Stayed for one night in this fantastic hotel in this amazing place. The entire building was the abbey founded by Saint Birgitta 700 years ago. The hotel rooms are in a wing that was rebuilt a few hundred years ago. The building and furnishings all feel very old, but all very comfortable. You can feel the history everywhere you walk inside the hotel and around the grounds, and you can enjoy the beautiful Lake Vattern.
One queen-sized bed and a sofa bed that folded out into a double-sized bed. The room would've been spacious if not for the folded out sofa bed, but there room still didn't feel cramped. The bathroom had a shower and felt somewhat cramped. The room had a tremendous view of the lake.
Very charming front-desk staff. Everyone speaks perfect English and are very helpful.
No in-room internet access. There's an internet terminal in the reception area next to the front desk.
About ten channels in Swedish, and in English with Swedish sub-titles.
An excellent breakfast buffet is served in the building next door. Just walk into the courtyard and follow the signs.
You couldn't ask for a better place to see Vadstena. You're right on the lake. The Klosterhotel shares the courtyard with the amazing church built by Saint Birgitta in Vadstena and the museum dedicated to her. You can walk down the street past restaurants and shops to get to Vadstena's other major attraction, the Vadstena Castle. The local tourist office is inside the castle.
From the main highway, there are several signs that point you to the church, abbey, and hotel. However, off the highway, the roads are very narrow and confusing. Just try to get to the lake - the parking lot is between the hotel and the lake.
The hotel's restaurant - the Munkklostret restaurant - is on the other side of the church. It's pricey, but the food is worth it.
As of this writing, the hotel website's reservation system is only in Swedish. What I did - from their English website, click on the moose icon in the lower right. It'll take you to a third-party website that allows you to make reservations in English.
We wish we'd known how great the place was - otherwise, we would've planned to spend more than one day here as a stop on our drive through Scandinavia. We hope to go back someday. Highly highly recommended.
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