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St. Svithun Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Gerd-Ragna Block Thorsensgate 8, Stavanger 4011, Norway   |  
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Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in Stavanger
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A different & interesting experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

As all other reviews would have pointed out... this is not a true hostel/hotel. This is attached to a University Hospital campus and looks like the building hosts the Maternity ward. So I often saw new born babies and new parents.
Obviously the rooms were very clean and neat (the price includes lines and towels as well which is quite good compared to other Norway hostels).
The buffet breakfast was excellent with lot of choices... but what was unique about having breakfast is that I was surrounded by new borns and it was so cute :-)

The only drawback is the distance from city centre... It is not walkable and you have to rely on public transportation (bus route 4) which was probably once in one hour (or may be 2) or Taxis which will charge you atleast 150 NOK.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Maybe not standard paractice in England but found it very odd and basic. We werent sure the number to call down to reception when the lift didnt work so we had to take the stairs from the top floor. Very hospital clean.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Camberley
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Just came back from lovely Stavanger and stayed at this modern hotel, associated with the University hospital. The staff was very friendly and helpful and informed me that being part of the hospital, when the rooms are needed the patients and their relatives take priority..which is fair enough. Also, warned me that would not be odd to come across new mums with their babies, or out patients and a few cancer patients.
Still realizing I needed to be in town first thing in the morning I was given a very clean, room, basic but confortable, with free wireless internet, tv etc...most of the time was extremely quiet apart from a couple of visits from the air ambulance...in the morning I realized my room was right next to the helipad...
Breakfast was buffet style and indeed a newborn baby was by the next table, so that was a bit of a novelty, but on the whole a relaxed stay. The only negative side is that is not central and as such it takes a bit to get to the city center, so if you have only a day or two is better to stay nearer the harbour possibly or you wont see much of the beautiful sea. However there are museums nearby which may be worth visiting.

Room Tip: Book in advance and arrive early, as if they need the room for hospital usage you may end up having...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

My partner and I stayed here during a trip to Stavanger and the surrounding region in June 2012. The hotel itself seemed very clean and tidy along with the rooms. The rooms themselves were of a good size with flat screen TV (10 or so channels, not all English), bed was comfortable, although in our room was two singles put close together. The bathroom en-suite to the room was very clean and also a good size with a great shower. Our room faced out to the front, about halfway up the building. The buffet breakfast each morning was filling and very tasty. Location-wise it was approx 20-25min walk in to Stavanger town.

The strangest thing about the hotel (and this is just because we hadn't come across it before) was that it was part of a hospital, so when you checked-in at the front desk you either went left for hospital admittances or right for a hotel stay - in someways quite funny.

The only downside we found was that with the room window open, it could occasionally be noisy with ambulances or the air ambulance helicopter arriving but not enough to disturb - with the windows closed it was silent! Also the parking was a little on the expensive side (being Norway) and you couldn't pay per hour, it was in blocks like a shopping centre or similar type car park, so it wasn't cost effective to keep coming and going.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kragero Municipality, Norway
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed here for a few days on a budget trip to Stavanger(if there is such a thing). The rooms are spacious and very clean, with a television, desk, and fridge. Since the hotel is located next door to the hospital, the ambulance heliport can be quite noisy.

The breakfast is of the "healthy" kind, with not too much to choose from.. Could benefit ALOT from a tray of fried eggs and bacon.

I would not recommend this hotel, unless of course, like in my case, it's the cheapest one on a budget trip. (Don't forget to calculate in the price of a proper breakfast bought elsewhere)

Room Tip: The heliport is located north of the hotel.wing.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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germany
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Key cards for the room and lift; but next to the lift is the stairs so key card for using the lift is an extra inconvenience; breakfast room is the other end of reception with the lobby shops in between so there's no check on residency when you go down to breakfast - nobody comes around asking your room number against a list; I could not find trays for breakfast. You have to slice your own bread using a knife with a serviette over the bread with your other hand, I would have expected the bread to be ready sliced; the only hot food is scrambled eggs and boiled eggs; other breakfast items are bulk yoghurt to serve yourself with a soup ladle,( like the bread would be more hygienic to have individual sealed portions), jams, cold meat and cheese, and fish salads. Tables are cleared by the waitress. Several mothers with newborn babies in trolleys at breakfast but I only saw two people come in to pay for breakfast before sitting down to help themselves - it seems the hotel trusts eaters without checking entitlement; I did not sample the high cost lunch menus but instead used the room refrigerator to store my own food bought from a supermarket 3 minutes walk away. The room rates varied according to the day of stay so my account had various prices for each day in the same room. Some breakfast staff also came on duty walking through the restaurant, and others that I saw in the kitchen gave me the impression that they were overstaffed. Other staff came in to help themselves to coffee and were outside in full view smoking; I've been in the hotel business several years so I notice these things - not a very professional operation to say the least.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stavanger
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122 reviews 122 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I have stayed in this hotel on two occasions and it is a hospital-hotel directly attached to the university hospital.

The rooms are decent and clean with no frills, acceptable TV and very good internet.

The breakfast area is quite acceptable although the choice of foods is limited compared to what you would expect for the price. The big minus is the cost which I find horrendously expensive compared to what you get in other countries. Compared to what you get in Norway though, it is normal.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about St. Svithun Hotel

Address: Gerd-Ragna Block Thorsensgate 8, Stavanger 4011, Norway
Location: Norway > Western Norway > Rogaland > Stavanger Municipality > Stavanger
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in Stavanger
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — St. Svithun Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
St. Svithun Hotel is a new hotel (2006) with 137 bright and modern rooms, where 15 of these are family rooms and rooms especially tailored for the disabled and allergic. All rooms have bath/toilet, cable TV and free Internet, fridge, telephone as well as a safety alarm connected to the reception. The shop LYST is open 24 hours a day and sells hot and cold take-away, gifts and magazines in addition to other kiosk commodities. The “Café Morgenrod” has all serving rights. The hotel is situated within a walking distance from the centre of Stavanger, from the idyllic lake of Mosvatnet and from the forest Valandskogen. The hotel is connected to the Stavanger University hospital. There are good parking possibilities and 150 m to nearest bus stop. St. Svithun Hotel is part of the group of hotels called Kronengruppen - a group of 7 different and unique hotels in Rogaland. ... more   less 
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