Park Avenue’s history dates back to 1944. Gothenburg at this time was an industrial hub, teeming with shipping companies with lots of overseas contacts. When the war finally ended, people were once again able to travel and invite their foreign customers to Gothenburg. But the hotels in Gothenburg didn’t live up to the standards demanded by international guests.The solution to this problem was to build a new hotel. Renowned architect Nils Einar Eriksson was called in, construction began in 1948, and the hotel was ready for inauguration on 8 June 1950. Park Avenue Hotel was the first hotel in Sweden to have bathrooms in all of its rooms! The hotel now had about 200 beds, and in 1974, an extension was built, with 114 hotel rooms and a number of conference rooms.
Park Avenue Hotel was originally owned by the City of Gothenburg with Broströms, Transatlantic, Götaverken, Eriksberg, Svenska Lloyd, SKF and Volvo as the largest shareholders. In 1979, the hotel was bought by SAS and became the SAS Park Avenue Hotell, and later the Radisson SAS Park Avenue Hotel. On the first of January 2005, the hotel joined Elite Hotels of Sweden under the name Elite Park Avenue Hotel.