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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Longyearbyen
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“A genuinely friendly place to stay”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

I stayed in one of the apartments rather than an ordinary room; given they were the same price I thought I could make use of the cooking facilities to save a few pounds as I was there for two nights.

This was a positive for me given how expensive eating out in Longyearbyen can be, but the trade off appeared to have been the sleeping arrangements. The bedroom consists of a bunk bed, and that was it. No bedsit table, just a bunk bed, I did improvise and use a dining chair as a bedside table, but it wasn't ideal.

The living room did have a sofa bed which I didn't use, and perhaps should have, but for what they were they I did get two very good nights sleep. The apartment itself was spacious and clean, and apart from room service knocking on my door at 8am on the first morning, I was pretty happy.

The other slight obscurity about the apartments was their location. I believe the normal rooms are within the same building as the bar and restaurant, however the apartments are slightly off to the side. It's only a stones throw away, and in September the very short walk wasn't an issue, but in the middle of a freezing cold December day with snow blowing in all directions, this could be more of a problem.

The view out of my window was of a road. I'm pretty sure the hotel rooms overlooked the fjord, whereas the apartments were slightly set back. I didn't spend much time looking out of the window, but it would have been nice to overlook the fjord. I don't want to sound too critical of the room, it was okay, but nothing more. It's highly unlikely I will return to Longyearbyen, but in hindsight I wish I'd booked a room rather than an apartment, and would pass this advice onto anybody considering visiting.

Unfortunately I didn't eat in the restaurant to comment, but the breakfast was very good and the hotel also has a small pub/bar which sold decent 'pub' food (pizzas, burgers etc). The bar was quite had a friendly atmosphere, not too overcrowded, but not completely void of people either.

Having previously also stayed in the Spitsbergen Hotel which I was very impressed with, if I were to return to Longyearbyen I would probably opt for the Radisson Blu again, although taking the hotel room rather than the apartment. Longyearbyen isn't big, but it's on top of most of what there is to visit, the staff were friendly and service orientated, and it came off as a genuinely friendly place to stay.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We visted the radisson blu polar hotel for a long weekend trip to Svalbard. The bus from the airport brings you to the hotel (50 NOK per person each way). I have seen hotels with a higher maintance schedule, whoever the hotel is a nice hotel. The breakfast is good, but I do not feel it justifies the 4 stars... The room was clean, and the staff was service minded. Overall not the best hotel, but probably the best in Longyearbyen...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Nice room and good service. For Norway, the breakfast was good, and the evening buffet at the Nansen Restaurant was much better than what we have experienced in West Norway. The superior room at the end of the aisle gave a wonderful view of the fjord. We can recommend staying the Radisson

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Stayed for 1 night B&B in August 2012 in a twin bedded room with facilities overlooking the car park.
Given that this hotel is at 78 degrees north it offers a comfortable and relaxing environment with a decent restaurant and 'Barentz' bar (pub). It offers free WiFi and pay-to-use internet access.
The 'superior' rooms have a nice view of the fjord, mountains and sunset.
Our room was comfortable, clean and tidy and breakfast was the usual buffet arrangement - help yourself etc.
Luggage can be left in a special room if required after vacating in the morning.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a nice hotel. The breakfast is free with the room and well worth a pop down if you need to eat. Great amenities (free wi-fi, sauna, television, proximity to town, great coffee machine). The superior rooms have a view of the mountains but can be obscured by the other buildings in the way. Very clean. Nice staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Comfortable hotel. Good views from the restaurant. Had the buffet dinner in the restaurant. Good selection of food including seal and reindeer. Expensive at £40 a head. Had a snack the following day in the Barentz pub. Good pizza and endless coffee. Rooms were spacious and well decorated.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

I know Norway is expensive place, I've been there for business trip a lot of time. But still, this hotel is just ridiculous in taking advantage of its location. The other hotels in Longyearbyen are not cheap either so I guess Radisson are just doing what the other hotels are doing too: taking advantage of tourists and limited availability of hotel rooms in Longyearbyen.

I stayed there only as a place to crash before my cruise trip around arctic. The hotel serves as the starting place for the trip so I thought it would be convenient to stay there. The room was fine but it wasn't worth the price (the bathroom did not even have proper toiletries). Don't expect much from the breakfast and there are few better place for meal in the city center.

So, what I recommend is try to avoid staying in Longyearbyen if you can.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen
Address: Road 500, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
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Location: Norway > Svalbard > Spitsbergen > Longyearbyen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Longyearbyen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen 4*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at the world's northernmost full service hotel in the heart of Longyearbyen. From your table at Restaurant Nansen you can enjoy the panoramic view towards the majestic mountain Hiorthfjellet accompanied by an excellent Arctic menu and a good selection of wines. ... more   less 
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