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Scandic Gavle Vast
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Gavle
Michigan
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“From an American point of view...”
Reviewed 24 October 2012

It's hard for an American to accept this kind of room for the very high price (compared to what we're used to in the U.S.). Very small room with two narrow beds and little floor space, no air conditioning (!), no coffee maker, of course no ice machine in the whole hotel. The bathroom was really weird, as there is a half-door to stop the shower water from spraying all over the toilet, but other than that the water just goes anywhere and runs down the walls or just out into the bathroom, as you are standing in a tub that does not meet the walls and there is no surround, and the floor gets really soaked. No bathmat is provided, either. The reception staff is very nice and the in-house restaurant is OK, and again the staff is really nice. The free breakfast is very nice with quite a variety of hot food as well as fruit and so on.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Padova
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2012

This hotel is well situated in respect to the motorway E4. The reception is in the norm. I found the standard room small, clean, but very bare and cold atmosphere. There is no wardrobe available and nor one dresser or chest of drawers. The bath was without any carpet and equipped with only one (small) shower towel and one hand towel, available. The soap and shower detergents were only available at the wall-containers.

In summary, I consider that this hotel is to be avoid because the quality/price ratio is very poor. It is too expensive for the service offered: to be close to the motorway it is not enought to justify a so high price.

Room Tip: VERY unfavourable quality/price ratio
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

Conveniently located close to the E4 arrived late evening looking for a comfortable clean room. The single room is an adequate size; very clean and comfortable; adequate bathroom with shower. Very friendly staff; there was a self service buffet but I ordered from the menu. The food was very good and service was excellent. Good car parking facilities. Total price was realistic for Scandinavia;

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Finland
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Nice hotel, near highway, good parking place. Rooms were ok, but too hot because the weather was warm. Staff was friendly and breakfast ok. In the evening we have to wait quite long time before we could order. Food was ok. Nothing special but nice place to sleep three nights.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

The "Hotel" is by the motorway outside the city of Gävle. Frendly staff and ok restaurant.
But the place looks and feels like nothing gas been done in the past 20 years. Worn down with small rooms.

Ok if you need to sleep before driving on. But not the place you want to spend your holidays.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

I just needed to stay a night and wasn't to fuzzy about the hotel. Scandic Gavle West was the nearest hotel so I opted for it. The hotel itself is located near the E4 motorway and I guess it mostly attracts business people (like me) that need a layover.

The hotel isn't bad, the rooms are basic but clean. Free wifi covers the hotel. The TV offers most Swedish channels and some pay-tv. I have always liked Scandic because they do offer good and affordable food in their restaurants, Ok, it's not a five star restaurant but it's comparable to many pub/bar restauarants. Menu includes basics like "pyttipanna" (hashed potatoes, onions, meat, sausages), and also beef, veal and burgers. Restaurant open Mon-Sat to 10pm, closed Sunday.

Breakfast is included in room price and is the usual Swedish hotel buffé. It includes: scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, juice, eggs and much more. So in short, very good!

This hotel is good for a layover, it isn't a hotel for a honeymoon. I think the primary purpose of this hotel is to accomodate business people that are visiting industries in the area.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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Taylor, Texas
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Reviewed 14 August 2008

We stayed a week at the Scandic for the Scandinavian country music festival we played at.
Of all the hotels I have stayed at in Europe this one takes the cake. Everything was great, the staff (who all spoke perfect English) were among the friendliest I have seen.
They went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable so far from home.
The bathrooms featured heated floors (even though it was summer) and cool faucets for the bathtub that have two knobs one for temp. and one for on and off, once you set the temperature it stays the same each time you use it. there were dispensers on the wall for soap and shampoo. It also featured a heated towel rack.
The living room (I had a mini suite) has a nice sofa and 2 wing backed chairs. There was a desk and television as well.
The bedroom had 2 twin beds, a desk and a television. The beds were very very clean and comfortable.
The rooms in Europe are a little different than the U.S. but this one was nice.
The hotel chain is very environmentally conscious they had recycle bins in the room and the key cards for the room were made out of Birch (wood) as were the pens and disposable silverware.
There was no air conditioning but even in July we didn't need it. there were two big windows that opened to view a beautiful Forrest.
The pool, gym and sauna were nice new and clean.
The restaurant and bar were top notch. If you can believe this the free breakfast buffet included over 100 items! thats right over one hundred!
The hotel had maps of the area as well as bicycles you could borrow to sightsee.
My personal favorite things were the coffee and water. The coffee is fresh 24 hours a day and is the best I have tasted. The water from the tap was ice cold and tasted better than any bottled water I have ever had. Even the Cokes had real sugar (original recipe) and came in thick glass bottles.

A week is a long time in the same hotel but I cannot think of anything that could have been better and staying 200+ nights in hotels per year I am pretty picky.
Hope this helps.
Best,
Justin

  • Liked — Great staff. Super fast internet
  • Disliked — No indoor smoking area.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
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Property: Scandic Gavle Vast
Address: 6 Johannesloetsvaegen, Gavle 806 28, Sweden
Region: Sweden > Midnight Sun Coast > Gavleborg County > Gavle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Gavle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Scandic Gavle Vast 3*
Number of rooms: 201
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seven-story Motor Hotel located at junction of Highway E4 & Route 80. ... more   less 
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