Norway is an expensive country, and Svalbard, stuck out in the middle of the Arctic Ocedan, literally halfway to the North Pole, is obviously no exception. However, nobody would go there by accident, so it’s worth comparing the places providing accommodation, and choosing one that fits your budget and is suitable for the type of trip you are making (whether for tourism, science, business, expedition…). Polarrigg is, by Svalbard standards, cheap and excellent value for money. The rooms are small and basic, though adequately heated, and as comfortable as most people would need. Bathrooms are shared, but are sufficient for the number of guests, and provide privacy. Curtains are fine, though you will not have total blackout, possibly an issue for some who might find it hard to adjust to the 24-hour sunshine in summer. The large guest lounge is lovely and very comfortable: full of books, videos and curiosities, a great place to linger over a bottle of wine with friends, meet fellow travelers, or just read and write. A small kitchen is available for guest use, for a nominal extra fee. Although you might end up having to wait your turn to use it, it’s worth paying the extra just to be able to keep stuff in the fridge and make up picnics. The hotel provides a substantial and varied breakfast: as a vegetarian I was well catered for. Polarrigg is in a funky building – formerly a miners’ hostel, with old photographs and relics from that era left in place to give it genuine character (along with the stuffed polar bear). Attached to the rear of the building is the Winter Garden, which provides a tropically balmy setting for the restaurant on sunny evenings, despite the vista of snow-streaked mountains and the local ‘pet’ Arctic fox scavenging for food outside. Winter Garden has two menus, Norwegian and Thai, and the latter includes a thoughtful separate section for vegetarians. The portions are dainty rather than hearty, but the food is prepared with love, and is not outrageously priced. It is a great place to relax over dinner, or even just a few beers, after a strenuous day hiking or out on the water. There is also a Thai spa, although the hot tub is available only for groups. The friendly attitude of Mary-Ann and her helpful staff make this place feel very homey after a few days: they will eagerly assist you with bookings for trips and activities
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come join us up north at Mary-Ann`s Polarrigg, a somewhat different Hotel/Rig in Longyearbyen. Here at Mary-Ann`s we have a relaxed and homey environment that will suite everybody.Stay as the miners did back in the days in our authentic Miners Rig, or if you prefer Hotel standard you can try our Luxury Rig instead.In the day time we can assist in booking of trips from our local tour operators or if you just want a day of relaxation in our onsite spa that is also possible. For groups we can also offer a fully equipped conference room.In the evening you can try food from our delicious menu in our Vinterhagen Restaurant where we serve both Thai food and traditional Norwegian and Arctic food.Come join us for an experience of a lifetime here at Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mary-Ann`s Polarrigg Hotel Longyearbyen
- Mary-Ann's Polarrigg Longyearbyen, Svalbard - Spitsbergen