City Living is a great place to stay in Tromso. We loved pretty much everything about it, except for the lift which jerks once before it moves and twice before it stops. But that's a really minor gripe.
From the moment we stepped into the reception lobby, we felt totally at home. The nice young man who greeted us took pains to explain the layout of the city as well as the various attractions and restaurants which specialise in local cuisine. He also informed us where the nearest ATMs were and where the supermarket was.
The living room is uber homey, with a sofa which is also a pull out bed as well as an armchair. We really liked the fact that there was a place to hang our coats. Very few hotels and serviced apartments provide coat hooks – so these were most appreciated at City Living. I don't know but seeing our coats hung up in the living room made me feel like we were really at home.
We got the apartment with a double bed and kitchen. The bed is typically Norwegian, very soft and uncomfortable if you have an even moderately bad back. But we just dragged the mattress onto the floor and slept there. There was certainly lots of space to do that. We simply stuffed the mattress in a corner in the bedroom during the day.
We did wish the curtains were a little longer. Because we were there in June, at the time of the midnight sun (which is a wonderful if disorienting experience), the short curtains meant that quite a lot of sunlight still poured in from the bottom. If the curtains were a little longer, the room would have been bit perhaps not so bright and more conducive for sleep.
The kitchen is well stocked with a comprehensive range of cutlery, crockery and cooking implements. One suggestion – a colander to drain pasta. Having a kitchen is extremely useful because Norway is so expensive. We were able to buy reasonably priced groceries from the nearby supermarket and enjoy hot, home cooked meals. The kitchen was equipped with a tiny dishwasher which was a great thing to have since neither of us likes doing the dishes.
While towels were not changed nor tea and coffee replenished daily by housekeeping, we could get fresh towels and more tea/coffee ourselves from a little nearby nook. We could also throw out our trash and place used towels in that area – which was kept impeccably clean and neat. Kudos to housekeeping.
The hotel also provides free laundry facilities which is another major convenience and cost saver.
As a result of all these things, we loved City Living and would stay there again in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right in the heart of Tromsø. City Living is located in Grønnegata approximately 80 m from Strandtorget. Facilities include 46 high standard rooms and apartments, ranging in size from 14.5 sqm to 52 sqm. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, kitchen facilities, fridge, TV and free internet access. The larger rooms also have dishwashers. There is a guest laundry with a washing machine and clothes dryer. Service: Through limited service, we are able to offer low room rates. Opening hours for reception are 8am-8 pm Monday to Friday. Breakfast is not included. All rooms having cooking facilities. Breakfast may be purchased from our collaboration partner. ... more less
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