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Gothenburg is packed with independent accommodation options, which provide a more personal alternative to the larger branded chains. These one-off hotels come in a wide range of styles and types. Some are steeped in history and tradition, while others boast modern, design-led aesthetics that reflect the thriving contemporary visual arts scene of Gothenburg.
Gothenburg’s independent accommodation runs the gamut from cheap, practical hostels and homely B&Bs to all-out luxury lodgings complete with city views and deluxe spas.
Savvy travellers looking for cheap accommodation should look in residential neighbourhoods just outside the city centre, such as Majorna-Linné. Affordable hostels and budget bed and breakfasts can also be found near the University of Gothenburg in Lorensberg and in Johanneberg, near the looping roller coasters and whirling carousels of Liseberg Amusement Park.
In the mid-range and high-end price bracket, the number of hotel options in Gothenburg rises. Choose eco-friendly hotels in the heart of the city for easy access to the bustling boulevard of Avenyn. Stretching south-east from Kungsportsbron Bridge at the canal, this buzzing street is the main thoroughfare in town, and is lined with independent shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. At the other end of Avenyn is Götaplatsen, where you’ll find three of the city’s premier cultural venues: the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the City Theatre and the Concert Hall.
For a truly scenic stay in Gothenburg, choose an independent hotel overlooking the river or canal; you might even want to sleep on a full-service floating hotel on the Göta älv river. The riverfront is the setting for esteemed cultural institutions such as the Gothenburg Opera House, which is known for its striking modern architecture, and the Maritime Museum, which is based in a fleet historical vessels that ranges from a humble fishing boat to a hulking submarine.
The waterfront area is also a great spot to sample some of the city’s celebrated seafood. Enjoy gourmet dishes, snack on casual fare like fresh shrimp sandwiches, and watch working boats pull into the busy harbour – all within walking distance of your independent hotel in Gothenburg.