, and a fitness room.
Soft minimal decor
Breathtaking rooftop terrace
2 indoor pools
An innovative spa
No smart TV in standard rooms
Only suites have riverview
Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa
Nestled on a hill overlooking the breathtaking North Sea, Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa quickly became one of my favorite places. The stay not only offered a magnificent view but also kept me conveniently close to the city center.
While at this remarkable place, I loved the modernly furnished rooms. Each room had flat-panel TVs, coffee makers, and even pull-out sofas for added comfort. What I appreciated the most were the complimentary perks – free parking and a delightful breakfast buffet.
I experienced the luxury of their spa. The indoor and outdoor pools, along with thermal water and saunas, provided a rejuvenating retreat. The hotel’s charm extended to its snug eatery, beautifully landscaped gardens, and well-appointed conference space.
Beautiful beach view
Cozy snug eatery
Thermal water and sauna
Jacy’z Hotel & Resort
Nestled on a hill with breathtaking views of the enchanting North Sea, Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa quickly became one of my favorite places. The stay was not only exceptional but also conveniently close to the city center.
The modernly furnished rooms, complete with flat-panel TVs, coffee makers, and even pull-out sofas, made me feel right at home. What I love about this place is the inclusion of complimentary perks like parking and a delightful breakfast buffet.
During my stay, I indulged in the luxurious spa experience, featuring both indoor and outdoor pools, thermal water, and invigorating saunas. The attention to detail at this hotel amazed me.
Spectacular city views
Table tennis and billiards games
Costly pool club access
Rooms can be dark
Hotel Eggers is one of my favorite places for a laid-back stay surrounded by downtown energy. While visiting this historic gem set in a classic 19th-century building, I fell in love with its charm. The location, just across the street from metro services at Göteborgs central station, made exploring the city a breeze.
Entering the hotel’s magnificent lobby was a moment that literally took my breath away. The vintage decor and antique furnishings in the guest rooms created a stately vibe that I truly appreciated. During my stay, I experienced the comfort of sitting areas and 4-poster beds in the upgraded rooms, while all accommodations boasted flat-panel TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The onsite facilities added to the overall appeal. I spent delightful moments at the stylish bar and enjoyed the outdoor ambiance on the terrace. The relaxed restaurant became a go-to spot for me.
Retro chic decor
Diverse wine options in the bar
Cozy sun terrace
No laundry services
No connecting rooms
I love this modern family-run hotel nestled in a red brick building right by the waterfront, just a mile from Gothenburg Central train station.
While visiting, I stayed in posh rooms adorned with bright decor and sleek furnishings. The attention to detail was impressive, with flat-panel TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and even convenient coffee makers. What truly stood out were the suites, complete with minibars and comfortable sofabeds.
One of my favorite places was the 12th-floor restaurant, offering a stunning view and delicious Swedish meals in a sophisticated atmosphere. During my stay, I also discovered a casual cafe, an indoor pool, rejuvenating saunas, and a well-equipped fitness center.
Indoor pool and sauna
Harbor view from Skybar
No babysitting services
No closet in rooms
Quality Hotel Panorama
Quality Hotel Panorama quickly became one of my favorite places. The residential atmosphere, business amenities, and personalized service made it feel like a home away from home. The unfussy rooms had all the basics – flat-screen TVs, walk-in showers, and a cozy sitting area.
While staying at this gem, I loved waking up to a continental breakfast, a delightful inclusion in the lodging fee. The 24-hour lounge, meeting spaces, and a well-maintained gym added convenience to my stay. The hot tub was a relaxing bonus that I took full advantage of after a day of exploring.
One of the highlights was the trendy onsite restaurant and bar. Despite the hotel’s modest aesthetic, this culinary gem exceeded my expectations.
Monochromatic sleek decor
Small room windows
No refrigerators in rooms
Elite Plaza Hotel
Elite Plaza Hotel, with its 1889 charm, became one of my favorite places. Close to city attractions like the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, it offers a luxurious stay. The rooms, a blend of modern and classic, impressed me with minibars, flat-panel TVs, and pull-out sofas. The suites were brightly decorated havens with living rooms and dining tables.
The onsite seafood restaurant, a culinary delight, showcased Swedish specialties. I still crave the Swedish salmon I enjoyed there. The in-house gym catered to fitness enthusiasts, and the sauna and bars provided perfect relaxation. Elite Plaza Hotel was an unforgettable experience, beckoning me for a return visit.
Vintage chic decor
Two stylish bars
Onsite seafood restaurant
No ACs in the room
Lack of storage space in rooms
Some outside road noises
Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel
Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel in Gothenburg quickly became one of my favorite places. When I stepped into my beautifully furnished room, the marine-themed decor caught my eye, adorned with vivid details. The streamlined furnishings exuded a charm that made me feel right at home. The amenities were top-notch, with mini-fridges, coffee machines, safety deposit boxes, and work desks, ensuring a comfortable stay.
What I loved about this 4-star gem was its ideal location. While visiting Gothenburg, I found myself just a minute’s drive away from the Rohsska Museum and Gotaplatsen, making exploration easy and convenient.
Located in Gothenburg’s heart
Marine-themed room decor
Rooms can be dark
While visiting Hotel Pigalle, one of my favorite places, I fell in love with its location amid the vibrant Kungsportsavenyn Boulevard, surrounded by charming restaurants and shops. The proximity to the Gothenburg Opera made it incredibly convenient.
Staying at this exquisite hotel, I was captivated by the 1900s Paris-inspired decor adorning the rooms. The attention to detail was remarkable, with flat-panel TVs, elegant marble bathrooms, and complimentary Wi-Fi, providing a luxurious and comfortable experience.
During my stay, I tried the hotel’s upscale restaurant, which exceeded my expectations. The tasteful bar and the inviting rooftop terrace added to the allure, making it tempting to stay within the hotel premises rather than venturing outside.
Old Paris-themed decor
Stylish lobby bar
Serene rooftop terrace
Coffee makers in some suites
Small fitness center
Only 2 sockets in rooms
One of my favorite places is Hotel Flora, offering an unmatched boutique lodging adventure. While visiting, I loved the industrial-chic library, an artistic bar/lounge, and a sophisticated meeting space.
The posh rooms captured my heart with their sleek layouts, vibrant kaleidoscopic themes, and high-end amenities. During my stay, I opted for an upgraded quarter, which boasted advanced features like a mini-fridge, iPod dock, and a private terrace.
What adds to the charm of this 4-star gem is its strategic location, just a delightful 10-minute stroll away from the Kungsportsavenyen shopping district.
Artfully decorated lounge
Close to the shopping district
No wellness center
Rooms don’t have balconies
Located off the European route about four miles from downtown Gothenburg, Scandic Backadal offers accommodation in spacious rooms with all modern conveniences.
All rooms are outfitted with en suite bathrooms and flat-panel TVs, while upgraded rooms also feature coffee makers and pull-out sofas.
Freebies include a breakfast buffet and parking. The hotel’s elegant restaurants offer delicious European classics. There’s also a game room, an exercise room, an indoor pool, a lobby bar, and a sauna.
Colorful trendy decor
Tranquil indoor pool
A game room with toys
Costly per night parking
Check-in can be slow
No electronic vehicle charging station
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Göteborg
Staying at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel was a delight. It’s one of my favorite places, just a mile from the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. The 5-story hotel boasts top-grade amenities and exceptional service.
I love this hotel for its 355 colorful, lavishly appointed rooms. The modern furnishings, minibars, and coffee makers made my stay truly comfortable. Opting for an upgraded unit was a great choice, with separate living areas and Nespresso machines adding that extra touch.
While visiting, I couldn’t resist the complimentary breakfast buffet, and the atrium restaurant’s Swedish specialties were a highlight. The gastronomic offerings were a true delight to my taste buds.
During my stay, I experienced the chic spa, solarium, indoor pool, and fitness center – all accessible for a fee. It added a touch of luxury to my time at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
Serene indoor pool
A refreshing spa
Tempting breakfast buffet
Noisy during events
No slippers in bathrooms
Little compact parking
Comparison of Best Hotels in Gothenburg
In the table below, we have compared the top 16 cool and unique hotels in Gothenburg. You can sort the table based on different factors like location, distance from attractions, price per night, and restaurants nearby:
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Scandic Göteborg Central 7 Vikingsgatan $189-$228 Yes 1.9 3
Upper House Mässans gata 24 $371-$507 Yes 0.95 3
Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant Trädgårdsgatan 6 $245-$354 No 1 3
First Hotel G Nils Ericssonsplatsen 4 $150-$366 Yes 1.4 3
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel Lindholmspiren 4 $180-$560 Yes 1.6 3
Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa Nordatlanten 100 $161-$273 Yes 7 3
Jacy'z Hotel & Resort 6 Drakegatan $230-$363 Yes 1.2 3
Hotel Eggers Drottningtorget 2-4 $183-$271 No 1.3 3
Hotel Riverton Stora Badhusgatan 26 $292-$362 Yes 1.1 3
Quality Hotel Panorama Eklandagatan 51-53 $116-$180 Yes 0.95 3
Elite Plaza Hotel Västra Hamngatan 3 $224-$247 Yes 1.1 3
Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel Herman Lindholms Torg 1 $158-$612 Yes 1 3
Hotel Pigalle Södra Hamngatan 2 $201-$219 No 1.2 3
Hotel Flora Grönsakstorget 2 $195-$213 No 0.95 3
Scandic Backadal Bäckebolsvägen $134-$171 Yes 4.8 3
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Göteborg Södra Hamngatan 59 $223-$558 No 1.2 3
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My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I’ve lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up visits to over 40 countries. I’m a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian – from cloudberry liquors to Nordic noirs. When not wandering the world and running Global Grasshopper, you’ll find me walking my ex Athens street dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Lanes on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about my favourite places; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Borneo, Finland, Greece, Berlin, Laos, California and the surreal and beautiful landscapes of a wintry Iceland.
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