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Reviewed October 30, 2011

You don't go to Longyearbyen looking for a Marriott or Sheraton. (Well, you shouldn't.) And Basecamp is certainly not that. The conceit inside is that you are in a trapper's lodge and the effect they have created is convincing. The staff are excellent and the breakfast pretty good. It is certainly an ideal way to kick off a trip to Svalbard.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Thank Mpaka
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Stayed here in Aug 2008 (twice!) and loved it! (had to put sept 2010 in the box cos there wasn't an earlier one)
The rooms are unique, quirky and really well done and the lounge at the top of the building with its panoramic sky view is excellent.
Staff are very friendly (no matter what time you need to check in or out!) and there is access to the internet in the lobby.
The complimentary hot drinks are also very welcome.
So good we asked if we could show a whole crowd of people around and the staff were happy to let us do this.
Breakfast was great

Room Tip: each room tends to have a few different beds in it! Ifyou want a double ask for one specifically to make sure you get one
  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rocklemming
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Stayed here for about 14hrs (wish it could have been longer) after an expedition cruise and before flying out.
Right in the center of town on the main street, but honestly it is a very small town. There are two other hotels almost right next door, and Radisson is about a 5min walk away. Svalbar and the restaurant Kroa are literally right next door.
Arrived around 9am, was able to check in about noon. Got room 8- they are all very charming, rustic, a unique experience I would recommend. Spacious, clean, good bathroom. Bed was very comfortable and warm- I was by myself and had two bunk beds- so good to split costs with someone else, if I were a couple would defintely have asked for non-bunk beds.
Norway is the most expensive country I have ever been to. I paid about $260 for the one night. If you can afford it worth it for one nights experience (not sure how much longer you need in this town as a tourist), and about the same cost as the Radisson, which is very mice but not as unique. Good WiFi for free. Made me a sandwich (included) for my early flight out.
Airport shuttle bus picks up just outside for $10 (50k cash), but be sure to triple check the pick up times and leave yourself some time. Hotel reception told me there was a 3am bus, but didn't get picked up until 3:20. Got me very worried, even though things ended up fine.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank whereisdave
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

We stopped in this place a few years ago now and when I came home wanted to put a review on Trip Advisor - it wasn’t on - so glad it is now!

Out of all the places to stay this is the one in Longyearbyen , it is unique and very cosy. We loved the fact that there is very little heating in this place but the bedding is such good quality that you feel snug as bug in a rug. We loved the fact that you could leave your outdoor clothes and boots at the door and no one would touch them, a lot of trust in this place. We stopped in January and there was very few people in the hotel. No night porter, they just left the place to the residents to enjoy, wanted a hot drink you could just go and help yourself it is just such an ultra cool place to stay. Tell the receptionist that you would like a knock on the door when the northern lights are out playing and they do. The snug area in the roof of the Hotel with the glass windows is wicked to just chill out looking up with a hot chocolate.

The Bar /Restaurant next door has a fantastic down to earth cosy atmosphere where all the locals hang out for a pint and something to eat - highly recommended.

The chances are that you will only go once to Svalbard due to the cost involved so push out the boat and stop at this place as trust us we still have a few coffee mugs form here and every time we use them we think of what a wicked place this was.

On this review it asks you to tick what amenities this place has - from swimming pool to room service - there is 11 options - every single one is a No tick - yet there are 14 options for the style of this hotel from Romantic to Plush- it gets 13 ticks out of 14! That speaks volumes!!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank kerrjs
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Reviewed March 4, 2011

If you are ever thinking of coming to Longyearbyen this is THE place to stay.A true gem of a hotel.The staff and service are excellent,breakfast plenty and tasty,everything is right on your doorstep and the excursion we took to the Ship in the Ice is a memory that we will both treasure forever.Our guide Klaus was brilliant in everything we did.A remarkable trip across a frozen fjord with a ringseal and polar bear thrown in as well.You cannot go wrong if you stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lutonluddites
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