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“Home from home” 4 of 5 stars
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Strandveien 45 & 84, Tromso 9007 , Norway   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Tromso B&B and Inns
London
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Home from home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I stayed at Bed and Books in the Fisherman's Home in March 2013. It really was a home from home although I did get a bit lost and went to Writers Home first (my fault) so do make sure you check before you tell the taxi where to drop you off!

Both homes are 'no outdoor shoe' zones (great idea because of all the snow/mud in the winter months) - so bring slippers or warm socks.

Both homes are within easy walking distance of local shops and the town centre. It was really clean and well looked after. The kitchen was clean and well stocked with implements and everyone tidied up after themselves. I found the other people staying there really friendly too.

The one downside - broken blinds in the bedrooms. But I think there is a re-fit underway so this will solve the problem.

I definitely recommend Bed and Books and will stay there again if I go back to Tromso.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

My friend and I stayed at the Writer's House for three nights in June. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, it was wonderful. We were made to feel incredibly welcome and given a tour of the house upon arrival.

Yes, as others have mentioned there were occasionally dishes in the sink and sometimes the work surfaces needed a wipe BUT it is made clear upon arrival to leave the communal areas as you would expect to find them so that can't really be put down to the owners. That's just lazy guests.

It is fun, quirky, gorgeous and ideally located. The beds are like sleeping on marshmallows - stupendously comfortable. I can't recommend Bed and Books highly enough and will absolutely visit again.

Room Tip: If you want privacy, go for the room downstairs in The Writers' House as all of the other rooms...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Stayed in both writer's home and fisherman's home and both were clean and well equipped although the Writer's home was slightly better. Both are close to the town center. Staff were very helpful and friendly and the price is hard to beat in this part of Norway. Would definately stay there again.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Tromsø, Norway
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 hotel reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Good:

Staff very friendly
Fisherman's has a washing machine
Writer's Home has a nice atmosphere and is clean

Bad:
Toilet facilities in Fisherman awfully dirty, small and one of them right next to the kitchen with thin "paper door"
Compared to most hotels cheap, but you can get a room in Skansen for almost the same price - with your own shower, blankets and breakfast included.

For travellers who have to save money it's alright, but I would only stay in the Writer's Home in the future.

Room Tip: Chose Writer's Home, not Fisherman's
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

this hostel / home is a great place to stay if you are wanting value for money and a warm friendly home from home.
the beds are comfortable, there are 2 bathrooms with piping hot water to share, everywhere is clean and comfy
great view of the snow and freezing weather from various windows - whilst sitting comfortably in the warm
staff are very friendly and helpful, people leave food they have not used for others to share - which is useful in Norway as very expensive
15 minutes walk in the snow to the town centre - depending on the amount of ice on the pavement!
they have another property down the road a bit further from town, fisherman's home, which is on the water and looks lovely too...
highly recommend this place if you want bed and breakfast without the breakfast and to be in a homely environment rather than a hotel
as the name would suggest there is a library and comfy day bed to loaf about and it is very quiet and peaceful despite being on the main drag in to town

many thanks for a lovely stay

Room Tip: make sure you are clear what you are looking for and it is confirmed as there are a few people who l...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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83 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed 3 nights here, and arrived in a blizzard, but immediately felt warm, welcome, and comfortable. Our room wasn't huge, but was nicely decorated and had a lovely view across to the mountain (when it wasn't snowing too much to see that far). Being able to cook your own food saves a small fortune, and the kitchen is well equipped, as well as sociable when everyone is around at mealtimes. The other guests were an interesting mixture of people, which added to the fun of staying here. Nothing bad to say about this place, really: it's lovely, and great value.

Room Tip: If you have a car, there are two parking spaces outside that guests can use if you ask in advance.
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Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were looking for a nice, affordable place in Tromso and Bed&Books did meet up to our expectations. We stayed both in Fisherman's Home (Strandvegen 84) and Writer's home (Strandvegen 45) and these are actually quite different in quality. Fisherman's home has a beautiful view over the fjord but is also a bit run-down. Writer's home at the other hand was nicely decorated and much cleaner. Both places are really thin-walled so if you're a light sleeper (like me), bring earplugs! The best feature for us was the fact that there is a well equipped kitchen so you can do your own cooking and save a lot of money that way. I also loved the big breakfast table at Writer's home and the reading room.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tromso Bed & Books

Address: Strandveien 45 & 84, Tromso 9007 , Norway
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Location: Norway > Northern Norway > Troms > Tromso
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Tromso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Tromsø Bed & Books you are staying at home, while being away from home. We are NOT a regular hotel, B&B or hostel. We are a Bed and Breakfast WITHOUT the breakfast, we are an ever changing community of tourists, or simply: a house with bedrooms. But more than that, we are a home. Your home - in Tromsø. ... more   less 

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