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Clarion Collection Hotel With
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Tromso
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St. Helena, California
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“Not bad, but not as good as other Clarion Collection hotels”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is one of 3 Clarion Collection hotels we used for our 2-week Norway vacation -- the other two being the Bryggen in Ålesund, and the Hotel Oslo City Center / Christiania Teater in Oslo.

We chose the Clarion Collection hotels because they represent good value for the money -- especially considering how expensive food is in Norway (especially restaurants), because one defining feature is that they include various food options throughout the day. They also tend to be reasonably appointed, clean, and well-located for tourists.

In those regards, the Hotel With is like the others -- it's a nice location (for Tromsø, which isn't as scenic in general as, say, Ålesund), and it does include a decent breakfast, plus waffles in the afternoon and a full evening meal you can eat as your supper. The rooms are also clean.

So, in all of those regards, it is sufficient. However, it has some deficiencies and is not up to par with the other Clarion hotels in which we stayed:

1) The rooms are not very soundproof, and the standard rooms face the basic street and alleys at the back of the hotel. We slept poorly due to loud noises going on outside: the birds were loud enough, but that's a nature sound and easy to deal with; however, there were a bunch of folks drunkenly whooping and reveling right outside the hotel sometime around 2 am or so, and it went on for quite a while. Once that died down, there were loud crashing sounds of bottles/glass being dumped or poured (perhaps the dumpsters being picked up or emptied -- also right outside the hotel)

2) The food is not as good as the other places we've stayed, and generally feels more cheap and penny-pinching. Don't get me wrong, it does the trick and there is enough selection that you won't feel cheated, but the breakfast is not as good as Rica hotel breakfasts, and the evening meals felt a lot cheaper and lower quality than the other Clarions in which we stayed. Some examples: The salad is just lettuce and tomato -- and no dressing or even oil to put on it. Over the course of the 2 nights here, the hot dishes were: fish cakes (with barely any fish in them) with brown gravy, and a chili con carne, accompanied by a sort of creamy onion soup which tasted like it was made of the powdered onion mix/dip (and tasted like it had a lot of MSG) -- compare this to the stir-fried beef and vegetables, curry-quinoa soup, and fresh fish stew we had at the other Clarions, and you can see how it's just not up to par. In addition, they are tighter with their beverages -- the Bryggen provided juice and milk with afternoon waffles; in Oslo they provided these beverages (and more) even with the evening meal. Hotel With doesn't allow either (only offered with breakfast); it's not a big deal, I tend to prefer water with dinner anyway, but it just shows another way this hotel seems like it is more stingy than others.

So, in short: this is not a bad hotel, it definitely has everything you need (unless you need sleep on a Friday night), it's just not up to par with what we came to expect from Clarion Collection hotels...

Room Tip: Standard rooms face the shopping/restaurant/bar area and can get very loud at night
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oyvind V, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel With, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear mediaguru

Thank you for the review of us and for choosing us and the other Collection Hotels while being in Norway.

It does have pros and cons being in the city centre indeed. This being on the harbor side which is not only popular for people bduring the day but also at nights and for birds. Most of the time this is an enjoyable feature, but it might unfortunately be the occational "happy and loud" person at night raving by. We hoped you did not get to much disturbed by this.

I will take your good points regarding dinner with our kitchen manager. We will have a look at our menu after the summer, and evaluate if we should change our dishes. Good feedback provide us to get better and is very valuable for us.

We wish you a wonderful summer!

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Øyvind Vassbotn
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Perfect Location on old harbour side so close to Hurtigruten docking and centre of town. Comfortable good size room, very clean. Walk in shower with good pressure and quiet side room with only seagulls to disturb the peace and quiet. We felt no need for the harbour view as just an overnight stay and plenty of opportunity to see the harbour from the dining area and verandah. The Midnight sun is spectacular in this area. Breakfast was buffet and plenty of variety of hot and cold food. We enjoyed the Norwegian style with smoked salmon, pickled herrings. Cheeses and meats with boiled egg but fruit muesli and yoghurt available as well as the fried egg, bacon, potatoes etc. fruit selection is limited but plenty available. All in all very good. We did not take the evening meal on offer but it looked freshly prepared but simple fare. We chose to eat out. Staff have been extremely helpful and polite helping us make the most of the short time we had to visit Tromso

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Oyvind V, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel With, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Dear JOAN M

Thank you for your kind and generous review of us, and most of all for choosing us while in Tromsø. It seems like you had a nice time even for your short stay. Maybe stay longer at an other occation? We hope to welcome you back.

All the best for the summer from all at Hotell With.
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Overall, a great choice for Tromso. The location on the harbor can't be beat, staff is nice, and the food offerings all day were sure nice to have. We loved the afternoon waffles and breakfast. The evening meal isn't anything special, but it does the job when eating out is so expensive. Dessert was curiously absent 2 of the 3 days we were there, which was a shame because the homemade cakes at the Clarion Bastion in Oslo were a real treat. We were hoping for more of the same!
The rooms are clean and adequate. We had two: the harbor view room was much smaller and quite tight. Bathrooms clean and functional. Loved the bright bedside reading lights. Blackout curtains were very useful with the midnight sun. The only bummer was that the rooms were very hot. We happened to hit Tromso during a heat wave (over 80!) and I think the hotel just isn't equipped to deal with that kind of heat. The room had a blower but no A/C, and the windows only open a wee bit.
Note that the threshold to each rooms is a small wooden step (like on a boat), so take care if this might affect you.
Hotel will do loads of laundry for 100 NOK each. There was some confusion about whether ours had been done or not, but it got sorted out. The staff kindly let me go behind the counter to print out my boarding passes for British Airways since they weren't familiar with that system.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Oyvind V, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel With, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Dear AngeKWA.

Thank you for the very kind review of us and your recent stay.

We will take your comments to us with our staff. We are offering dessert every day to our guests aswell, so I have a look at why it was not out these two days. Thank you for making me aware of it. It is also as you pointed out, not many days in Tromsø where we reach this heat as we have now. Our ventilation normally deals with this alright, but in this heat it is struggling when all open windows at the same time also.

I am really glad to see you enjoyed your time with us in Tromsø and at Bastionen in Oslo, and wish you a wonderful summer from everyone at With.

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Øyvind Vassbotn
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This hotel gets very positive reviews from trip advisor and deservedly so. Perfect central location, with a lovely outlook on to the waterfront, friendly and homely atmosphere and excellent value for money. This country (Norway) is very expensive and it's possible to spend a small fortune on quite ordinary meals. The Clarion Hotel With plays a trump card in offering, in addition to a substantial breakfast, complimentary coffee throughout the day, 'make your own' waffles between 3 and 6 pm and an evening meal of reasonable quality from 6-9pm at no charge.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, though of a modest size, with en suite facilities and TV which receives BBC world TV plus a number of Norwegian stations, many of which show films in English. Definitely to be recommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oyvind V, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel With, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Dear Anne.

Thank you for the very kind review of us and the recent stay. Really glad you enjoyed your time with us, and hope your time in Tromsø was memorable.

Wish you a lovely summer and welcome back to us at another occasion.

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Øyvind Vassbotn
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Position of hotel was central. The feel of the hotel was welcoming. It is not a five star hotel but it provided a more personal atmosphere. Evening meal again not the standard of a five star restaurant but was adequate and a great idea. Lovely touches such as waffle mixture and waffle maker available for use between 3 to 6 in the meals area. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to others.

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Oyvind V, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel With, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Dear leoniewom.

Thank you for your nice review to us and for the recent stay here. Really glad you had a good time, and hope you got to enjoy the town just as much. It is nice to see we have visits from across the world :)

Wish you a lovely summer.

Best regards
Øyvind Vassbotn
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We chose Clarion With based on the good Tripadvisor reviews. As Norway is really expensive country we prefer hotel offering more to eat than just a breakfast. Clarion With offers really great buffet breakfast (Sanasol + Möller Omega3 also available :p) plus afternoon waffles and evening meal. That was really saving our money! There are only two waffleirons so the queues might be long for the selfservice. Do not expect to eat more than one, you don't have time to wait another. Eat your waffle with yoghurt, jam or brown cheese. Evening meal was more than we expected! Just super. It is rare that hotels offer meals on the evening for free! One hot dish + pasta, salad. See my photos!
Hotel rooms were simple but we loved. Every room has a name and unique story. Decoration is marinestyle. Best thing was absolutely the seaview. We always prefer seaview hotel and this definitely wasn't disappointment! Absolutely gorgeous views to the Tromsohavn, the bridge and you even could spot Hurtigbåts from the window.
We have tried dozen seaview + half board hotels and Clarion With was the best of these all. Location, food, room, the atmosphere was awesome. Staff really helpful. Only one minus was they don't have own parking place. Clarion Bryggen next to With has small parking where you can park if there are free place. NOK120 costs parking per night.
If you are thinking about choosing budget hotel for saving money, don't! Choose Clarion With and save money with these nearly half board treats and enjoy seaview. Complimentary coffee is also all the time available at the breakfast area. We come back as soon as we can!

Room Tip: Seaview definitely!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oyvind V, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel With, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Hi Magellan1510

Great to see that you have a good time with us. We really appreciate the generous feedback and pictures to us.

We also hope to welcome you back to us soon.

Wish you a wonderful summer in Finland :)

Best regards
Øyvind Vassbotn
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We chose on the basis of other reviews and were not disappointed. Very clean, quiet and well-located hotel. Friendly check-in offered us a late supper even though the kitchen had closed. Room was well-sized with free hot drinks, breakfast, afternoon waffles and evening meal. Breakfast was very tasty, we made waffles ourselves (batter was provided), and the free supper is a nice touch. Would definitely return.

One word of caution - there are several Clarion hotels in Tromso, including one very large one, so if you take the airbus check which one when they drop you at the Clarion! Needless to say we were dropped at the wrong one, but it was only a short walk to Hotel With.

Room Tip: Ask for a harbour view
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oyvind V, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel With, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Dear Tracy_and_Paul_NZ

Thank you so much for the warm review and we are honored to have guests travelling across the world to come to Tromsø. We really are pleased to see that you enjoyed your time with us and in Tromsø. Luckily for you Tromsø is a small compact city centre with short distances. At least you got to enjoy the harbor while walking from our other Clarion Hotel. :)

Wish you a wonderful summer!

Best regards
Øyvind Vassbotn
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Property: Clarion Collection Hotel With
Address: Sjogata 35-37, Tromso 9291, Norway
Region: Norway > Northern Norway > Troms > Tromso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tromso
#1 Family Hotel in Tromso
#1 Green Hotel in Tromso
#3 Business Hotel in Tromso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clarion Collection Hotel With 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
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Clarion Collection Hotel With is perfectly located in the harbor of the city center. Here you are only 50 meters away from the main street of Tromso, close to restaurants and shopping. At all Clarion Collection Hotels the guests have included breakfast, coffee/tea all day, waffles from 15:00(3pm)to 18:00(6pm) and light evening buffet from 18:00(6pm) to 21:00(9pm). The light evening buffet consists of one hot soup, one hot dish and bread. Not a big dinner buffet, but for most of our guests a really satisfying dinner. This makes Clarion Collection Hotel With a really cheap alternative for tourists visiting Tromso. We also offer a relax room with sauna and a steam room at the top of the hotel. Welcome to a warm and friendly hotel where you can feel at home. ... more   less 
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