Everybody’s heard of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, but fewer people have heard of its West Coast cousin, Gothenburg—or Goteborg as it is called by locals. This small-sized city sits on a prized piece of coastline that offers a working port and extends north and south into vacation-worthy coastal escapes.
At its heart, Gothenburg offers the cultural delights of a metropolis combined with the green space of parks, the tranquility of canals, and the accessibility and livability that eludes bigger cities. Some years ago, Gothenburg was a working class and sometimes homophobic port city. Today it is a bustling and creative city with a Brooklyn vibe—and the kind of place that hangs out 1,000 rainbow flags during Pride.
Where to Stay
The Clarion Hotel Post is a contemporary design hotel located in central Gothenburg, in a refurbishment of a somewhat monolithic edifice that was once the old Main Post Office from the 1920s. The Swedes are very good at architectural renovation of civic buildings, and Clarion Post is no exception, boasting 500 rooms, many with sweeping city views, excellent amenities including rooftop pool, an innovative spa, free Wi-Fi, and excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
The Clarion Post is your hipster home away from home, and walking distance from everything you’ll need to see. As one of the Nordic Choice hotels, it combines the best of Scandinavian history with contemporary urban aesthetic and all the comforts of home—don’t miss the buffet breakfast which offers a true Swedish smorgasbord each morning. And if you’re lucky enough to visit during Pride (the second week of June) or EuroPride 2018, expect the property to be decked out with rainbow flags and queer festive attire.
This year, the hotel turned over its retro-chic, pink velvet Bon Bon Bar to the girls’ Pride dance club night, Lesbian Take Over, starring DJ Gunn. See images from the night here.