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Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Kristiansand
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Looking for a budget weekend taking whoeverwantstogo to the attractions of Kristiansand (Kristansand Dyrepark, the beaches...), this is a safe bet if you can take 300 families out looking for Captain Sabeltann and chimpanzees. Rooms are clean, location excellent, breakfast really good, the open spaces and eating space outdoors gems. But you have to be able to live with those kids - and the rooms are taken from the manual of sterility.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Havard S, Daglig leder at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2014

Hello Geirsan
Thank you for your review here on Tripadvisor. Like you comment, the hotel and Sørlandet in general, have been packed with children and families this Eastern. So quite busy. I am happy you enjoyed breakfast, clean rooms and our great location.
I hope we can welcome you back.
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Håvard Solum
General manager, Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda

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Reviewed 21 March 2014

My wife and I had a week-end in Kristiansand and got a room in the new Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda Hotel. It was a very pleasant experience with a nice room with a fantastic view over the fjord, nice meals, friendly staff and the location of the hotel was also top. I recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Kristiansand.

Room Tip: You MUST try to get a room on the South side or on the South-West corner.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Havard S, Daglig leder at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2014

Dear Johan Fredrik
Thank you for your fantastic review on Tripadvisor. I really appreciate your feedback and recommodation and I will share this with my staff. Thank you!.
Hope to see you again soon.
Best regards
Håvard Solum
Genaral manager, Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

I have stayed at this hotel a couple of times now and have been very satisfied all times. Once I checked out intending to drive home at the end of the day but the hotel is so comfortable that I went back and checked in again!
I have stayed in a number of other hotels in kristiansand and had found a favourite in the city centre until I tried Bystranda. I especially enjoyed seeing the friendly face of the receptionist from the old Scandic Kristiansand where I have stayed over several years...
The location is second to none. The hotel is light, welcoming, friendly and most of all clean and modern with friendly staff. Also it is not close to any noisy streets or traffic.
I did unfortunately think that evening service for dinner was rather slow considering the restaurant was empty that night ...
I look forward to my next stay already

Room Tip: Try to get a superior room with a water front view.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Thank SigurdJ
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Havard S, Daglig leder at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2014

Dear Sigurd J
Thank you for your positive review on Tripadvisor. I am happy you like to stay here at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda.
I will share your nice comments to my staff in the reception.
Thank you!
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Håvard Solum
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

I have tried a few of the hotels in Kristiansand, and Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda is definitely the best. With great service, marvelous Food and fantastic location, there is no doubt.Also the breakfast was of high standard. I will stay here next time as well.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Havard S, Daglig leder at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Dear Kristian J.
Thank you for fantastic feedback regarding your stay here on Tripadvisor. I am very glad you enjoyed your stay, and I will share your comments with the team here at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda.
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Håvard Solum
General manager, Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda.

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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This is rather a mixed review. The property was nice enough, but I would stay elsewhere next time. 2 of the 3 in our group really disliked this hotel, so I think there must be quite a variability in rooms.

On the plus side the hotel has a good restaurant with friendly staff, lots of selections, and good quality food. The hotel is also next to the Aquarama which is a large sports complex. The hotel guests get to use the Aquarama fitness center (cardio and weights), and get a discount on the pool and other Aquarama activities.

On the negative side, the hotel beds are very poor. The queen beds are two mattresses that are pushed together, and slip apart at night while you're sleeping. They are also rather hard. The desk in my room was small, approximately 18x30 inches and facing away from the TV. Rearranging the furniture fixed that. There is also no laundry room so anything that needs cleaning has to be sent out. That meant paying approximately 80 USD to wash 2 pair of pant, 2 shirts and 1 sweater. The rooms are rather dark compared to the hallways which gives it a little dirty feel.

The location is mixed. It's right next to the sea so the views are good. In winter that means walking or getting a taxi to local restaurants. In summer the walking would be fine (maybe 10 blocks). There are several grocery stores nearby.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Thank CraigDallas
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Dear Craig, Dallas
Thank you for your review. I am very satisfied that you enjoyed the restaurant and our staff. About the mattresses we should have got a King room, where the wattresses are zipped together. About the rooms are do they vary in size, but the mattresses are the same all over the hotel.
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Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile

I travel to Kristiansand frequently and have stayed a several of the local hotels. This new Scandic is my favourite. The rooms are spacious and functional. The rooms do not have a mini bar but there is a small area near reception where you can buy snacks 24/7. The hotel restaurant has decent food, however service is a bit on the slow side. The breakfast has a good variety of items including many organic and gluten free options. The free wifi is very fast. The highlight of this hotel for me is the free access to the fitness centre in the attached aquarama. This is a huge new facility with fitness centre, pool, rock climbing, and much more. You get wristbands at the front desk which give free access to the fitness centre. The fitness centre is a huge, much better than many small hotel gyms. The only real downside to this hotel is that the location is about a 10 min walk from the town centre where most of the restaurants are located. This is only a negative in the winter months, as the walk would be quite nice in the summer months, walking along the seashore. It's also located across the street from kristiansands sandy beach area which is a bonus for summer stays.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
Thank edmb
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Dear Edmb
Thank you for taking time to give a review at tripadvisor. I am happy you enjoyed you stay here at the hotel. and are excited you regard us as your favourite hotel in Kristiansand.
We look forward to see you again.
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Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

The lobby is open yet very welcoming. Creative, functional room design , with fold away storage shelves and double bunk beds (great for family stay as well as business stay). Hotel located near water front with at least 3 supermarkets with 5 min walk.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Havard S, General Manager at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2013

Dear KNOMIS
Thank you for taking time to leave comments at Tripadvisor. I am happy to see you enjoyed your stay at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda.
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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 - £152 (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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