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“Excellent for children and adults alike”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dyreparken Hotell

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Dyreparken Hotell
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Kristiansand
Certificate of Excellence
Norway
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“Excellent for children and adults alike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

We stayed with our 3 children at this hotel for two nights. Great atmosphere, very helpful staff, excellent food (!!), playroom for the kids. And: They were able to fit all five of us into one room: One large double bed, 1 bunkbed, and one mattress on the floor. Not the largest room, but we all slept very well. The hotel has taken atmosphere seriously: Being adjacent to the largest zoo in Norway, it is shaped like Nohas ark. The reception area has a life size giraffe, bamboo covers construction details in interior etc. All the rooms have animal names, as well as information about the animal. The biggest surprise was the food though: I just did not expect the breakfast buffet to be of such excellent quality: Lots of fresh fruits, juices, smoothie, hot dishes, waffles, fresh croissants and much, much more. You may pack your own lunch for NOK 60 per person from the breakfast buffet. This must surely be a healthy and good value lunch if you are taking the family for a day at Dyreparken next door.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2009

The hotel is adjacent to the Kristiansand Zoo, and must be the best place to stay if a visit to the zoo is on the next days' agenda. For the rest of us, a little bit far from everything.

The reception girl in tiger inspired clothings took care og the checking-in proscedure in in a efficent and correct way, but that's it. I don't expect a red carpet and ovations when arriving to a hotel, but eye contact with the guest at least once during this short conversation would make me feel welcome. In lack of other restaurants in the area, I choose to eat at the hotel. Information about the menu were available both in the elevator and at the room, and cources of different kinds and prices were offered. If we did not find what we wanted, we could just present our wishes to the staff. When arriving to the restaurant, asking for a medium priced hamburger from the menu, I was told that the hotel had so many guests that the kitchen staff did not have time to prepare anything but the very highly priced buffay.

The room were nicely designed with elements from the wildlife from different areas of th world, and it was clean and functional. However, pressure in the shower could be a little more higher.

The intention of my stay however was to sleep for two nights, and and a place to park my car. That is necessarily not to easy when staying downtown. I was satisfied with my stay, and the above mentioned remarks are ment for information if the hotel wish to impress guests more grumpier than I am.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2009

My husband and i stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. The hotel is in very close proximity from the park itself. Which was our main reason for staying there. All i can say is, food was great, staff was helpful and the overall experience was worth the long drive from Stavanger to Kristiansand.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2009

The hotel itself is located very close to the Zoo, which is good. The rooms are small with little extra space, we experienced some issues with the hot water and dining isnt good. Theres not even room enough for everyone at breakfast and the best description of the dining area during breakfast and dinner is "semi-controlled chaos".

I was very dissatisfied with the service at the hotel in general, but the front desk was the worst. In general it seemed like they weren't interested in helping us at all.
As an example: The hotel had rented out the banqueting rooms at the floor above us to a party. This was extremely loud, but when calling the front desk i was told they also had paid to be there and that i should go up and talk to them myself if this was a problem.

For a hotel in this price range, i would have expected a whole lot more. There is other hotels near by...

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2004

There are both some decidedly positive and not-so-positive attributes of this hotel.

The location next to Norway's biggest and most varied Zoo is great. Though not part of the zoo itself (Dyreparken) it actually has one side of the hotel overlooking a lake that is part of the zoo.

The zoo itself I would recommend 2 days for, if traveling with kids. The park/zoo itself is extensive and well planned with both lots of animals (elk, wolf, tigers, monkeys, goats, deers, sea-lions, flamingos, snakes and reptiles (inside a tropic house) giraffes, zebras, etc, as well as a number of attractions: Kardemomme City (a mini-town from a children book), Kaptein Sabeltanns Verden (Captain Sabretooth's World a pirate-character invented by a norwegian, with great domestic success (TV-shows/cartoons) and also theatre shows during the high-season - be aware that the shows can be sold-out). A small pirate-looking boat departs every half hour for a small tour of the park's lake. In addition some more tivoli-related activities and also a playground for the kids. Most attractions inside the park are included in the ticket. Food etc is of course pay-as-you-go. Price for a one-day pass for 2 adults and 2 kids was around NOK 500, per day, with the park open from 10:00 to 17:00. This price increases some during the high season (june, july, aug) but so does the opening time from 10:00 to 19:00 (and so does probably the waiting time for the non-animal attractions).

Back to the hotel the standard is quite good with a quite tasteful animal theme in all rooms as well as in the hallway and lobby-areas.

A play-room next to the restaurant is also ideal for small kids.

The restaurant itself has an OK breakfast included with the room rate (buffet only).

For dinner the restaurant adds to the buffet with various warm dishes, desserts and whatever beverages you want to order. Price for 2 adults and 2 kids around NOK 600 - but this will vary according to what you drink (fixed price for the buffet + whatever you drink).

The buffet is really the only way to eat in a restaurant with impatient kids, because it is a relief that they can immediately run over to the buffet and get something to eat - our went for the melon-only diet ;).

On the slightly negative side: Buffet could be even more varied and better quality. Good but not fantastic. Make-your-own waffles -> only one waffle-iron, should have been at least 3. Carpeting in the restaurant - don't know how good an idea that is given the combination of kids and food. Waiters could seem happier. Regarding the bath in the room it could have been slightly bigger, and the shower solution especially left too much of the floor wet. Also when I booked via the internet I got a promo rate of NOK 750, but nevertheless the actual price turned out to be NOK 1045 per night because of some extra fee related to the kids - so double-check this before you travel.

Summary:
Location - Great when visiting the zoo!
Overall standard - Good but not fantastic
For the kids - Great

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Property: Dyreparken Hotell
Address: Dyreparkveien 2, Kristiansand 4609, Norway (Formerly Rica Dyreparken Hotel)
Region: Norway > Southern Norway > Vest-Agder > Kristiansand
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Kristiansand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Dyreparken Hotell 3*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Have a good time at Dyreparken Hotell, located at the waterfront and just 15 min by car to the airport. A hotel fun for kids and great for conferences. Enjoy your meals in the safety of our a la carte Safari restaurant while listening to the chimps and the howling wolves. Dyreparken Hotell is perfect for meetings and conferences with our 15 flexible meeting rooms with a capacity for up to 250 participants. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, there is a well-equipped gym. We offer free outdoor parking and as a guest you have access to free WiFi in all our rooms and public areas. ... more   less 
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