The hotel is located just above central Bodø, halfway between the coastal steamer dock and the airport - about a 15 minutes walk to each. The entrance is not very conspicuous.
Checkin was fast and friendly. The hotel was seemingly renovated in the mid-1990s or so, but doesn't show obvious signs of wear. The hotel property is split between two buildings on opposite sides of the road. To get into the part opposite the reception, you have to walk through a underground bypass between the basements of the buildings. It seems a bit awkward, but works OK once you get used to it (it looks much alike the other corridors of the hotel).
The general style of the hotel is dark parquet floors with (fake) leather chairs. The room was adequate in any way, it was a bit cold on arrival, but the heating panels were individually adjustable. The windows could not be left open without leaving them wide open to burglars and the winds (which are very prevalent in Bodø). The room had a 32" TV with 30 channels or some, mostly Norwegian and Swedish ones.
The bed was OK (if maybe a bit hard for someone's tastes). The bathroom had a sink and a large (but narrow) shower - and the shower provided LOTS of warm water, something that is often lacking in many hotels. The towels were large, soft and in plenty supply.
The hotel lobby has a sitting area with sofas and chairs and a fireplace. Fruit, waffles, coffee and tea is provided free of charge. Other drinks can be bought in the reception.
Fast, free WiFi (without any need to logon) was available everywhere.
There's also a small gym with a sauna, you have to pre-book the sauna so they can heat it in advance.
The hotel restaurant provided decent, home-made food (not just the pre-made junk most hotels offer these days). The breakfast had a good selection. On weekdays outside the summer season, they are supposed to have "breakfast chefs" who can prepare pancakes and omelettes according to your choice. Those were not present during my weekend stay. The same applies to the free supper that is advertised as being offered on Monday-Thursday night.
The staff were very friendly, but i did not put them to any challenging tests. :)
All in all, this is one of the best hotels I've stayed at in Bodø (I've tried most if them). It is much more personal than the large Bodø Hotels (such as Rica and Radisson Blu). It's an excellent choice if the price suits you and you don't need a fancy bar etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome til Skagen Hotel, a unique hotel with the best service. Located near the city centre of Bodo our guests can walk to the city's wide range of coffeeshops, shopping and public transport such as bus, boat, train and plane. All of our 71 rooms has WLAN, cableTV, coffee and teamaker. Every weekday except the summerseason we serve fresh waffles in our reception, and in our diningroom we have supper for all our guests. In the reception we also have fresh fruit and coffee all days. ... more less
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