Pros:Central. Good breakfasts
Cons:Hot and unfriendly
The Bottom Line: Not recommended, especially in summer. However not having tried any other hotels in Lund, I'm not in a position to be able to recommend anywhere else.
Lund is a super little town. If you are travelling in southern Sweden it is well worth a night or two. The Grand Hotel is however not without its faults:
- despite knowing at the time of booking that the hotel would be in the throws of rennovation, this was not mentioned until a week or so before arrival. The description of the work taking place, can at best be described as misleading and in no way represented the chaos in the main hall and some of the accommodation wings
- you may think of Sweden as a land of snow etc. But in summer, in southern Sweden it gets pretty hot. However the Grand is simply not able to cope with this. The rooms are swelteringly hot. The ventilation is inadequate, there are no fans or air conditioning and the windows / shades seem designed to frustrate rather than cool (and no, the rennovation work does not include the installation of air conditioning)
- the staff, uniquely for Sweden in my fairly extensive experience, really didn't care at all. They were not downright rude. In fact, if it had been in New York you would not be put out. But for Sweden it was noticeable and not welcome.
- the room allocation, into a terrible room in the middle of the chaos, was poorly handled. After complaining strongly, a proper room away from the mess was found. Not surprising considering the hotel was less than 25% full.
And to end, a few positives:
- it is well situated between the train station and the university.
- the rooms (once you've got a decent one) are pretty large and in a fair to good state of decor.
- the breakfasts, in common with many (but not all) Swedish hotels, are excellent with a wide variety of breads, meats, cheeses etc. All washed down with strong Swedish coffee.
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