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Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Kristiansand
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

I really can't fault this place .. it is simply great! The rooms are comfortable, spacious, clean and modern and have been designed very well. The pull out bunk bed system from the wall is ingenious. Bathrooms are clean and practical with lovely heated floors and great showers. Breakfast, which is included in the price, was lovely - with a wide range of food to choose from. We found the staff in the hotel were courteous and friendly at all times. What more could you want in a hotel? A great location? Oh yes, it has that too. Just a stroll away from the scenic waterfront and not much further to restaurants and shops. A perfect choice.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2013

CDG London
Thank you very much for the fantastic review on tripadvisor. I have most certainly shared this with all my fantastic team members. We are all very happy to hear all your positive feedback. Thank you!

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

My husband and I booked one night at the brand new Scandic hotel on the beach in Kristiansand for a little getaway from Stavanger. The location of this hotel couldn't be better - directly on the beach and a very short walk from Sentrum and other attractions in Kristiansand.
Our room was very comfortable. We found the bunkbeds hidden in the wall quite unique and definitely a positive for those traveling with children (yet not bothersome to those who aren't.) The room was spacious and we had a nice view of the beach and water which was nice. The bathroom was quite large and I was happy with the abundance of counter space. We also enjoyed the included breakfast although it was really busy and a bit difficult to navigate with the crowds. The staff were friendly and accommodating.
I really think this will become a top family hotel in the area - the clever rooms, the proximity to the beach, playgrounds as well as being attached to the Leisure Centre with large pool & water-slides are perfect for those with children.
Our only disappointment came when we tried to borrow the advertised hotel bikes to explore the area - 2 out of the 3 bikes were broken.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2013

JJ Reid.
Thank you for your nice feedback after your visit to Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda. I am happy you enjoyed it. We have had a great start of the hotel, and clearly it is a great choice, both for families and other tourists, conference guests and corporate guests.
Thanks again.
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We were staying at this hotel with our dogs. The hotel has a fantastic location by the beach. Would highly recommend this hotel when traveling with dog as well as kids. The hotel is linked to a Aqua park where you can relax and play. By the beach there is a grate outdoor area and fantastic playground for kids. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast good.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2013

Dear Hojriis.
Thank you very much for your positive feedback from your stay at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda. I am very pleased you had a great stay, and we are looking forward to see you again.
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

In general a good hotel, with adequate service and for sure a good breakfast. However, for NOK 1.390 it seems they use a "monopoly" since the boat arrives late at night from Denmark. The rooms should be updated, small, old fashioned. However, we slept well.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Simon008.
Thank you for your review. Are you sure you have reviewed the right hotel? You mention the ferry, and the ferry-teminal is situated 200m from Scandic Kristiansand , our other Scandichotel in Kristiansand. 1 km. from this hotel, Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda. Can it be a mix up? You also mention that our hotel-rooms are small and old-fashioned. This may me the case at the other hotel, but Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda opened 2 months ago and the rooms are quite spacious. If you have reviewed the wrong property it would be great if you could change it to the other property.
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Reviewed 20 July 2013 via mobile

This hotell has an excellent location in the city centre, surrounded by the beach, beach volley, sporting and concert arenas outside. Travelling with kidz also works perfect here. We had a family room. The room has smart solutions, and for the five of us it was spacious and nice. The same goes for the reseption and lounge area, which also have a play room for kidz - a good thing during breakfast. No minibars are found in the room and room service was not available. Picking up a beer in the bar took forever, and when we had dinner we had to wait for long. Don't go there hungry.. To the hotell, I could suggest some bread on the table for starters. It could ease some pain and is rather common. Also, the hotell is downtown, hence food is found everywhere around.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Espen.
Thank you for your kind review. The headline was the best ever. Regarding bread I will take this to the F&B manager. I am happy you liked the hotel, and hope to see you here again.

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Reviewed 17 July 2013

This is a brand new hotel with a very nice location in the city and very close to the beach. Nice room, good breakfast and clean. We stayed in the summer and payed a fair price. The restaurant was pretty good. The only negative thing is the parking which is not included and is rather expensive.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Dear Reviewer
Thank you for your feedback. I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda.
Have a nice day.
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Brand new hotel beside the city beach. Cool and practically designed restaurant/buffet area, large room and very comfortable bed. I've had bad experiences with Kristiansand hotels previously, this will be my preference in months and probably years to come.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2013

Ingeborg
Thank you for your positive comments regarding your stay. I am really happy to hear you will use Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda again, and look forward to welcome you back.

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Additional Information about Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda

Address: Oestre Strandgate 74, Kristiansand 4608, Norway
Region: Norway > Southern Norway > Vest-Agder > Kristiansand
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Kristiansand
Price Range: £108 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda 3.5*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to hotel Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda Our new hotel in Kristiansand, Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, is the largest hotel in the city and also in Southern Norway. The hotel opened in June 2013.Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda is located on "Bystranda", Kristiansand's city beach. Only a couple of minutes by foot from the hotel you find the town's main street. From the hotel you have an idyllic view across the Norwegian skerries, from the hotel rooms as well as the restaurant. Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda has something to offer everyone. The hotel forms an integral part of Aquarama, which among its many features includes a water park, a training center and a spa. Our guests use the training facilities for free. Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda has 229 rooms, 814 beds as well as conference capacities for approx 300 people. ... more   less 
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