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A far cry from the monochrome minimalism of many Scandinavian design hotels, Hotel Pigalle channels a more bawdy fin de siècle bordello chic, and is hands down Gothenburg’s coolest boutique hotel.
There are just 59 boudoir-style bedrooms, ranging from the 129 sq ft Petites (realistically only good for single travellers) through 183 sq ft Classiques and finally the 237 sq ft Royales, which have separate sitting areas.
If you can drag yourself away from the decadent décor, head upstairs to the top floor and buzzing Restaurant Atelier, where the concept is to do away with concepts and simply serve seasonal local produce of the highest quality according to the chefs' whims. If it's on the menu, don't miss the Swedish steak tartare with fried egg, capers and summer vegetables, but at the same time you may eat something delicious that the kitchen never produces again. Come summer, there's also a rooftop bar up here which is something of a suntrap.
Back on the hotel's ground floor is Bar Amuse - the sort of atmospheric and cosy bar in which you could happily lose an evening sampling gems from the expansive cocktail menu, all expertly mixed by the apron-wearing barmen and accompanied by delicious bar snacks. Come summer, there's also a rooftop bar which is something of a suntrap.
And that's about it - the hotel proudly declare that they have no conference rooms and no spa - it's all about eating, drinking and sleeping (a bit) at Hotel Pigalle, which is a rather refreshing attitude in an age of jack-of-all-trade hotels.
Gothenburg is having something of a renaissance of late, and as a result the city is attracting Sweden's young creative types in droves. When the hipsters down tools (or Macbook Airs) there's nowhere they like to head more than Bar Amuse.
Charlotte H, Original Traveller