Örenäs Castle is German Baroque style castle was raised in 1914-1918. It's now a hotel and conference centre with a public restaurant. During WWII Danish and Estonian refugees were hosted here. It's known to be the youngest castle in both Scania and Sweden.

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Founded: 1914-1918
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: Modern and Nonaligned State (Sweden)

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4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Paul Malmheden (6 months ago)
Great atmosphere. Good service.
Magnus Lasses (8 months ago)
A nice castle with a lovely view of the island Ven. A great addition would be if they arranged a garden (right now it's mostly grass and some large trees)
Alessandro Sorrentino (8 months ago)
The hotel is in a great location, with a beautiful park to walk, have picnics etc... they keep a really nice open air gym and minigolf where one can play for free. The pool is wel maintained and quite big, even if it was a bit over crowded. You can also reach a small but really nice beach just walking down the hill, and it is worth to go there. Clean, nice shallow water and beautiful views. People working there are nice, and do their best. The biggest disappointment is the room, very old and dated with a really disappointing bathroom. You also get only two small towels, really not enough. Finally the breakfast is fine, but nothing special. Bread old and disappointing, other food acceptable but on the minimum and coffee not so good. I am writing this review during the corona pandemic of 2020, and while they assign different time to guests to do not overcrowd the place, they still have a buffet where everyone touches everything. They had hand disinfectant everywhere, but I observed that none used it and everyone was on top of each other with no social distancing at all. I know they are not responsible or the bad habits of all the guests (really none cared) but they did not enforce it either.
Compartment AB Internettjänster (8 months ago)
Nice location only is a small part of an experience.
Siva Kumar (13 months ago)
Excellent facility to stay and to have team activities. The dining area becomes loud when it’s fully occupied. Nice view of the sea from most places.
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