Just one night prior to our expedition cruise and it was a good introduction to the Arctic.
Nothing extraordinary about the room but it was very clean with a good bed and nice view towards the harbour.
We enjoyed the stroll down to the “town” and back in light snow. It was fun to get out and walk around so I wouldn’t consider this a down-side to staying here. The benefit of being a bit further away is also the better views this hotel gets compared to being in town.
We had both dinner and lunch in the bar area which was warm and welcoming, it was a good place to spend the evening and all the food was good. The chicken that was undercooked was quickly replaced and removed from our bill. Appreciate that service. Breakfast was a very good buffet and the view from the breakfast room was lovely.
We were not able to get a late check-out and we weren’t being collected for our ship until 3pm but the hotel is happy to hold luggage and has a day room with showers etc we were able to use after our dog-sledding trip.
I would love to return to the Arctic one day and will stay here again when we get the chance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With modern comfort in historic surroundings, Spitsbergen Hotel offers a unique Svalbard experience. Situated on "The Hill", it gives you great views of Longyearbyen, the Lars- and Longyear glacier. The hotel was constructed in 1947, but has been extensively refurbished over the years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spitsbergen Hotel Longyearbyen, Svalbard