The elegant entrance and staircase have been repeatedly described-I shall add my bit by noting that the grey stone of the upper stairs(ground floor has marble) contains some nice fossils.
On the practical side,I had a very good sized room at a very ordinary price.It had all the usual fittings and was well maintained.The courtyard view was neither pleasant nor unpleasant,and avoided any potential street noise from Saturday night revellers.Although there was no A/C, the opening. window area was good,and I was able to obtain a battered fan from reception.It is a pity that this is not a standard provision-a fan takes up less space than the usual mound of superfluous duvets which have to be removed to make the bed tolerable.Another point ,of trivial cost but affecting comfort,concerns the curtains.Although of opaque material,they will not draw close against the wall at the sides,which is a major annoyance in a town with continuous daylight/twilight in July.
The bathroom was good for those who find the lack of a bathtub acceptable.At least the wetroom type shower had a curved glass door to reduce the generalised flooding which usually is a problem .The basin was a much more useful device,with two proper tap heads rather than a gimcrack mixer,and a real working plug.There was even a shelf beneath.The marble floor would have been cool and refreshing without the extravagant heating system,which is easy to turn off once its prescence has been realised.
The breakfast room has some interesting decoration,including what I presume to be portraits of the Knausts in the painted glass ceiling panels.There is an excellent range of hot and cold food.At last,in an Elite group hotel,I find the repulsive fruit juice machine is supplemented by real oranges and a squeezer!
This is an impressive hotel,except perhaps in the height of summer.Sundsvall is well worth a visit,and compares very well with cities at a similar latitude on the other side of the world.
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