Best Western Gustaf Froding Hotel & Konferens,  Karlstad

3.5/5  - based on 170 guest reviews.
Hojdgatan 3, 654 68, Karlstad, Sweden - See map
+46 54670000 +46 54670067



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Best Western Gustaf Froding Hotel and Conference is a conference and vacation hotel and the hotel places personal service first. The hotel has 163 comfortable rooms including one suite and all rooms are non smoking. In the reception area we offer coffee and tea for all our guests. A breakfast buffet is included in all the prices and in our cosy restaurant Emilia you can also enjoy a lunch buffet in the afternoon and a la carte and dinner buffet in the evenings. In the summertime the hotel turns into a summer paradise with a heated outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, playing area for the kids and outdoor activities. We are an animal friendly hotel so you can bring your pet on your vacation. As a guest you have free access to our relax department that contains an outdoor hot tub, sauna and a small gym. We also have a sun bed that you can use for a fee. If you stay at the hotel you have free access to our wireless Internet. Best Western Gustaf Froding has a big free parking lot, wine cellar and 24 hour reception service. The hotel is located three kilometer from the city centre of Karlstad and you can easily get from the hotel to the centre with a car, cab, local buses or on foot. We are situated close to golf courses and the beautiful Swedish nature. Enjoy your stay.

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Best Western Gustaf Froding Hotel & Konferens,Karlstad
  • 4
    « Good Choice »

    Good Parking, Free WIFI. Did not use the Pool, Sauna and Fitness. The receptionist could not understand my Danish, so I switched to English. She kept talking Swedish. Fine clean room. The restaurant was a bit cold near the windows. Excellent breakfast. Would probably be back.

    « Terrible experience »

    When you look for the Hotel in that area you look for peace and quiet night sleep and I didn't have it. They have some show with "FERNANDO" until late in the night just outside my window and nobody informed us about it going to happen. The dinner have to be in Downtown because the event they didn't offer a dinner. When we comeback from the dinner the Hotel reception,restaurant everywhere is full of people drinking and high noise, the smell was something between Old sweaty with cigarettes and alcohol ,just crazy and unbelievable. The decorations in the rooms and open areas in the Hotel is old fashion need some renovation and update The bathroom it's not comfortable at all no offer for a decent shower cream or soap; can be much cleaner as well, very disappointed. For the price I have payed. Never again. Best western can be very ashamed about this Hotel use their brand #hotelhell

    « Needs a make-over »

    The hotel is good but needs up-dating. It's worn in places but clean overall. The pillows and the bed were too soft - like sleeping on a trampoline.The room was too hot and you can only open the window a few centimetres - that's if you want the noise from the road and people outside by the pool. The pool had many leaves in it and didn't look inviting at all. Wi-Fi is OK but variable. Breakfast is good with plenty of choice. It's overpriced for what you get. It's too far into town to walk so you have to drive.

    « Worst rip off »

    This is not a proffersional operated establishment and so far off on the correctness map as it can possibly be. Staff is extremely arrogant and unfriendly, so unprofessional as one possibel can be in a hotel. Stay far away. Will not recomend and never go back.

    « Are accepting racist partie-sympathizers. »

    Use to take my kids to this hotell to play in the swimming pool and have a ice-cream. But now that ends after ive learned that this Hotell are accepting racist partie-sympathizer to sing for the Christmas show later on in December.

    « I won't be back »

    I was on a business trip to Karlstad and booked a single room. The room was very outdated with worn furniture. It looked like it could be at least 30 years old and smelled bad. The personal were quite arrogant and unfriendly. The clerk never bothered to greet me Welcome to the hotel and when I checked out I never got any questions of how I liked my stay. The breakfast was ok, but that's all.

    « Never again! »

    Staff was hostile and threatened my 4yr old daughter to be thrown out bcuz she was playing in the lobby during check-in very shady location. Dirty rooms. Service was non-existing. I wouldnt recommend this to anyone other than psychpats.

    « Ownership like northkorea »

    When you arrive to this hotel they ask you about your political view. If you are a left wing then you get access. The director even take notice of articles from newspapers if you are an artist that dont match their political vision.

    « Not everyone is welcome »

    The famous Swedish singer Peter Jezewski was booked to sing at the hotel in several events. He had in media announced that he support the Sweden Democrats. Now the hotel has canceled the booking for him. This is horribel in a democratic era that people can't think free. So beware, you can be thrown out just because of your religion, politic standing or whatever they feel that day.

    « Caring friendliness »

    We asked our last hotel to make reservations for us at Best Western Karlstad. Upon arrival the receptionist smiled and said "I have upgraded your room! Since you probably are pretty tired after riding your motorbike all day I'll let you have our suite with a bubble bath!" The suite was fantastic and we also very much enjoyed the dinner: Canjun meal served with live jazz music. Gumbo, Jambalaya and an extremely good pecan chocolate cake. Perfect - thank you!

  • 1
    « Never again - it is a ripp off. »

    This hotel definitelly does not deserve 4 stars - maximum 2 stars. Furniture is primitive and worn - see pictures - it rembembers 70's. I could smell a cigarettes smoke in the room. It was very warm in the room allthough outdoor temeprature was only 18deg.C. When I opened windows to ventilate the room I was exposed to extreme noise from the highway. Food OK but just below the average. This hotel room price above 80 Euro per night is far too high comparing to so low standard. It had free WiFi but practically I was not able to connect due too low capacity.

    « Not too good location »

    I & my wife staying here just for one night before we go to Oslo. The location here is far from the city and no shops and convenience store around, therefore, it looks not so convenience especially you wanna do some shopping. The room is not big but clean and tidy, the room rate is a bit high and not so competitive.

    « Average hotel »

    I guess I was staying in one of the economy rooms at the very end of the corridor. These rooms had green doors, unlike the others at the front of the corridor. So that probably explains why the room was not new and modern as commented by some on this website. The room had several broken lamps and was therefore very dark, which I disliked. Breakfast was passable. Bread was not fresh.

    « Quiet Hotel That Has Everything That Weary Travelers Need »

    We stopped here after a long, tiring trip from southern Norway. Had lunch in the dining room as we waited for our room (it was 1:30 in the afternoon). The special of the day was teriyaki salmon. It was excellent both in taste and in price. The room was fun to be in. It had some things that I had never seen in a hotel any where in the world: the area around the bed was framed with Swedish words that were from the poet, Gustaf Froding (who grew up in this area of Sweden). His image is also on a throw pillow on an easy chair along with a group of wall hangings. There was no refrigerator in the room (120). Bathroom was clean and typically Swedish with the shower and no bathtub. My husband and I got a glass of wine from the bar early in the evening. The bar tender was very attentive. There are snacks available in the lobby along with some souvenirs.

    « OK, but doesn't feel like worth 4 stars »

    Everything was OK, but the room standard was quite old and didn't feel like it was worth 4 stars that are claimed. Most modern 3 star hotels have rooms that feel more fresh. But nothing specific to complain about.

    « No better than average »

    Let me say that I have stayed at numerous hotels across the world but this is my first visit to Sweden so I cannot say how this compares to other hotels in Sweden. I stayed at the hotel in late September to visit family. The hotel is easy to find and has plenty of free parking a lot of the other hotels in Karlstad don't have. It seems the Swedish are a nation of car haters with all the speed cameras. The rooms are adequate but no better. Furniture in the rooms was missing any draws and looks a little old and worn. The beds in the room were just two single beds even though I did ask for a double. What is it with Europe haven't they heard of double beds. There was coffee making facilities in the rooms but no tea. The bathroom is basic and had the cheapest toilet seat I have ever seen in any hotel. The shower was nice and strong though. No bath. It was functional but nothing more. We did have breakfast which is a buffet and is reasonably good if a little biased to German and Swedish tastes. The restaurant and reception does seem quite low and badly lit even in the day. I also used the bar in the evening where the service was extremely slow. There is a sauna, indoor spa bath and steam room. The sauna wasn't working on either of my two visits and the spa bath had a sign on that it there was fault. It was working although the bubbles did not function. The steam room worked fine. The is an outdoor swimming pool but by September they has switched the heating off for it. Why they thought an outdoor swimming pool in Sweden was a good idea I cannot imagine! Staff where efficient and friendly as were all the staff and spoke excellent English. There was free coffee in reception. Wifi was free and worked well. There is a petrol status nearby for snacks etc. Overall I would stay here again but only because I couldn't find anything better at the price.

    « Nice and clean »

    Basic, but modern, fresh and clean rooms, that seemed to be recently redecorated. Comfortable bed, and fairly quiet surroundings, but quite far from the town centre. There was no safe or fridge/minibar in the room, but there was a kettle. Breakfast buffet (enclosed) was nice with plenty of choices, but I couldn´t find any organic choices. Free Wi-Fi.There´s a small gym and a swimming pool. Very nice food in the restaurant, tried the buffet one night, and a la carte the other night. The hotel was good value for money.

    « Nice place »

    I like the idea of a theme-hotel and I wish the rooms had been inspired by Froding's poetry. However, it seems that the rooms (or, at least, the one I stayed in) are still in a process of revamping: there is a mix of old (furniture) and new (the rest). There is a lake nearby, with a nice view, if you are willing to go for a walk. There is also an outdoor swimming-pool. Free tea and coffee for the hotel's guests. The breakfast was pretty good. We also had dinner (pre-arranged) and the food was great. On the whole, I think that this is a good hotel which could be much better.

    « Returning from Norway... »

    basic hote, no air conditioning, luckily the room windows can be opened, perhaps a bit weird looking that like 7floor building has big rooms all the windows open :) but i could park my bike right beside the hotel, under my window, so that's the most important thing, when on motorcycle trips :) breakfast... i think there was one :) same as elsewhere... Good beds.. well after norwegian little cottages this was heaven ;) thanks to the staff who guided me to place where i could wash my motorcycle, NICE!

    « Not worth the money, pictures misrepresent property »

    This was not a great hotel and not worth the money. The hotel is older and not updated as was mentioned. If it wasn't for the guarantee policy, I would have cancelled when we arrived. The room was nothing special, and the breakfast was not up to the standards I experienced in other hotels in Sweden including another Best Western in Gothenburg which was excellent and everything about it was nice and a good value for the money.


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·From: Highway E18. Take 63N, the Best Western Gustaf Froding Hotel & Konferens is on the right.