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Hotels in West Sweden

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Bryggan - Fjällbacka

As the name Bryggan suggests, this small hotel (just 6 rooms) and excellent restaurant (taste of West Sweden accredited), is located by the waters edge in Fjällbacka harbour. During the summer Fjällbacka is a bustling archipelago town with the activity centred around the harbour. At other times of year it is a quiet village and a place for relaxation and reflection. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
Sea kayaing, a guided tour around Fjällbacka, home to Ingrid Bergman & Camilla Läckberg (author). UNESCO world heritage sight at Tanum. A trip to the Weather Islands (year round) is essential. Sweden's most westerly islands, with amazing scenery and great food! We also have accommodation packages so please ask.


Lysekil Havshotell - West Sweden

Also known as Strandflickorna (The Beach Girls). This charming hotel from the turn of the century is located on the sea front in Lysekil. King Oscar II was once a regular visitor and had his own suite! 15 individually decorated rooms are in the main building and 2 outstanding suites are located on the rocks by the sea. The hotel is located at the mouth of one of Sweden's deepest fjörds, Gullmarsfjörden, with a depth of around 120meters and is just 110km (65miles) from Gothenburg. We recommend you ask for an upgrade to either the Havsatelijen or the Badpaviljong, located on the rocks by the sea. Access to these suites is by a steep rocky staircase, just 50m from the main building. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
Sea kayaking is extremely popular here and comes highly recommended. We also recommend renting a bike and exploring the local area. You'll find a local aquarium housing local species, many boat tours and some diving opportunities. We do recommend exploring by sea!


Villa Sjötorp - West Sweden

Villa Sjötorp has just just ten charming traditional and individually decorated rooms with excellent personal service. During the long summer days, meals are served in the garden or on the terrace offering breathtaking views across an outstanding west coast archipelago. A path leads down to a small beach and at the centre of the garden is a large tree from which hangs a swing that even the most grown up among you will not be able resist sitting on and soaking up the atmosphere. Villa Sjötorp is located in the heart of West Sweden's stunning coastline. Gothenburg is less than 60mins away. All the rooms are located in the main building. The restaurant is well known across the west coast is accredited by the Taste Of West Sweden guide.

Simply Sweden recommendations
The garden swing is famous locally. You'll soon find out why! A myriad of islands and fjords are on the door step for you to explore along with small picturesque fishing villages and beaches. Close by you'll find Nordens Ark (home to Scandinavian animals) and the ancient rock carvings in Tanumshede. Sea kayking is one of the best ways to see the archipelago.


The Weather Islands - West Sweden

One of Simply Sweden's favourites! Sweden's most westerly islands are rugged, raw and incredibly beautiful. Unprotected from natures elements this collection of islands lie some 10 nautical miles from the mainland. During the 18th and 19th centuries the need for greater safety at sea meant these inhospitable islands became home to an extended lighthouse and pilot service. In 1965 the lighthouse was fully automated and the pilots returned to the main land. Today there is an excellent restaurant complemented by a comfortable guest house. There are no TVs in the bedrooms (just look out of the window!) and the showers & toilets are in the corridor. All rooms have a sea view. The only way to reach the islands is by a special boat service. Purchased in Northern Ireland the boats were brought back to Sweden across the North Sea. A sure sign that no matter what the weather you will always be able to reach the barren, rugged, dramatic Weather Islands. You will depart for the Weather Islands at 1pm. The journey takes approx. 20mins. You will be welcomed with a sandwich and warm drink and you will have time to to explore this stunning location. An excellent 3 course evening meal (based around sea food) is served in the renowned restaurant. If you would prefer to spend just a few hours on the Weather Islands then we recommend Storahotellet in Fjällbacka. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
The highlights of this location are the islands themselves and a walk to the old pilots station. We also enjoyed the boat trip from Fjällbacka to the Weather Islands. Enjoy the food, relaxation and the view from the hottub during the evening! Fjällbacka is also home to Camilla Läckberg, author of thrillers, based in the small coastal town.


Marstrands Havshotell - West Sweden

The Islands of Koön and Marstrand are located just 45mins from Gothenburg. Koön is connected to the mainland by a bridge, however Marstrand is a car free island connected by a regular cable ferry across Marstrand Harbour. You will stay at the new Marstrands Havshotell (Sea Hotel) on Koön in the harbour area. The suites offer sea views. Marstrand has been fought over for centuries by the Swedes, Norwegians and the Danish. The peace treaty signed in 1658 finally made Marstrand Swedish. It is home to beautiful houses, an impressive fortress and cozy cafes Marstrand is a place for pleasure, a place to love for its culture, history, beauty and legends. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
Marstrand is a hive of activity during the summer. Local activities include boat & fishing trips, sailing, quay side bars & restaurants and great walks. The highlights include a walk around the island of Marstrand (just take the cable ferry across), including Marstrand fortress. Marstrands havshotell also has a pool and SPA area.


Styrsö Skäret Guest House - Gothenburg

Located on the car free island of Styrsö with the convenince of Gothenburg on the door step. Easily accessible by tram and ferry from Gothenburg City this small and personal guest house has just 13 rooms, all individually decorated and ensuite. Ylva and Ola offer you a warm welcome. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
A location to relax and unwind. Enjoy a walk around the islands and the Bohuslän archipelago scenery. Indulge in the excellent food from the restaurant which is named in the 'White Guide'. A day trip into the centre of Gothenburg is a good outing as is renting a sea kayak.


Syd Koster - The Koster Islands

Stay on the car free Koster islands at the Sydkoster Hotel Ekenäs and dive deep into this marine kaleidoscope. Park your car in, or catch the train to Strömstad and take the passenger ferry to Sweden's most westerly populated islands, terminating just 100m from this coastal hotel. Attractions include a unique seaside location, beaches, rocky islands and of course the magic "Koster light", which has inspired many artists on the island. Renting a bike and a guided tour are strongly recommended so you can appreciate all that is surrounding you. In 2009 the Koster Archipelago National Park was inaugurated and the Koster islands is now preserved as a spectacular marine nature reserve. The Syd Koster Hotel has an excellent restaurant, and the terrace offers stunning views across the Koster Fjord. During the summer months there is often a live band during the evening. All suites and apartments offer unrivalled views across the fjord. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
Take a guided walk / cycle ride with Steffan from the Koster Trädgård cafe / restaurant. Enjoy 'fika' at this cafe, rent a bike or walk and explore by yourself. Take a fishing or diving tour into the marine national park, seal spotting from a boat or relax on a beach under the warm summer sunshine. Rent a kayak and explore on a guided or self guided tour. Play boule or croquet next door to the hotel. On the way to / from the Koster Islands you'll find Nordens Ark (home to Scandinavian animals) and the ancient rock carvings in Tanumshede.


Smögen Havsbad - West Sweden

Welcome to Smögen, along with Marstrand, one of the most popular summer destinations in West Sweden and is a hive of activity during the summer months. Smögen Havsbad (Sea Bath) opened in 1900 and has been carefully renovated over the years and now features a spectacular extension carved into the rocks, with a relaxing SPA and swimming pool. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
Unsurprisingly many activities are water based, with plenty of boat trips. During the summer there are regular services to the island of Hållö and to Kungshamn, the main town. On Smögen you will find excellent restaurants (we recommend Smögen Sea Lodge) and shops along the quay side. Seal watching, kayaking and sailing are all on offer in the local area. Close by you'll find Nordens Ark (home to Scandinavian animals) and the ancient rock carvings in Tanumshede.


Salt & Sill - West Sweden

Sweden's first floating hotel (opened 2008) is located on the island of Klädesholem (Herring Island), offering peaceful and picturesque views across the famous Bohuslän Archipelago, just 45mins from Gothenburg. There are 23 rooms (including one suite) in six two-storey buildings on floating pontoons. The hotel has been built to complement the highly successful Salt & Sill restaurant, accredited by Taste of West Sweden. The hotel will blend into the sea environment by creating a reef and haven for marine life to flourish underneath and around the pontoons supporting the hotel. [map]

Simply Sweden Recommendations
The restaurant at Salt and Sil is one of the main attractions. Take part in the traditional Swedish activities of schnapps tasting or indulge in a sauna on the worlds fastest sauna boat! The scenry around here is spectacular.


Storahotellet, Fjällbacka - West Sweden

4 star hotel located by the harbour in Fjällbacka on Swedens beautiful West Coast. Ideal for those looking to spend just a few hours on the Weather Islands. Storahotellet was re-built in 1997 and is a tribute to local globetrotter and seafarer Captain Klassen. Each of the 23 rooms tells a story from his favourite distant ports to explorers and friends he met on his journeys across the globe. Fjällbacka is an idyllic retreat at the bottom of imposing granite cliffs. Fjällbacka was home to the summer retreat of Ingrid Bergman and you will find a statute of the famous actress on the quay side. It is also home to Camilla Läckberg, one of the growing collection of Swedish crime writers. [map]

Simply Sweden recommendations
The Weather Islands come highly recommended. Archipelago tours, fishing and the weather attract visitors from across Sweden and beyond. Close by you'll find Nordens Ark (home to Scandinavian animals) and the ancient rock carvings in Tanumshede.


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