Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen Longyearbyen
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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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