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Reservations are important, but if you need a place to stay on the spur of the moment, try the Gothenburg Tourist Office, at Kungsportsplatsen 2 (tel. 031/61-25-00; www.goteborg.com). There's also a branch of the tourist office in the Nordstan shopping center (no phone), near the railway station. It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturday from 9am to 3pm. It lists the city's hotels and boardinghouses and reserves rooms in private homes. Reservations can be made by letter, or by phone. The tourist office charges a booking fee of 60SEK ($12/£6), but if you reserve your own accommodations on the website (www.gothenburg.com), the booking will be free. Double rooms in private homes start at around 250SEK ($50/£25) per person and breakfast always costs extra.

The hotels listed in the following section as "expensive" actually become "moderate" on Friday and Saturday and during midsummer.

Inexpensive -- A budget hotel in Gothenburg could be considered expensive in many parts of the world. To get low rates, time your visit to Gothenburg on a Friday or Saturday night, when rates are generally slashed.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.