In the middle of March 2012 I was invited to participate in a business trip to Gothenburg, an old Swedish town by the North Sea. Of course I had to accept the choice of hotel, but Scandic Europa near the Central Railway station was a good one. Situated in the end of a rather narrow alley it was hard to grasp its exterior. Anyhow, the athmosphere on entering the lobby was warm and friendly, anyhow I felt so considering the harsh weather outside.
There was no reason to complain about my room. I was given a double room even if I was single, the room was large and very clean, the bath-room spacious and the beds quite comfortable. It was indeed very silent without any noise from cars and trams. The only inconvenience was brought about by the key to the room. In old times, when I was young, a key was a key of metal generally with a big key-holder attached to it, now it generally consists of a flat piece of plastic. I had to try hard and many times before the door let me into the room. At one occasion I was quite desperate and considered to call the staff. I really love those hotels still existing which have old-fashioned keys!
However, what I appreciated most during my one night stay was the food. On our arrival, we had luncheon with salmon and wallenbergers - a kind of meatballs. Even if the latter were a little dry, the fish was quite excellent and so were all the other ingredients - bread, vegetables and so on. But breakfast next day was even more outstanding. I really dislike continental breakfast - a shame when you are hungry! Certainly the Anglo-Americans understand better that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and so do Scandic Hotels. I am a gourmet of bacon and the breakfast buffet offered bacon of quite a good qualty- tender, juicy still crispy, not leather slices often served elsewhere.Everything was very good. Shortly, I can recommend this hotel.
I had a room evidently on the back side, with a rather dull yard outside the windows. But it was ext...
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