I'm going to try and split this review in to a review of the Hotel and a review of Tromso and trips. If you only care about the hotel then only read the 1st bit.
So Hotel First... We (3 of us) stayed in Room 603 on the top floor of the Hotel. The room was reasonably sized and had a fantastic view of the harbour. We hadn't booked a room on the 6th floor. They upgraded us for free (at my sister's request prior to arrival) because it was my birthday.
The negatives: As another reviewer has mentioned they are refurbishing the bathrooms and so there is loud drilling noise daily any time from 9am-5pm supposedly. However, we were woken at 7.30AM!!!! on our departure morning by the noise of builders erecting scaffholding pretty much under our window. If we hadn't been leaving that day we'd have complained but as we were going I didn't see the point. Like the other reviewer we also hadn't been pre-warned.
The two single beds in our room were VERY soft and I found mine uncomfortable. The fold out sofa bed was pretty creaky and also uncomfortable.
These are the only two negative things I have to report. Staff were friendly and helpful (eg providing restaurant recommendations etc), the whole hotel was clean, the food was good (breakfast and dinner) and the free waffles and hot drinks were great. I can't stress enough what a bonus it was having food included. I knew Norway would be expensive but be warned - It's MONSTROUSLY expensive. £8 for a tiny sandwich and £7.50 for a Vodka & tonic. You do get a good hairdryer, trouser press, mini bar including snacks and basic toiletries in the room. Obviously the food and drink in the mini bar is extortionate.
Other things I liked were the lounges and the sauna and steam room. I'll try & attach photos. Another bonus is the hotel's location right on the waterfront and only 50 yrds from the Rica Hotel. This is where many companies collect you from for the trips. The main shopping street and heart of the town is right behind the hotel.
We went on 2 lights chasing trips. The first was with Guide Gunnar and the second with Ivar from Natur i Nord. We booked well in advance. Both men were friendly and knowledgeable. Gunnar in particular was incredibly helpful before our arrival in Tromso. We had a snowball's chance in hell of seeing the lights as the weather was terrible and It is crushing getting on the bus knowing that you're in for 7 hours of sitting on a bus in the slamming rain. I tell you this because I was NOT prepared for the disappointment of not seeing the lights. Paying £90 to drive around in the dark isn't funny. However, I'd still pre-book if I were to go back because both tours were full even in such bad weather so I imagine we'd have had no chance trying to book them while we were there especially if the skies had been clear. If you do go out with Natur i Nord then I recommend the "Lights Tour with Dinner". It's probably £20 more but the food was lovely. Meats, cheeses, fish and salad beautifully presented followed by chocolate cake.
We also went Dog Sledding with Lyngsfjord Adventure. You spend about 3 hours sledding. You go in pairs with one of you driving and the other sitting down. You have 5 friendly but boisterous dogs pulling you. I found that you did need to be fit and healthy to drive the sled. I am 30 and reasonably mobile and I was struggling by the end. I fell off twice and nearly broke my neck but it is worth doing. My Mum who is in her 60s really loved it and she didn't find it difficult at all! If one of you wants to drive and the other doesn't then that's fine - but the person driving had better be strong. One tip here: Don't wear bulky clothes. They make you wear their all in one survival suits. We went wearing ski gear and had to pretty much strip down to our thermals to get the suit on.
We also booked Reindeer sledding at the Friluftsentre. We were looking forward to this most of all but it was cancelled because of the rain. The lady said she thinks their season may be over now and that it's been an awful year (too warm).
Boat trip - we went on a boat trip to Finstness (I've probably mis-spelled that) on a Hurtigruten catamaran. It's about £45-£50 and takes about an hour and 15 each way. The scenery is gorgeous - at least I'm sure it was behind the awful weather. You can just walk down and get on the boat. No need to pre-book.
In conclusion we did not have a good holiday due mainly to the awful weather and the no-show of the lights. Tromso/Norway is wonderful though and worth a visit despite the prices and the CRUEL CRUEL weather. I would also stay at this Hotel again despite the noise.
- 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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