Soon after I booked a stay at the Best Western Plus Hotel Mektagonen, I began to worry. It was some distance from downtown Gothenburg, and the surroundings were far from picturesque--parking lots, a construction site, not much more.
When we arrived, my fears seemed justified: the taxi driver didn't know where it was, and thought we were nuts not to have booked a hotel downtown.
But Mektagonen is actually a good and convenient spot for a stay in Gothenburg.
First the downside: A big construction site right outside the front door. The hotel's in a building shared with a number of businesses, and it's a hike from the front desk to the hotel rooms. The restaurant has a very limited dinner menu (hamburgers, chicken Caesars, pizza). And no other restaurants are available for blocks around.
Even so, you get a spacious room with a kitchenette and a good bathroom. The view may be just a parking lot, but the room is quiet. Right next door to the hotel is a Willys supermarket, where you can build your own Caesar salad for very little and enjoy it in your room.
The hotel's breakfast is far better than its dinner. It includes the usual Scandinavian cheeses and cold cuts and fish, plus waffles, cereals, fruit, squeeze-it-yourself orange juice, scrambled eggs, bacon, and so on. The coffee is good. While you eat, you can watch the construction crew building the huge apartment complex and the commuters passing by via bikes, cars, and trams.
It's a bit of a walk around the construction site to reach the tram stop, but the front desk can sell you a one-day or three-day pass and you'll be downtown before you know it. Once there, it's easy to get around; we went out to the ferry terminal for the Gothenburg archipelago and spent a pleasant time on Styro, one of the islands where cars are forbidden. People get around by bike and golf cart, or just walking.
We also used transit to get to the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, but beware: the Garden stop is across a busy highway from the Garden itself, and you should plan on a longish walk to the nearest overpass and then more walking to the entrance. It's a gorgeous garden and the cafe serves a good lunch, but if you have mobility issues you may not have the time or energy for a proper tour of the Garden. Getting back to the tram stop means another long walk.
As we went in and out of downtown Gothenburg, the downtown hotels looked less and less attractive. Once back at Mektagonen, we could relax, enjoy our improvised Caesar salads, and relax.
So while the hotel is clearly intended for a business clientele, even elderly tourists like my wife and me can enjoy it as a comfortable base from which to explore an interesting Swedish city. less
Lisa B, Reservation Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Mektagonen, responded to this review
Thank you for your feedback!
It was a pleasure to read about your stay at Hotel Mektagonen and your visit in Gothenburg. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here.
I hope you come back to us soon again, maybe next spring? Then the construcitons will be ready and you will have some restaurants to choose from in the new area.
Warmly welcome back!
Lisa - Reservation Manager