When we decided to book to go Tromso we were aware of the price for tourists out there so wanted to try and save as much as we could so we could do as much activities as we could. We would have usually splashed out on a much more highly regarded hotel which would have put an extra £250 on what we spent for the Amalie .... How lucky we didn’t as the Amalie did what it said on the tin and then some.
We'd had a delay of a few hours at Gatwick so were late by a good 3/4 hours when we arrived. The staff could not be more warm and greeting when we stepped through the door. They immediately checked us in whilst asking if we wanted a coffee or something to eat (I’ll touch on that in a bit) after what seemed like seconds, I was being handed my key a nice hot cup of coffee and shown to my room. Even when I asked if there was anything I needed to sign or to sort out payment it was replied with 'it’s fine we can deal with that later, you've had a delayed trip, let’s get you settled first' that was so appreciated when you've been delayed and just want to jump in the shower and get out there and see Tromso.
The rooms were more than adequate. You read on here that the rooms are a little small. Yes maybe but not to the extent that it’s a problem. 2 comfortable beds, desk, ample space for storage, a TV, tea and coffee facilities, everything you need. The shower room is just that, a decent sized shower, basin and toilet. Clean, hot water and even the luxury of heated flooring. Top that off with decent Wifi (I could stream Lovefilm and NetFlix no problem) I was extremely pleased with the room. I have booked hotels all over the place with the same 'star' rating and believe me this one certainly adds an extra 'invisible star' so please don’t be put off like some.
If you are not a soft bed' type person then you may be weary. The beds are ultra-soft and I’m someone who like a firm bed but It still was comfortable sleeping in the bed. Yes it swallows you up a little and the pillows personally were a little too soft for my liking but after walking out in the temperatures of Tromso, its actually quite nice being cuddled by the bed when you collapse into it.
For cleanliness the Hotel went above and beyond. Spotless throughout. Inside the room and in the communal areas. There was always a maid walking around I noticed, at all times.
Location wise its perfect. It’s practically on the harbour Close to everything needed, a supermarket round the corner, a lovely Italian next door and 2 mins walk from the flybus stop. Perfect.
The restaurant again was above expectations. A decent spread for breakfast with warm and cold choices. Eggs, Bacon, Cheeses, Hams, Pastries - The lot. Feed yourself up at breakfast as the prices to eat out are a little scary. Another HUGE bonus is after breakfast is packed away, complimentary coffee comes out and make your own waffles. Definitely a bonus when you consider how much it is to eat out.
We found the Amalie to be one of the cheaper options of hotels in the area so you're in for a bargain when you book. Overall I can’t fault the Amalie. Excellent staff who are there to help whatever you need. Excursions, Hire Car, Restaurant Recommendations nothing is too much for the staff there. I even got talking to one of the kitchen staff who pointed me in the direction to see the Northern Lights in the evening and her advice was spot on.
Enjoy the hotel, the staff and most of all enjoy the awesome city of Tromso. I’m so going back.
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