I stayed here with my family (2 adults, two teens and a pre-teen) for one night before our Arctic cruise, and for one night after the cruise was over, on our way home.
The entire family really liked this hotel, especially the people who worked here. Everyone went out of their way for all the guests, especially Venka at reception.
We were there in July/August, so the outside temperatures were around 7°C and sunny (we were lucky) - but the hotel was cozy and warm and had excellent underfloor heating, which I could imagine is much needed in winter. The rooms are not luxurious but they have everything one needs, the food was really good in the restaurant, and internet access in the rooms on one's own computer, or in the lobby on the computer provided by the hotel was no problem at all. The lounge and bar area is very warm and cozy, and dates from the 1950's - there is a make-it-yourself pancake bar at 3 in the afternoon - wonderful!
We also loved it that shoes are removed at the front door; sliding up and down the hallways is super fun. I also thought the prices weren't as high as I had expected, since Spitsbergen is part of Norway which is a country known to be expensive.
This hotel is (like everywhere else) a short walk from the settlement and because it sits on a bit of a hill, the views are nice too.
We will definitely go back.
- 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