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“Perfect family accommodation”
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Abra Havn
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Kristiansand
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Oslo, Norway
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317 reviews
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“Perfect family accommodation”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I spent two nights here in the low season of the Kristiansand Dyrepark. Abra Havn is to designed as a pirate's village, and is themed to a level I haven't encountered before in Norway. We stayed in a 3-bed flat on the waterside. The bedroom has a family bunk bed, with a hammock as well. The living room has a sofa, LCD TV and table on wheels, a kitchenette with a microwave, hob, fridge and dishwasher. The bathroom has a toilet and shower.

For some strange reason, only the lower bunk is made up, and guests have to make up the top bunk themselves. Considering how high up it is, this can be tricky.

The accommodation also includes entertainment. The pirates raise and lower the flag, morning and night, also put on a small show in the evening.

The area doesn't have any playgrounds per se, but a slide in a big skull, and a ship children can climb all over. There is also an adventure trail for children.

Upon booking we were offered the option of a pirate's breakfast inside the park. It's quite pricy, so I wasn't sure if it would be worth it. It certainly is. In the summer, guests are collected on Kaptein Sabeltann's ship. In the low season, they are collected by bus by the pirates. A good buffet breakfast is served, the pirates perform and interact with the guests, and there was a freebie. A highlight was the appearance of Langemann, Kaptein Sabeltann's second-in-command, who interacted with every child at the meal.

As we travelled in late spring, we got a very good deal on our room and park tickets. It is very pricy in the summer.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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AbraHavn, Director of Sales at Abra Havn, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
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Hiv o hoi!

Takk for at dere har tatt dere tid til å vurdere Sjørøverhotellet Abra Havn på Tripadvisor.
Vi ønsker små og store pirater hjertelig tilbake ved en senere anledning!
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I was at first terrified when I saw the price for two nights at Abra Havn. It looked very nice but still...I thought... But when there I almost forgot the price cause the whole place is fantastic. You notice the quality and the enthusiasm of the staff, specially the actors playing the pirates. They are so sweet, play and sing well! The breakfast is worth it's price because of the entertainment for the kids. Every little detail at Abra Havn is pirate-theme. The apartments are very nice and clean.

Anyway, it was May and the price was lower than the high season's rates. I really can't imagine there's many others than the Norwegians who could allow the high season prices at Abra Havn and for sure even many Norwegians can't. For the price there's no maid service during your stay, you have to take out the garbage, make up the upper bunk bed, take off linens in the end of your stay and empty the dishwasher after the former guests... Considering the high season prices are like those of the best 5star hotels it's strange... But apart from that - the place really is nice and me and my boys would really like to return!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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AbraHavn, Director of Sales at Abra Havn, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
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Hiv o hoi!

Hjertelig takk for din anmeldelse av Abra Havn og det gleder oss å høre at dere har hatt det fint hos oss!

Våre priser varierer fra sesong til sesong, og med juli som vår høysesong. Selv om man kommer i skuldersesong i Abra Havn, ønsker vi at leveransen av aktiviteter og underholdning skal være av høy kvalitet - hver helg hele sesongen. Våre overnattingspriser må likevel til enhver tid være konkurransedyktige nok slik at våre gjester velger å besøke Abra Havn når man skal velge overnattingsted

Vi håper deg og dine har hatt et fabelaktig opphold hos oss, og vi ønsker dere velkommen tilbake når dere måtte ønske!


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Many thanks for your review of Abra Havn.
Our rates varies during the season, with a peak in july, that are our high season. If You choose to come to Abra Havn in a off-peak period, we still want to offer our guests the same quality of our entertainment and activites (every weekend in our season plus every holiday). Its still important for us that our rates at all times are competitive to other hotels, so we are sure that guest choose Abra Havn as their option for accomodation
We hope You had an amazing stay - and hope to see you in the future


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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Just perfect, everything was 100%. My kids loved it and so did I. Yes, it is expensive, but the experience and the whole package (from the "houses" to the shows) was just so worth it. We will definetly come back, maybe already this summer.

  • Stayed May 2013
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AbraHavn, Director of Sales at Abra Havn, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
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Hiv o hoi fra verdens sjørøverhovedstad, Abra Havn!

Tusen takk for at dere besøkte oss i mai. Vi setter stor pris på din tilbakemelding og at dere opplever et opphold hos oss som "value for money"

Velkommen tilbake skal dere være - i juni har vi også 2 og 3 dagers sjørøverferie, da vi kjører fullt underholdningsprogram i Abra Havn hver eneste dag fra 1.juni

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Rolf T. Øygarden
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Fredrikstad, Norway
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We've just returned from a three night stay at Abra Havn. Our four year old pirate has had the time of his life, and is already talking about going back.

The town is beautiful, with lots of details and small touches making it a proper pirate town. We spent hours exploring the streets, the alleys and the giant skull. A big plus for the treasure hunt/activity folder that the kids get when checking in, which really encourages exploration of the surroundings. All the staff, including housekeeping and maintenance, are were very friendly and are all dressed as pirates.

The morning and evening shows were also a great fun for the kids! Though seeing the exact same dialogue and gags three days in a row seemed a bit odd when the characters were supposed to be pirate inhabitants of Abra Havn going about their daily duties. Some small variations in the lines or gags from day to day would make the experience even better for guests staying multiple nights. The kids probably didn't mind this that much though :-)

Wi-Fi coverage in our house (01-01) could be better, our iPad only found a signal in about half the bedroom, and nowhere else.

Apart from these very small issues Abra Havn was a great experience, and we will surely be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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AbraHavn, Director of Sales at Abra Havn, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
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Hiv o hoi!

Tusen takk for at dere besøkte Abra Havn i påsken! Dine tilbakemeldinger som gjest hos oss er svært viktige og verdifulle slik at vi kan la nye sjørøverdrømmer også gå i oppfyllelse i fremtiden.

Veldig hyggelig å høre at hederssjørøverne (barna) hadde det fint os oss :) Du kommer alltid tilbake!

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Rolf T. Øygarden
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Trondheim, Norway
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

First of, the "hotel town" is beautiful, and a kids paradise! And the apartments are really nice. But for that price (700 dollars) per night one would also expect 5 star treatment, but no, it is as always no chance of that with a incompentent manager and beyond bad "front desk" staff.

Here er the issues:
- Asked to buy tickets to the Zoo directly there, but "front desk" said it was not possible - later manager said it was no problem. Great, having to walk back and forth a looooong way
- The internet (WiFi) did not work our whole stay of 3 nights. And the manager refused any kick back on the price.. Really, no internet for 700 dollars a night??
- The general attitude in the front desk was bad - typical Norwegian 2 star attitude..
I was telling the manager that if the price was 150 dollars a night, I would not care, but for "top dollars", I have to say this is a rip off.. And Btw, the front desk staff is also the grocery shop staf, do they are never there. Was waiting 25 minutes (not kidding) when ready to check in. Oh yes, they had a small gathering for the staff at work in the back office (just social stuff).
They forgot to clean our apartment everyday, and thats just stupid (trying to save money?).

The apartments should have an oven, but are really nice as well as the stuff for kids are great,

For 150-200 dollars OK, for 700 dollars, are you kidding?! Will not return unless service is raised to a much higher level. But that's not going to happen with that Abra Havn manager (she was so rude and shouldn't be in the hospitality business).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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AbraHavn, Director of Sales at Abra Havn, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
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Hei!

Først av alt, takk for din tilbakemelding på oppholdet i Abra Havn i Juli 2012 - det gjør oss bedre i forberedelsen til en ny sesong som er rett rundt hjørnet

I Abra Havn kan boende gjester kjøpe billetter til Dyreparken og Badelandet, samt til kveldsforestillingene - og dette skulle du selvsagt ha fått beskjed om første gang du spurte. Vi selger mange billetter fra resepsjonen hver eneste dag, så her må det desverre ha skjedd en misforståelse.

Vi har siden ditt besøk utbedret WiFi-dekningen i Abra Havn, da vi så at enkelte steder i byen hadde et svakere signal enn ønsket, spesielt i forhold til signalstyrken på smarttelefoner.

Når det gjelder renhold, så er kun sluttrengjøring inkludert i prisen. Dette fremkommer både i din bestililngsbekreftelse, samt i gjesteinformasjon som blir tilsendt alle gjester før ankomst på mail og på siden vår over "ofte stilte spørsmål"

God service er viktig for et vellykket opphold, og her vil vi hele tiden strebe etter å forbedre oss, slik at gjesteopplevelsen blir best mulig! Vi lover å gjøre vårt ytterste for at du skal oppleve et godt servicenivå, om du tar turen tilbake til Abra Havn. Returnerende og fornøyde sjørøvere er vår forutsetning for sukssess i fremtiden!

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Rolf T. Øygarden
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Nice apartments with big sleepingroom, living room with kitchen and a big bathroom.Even a private terrasse with furniture! Close to the zoo, 10 min walk.
In the morning there is a 10 min show with the pirates on the pirate ship, you can look for the treasure, or just be overvelmed of the whole Abra town. A perfect stay if you have children, also for the adults!
It`s possible to take the pirate boat to the restaurant for breakfast or dinner, but it`s expensive-
We were travel with a baby, so it was nice to get a flat in 1. floor.
We thought that Abra Havn was even better than the Zoo!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Enjoyable for both me and the kids! It was rainy, but not hart dto get the kids outside with so much to do. We had hardly time for the zoo and the swimmingpool because the kids did not want to miss a thing happening in Abra Havn. I did not miss Captain Sabeltann. Fantastic scenery that you live in there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Abra Havn
Address: Travparkveien, Kristiansand 4609, Norway
Location: Norway > Southern Norway > Vest-Agder > Kristiansand
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Kristiansand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 171
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ABRA HAVN Abra Havn (eng. Abra Port) , is a pirate hotel resort based on the universe of Kaptein Sabeltann (eng. Captain Sabertooth)Stay, live and act like a real pirate in this uniqe city of 171 piratecabins nearby Dyreparken in Kristiansand. ... more   less 

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