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Camp Ripan
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Kiruna
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Functional”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Camp Ripan was always going to struggle given we d spent the previous 2 nights at the outstanding Hotel Rival in Stockholm, so, it was with trepidation that I opened the door of the 1950s Butlins style chalet flanked by log burdened trailer and a snowdrift, but hey we're in the Arctic circle so as long as the heating works everythings rosy...
..and thankfully it did, the room, functional..and after getting over the initial plainess and sparseness it was actually ok - warm, comfortable and a great shower.

Breakfast was pretty good and I believe the restuarnt was one of the better in Kiruna. Location wise abit of a hike into centre Kiruna, but a nice one all the same. Other stuff - nice spa (pay extra) and main desk staff were OK(ish) but not particulaly helpful.

Overall it served a purpose, I guess one of the better options given the lack of choice in the area but given what they charge they need to try harder.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lund, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

The photos looked great, but I was a bit disappointed with our chalet. It was a bit worn and not very functional. There was no working space in the kitchenette, and you couldn't put anything on the hot plates as they came on automatically! The lighting above the main table was awful by Swedish standards. There was practically no wardrobe space and we ended up laying out our clothes on the bed in the spare room.
Breakfast was good, but they started clearing it away on the dot of 10 a.m. which may sound OK, but when you've been up until 3 a.m. waiting for the Northern Lights to appear, it's a bit of an early start.
We didn't eat at the restaurant as it looked very pretentious and expensive. Cow's cheek for £20 wasn't our style. We enjoyed the walk into town each evening to eat.
We loved the spa. It was brand new and very well done. Shame you have to pay extra for it, bearing in mind the hotel itself wasn't cheap.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

Nothing is cheap in Sweden, and Camp Ripan isn't the exception, but if you get into your head that you are paying way more than a hotel is worth, then Camp Ripan is a good option in Kiruna. It's slightly out of town. If you take the five minute cab ride from the bus station it will set you back £14, but the accommodation is clean, adequate and in a setting which looks like a Christmas card in the winter.

The hotel's common areas are modern and ideal for those stopping over for a couple of days in the area. It's an ideal base for winter activities, and the bar and restaurant are both lovely, with a mix of locals celebrating special occasions and tourists in full winter gear. The catering staff are very helpful, and coped with special dietary requirements very well. The food was excellent.

The reception staff are less helpful and knowledgable, but I'd highly recommend this as a base.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

Stayed two nights,very cosy,infact rather too warm in the rooms.Rooms spacious and comfortable with great showers.Not for budget travellers as two nights and one ,one course evening meal came to the best part of 400 pounds,the meal was lovely ,i had reindeer filet and son had a pulled Moose stew.Breakfast varied and copious served from 7 till10 am.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Stayed 6 days and did many activities. Excellent food!!
Very friendly staff, great activities. Dog sledding fantastic. Hilarious Alaskan huskies!! My family's thanks to Patrick, Joel, Jacob, Edie, ??Hans ( x country skiing) and all restaurant, reception staff for a great holiday. Also to lovely people at destinationkiruna.se for great day out! Apologies if I spelt any names wrong.

  • Stayed February 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

Chalets, with a slightly shambolic restaurant, only 10 minute walk from town centre (very small and limited) saved by proximity to countryside, with skiing trails and shop has reasonable hire rates for skis and many trips

  • Stayed February 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

On our second night in Sweden, we stayed in Camp Ripan in a chalet behind the building. There is space to park (we stayed after checking out too) an ultra-modern large reception area (free coffee, sofas, TV - again even after checking out - all good service) and an excellent restaurant reviewed separately, though our breakfast was the biggest choice I've ever seen, all of it fresh and tasty. I really "set myself up for the day" with that !

The rooms were modern, clean, comfortable, with TV, a big double bed (not two twins) and plenty of space with a big bathroom. A good view out into the night sky (but no aurora, just snow). Ten minutes walk into town. Free internet. Friendly staff too.

We wanted to use the spa, but it didn't open until 4pm and was £30 each, or £60 if you wanted a sauna. Surely this could be included ! Overall expensive but worth it.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Camp Ripan
Address: 5 Campingvaegen, Kiruna 981 35, Sweden
Region: Sweden > Norrbotten County > Kiruna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Kiruna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Camp Ripan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camp Ripan is a comfortable and stimulating place, beautifully situated with the heart of Kiruna on one side, and the wilderness of Lapland on the other. This offers a wonderful contrast and the experience of having the nature right outside your cabin door is unique. ... more   less 
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