This is, I think, the eighth hotel in Gothenburg that I have stayed in over the years and, taking all factors into account, it is probably the best overall so far though it lacks the quirkiness of the Lilton which I like. The staff all seem to be awfully young and have that friendly formality that is typical of Swedes; I was greeted by a big “Välkommen” on my arrival. The hotel is smallish (it is not quite as small as it first seems) and has recently been refurbished (I was told by a local that until a few years ago it had quite a dodgy reputation) so everything feels and looks new and fresh. It describes itself as a “design” hotel which I feel is stretching the definition of design a bit far though it has a few interesting features including a lovely internal terrasse when you can hide with your book.
The bed was firm and comfortable and the room clean and functional apart from the desk chair on which you are well advised to put a cushion before you place any part of your anatomy on it. The plumbing, in my room at least, was eccentric in that part of the bathroom floor flooded temporarily when I pulled the plug out of the bath leaving me with one soggy bath mat, but on the plus side they provide facecloths which is always a sign of a hotel that understands what travellers need. The breakfast is standard for a small hotel though the Flora’s idea of hot milk is what most other people would call tepid at best.
One important point. The front of the hotel is adjacent to a tram/bus stop which is quite noisy so if you are a light sleeper you should ask for a room at the back. I am willing to put up with the noise in exchange for a nice view of the park, but that won’t suit everybody.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Flora is a family owned four star hotel located in the center of Gothenburg. 67 rooms all designed for your comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flora Hotel Gothenburg