Exceptionally nice and helpful staff and the free use of the hotel's 2 bicycles are the pluses here. The hotel is standard issue Scandic chain. We were disappointed that there were no drink making facilities in the rooms nor any drawers for our clothes. There were only a few loose hangers on a rail. The bedroom was clean but the bathroom had seen better days.The shower, as they always are in Sweden, was powerful.
The 'bar' was a drawer of drinks - no gin and no port! More disappointing though was the breakfast which was geared towards Swedes' preferences for cold meat, buns and breads. The bacon and sausage that were available tasted very strange and we found the few cereals on offer were of the "natural organic" variety and extremely bland in taste.
Saddest of all though, was the inability to get a cup of tea! Hot water is available 'on tap' all day but is only about 90° so the sugar doesn't dissolve but forms a kind of scum on the top and the tea-bags were those disgusting Liptons ones! We did find a bag of PG tips in the shop opposite but the water was never hot enough from the machine to make a proper cup. Coffee was not an alternative as the Swedes prefer much stronger coffee than we do and we found it undrinkable and spent a small fortune on lattes in Wayne's Cafe opposite.
I believe that the Scandic hotels are very popular with Swedes en route to their summer houses etc but a Brit who was thinking this would be a Holiday Inn style stay would be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pleasant Six-story Hotel located in town center, 500 meters from train station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scandic Hotel Uppsala