The oldest hotel in Sweden opened in the name Hôtel du Sud. The property was originally built in 1814 on the remains of a custom house and functioned as a small inn close to the harbour. In the beginning of the 19th century Ystad was Sweden’s most important harbour for trade and travelling over the Baltic Sea to the European continent. The need for accommodation was great when the hotel opened in year 1829. By this time Ystad was the gateway to Europe and could now proudly offer a modern hotel for the town guests.
Sailors and travellers overseas were an important group of visitors to the bars and inns in the hotel’s surrounding area. Still today the name “Supgränd” (“Drinking alley”), on the street to the east of the hotel, reminds us of what kind of activities the people of the area were devoted to. The hotel was closed completely during two years of restauration and opened fresh in 1907 under the name “Continental”. The ceiling decorations, the marble stairs, the massive oak parquet in the restaurant, the beautiful stone floors, the delicate crystal chandeliers and the large leaded windows were all installed for the opening in 1907.
The luxurious hotel quickly became a popular venue for writers and artists of the time. Continental was the scene for many grand feasts and banquets during the first half of the 20th century. Swedish and European celebrities as Fritjof “Piraten” (“The Pirate”) Nilsson, Sten Broman, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Hans Ostelius and many other famous personalities were all part of the regular clientele.
In the year 2015 the hotel gained new owners and is from that year a part of the local business PMJ Fastigheter AB. With the new ownership another renovation of the rooms was initiated and the new name “Continental du Sud” was presented to the world.
Today the hotel is appreciated by travellers in business as well as in leisure. Continental du Sud is a well-attended destination for conferences with excellent personal service and affordable conference options accompanied by an ambitious restaurant serving the very best from the Scanian region.
Continental du Sud is situated in the centre of the old town of Ystad, and within just a few minutes walking you reach the local shops, pharmacies, the town marina and guest harbour, the theatre, museums, the town market at the main square, tourist information, the train station and the ferry to the Danish island Bornholm.
Me and my colleagues are looking forward to welcoming you to Continental du Sud!