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Published October 7th 2012
Or how to be welcomed in Swedish
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It hits you from the threshold. The whole hotel gleams. Part of this is, no doubt, the extensive down lights but it also has a lot to do with hard scrubbing. This hotel is excessively clean, with every surface from bannisters, woodwork and toilets absolutely gleaming.
How nice to arrive at a hotel and to be met by someone with hair braided behind her head, a pleasant round face and wearing a smart white shirt and Swedish vest; then to be given a room key rather than those ubiquitous plastic cards now all too common in large modern hotels.
The halls are wide, the ceilings high and the carpet royal blue and gold, which I noticed were also the colours of the Swedish flags that wave proudly outside.
The receptionists at the front desk couldn't have been more accommodating. They booked the myriad activities and restaurant bookings I threw at them (I have no doubt that WN reviewers do more than their fair share of activities when they are on holidays). And I guess if they had not had free Interent I would have been even more annoying.
They put up with me locking myself out of the room, mucking up a dinner reservation, and losing a credit card (which they found for me). I suggested they might like to call me the hotel guest from hell but they just smiled and said "You're welcome." The number of times this was said in my presence makes me think it a bit of a Swedish catch-cry.
Rooms come with access to the smorgasbord breakfast, so vast in its breadth and variety and Swedish enhancements that I have decided to grace the experience with a separate review here.
Right next door is Miss Maud's Pastry House where you can buy light lunches to take away or eat in: thick soups looped with cream, Swedish hot dogs, quiches, tortes, and Swedish blend coffee. There are also items to buy that tourists can take home, such as the superb vinaigrettes and to-die-for "very berry jam."
At night they offer another smorgasbord dinner with two sittings. I didn't do the dinner this time around but did so twenty years ago. I think I am still full from the last time. These dinners are amazing.
Not sure why all the Swedish staff were so thin as the options of food are amazing; perhaps it's because they spend so much time cleaning and scrubbing.
No horsing about this is a great little hotel in the old style