Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen Longyearbyen
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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen Longyearbyen Reviews
A bit disappointed by junior suite Jan 09, 2017
We stayed at this hotel from December 30th 2016 until January 2nd 2017. We decided to splurge and booked a junior suite to have some more space. Check in was a bit chaotic mostly due to the fact that everyone arrived with the same airport express bus and the bus stopped right in front of the hotel. We checked in and got room number 2010 and where a bit surprised when we got to know that is actually in the building next door! It can’t be that convenient when they have really bad weather. We dragged out large suitcases outside and to the next building only to find out that there was no elevator and our room was not on the ground floor. Being in the arctic, we had large suitcases with lots of gear and it looked like everyone else had the same. I had no problem carrying the suitcases to the next floor but it must be inconvenient if there are guests that are not young and fit.
Our room pretty decent in size but we did not have much of a view. The room had a king size bed (well, actually two single beds pushed together) that was quite comfortable and the duvet was good. There was also a sofa that could be turned into a bed, a desk with a chair, a small fridge and an open wardrobe. We also had a Nespresso machine with three coffee capsules and some tea. The rooms were named after arctic explorers and there was information about the person on a sign in the room. The small flat screen TV had a few channels and had very good picture quality. It also included an aurora borealis forecast. We found the lighting in the room to be bad. There was reading light by the bed but it would have been great to have more light in the room when we were organizing things in the room.
The bathroom was tiny and it had a small sink, a tiny shower and a toilet. There was a soap dispenser in the shower that was labelled hand soap/shampoo/body soap. The shower did not have a lot of pressure but the water was warm even if the temperature was variable. But I guess at 78 degrees north it is a miracle just to get a shower in the first place. There were no other amenities in the shower. I was also a bit surprised as there did not seem to be any heating in the floor in the bathroom – this is quite common in bathrooms in Norway. We did get robes, slippers and towels.
There was no safe in the room and no iron/ironing board. The information in the room said that you could call to get access to the ironing room but there was no phone in the room. It would have been great to have easier access to an iron to prepare the shirt for New Year ’s Eve dinner.
The wifi was free and worked well both in the room and in the reception and restaurant.
As this is in the artic people tend to have big shoes and drag in a lot of snow and dirt. Due to this we were asked to take of the shoes before entering the actual reception and before going to our room. Bring your own slippers if you don’t want to use the ones that are located in the reception area.
Breakfast at the hotel was very good and to my liking. There was oats, good bread, what seemed to be good homemade spread (e.g. a fantastic orange marmalade) , fried and boiled egg with bacon etc.
We tried the hot tubs and sauna and it was great to sit in an outdoors hot tub while it was -10 in the air. But the facilities around it are not that great. For us coming from the next building it was not possible to just walk over in the robe as it was freezing. But there was no proper change room at the sauna/tub area and the place also seemed too small to facilitate the number of guests that were in the hotel.
There is a restaurant, bar and a small souvenir shop at the reception area. The location of the hotel is very good – you can easily walk to the main street where you can find the shops, bars and restaurants.
Conclusion: there are not that many hotels to choose from in Longyearbyen and this hotel is actually one of the hotels where it looks like there has been put some effort into the architecture. Our room worked for us but I was a bit disappointed by e.g. the lack on iron, the fact that there was no elevator, that there was no amenities in the bathroom etc. When you book a room that has “suite” in the description you do have some expectations. If I go again I think I might stay at the hotel again but I think I will choose to stay in a regular room in the main building as that seems more convenient and it is only 5 square meter difference in size.
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Great place to stay Jul 24, 2011
Radisson Blu Polar Hotel is located in the heart of Longyearbyen and is the world´s northernmost full-service hotel. There is a nice, warm and informal atmosphere in the hotel. When you arrive you are welcomed with a nice hot drink while you check in. The reception staff has always been friendly, helpful and efficient.
The hotel was build after the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Part of the Olympic village, where the athletes stayed, was dismantled and moved to Spitsbergen. These units became the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. Other units were moved to Sweden and are now retirement homes. A nice reuse of a temporary construction.
My room had two very comfortable single beds, a desk and a nice bench for luggage. A flat screen TV, free WI-FI, a telephone, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities were also there. Usually I don´t like carpets on the floor, but there it felt nice. It made it a bit cozier in the cold climate. The hotel also offers two rooms specifically furnished for guests with allergies.
The bathroom was small, partly tiled and had a tub. It was plainer than the usual Radisson Blu style, but that is due to the limited resources they have on the island. There were no amenities in the bathroom, but if you have forgotten shampoo or toothpaste, you can get it in the reception.
The restaurant has a high ceiling, large windows, big cozy fireplace and modern furniture. The view of the fjord and the snow-covered mountains is magnificent. We went our for dinner, but I did have breakfast there. It was great. I was surprised at how large the breakfast buffet was. With hot choices, cold cuts, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, pastry and bread. Knowing that everything has to be flown into this island, that was quite amazing and nothing I had expected.
The pub in the hotel is a very popular place, also among the locals. It is trendy and has a large selection of drinks. They also serve some snack. Every weekend there is live music there.
I can highly recommend Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. It´s a friendly, warm and informal place to stay.
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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen Longyearbyen Overview
This 4-star hotel in Longyearbyen is centrally located. The hotel offers a fitness centre and a tour desk as well as a sauna and conference room(s).
For the comfort of guests, the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen Longyearbyen offers non-smoking rooms. Wi-Fi access is available for use. Popular tourist spots are within easy walking distance from the hotel. For an easy and effortless check-in and departure experience, take advantage of the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen Longyearbyen's express check-in/check-out feature which minimises the usual hassles leaving you with more time to enjoy your trip.
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