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Scandic Kirkenes

3.5 of 5 Kongensgate 1-3, Kirkenes 9915, Norway (Formerly Rica Arctic Hotel)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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87 reviews 87 reviews
16 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Got off the ship and onto the bus to go to the hotel. Were going to take the excursion to the Russian border but it was cancelled. A short ride to the hotel on the snow covered streets. Kirkenes is a very small town so other than the tourist activities there is not a lot to do. Walked around town... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for 7 days and found the rooms to be comfortable and well heated (got too warm at times, but opening the windows quickly fixed that). The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Coffee was provided but i had to go up the hall for hot water. The free breakfast was fantastic and had a huge selection. The hotel... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I do! But there wasn't any when I wanted it, so the lady at reception told me I could have my shower in the sauna room and gave me the card for the MALE sauna room! Thank God I wasn't sleep walking! The room on the fourth floor was big enough for the two of us, clean linens and yes,... More 

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Shoalhaven, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

worst hotel I've stayed in, rude and unhelpful reception staff, asked a couple of times if there was somewhere to get lunch, told you're in Norway on a sunday so nothing open til after 3.....only to find a restaurant less than 50m away that opened at 1pm. We were happy to use hotel restaurant and reception staff said they would... More 

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106 reviews 106 reviews
41 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Rica Arctic Hotel has been purchased by the Scandic Hotel chain. It is currently (November 2014) in need of much renovation of the rooms, which are small, sparsely furnished, and cold during winter weather. Prices are currently much too high for the quality of the hotel. It is the only hotel in the center of town, but Kirkenes is... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Kirkenes (KIrke=Church) on the boarder to Russia is a small city living from mining, fishing, ship repairs and Russian tourists. It is the turning harbor for the Hurtigruten (The Costal Express) six days up from Bergen,the same for the route back. In summer it is very busy with more hotels open. In the dark season the choices are fewer. Rica,... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed here the night before departing on a Hurtigruten boat trip. Arrived in the morning, which gave us time to walk around the center of town after a delightful light lunch. Ate all our meals in the restaurant, all of which were enjoyable (and good service!). Room was clean and comfortable (with heated floors). Staff was friendly and helpful... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

not too many options but paying 334 USD (for 3) is a lot of money for what we received. Rooms very small. We asked for bath robes to use while going to the swimming pool and the girl in the reception said it's only for the VIP guests. normal rooms don't get them. I asked for extra towels instead and... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Nice room with excellent heating, also floor heating, friendly staff, very good breakfast with big choice for every taste, good working wi-fi, bed was very comfortable, also bathroom functional and enough space, can certainly recommend this hotel

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Ottershaw, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We stayed here for one night after leaving the Hurtigrten boat trip. Very comfortable, clean room. We ate in the resturant and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Breakfast very good. Location is good for centre of town, and airport bus passes right by. A bit disappointed we weren't told about tea/coffee making facilities on ground floor as we didn't discover these... More 

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Address: Kongensgate 1-3, Kirkenes 9915, Norway (Formerly Rica Arctic Hotel)
Location: Norway > Northern Norway > Nordland > Kirkenes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scandic Kirkenes 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
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