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Clarion Collection Hotel Grand
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Bodo
Certificate of Excellence
Netherlands
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good price-quality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located in the city centre of Bodo. Coffee/tea and waffles in the afternoon were great, as well as the dinner buffet and breakfast. Very friendly staff. Nice bars near by as well as shopping centre. Only thing we experienced was that is was quite noisy outside with people going out until late at night.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Travelwoman23, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
We are so happy that you enjoyed our service, and felt that your stay gave a great value for money. Thank you so much, hope to see you soon again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Compared to other hotels and B&B the Clarion Collection Hotel offers a lot of value for the money.Very good breakfeast buffet, crepes during afternoon and a (small) buffet for dinner is all included in the room rate.
Rooms are very clean and nice, getting a baby cot and a feeding chair was no problem and the service was friendly, very helpfull and attentive.
The Hotel is in the city of Bodo and very close to the ferry to the Lofoten - we randomly selected it and it turned out to be the best choice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Travelwoman23, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thank you so much for your response:-) I am so happy that you had a graeat experience at our hotel. We all hope to see you soon again!
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italy
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433 reviews
162 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Clarion Grand is an intimate elegant hotel just in the middle of Bodo.
It offers nice rooms with all amenities, parquet and a pleasant design also if the standard ones are not so wide.
What is a clear intelligent marketing idea to differentiate this hotel from the other ones in the city is the free evening buffet and the afternoon snack with waffles and coffee, as I found in other Clarion chain hotel. So despite the fact the hotel is not cheap at all, you can calculate to stay in a very nice ambiance saving some money for the dinner.
The hotel is not so big so the atmosphere is intimate and cozy, the service level is at a good standard, the location is perfect and at the end the ratio cost quality is more than acceptable.
Good choice !

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lionitaly
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Travelwoman23, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Hello, we are so happy that you enjoyed our hotel and service! We all thank you for this nice review, and we hope to see you in Bodø and Clarion Collection Hotel Grand soon again:-)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Thanks to Kristoffe for an amazing stay. When we arrived he couldn't find our booking (we found out later it was made for another hotel) so he created a new booking. They had run out of extra beds so he gave us a beautiful room with twin beds, a double sofabed, dining table and acres of space! We enjoyed the buffet supper, which as we'd arrived late Kristoffe advised us to take straight away before it closed. When I asked, at 21.10 if the sauna was closed (it's supposed to close at 21.00) he said 'It's open until you've finished with it'. This is the sort of service that makes a good hotel great.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Juniperberry29
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Travelwoman23, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Hello, thank you so much for your wonderful rewiew! We are so happy that you had a great time at our hotel. Kristoffer (and all og us) is very excited that you enjoyed the service. Thanks again, and hope to see you soon agin:-)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Hotel is very close to ferry for Lofoten. Large reception indeed , but rooms are small but OK. Breakfast was not very nice, the breakfast room does not offer enough space for all clients.
This hotel welcomes groups with less service.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank leen C
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Travelwoman23, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your rewiew, I am happy that you enjoyed your stay, even if we sometimes at day have a challenge when all our guests is attending the breakfasst at the same time. We hope to see you soon again:-)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Grand before and after a recent kayak trip in June 2013. The costs were reasonable and maybe a bit lower than the Norwegian standard we found later in our travels. Rooms were of a good international standard.

Positives for this hotel:
The Front Desk staff is wonderful. Our trip required two gear bags of about 15 kg each which we planned to ship home after the kayaking was done. Although we contracted with a US-based delivery service to handle the collection and shipping, the hotel staff ended up doing much of the initial legwork to make that happen. When FedEx couldn't arrange a pickup, the staff managed to ship by Norwegian mail service to FedEx in Oslo without any intervention from us.

The other noteworthy thing is the hotel restaurant and the complimentary meals provided to their guests. Restaurant prices in Norway, even in this remote location, are painful to the travel budget so it is nice that the hotel provides a way to avoid some of those costs. Besides, waiting for local coffee shops to open between 10:30 and NOON(!) isn't a good option for those of us that need caffeine to start the day. A nice plus was the helpful and multi-lingual staff we encountered as well.

On the negative side:
With full time sun during summer months, it would be nice to achieve total darkness with the curtains but that isn't possible. We found that eye shades were a good addition to bring along. The other result of full time sun is that the local Norwegians take advantage of the light to gather in the nearby town center until 4 am so sound levels may be an issue depending on which street your room faces.

Also, watch out for the granite curb on the entrance steps. Must have been part of a larger structure once but now a bit of a trip hazard, at least to those of us with an armful of bags and jet-lag.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank W-of-SF
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59 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

The location of this hotel is excellent, close to the harbour and right in the center of Bodø. The airport is only 5 or so minutes' drive away.

We found the building itself to be very welcoming, with a large, airy reception and pleasant areas for sitting to relax or to enjoy the complimentary buffets. All staff we encountered, both at reception and in the buffet area, were extremely friendly and helpful. They were a true credit to the Clarion Collection name.

Indoor parking is available and, in line with most city/town centre hotels, must be paid for. The rate was a relatively reasonable one, though, we thought.

One drawback was that the rooms are not so big. Whilst they were long enough, they were also quite little narrow so there isn't much room if you have a large suitcase to place upon the fold-out stand and want to squeeze your way past the end of the bed, plus the gap between the twin beds was pretty small.

There is a nice, comfortable chair in the room - but only one. Strangely, this often seems to be the case in many hotels with twin/double rooms - why isn't there an additional chair to accommodate the second occupant? In this case, there was at least an accompanying footstool upon which they could perch.

The only other quibble we had was that the electricity socket for razors in the bathroom was not near enough to the mirror for my husband to see properly whilst shaving.

I experience back problems and was pleased to discover that the bed was comfortable enough for me to get a decent night's sleep. The blackout lining of the curtains helped to cut down on the light from the midnight sun, much to my husband's relief. Although there was some traffic noise, it wasn't bad for a town centre hotel and did not prevent us from sleeping.

We find the complimentary buffets provided by Clarion Collection to be something of a lifeline when we visit Norway. This certainly helps to cut down on expenditure with Norwegian food and drink prices being so incredibly high.

In our experience, the Grand Hotel in Bodø provided the best Clarion Collection buffets we have ever eaten. The choice of foods is similar in each hotel, as are the meals (breakfast buffet, waffle time, dinner buffet, with water and hot drinks available at all times out of hours), but the Grand provided extra lovely little additions that we haven't seen in the other hotels. For instance, homemade yoghurts, oranges and a squeezer for making your own fresh orange juice, incredibly delicious homemade banana marmalade and hazelnut butter, along with a larger and better choice of desserts in the evening.

There were also other thoughtful touches which elevated this particular hotel above most others in the Clarion Collection range. Pairs of reading glasses were left near the newspapers in the buffet area, interesting historical photo books on Bodø on hand in the relaxing area, complimentary cotton buds, pads and other items in the restroom adjacent to the buffet area.

It may not be absolutely perfect in all respects, but this hotel and the people working in it made us feel relaxed and right at home, thanks to the thought and effort put into it. We would be more than happy to return.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank tasmanian-wolf
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Travelwoman23, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you so much munch for your nice feedback:-) I am really happy that our staff "went the extra mile" to help you, and that you found our service to be nice.. We hope you had a safe trip back home, and your cargo arrived safetly at home. Hope to see you again soon!
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Property: Clarion Collection Hotel Grand
Address: Storgata 3, Bodo 8006, Norway
Location: Norway > Northern Norway > Nordland > Bodo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Bodo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clarion Collection Hotel Grand 3.5*
Number of rooms: 97
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