In a town of uninspiring prefabricated huts Basecamp Spitsbergen is a quirky and fun alternative. It is also a welcome change from the utilitarian, soulless hotels in which Scandinavia seems to excell. The entire hotel and the rooms are decorated to look as if it were a giant log cabin - as the name suggests, a trapper's lodge. Seal pelts and reindeer antlers decorate the walls, along with old black and white photos of intrepid explorers. The room was rustic, the bathroom was compact but modern and clean. Breakfast was fine (on a par with a three star hotel, I would say), with most of the seating arranged around a long communal table watched over by a polar bear (dead, skinned and attached to the wall, I should add). Staff were friendly, although when I asked what the sliced meat was on the breakfast buffet was, the waitress did not know, or make any attempt to find out. The hotel is well located right in the centre of the 'town'. There is free wi-fi and free coffee and tea in reception. All in all, a fun place to stay and which effectively creates an atmosphere appropriate to the location. I would certainly stay there again if I returned to Spitsbergen as I like to go to places which have character and are a bit different. According to the hotel information sheets in the room there are three other similar 'Basecamp' establishments in Spitsbergen. Note: there is no elevator to the first floor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Basecamp Hotel is situated right at the heart of Longyearbyen, among restaurants, pubs, shops and bank. It is absolutely Longyearbyen's most amazing hotel; decorated in traditional trapper's style with driftwood, sealskins, pictures and objects that illustrate the past and current trappers' life in the Arctic. Despite its rusticity, Basecamp Hotel offers high quality accommodation with unique style! Basecamp Hotel is part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen, which operates day trips and expeditions to Isfjord Radio, Trapper’s Station and Nordenskiöld Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Basecamp Hotel Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard