Set in one of the oldest parts of Gothenburg city, surrounded by bustling charming cafes and cute shops you’ll find ever so popular Hagabadet. What really intrigues me about this spa is its history, and the fact that it was actually built back in the 1800th century.
No surprise perhaps, but I have been wanting to visit this spa for some time now, especially since I’ve heard so much about it from my mum (who actually lives in Gothenburg) so when I got a gift certificate to Hagabadet for my birthday I was ecstatic.And of course I had to bring my mum, who also were the one who gave me the certificate. By the way – aren’t those the best gifts? Receiving certificates for spending time together, doing something relaxing or adventurous? I definitely prefer such gifts.
The entrance to Hagabadet is quite spectacular, and you’re met by an elegant spa shop that smells of tempting essential oils. To enter the spa you pay a price of SEK 499 (699 in the weekends), you can also choose to pay to have access for a total of 3 or 7 days. Included in the price is the use of all their spa facilities, a gym, training sessions and a bathrobe, towels plus sandals. They also have a restaurant, where you can eat in your bathrobe – or if you prefer, they have lighter meals in the reception that you can enjoy inside their lounge area. My mum and me did the latter, it was a tasty and healthy salad that filled our stomachs just perfectly.
While walking around the spa, checking out what facilities they had, I noticed small historic information placed in different sections of the spa. Some had text under pictures from the sixties/seventies and others with informative texts from even longer ago. If you visit Hagabadet you won’t miss its origins and why it was built. It actually has a connection with the English doctor that during the 1800’s discovered the connection between good hygiene, clean water and chlorea. After this discovery bathhouses were built all around Europe. In Gothenburg, which had been repeatedly raved by extensive chlorea epidemics, the businessman Sven Rehnström donated SEK 150 000 for the purpose, thus Hagabadet was created.
Despite the age of this wellness center, it still looks modern, thanks to through and frequent maintenance. Instead of upgrading and renovating the entire spa, they have managed to preserve its history and charm, which makes it that much more delightful and interesting. From the moment you step inside Hagabadet, to the changing rooms and facilities you will feel a strong sense of history and consistent style.
After enjoying several hours at the delicious spa, I had rather big expectations for the massage I was getting. I was greeted by a friendly male therapist, who took me to the treatment room. Unfortunately I have to say I was very disappointed. My therapist came across as a bit insecure, he spoke silently, to the point that it was hard to hear what he was saying – he even tried several times to start a conversation during the massage. When it was time for me to take my bathrobe off he stayed in the room, simply lifting a towel over his head – I usually don’t mind, even though I always think the right move is to let the client be able to undress in private, however my bikini was wet and I had to put disposable underwear on. During the massage he made several sighsing cough-like noises, His moves were quite repetitive, and overall I felt like it was quite the clumsy treatment. When it was all over it seemed as he almost had forgotten that he was supposed to try to sell me something, at least that is what I figured when he told me I should wash my feet with a special product they were selling. I might have just been unlucky with my therapist, but honestly, having a second treatment at this spa is not particularly tempting
Overall I had a great experience at Hagabadet and I am definitely visiting them at a later occasion – just not with a treatment perhaps.
If you’re going to Gothenburg I would recommend a visit to this lovely spa, perhaps after a day of wandering and sightseeing?