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Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset

26 Skeppsbrogatan, Kalmar 392 31 Sweden
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Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset, Kalmar Sweden. Welcome to the historical city of Kalmar. At Hotel Packhuset you'll stay in a historical guest harbour with a view all the way to the island of Oland.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Great View
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Swedish
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Milena wrote a review Aug 2021
San Francisco, California15 contributions2 helpful votes
Outstanding hotel. Great location, just a few minutes walk up to the city center. Room was cosy with an amazing view of the harbor from the balcony. There is a nice, inviting lobby and restaurant that serves complimentary breakfast and dinner. Friendly staff and wonderful ambiance.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Fabio wrote a review Aug 2020
32 contributions26 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
The hotel is very nice and located in a very central area, close to the center of Kalmar. Booked for visiting Öland and later going to Gotland. Rooms are spacious (at the last floor) and clean. Breakfast has a wide choice of food. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Receptionen Hotel Packhuset, Guest Services / Front Office at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset
Responded 31 Oct 2020
Thank you for your nice review. Welcome back!
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Lukas wrote a review Feb 2021
Stockholm, Sweden129 contributions90 helpful votes
I’ve stayed at Packhuset several times before and always found it lackluster for the outrageous pricing, but this stay was just downright awful and convinced me that I can’t keep coming back to this joke of a hotel. Let’s start off by saying that this hotel is always waaaaaay too expensive. I’ve stayed at my fair share of overpriced hotels both in Sweden and abroad, but Packhuset is probably the worst bang for the buck I’ve experienced, no matter what time of year you visit. A few highlights: * The rooms are extremely cramped. I’ve stayed at their deluxe rooms before and they are okay, but this time I stayed at a superior room (three categories up from the base room) and it was honestly not much bigger than a good-sized master bathroom. No storage, only one chair and a small queen-sized bed. * You can hear everything from the room next door. As luck would have it, my next-door neighbour threw a party one night (as one does in Sweden in the midst of a pandemic…). When I complained to the front desk, they first asked me to wait until midnight, and then gave me another room, which was surprisingly even more cramped than the first. No apologies, no compensation. * The rooms are terribly outdated. Furniture is worn down, carpets are stained, walls have marks, and so forth. Bathrooms resemble a 90’s public restroom. The rooms don’t only need a refresh – they need a complete remodel ASAP. * Since the rooms are very old, they lack modern essentials, such as outlets. Fingers crossed that you travel alone and only use one phone since you won’t be able to charge much more. The bathrooms are also unbearably cold since they, unlike all other Swedish hotels, lack underfloor heating. Not surprisingly, the rooms are also hot as a sauna in the summer since Packhuset lacks AC (which, to be fair, is common in Sweden). * The housekeeping is mediocre at best. Lots of dust and cobwebs. * Beds and pillows are very uncomfortable. Despite taking prescription grade sleeping pills, I was unable to get more than a few hours of sleep per night. My back and neck started hurting. * This is a Clarion Collection, which means that the price is including an afternoon snack and a light supper. Both pretty much inedible and much worse than what’s on offer from many other Clarion Collection properties. For us Nordic Choice elite members, this also means that you don’t get a voucher, which makes the value proposition even worse. * Breakfast was neither appetizing nor even remotely covid safe. We skipped it and dined elsewhere. * Speaking of, the covid measures are a joke. No plexiglass shielding, no physical barriers, and a vast majority of the staff members don’t wear face masks – despite Nordic Choice policy to do so. By not wearing their masks, they endanger the wellbeing of guests and might put you in a ventilator, should you choose to visit. Totally unacceptable. That said, I will note that the location is good with very scenic views. If they were to address the issues and do a complete interior remodel, the property would probably become a really, really good hotel. In summary, Packhuset is a terribly outdated low- to mid-range hotel with cramped rooms in dire need of a complete remodel, laughingly poor covid measures and below average service – that charges similar prices to newly built four or five star hotels in Stockholm. Avoid it like the plague (or, at the very least, like covid, which you might end up getting here anyway).
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Date of stay: February 2021
Room Tip: Go with the base room, since I can’t imagine them being much worse than the more expensive room...
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CatharinaStockholm wrote a review Jun 2020
Uppsala, Sweden110 contributions182 helpful votes
We travelled as a family of four in June. We phoned the hotel in advance and asked if they had a room for all four of us but they didn't and so we booked two doubles. Upon arrival one of the rooms was very large and had a double plus a sofabed - prcisely what we asked for! The reception staff informed us that there was no way the booking could be changed now since we had paid for two rooms when we checked in. You can imagine how we felt about this. We are a family of health care workers and had anticipated all kinds of safety precautions for guests but in the end we saw only one: a sign at reception informing all guests that they no longer cleaned rooms during guests' stay (to minimize exposure of housekeeping staff). No information about this had been offered beforehand and there was no price reduction to compensate for the inconvenience. In the elevator there was a sign saying that they no longer served afternoon tea (which they did) and that buffets were out and they now only served a la carte (buffets were in fact the only option for breakfast and dinner). The dining room was crowded and the optimistic 2-metre-rule of social distancing not enforced (and the floor markings were not even 2 metres apart). So in the end we felt that the hotel protected its staff but didn't care much for its guests. On the plus side: good location right on the water, 2 nice outside spaces to sit. On the minus side: very limited breakfast buffet, really the smallest spread I've had in a swedish hotel anywhere. So the overall impression is that we will not return and I suggest that the hotel rethinks its strategy when it comes to reducing risk of virus transmission.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Fredrik F wrote a review Jun 2020
Gothenburg, Sweden222 contributions82 helpful votes
It’s a nice hotel with good staff in a nice location but you expect a little bit more based on the price. There’s really nothing to complain about but to match the price everything needs to be just a little bit better. More effort in to maintaining the rooms put up the food a notch to be worth close to 1500kr per night provide some extras. However the covid adaptations is the best I encountered so far good dinner and breakfast arrangements!
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Date of stay: May 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset
Which popular attractions are close to Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
Nearby attractions include Kalmar County Museum (0.4 km), Kalmar Cathedral (0.4 km), and Gerdas Té & Kaffehandel (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
Conveniently located restaurants include Grona Stugan, Kullzenska Cafeet, and Lilla puben.
Is Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Kalmar.
Are pets allowed at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swedish.
Are there any historical sites close to Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kalmar Castle (0.7 km), Stortorget (0.4 km), and Karlevi Runestone (7.4 km).
Does Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.