What We Love
- They pride themselves on having Sweden's comfiest beds with down mattresses and duvets
- Getting close to nature thanks to the lakeside location, arboretum and hiking trails
- Five-course Saturday dinners are a foodie favorite
What To Know
- Children under 8 are not allowed in the Manor House building (including the restaurant)
- The complex is made up of five renovated buildings, and each room is decorated differently
- The reception and restaurant are in the Manor House—other rooms are more secluded, and there's no room service
- Check in ends at 7 pm — contact the hotel for late check-in
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Staying in this 38-room boutique hotel is like being a guest at an estate for a weekend—borrow a bicycle and ride around the lake, lounge by the bar in the 1679 Manor House, gossip about the other guests while sinking into a grand antique bed. But instead of eating whatever your hostess serves, there’s a decadent spread of fanciful pastries, tasting menu dinners of seasonal, local fare and elegant takes on hearty country breakfasts. Fresh off a renovation, there’s a whimsical Downtown Abbey-meets-Alice in Wonderland design with gilded headboards and Louis IX chairs aside furry lampshades.
In the Area
The local train station is a 7-minute cab ride away, and, from there it’s an 18 minute ride to Stockholm. But it’s tempting to ignore the lovely capital altogether and stay on the property, biking, hiking the lake, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, running or, come winter, cross-country skiing. If you can manage to drag yourself away from “home,” a short drive from the property you’ll find the Viksjo Golf Club for putting, and the Stockholm Quality Outlet Barkarby, for shopping.
How to Get There
With buildings from the 17th century set in the most beautiful Swedish lake environment, a weekend at Görväln is both calm and refreshing. One of the main reasons to visit is the marvellous onboard restaurant "Galleriet" (reviewed separately), which really stands out among the many offers from "Castle weekend" hotels - which are numerous around the Stockholm and lake Mälaren area.
The castle itself houses only the restaurant and an upstairs salon (and bar). The rooms are located in the wings and several other buildings in the castle area. Beware that some o these buildings are a few minutes walk away and that the uphill climb to the main building is quite steep. Parking is in the lower area, so if you have more luggage than a weekend bag, you might want to drive up to unload before parking.
In winter time (as it is writing this review) the climbs and transportations between the houses can become tricky due to snow and ice. It was more than slippery...
If you have trouble walking or are disabled, you should consider use your car ofr in-between transport.
Both the main building "salon" and the rooms are "boutique treated". In my opinion more of the 17th century interiors could have been kept. "Boutique" can all too easy become "kitsch".
Small comfortable room with all amenities.
Super comfortable beds - really unusually special! We slept like logs...
Staff is very kind and helpful.
You should also know that the hotel and restaurant are "Adults Only" - which means that guests aged 16 and above are welcome.
On the whole I'm convinced you will experience a wonderful weekend at Görväln. In the spring and summer you can take strolls and walks around the beautiful lake area.
Had the pleasure to book an amazing thing everyone that can should try. Casual Friday at Görväln Castle. You arrive after 17.00 and you have a very smooth and welcoming check -in. You get your room that is very comfortable in the renovated facilities of this castell that have a lot of history. Very Boutique hotel decorated with the crown of everything is the Mille Notti bed and the bed linen that can not be described but have to be experienced. Kicked of the shoes and enjoyed some champagne in the room and just relaxed and got into weekend mood.
Then at 20.00 we had a reservation in the restaurant where there is a pre-booked fixed menu for Casual Friday guests, very high-end food and their amazing Sommelier had prepared a fantastic wine package to accommodate the 4 dishes. Job well done, could have been a bit more wine in the glasses but it was very interesting and complementing wines. After these 4 amazing dishes served and explained by the chef himself.
You where invited to the second floor for relaxing and enjoying a drink after dinner, we choose a traditional Gin & Tonic, but the young apprentice Adam made it into a very special drink with cucumber and black pepper in a very balanced and great way.
After an amazing sleep in the beautiful room it was time for breakfast and a very relaxed and smooth start of the Saturday. Left relaxed and pampered with an amazing start of the weekend.
If you get the chance, please try this! We are so glad we did.
I stayed for a business lunch, and wanted to come back with the family over a weekend. Now I'm torn between a five for the great location and food, and a zero because kids are not welcome! From 16 years only - first time ever this happens to us in 20 years. We moved to Sweden because it's ingrained here to combine adults' and children's lives... I'm sure it's a nice spot for an adult wedding or weekend, but Görvälns is not our place - now not for business either.
Amazing experience from the minute we arrived! Despite checking in late in the evening, restaurant made extra steps to make our stay as perfect as possible. Even the ice bucket was offered for wine:)Rooms are cute, bed very soft, surroundings very calm and relaxing. Breakfast selection and taste exceeded everything I've witnessed last two years. Usually you don't get tasty scrambled eggs from the hotels, plus it does not fill your stomach, this time it was tasty&fulfilling:)We arrived 15 minutes before the end of breakfast and staff still agreed to prep extra eggs for us, thank you for that kind gesture:)Would definately want to go back and stay for longer
My wife and I recently stayed at the Gorvalns Slott for three nights and have nothing but fond feelings about the hotel. It's out in the countryside, beside the beautiful Slott (lake). The main building houses the bar, restaurant and reception areas, with guests staying in one of several smaller buildings along a path that runs alongside the lake. Rooms were spacious and comfortable, with modern fittings and traditionally styled furnishings. Breakfast was included, with plenty of choice from an excellent kitchen. We also enjoyed a fabulous evening meal, prepared to the highest standards by their team of top quality chefs. The staff all speak English, which is very helpful as my Swedish is non-existent. Special thanks to manageress Anna, who was professional, courteous, helpful and genuinely friendly throughout our stay. We couldn't have asked for any more from our enjoyable experience.