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“Sales trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Road 500, PO Box 554, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Longyearbyen
Hadsund, Denmark
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Sales trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I visit Spitsbrgen several times each year, and usualy stay at Raddisson Polar Hotel, because location in town is perfect for me... The room I book is big, so I can establish a mini showroom, and invite my customers to meetings at my room, and it´s very convenient for my customers and me...

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sao Paulo, SP
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

After one week hunting for the Northern Lights, our group travelled to Longyearbyen in order to have a couple of activities in the Arctic region.
This hotel offers a very good infrastructure: fairly-sized rooms, large breakfast/restaurant area, extremely helpful staff who provided good guidance for the outdoor activities we were looking for.
As another reviewer has posted, the in-house restaurant is quite expensive, so we had our diner at the Barents Bar, which is inside the hotel as well, with more reasonable prices.
A tip for other travelers: since there are very few flights from Svalbard to mainland Norway, try to take the bus that links the hotel to the airport. At least, you will not feel scalped when the taxi driver asks a higher fare than the one charged for bringing you in from the airport.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The hotel used to be a wing from some accommodations for the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics which was transported to Svalbard.
I really like the restaurant area and used the breakfast bar to get breakfast and sneak it back to my room. There are beautiful views from the restaurant during the blue/snowy season..
I stayed in September 2008 for about 5 days and considered the place really overpriced, but at that time the choice of accommodation in Svalbard was less varied than it is now.
Overall I had a nice stay there; the staff are friendly, the food good and the Barents Bar has a really good ambiance; I accidentally joined in a pub quiz and getting rescued from an extremely drunk Danish sailor by some nice older Norwegian people in Svalbard for a Union conference. Don't even ask..

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bergen, Norway
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The hotel is very good. We got a nice room with very good beds and the breakfast is tasty. Dinner is a bit expensive, but the menu is interesting, given the options of local food. It is good they keep the tradition of not using outdoor shoes while inside the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dana, Jordan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Very good quality, but its obvious - its Norway. Price - nightmare. But what else can You find there? Hotel is quite cool, lots of rooms, typicly for mass tourism so You can complain for service. Anyway I rate it high.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The staff at the Polar Hotel are fantastic and willing to meet your every need. Very helpful in finding what you're looking for in the town and excursions. Hotel was comfortable. Breakfast was great as usual with Radisson Blu chain. Scenery is spectacular. Hotel is centrally located for everything. I would definitely stay there again and will recommend to others as a great option.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

It's as simple as this:
I've made a reservation for this hotel about one month and a half before my trip. When I arrived the hotel was closed (!!!) for renovation.
During one and a half month, no one from the hotel warned me or said anything...

Second really bad experience with Radisson Blu in Norway after being charged twice (!!!) for my entire stay... one month before my trip (!!!) by the Radisson Blu in Ålesund.
Unfortunately, I'm starting to get used (and tired) of this "Norway Radisson nonsense"...

It's strange as in other countries my experience with Radisson Blu (Carlson Rezidor Group) always worked fine.
And it's a pity such a wonderful country with such lovely people having these hotel... hmmm... "blackouts"?

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Address: Road 500, PO Box 554, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
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Location: Norway > Svalbard > Spitsbergen > Longyearbyen
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Longyearbyen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen 4*
Number of rooms: 95
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