Where to stay in Gothenburg – A guide to the great Scandinavian port
Gothenburg, or Göteborg, is a city located on the beautiful west coast of Sweden, about 470 kilometres southwest of Stockholm, off the coast of Denmark.
Gothenburg is one of the most important commercial ports in Sweden and the largest of all the Nordic countries.
Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden, a transit place for most of the country’s exports and imports.
It is a city that attracts visitors for its waters, castles, landscapes with many colours and a calm environment.
The Götaplatsen square is the cultural centre of Gothenburg and one of its icons, where a statue of Poseidon stands out.
Other emblems of the city are the cathedral, the Volvo Museum in honour of the Swedish car brand, the Fountain Bridge and the Kronhuset, among others.
The city has a moderate climate. Winters, despite snowfall, are more tolerable than in other Scandinavian cities, thanks to the proximity to the sea.
Spring is the driest season and it is recommended as the best time to visit Gothenburg.
It is best to get to the city through Landvetter International Airport, located about 20 kilometres east of the Gothenburg. Once there, there are many buses that connect the air terminal with the City Centre, as well as taxis and buses.
The city is divided into 21 neighbourhoods, but the Centrum stands out among the best areas to stay in Gothenburg for its many attractions and accommodation of all kinds. See accommodation in Gothenburg City Centre or Centrum.
Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The best areas to stay in Gothenburg
1. Our favourite area: Centrum
The Centrum or Gothenburg City Centre reunites the great attractions of the city, as well as its main commercial streets that include Kungsgatan, Vallgatan and Södra Larmgatan.
In this area, you will find the city market and shops of Swedish fashion brands such as Tiger of Sweden or Filippa K, as well as other Scandinavian brands that make it a good place to stay in Gothenburg for shopping.
The commercial street Victoriapassagen, located between Vallgatan and Södra Larmgatan, is another must-see attraction in this area, with many charming cafés and restaurants.
At night, for example, you can find good restaurants, bars and terraces along Magasinsgatan Street, making the Centrum one of the best areas to stay in Gothenburg for nightlife.
The Centrum connects with the rest of Gothenburg by bus or train since it is where the central station of the city is located.
Why we love this area for a stay in Gothenburg:
- Best area for sightseeing
- Gothenburg Central Station
- Best area for nightlife
Accommodation in this area
This hotel is located on Drottningtorget Square, 100 metres from Gothenburg Central Station. It offers free gym access, free Wi-Fi in the rooms and traditional Scandinavian cuisine.
Le Mat B&B Göteborg City
This B&B is just 150 metres from Avenyn, Gothenburg’s main street for shopping and dining, and offers rooms with flat-screen cable TV. There is free WiFi.
Elite Plaza Hotel
Elite Plaza Hotel is an elegant neoclassical building located in the centre of Gothenburg. It combines period comfort with modern amenities and offers free Wi-Fi
Örgryte-Härlanda is located east of the centre of Gothenburg, and it stands out for housing different types of buildings from different periods of time.
In its surroundings, there are the Delsjöarna and Härlanda ponds, an immense wooded area with paths, a great variety of animal species, lakes and mountain ranges.
Örgryte-Härlanda is close to the centre of Gothenburg, so it is possible to go by bus, train or on foot to the main attractions of the city.
Being one of the largest districts in the city, it has become one of the best areas to stay in Gothenburg because it has many hotels and hostels for all types of travellers.
In addition, Örgryte-Härlanda has high-end restaurants and good leisure options.
Accommodation in this area
Apple Hotel & Konferens Göteborg
This hotel is 3.5 km from the centre of Gothenburg and 200 metres from the Kaggeledstorget tram stop. The property has a lobby bar and offers a free dinner. Free private parking and WiFi are available.from €124
Majorna-Linné is the most populated district of Gothenburg, and it is close to the port.
Here, old buildings and a rich cultural offer stand out, so it is considered an attractive area both for living and for staying in Gothenburg.
There is much to see, do and discover in Majorna-Linné, such as attending a concert, art exhibition or visiting a museum.
Gothenburg Central Station is 11 minutes from Majorna-Linné by direct bus, so visiting the city’s most popular attractions will not be a problem.
Similarly, Gothenburg botanical garden is 1.5 km away, surrounded by cosy cafes, and trendy restaurants.
Majorna-Linné is perfect for a walk at midday along the Göta Älv river or to enjoy the beautiful Slottsskogen park.
This quiet neighbourhood west of Gothenburg is also known for its many antique and second-hand stores.
Majorna-Linné is one of the best areas to stay in Gothenburg and has many hotels for all types of visitors.
Accommodation in this area
Spar Hotel Majorna
This hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Chapman Torg tram stop and 700 meters from the Gothenburg Ferry Terminal. It offers a popular breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace.from €89
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