Advantages Comfortable rooms, good facilities, good service
Disadvantages quite expensive
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A few weeks ago I had to attend a weeklong meeting in Gothenburg, which was being held at the four star Novotel hotel in the city.
We were then directed to our rooms. Mine was on the fourth floor so I decided to take the lift. Just by the lift there were some shelves with tourist information – leaflets for attractions and guides for what to do in Gothenburg. There was also a rather useful guide to using public transport. Gothenburg operates a cashless transport system, which for visitors can prove a little confusing. Payment for journeys must be made either by credit card on board the bus, tram or boat or by sending a text message to the transport company, though you need to have a Swedish mobile phone to be able to do this. On the reception desk there were several copies of a large street map of the city for visitors to take and staff were happy to give directions and further information about what to do and see in Gothenburg.The directions to the rooms were clearly laid out and on arrival I placed by card key in the slot and tried to open the door. I must admit that I don’t usually have a lot of luck with hotel swipe cards, often finding that they don’t work, so am usually a little apprehensive the first time I get to the room. Here I found that once I put the card in I couldn’t get the door to open despite the light turning green to say that the card had been recognised. After struggling for a couple of minutes I took a step back, looked at the door and then realised it opened outwards rather than inwards. How odd! I’ve never come across that in a hotel before and to be honest it was a little awkward with luggage as you have to move it out of the way before you can open the door.
Having a nose around in the cupboard I was pleased to note that there was an ironing board and iron provided. The creased shirt and trousers look is never a good one when travelling with work and I always ensure I iron my clothes before I pack them and take a small travel iron with me to iron out any remaining creases. My travel iron is good but the clothes never look as great as when they have been freshly ironed so an iron and ironing board was certainly a welcomed addition to the room. There was also a safe in the cupboard though on this occasion I didn’t really need to use it. The cupboard was also stocked with plenty of fresh linen, spare pillows and towels.The room also had a fridge in it, which had a complimentary bottle of water in it. This was a pleasant surprise as usually when hotel rooms provide bottled water there is a charge for drinking from it. The only problem was that it required a bottle opener to open the bottle and despite my best efforts I couldn’t find one in the room. After mentioning this to my colleague they suggested I looked in the bathroom. I was quite bemused by this as to me this seems like a really illogical place to put an opener but on closer inspection of the frame of the bathroom door I found a bottle opener built into it. How strange?! There was also a kettle with a good range of tea and instant coffee available.
The room also contained a detailed guide to Gothenburg with reviews of some places to visit. There was also a menu for room service – I usually have a read through this out of curiosity as I never order room service and was surprised to note that there was no vegetarian option on offer!The bathroom was clean but seemed a little outdated. The shower worked well but was a little tricky to figure out. There was a knob at the bottom of the tap which had to be pulled to get it working and it took me an age to work this out! There was handwash and bath/shower gel provided on bottles mounted to the wall but no little samples. There was also a hairdryer in the room though strangely this was not in the bathroom.
As we were conferencing in the hotel we also had our lunch and dinner in the restaurant. The lunch consisted of a buffet with various meat and fish dishes on offer. I don’t eat meat but do eat fish but was a little disappointed that the vegetarian options seemed to be lacking and had to stock up on the salad and pasta bar! Dinner was also taken at the restaurant and I had a vegetarian meal prepared for me. The meals were tasty and flavoursome. I had a very tasty cheese tart and also some really delicious griddled vegetables and couscous.
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Situated in a former brewery at the entrance of Gothenburg Harbour, Novotel Göteborg offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and rooms with flat-screen TV...
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