Following our Gota Canal Cruise from Stockholm to Gothenburg, Sweden, we stayed overnight in the Clarion Hotel Post, situated near Central Station.
The Clarion Hotel Post is convenient, with all of Gothenburg easily accessible by rail, tram, bus, bike or foot. We walked from the docks, 10 minutes, where we ended our four-day cruise.
Opened in January under the Clarion banner, the hotel is situated in the old Post Office building, dating from 1925. The hotel combines a neoclassical exterior with a modern interior featuring expansive public spaces, the impressive Norda Bar & Grill (which we enjoyed during dinner), and 500 guest rooms. There’s also a rooftop terrace and a pool overlooking the city of Gothenburg.
We checked in easily and efficiently and headed up to our Deluxe category room, 5133. We were pleasantly surprised to open the door to a spacious living room with separate bedroom.
The rooms featured a Nespresso maker, large work desk, sofa, coffee table and chair, two large flat-panel televisions with lots of entertainment options, including internet access (which was complimentary), and reasonably priced movies. A round window looked out on the square in front of the hotel.
The bathroom featured tub and shower, two sinks and toilet, the usual toiletries plus some you may have forgotten – a toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving kit and more. Bathrobes and slippers were also provided.
Next to the comfortable beds, on the night table, was an iPod/iPhone docking station, a nice touch. The room also featured a large closet with safe and ironing board.
We enjoyed the complimentary entertainment options on the large flat-panel televisions, which also included internet access on the tv screen.
Our stay was a short one, less than 24 hours, but we did get a chance to dine at the Norda Bar & Grill and can highly recommend it for a good and reasonably priced meal in a great setting. I enjoyed a burger and beer, the locally brewed Post lager. My daughter enjoyed the “Half Special,” which our waiter described as a twist on a Gothenburg street favorite. It consisted of bratwurst, lobster and brioche, plus mashed potatoes. All was delicious.
We did have one grumble. With potentially 1,000 or more guests in the hotel, breakfast on Sunday morning was an intense experience, even at 10:30 a.m. when it ended. Breakfast hours on weekends should probably be extended as much as possible. The breakfast room was so crowded that we put a few items on our plates and headed back to the room so that we could eat in peace. You need only manage breakfast properly to avoid disappointment, however. (Management is aware of the breakfast challenges and is exploring ways to improve the experience, so the breakfast issue may be resolved soon.)
That small issue aside, we highly recommend Clarion Hotel Post for convenience, spacious rooms, modern amenities and design in a historic setting, and some delicious dining in the Norda Bar & Grill.
Missed our coverage of crossing Sweden? See Gota Canal Cruising: Arriving In Gothenburg Having Crossed Sweden