We were told that Gothenburg was a relatively small city with a walkable urban centre, so our intention was to find a hotel that would allow us to walk to most places. It turns out that Hotel Vanilj was the perfect choice. It is placed right next to the city's cathedral, and very close to several of the most popular shopping streets and restaurants in Gothenburg. In terms of location, you would be hard-pressed to find a better hotel.
The hotel itself will not let you down. It is rather small: apparently it has a total of 32 rooms, but it felt even smaller. The rooms are slightly larger than the average for hotels in this price range, and they are beautifully decorated with classic Scandinavian simplicity. The hotel's breakfast deserves a special mention: it was truly outstanding. It is a relatively simple free buffet, with freshly-baked bread of different kinds, cheese, charcuterie, yogurt, sour cream, bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs.... Although it sounds unremarkable, it is the quality of all the ingredients that makes it shine. It is not surprising that the hotel's dining area doubles as a popular cafeteria/bakery.
Oh! And if the location, comfort, style and breakfast are not enough to win you over, then the service definitely will. Over the 4 days we stayed at Hotel Vanilj, we dealt with around 6 or 7 of the hotel staff, from reception workers to waitresses. All of them were relatively young girls, and we were honestly surprised by how helpful and passionate they were. The perfect service is just the icing on the cake of a tremendously good hotel.
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