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...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Collection With Hotel
- Clarion Collection Tromsø
- Clarion Tromso
- Tromsø Clarion