This little inn set off Sweden’s western coast, is one of our favourite retreats on the archipelago. Pensionat Styrsö Skäret has picturesque charm that blends beautifully into the surrounding landscapes, allowing you to sit back and truly appreciate the area’s peace and quiet – and thanks to a no-traffic policy, the only sound you’re likely to hear is the waves breaking on the rocky shoreline outside your window. Settle into the hotel’s warm, cosy interiors and experience a calmer side to Gothenburg life.
The biggest drawing card for this hotel is its stunning secluded location on the tiny island of Styrsö, in the southern section of the Gothenburg archipelago. Hop on a ferry from mainland and 30 minutes later you’ll arrive at this idyllic island getaway, completely surrounded by wild meadows and stunning unspoilt shoreline. For the wandering traveller, ferries depart every hour so you can keep your flexibility intact.
Choose from one of the 13 uniquely themed rooms, including romantic hideaways swathed in lace and maritime themed rooms filled with period antiques. All rooms are decorated traditionally so as to transport you back to the early 20th century and boast stunning views out over either the lush gardens or across the icy ocean waters.
why we like it
Styrsö Skäret provides top-class service on an intimate scale. The long list of activities available includes cooking classes and beer, whisky and chocolate tastings to tempt your taste buds and introduce you to some local specialities. For the more active adventurer, hop in a boat and head out to sea or borrow a bike and explore the beauty of this archipelago island on two wheels. At the end of the day be sure to indulge in a glass of their delicious eco-friendly wine and tuck in to some dishes made with locally grown veggies and seafood fished from the waters just out of your window.