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“Great Introduction to the Arctic”
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Spitsbergen Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Longyearbyen
Reviewed January 7, 2014

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.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stayed at the Spitsbergen Hotel for one night on 25 June 2013 after our Arctic Expedition on M/S Expedition by G Adventures. The hotel was very clean because all the guests had to take out their shoes and wore their sandals or slippers or socks on the ground floor before walking up the staircase to the reception counter and rooms. The counter and the service staff were friendly and helpful. The accommodation and breakfast were perfect. We could spend the night and day enjoying the midnight sun, taking photographs outside the hotel at 3 am freely. It was convenient to go to downtown or Longyearbyen airport because FlyBuss Shuttle was available. The staff was able to tell us when the FlyBuss Shuttle would be arriving. The only disadvantage for this hotel was that if we walked downhill to downtown to shop, we would need more energy to walk uphill back to the hotel. We could see reindeers roaming and grazing around at the front of the hotel.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

I know central location is probably not the first you look for when you go to a remote place in the arctic region. But since Longyearbyen actually have a few shops and restaurants in some sort of a town center, you might want to be able to walk there. Rica Hotel Longyearbyen aka Spitsbergen Hotel aka Funken is 15-20 minute walk uphill from the town. And that can be a very chilly experience. So if central is important for you choose Svalbard Hotel or Radisson Blue.

That said, Spitsbergen Hotel is the most affordable place of the three and arguably the most comfortable place to stay. The rooms are good, the service is good and it is a good atmosphere. They have a fitness room and and a sauna. And between 16 and 18 there is a waffle buffet.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Staff very friendly and helpful with finding suitable excursions, booking the transfer bus, selecting items in the well stocked souvenir shop. Breakfast fab - lots of choice. Bar meals superb. Room comfy. Bathroom clean and lots of hot water. Lounge very comfortable, warm and luxurious with open fire.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed only one night here before boarding our ship, but it did the job nicely. Nice breakfast buffet including make your own waffles in a restaurant with great views across the town and fjord.
Just a 5 minute walk in to the small town centre.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is an international class hotel with all the facilities you would expect. It has a cosy bar with a log cabin feel. However, it is very expensive, and it is an inconvenient 20 minute walk uphill from the town centre, harbour and museum - not fun if it is raining. If you want to save money and don't mind shared facilities, probably Mary Ann's Polarrig would be a better deal, and it is more central.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

It's a nice and short walk from the city center to this hotel. The view fom there is really good.
Food is tasty, service is friendly, young and motivated. I had a Greek Salad which was really good, followed by an excellent chicken with potatoes and vegetables. All in all a really nice and relaxing evening with excellent food!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Address: P.O. Box 500, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
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Location: Norway > Svalbard > Spitsbergen > Longyearbyen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Longyearbyen
Price Range: $213 - $428 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Spitsbergen Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 88
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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