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“DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Spar Hotel Garda
Ranked #18 of 68 Hotels in Gothenburg
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lincoln
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2010

This hotel does not sell itself to be something it is not. if you want a cheap, clean, basic hotel then this is the place for you. My visit ensured I only spent a minimum amount of time in the hotel, so i didnt need any luxuries. Location about 20 min walk to center. Towells / rooms made up everyday. Yes there is a very busy road outside and yes it can be heard from the room, although for me, it was not enough to distrub my sleep. The bed was single which took me back to my childhood! Overall a decent, basic place, more importantly it was very clean.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Aalborg, Denmark
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28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2010

The hotel is cheap and located a bit outside the city center of Gothenburg. I don't understand those people, who write that it's placement is central. It is not. It's a 15-20 minutes walk to the city center, and it is located in a quiet area, which resembles an old industrial neigbourhood, which is slowly getting transformed into apartments.

The room was well furbished and clean, and had free internet. Unfortunately our room faced a major road, with a lot of noise in the morning and evening hours, even with the windows closed it was some what noisy.

We opted for a B&B solution, and the breakfast was good and had plenty of choices, although purely continental in style.

If you need a cheap place to stay in Gothenburg, and you don't mind walking a bit, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel. Ask for a room not facing the main road nearby, though.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Martin K
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TWibeck, Manager at Spar Hotel Garda, responded to this review, 10 May 2010
Dear Ecchi,

thank you for your review of our hotel. The hotel is situated 3km from the central station in Göteborg and the neighbourhood is going through some changes, with many very modern apartment houses being built, changing the area from an industrial area to a more residential area. I hope we´ll see you again next time you visit Göteborg, and then we´ll try to accomodate your wish with a room not facing the road.

Kind regards
TWibeck
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Clarabow87
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2009

I am a student and picked this hotel as they offer a discounted student rate if you book through them directly. The price they offered was amazing and was only a few pounds more than the quotes I got from some iffy looking youth hostels in the city!

Some people have slated the location of this hotel in other reviews, but I don't agree at all. It is an easy walk by the river into the town centre or in the other direction towards Liseberg. The tram stop is only two away from the central station, and is only a few minutes to the hotel. The bus stop is closer but I used the tram as they were more frequent. Once you know where you are it is easy to get around, and it is refreshing not to be right in the middle of things, the transport systems in the city are so good it is not a hassle at all if you are feeling too tired to walk- no need for taxis! The hotel is nearby a fairly busy road, but inside it was very quiet so this did not impact on my visit or sleep patterns.

I was in a single room, it came with a very comfy bed, hairdryer, wardrobe space, a nice guide to the city, tv including bbc world news and film/entertainment channels with english programmes (swedish subs), a spacious en-suite bathroom with towels and the most important thing the room had- free wireless! The whole hotel is very clean and functional, it felt fresh and new.

The staff were great, very friendly and helpful- I didn't check out the bar/cafe but it seemed lively in the evening (not in a raucous way, just in a nice casual way) when I walked past. Didn't check out the spar/sauna area either as I didn't have time. In the summer there is also a roof terrace bar. The breakfast is pretty good with the usual breads, meats, cheeses, cereals, juice, tea, coffee and a make your own waffle iron... plenty of food and free newspapers, lots of space so breakfast didn't feel like a fight. They have long serving hours too 6.30-10.00 (or 11 on the weekends) and I even saw that if you had to checkout before 6.30 to let them know, and they would rustle up a breakfast for you- I thought that was very considerate.

So I would stay here again, even if I had enough money to spend on one of the more central hotels, for the price you'd be silly not to stay at this lovely hotel.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Clarabow87
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Boise, Idaho
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78 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2009

If location is not a priority, you can't go wrong with the Spar Hotel Garda.

The good:
-- Rooms are modern, spacious, very clean, warmly-decorated, and comfortable. The wooden floors add to the aesthetic appeal of the room, and multiple windows let in a lot of light.
-- The bathroom was roomy and clean, though it lacked a bathtub (shower only). Sink was stand-alone (not built into a counter), so space for toiletries was limited.
-- Breakfast, included with every room rate, was excellent! This was one of the best breakfasts I've had in Europe. They had a large spread of fresh breads, cheeses, meats, fruits, cereals, yogurts, and a waffle iron.
-- Free wireless Internet access in all rooms.
-- Front desk employees speak excellent English, and are very willing to help with directions and navigating around the city.
-- Prices are reasonable for Sweden, about 80-100 USD/night.

The bad:
-- Location. On foot, the hotel is about 3/4 mile from the central train station. Public transportation (buses and trams) are a convenient way to get around the city, but the closest stop is 3 blocks from the hotel. There are almost no restaurants or shops within 4 blocks of the hotel, so if you want to go out for a snack or coffee at night, it is a long trek. I found that once I returned to the room in the evening, I was basically stuck there until the next day, because it was so far to get to anything else.

Location is really the only downside. If you can deal with the longer walks, or will have a car to get around, Spar Hotel Garda is a great choice!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank stargirlssc
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Additional Information about Spar Hotel Garda

Property: Spar Hotel Garda
Address: 15-17 Norra Kustbanegatan, Gothenburg 416 64, Sweden
Region: Sweden > West Coast > Vastra Gotaland County > Gothenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Gothenburg
#18 Romantic Hotel in Gothenburg
#29 Business Hotel in Gothenburg
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,603 - ₹ 8,986
Hotel Class:3 star — Spar Hotel Garda 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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