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“Good value in Trondheim centre” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thon Hotel Gildevangen

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Thon Hotel Gildevangen
Ranked #11 of 25 Hotels in Trondheim
Stavanger, Norway
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113 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good value in Trondheim centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

Hotel is located in city centre close to the railway station. The airport bus stops at hotel. Our room was located in a building connected with a "bridge" to the old main building was bright and clean. The room had wooden floor and a very good bed. Both the room and bathroom were fairly small. The breakfast buffet had a good selection of meat cuts, fish, cheese and freshly baked bread. This is a good selection and value if you travel by train or air and don't plan to stay much in your room during the day. Parking is probably a problem as in most center hotels in Trondheim.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Godtfred
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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71 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

We stayed here during the summer and the prices were really good for Norwegian standards, NOK 750 a night. The rooms are small but very modern and clean. The breakfast is of good quality and they even serve fresh herb tea. When you come with children they have a lot of facilities; play room and a special corner in the breakfast area with pancakes and fresh fruit and room to play. We had a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, IL
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49 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

I returned to this hotel because I had such good memories of it from a previous trip five years before. It has an impressive old graystone facade, much like elegant old apartment buildings and hotels in the older parts of many cities. It had spacious rooms with bay windows and well worn but nicely appointed furniture. This time around it was like a space station. Tiny rooms, mine had a window so high up I had to stand on something to see out the window. It was the size of a monastic cell and similarly furnished. There were no drawers in the room and few coat hangers. The desk clerks were friendly and efficient but that is the best I can say for this hotel. The breakfast buffet was the least appetizing I encountered in a month in Norway.
I love Trondheim but would not bother with this hotel again.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Harborcat
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Havant, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

We agree with the reviewer who detailed the parking problems. Our room was spacious, bed comfortable,bathroom basic but acceptable. However, works on the scaffolding just outside our window commenced at 7:30 am! (Workman on 5th floor very nifty with screeching angle grinder tool...) to be fair once Alerted, the staff could not have been more helpful and brought the work to a standstill and the matter to a satisfactory conclusion.
Excellent breakfast; very relaxed atmosphere, lovely for children; the staff are very pleasant - even when you have a problem - and helpful. Good also to be able to store your luggage on departing day if necessary after checking out.

Room Tip: DO NOT TRUST GUIDES & SITES that tell you the hotel provides a light supper free. When I booked...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LOUIE787
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Austin, Texas
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123 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

I am normally a low maintenance tourist causing hotels little in the way of grief but, before I had even arrived at the Thon Gildevangen, I had made two demands of the place.
1) I requested a quiet room as I had noticed feedback that it could be quite noisy out front
2) I indicted an early arrival well in advance of the traditional 3pm room access time and asked if I would be able to get into my room early after overnight travel.
On both counts the hotel delivered and even exceeded themselves as I turned up even earlier than I expected and my room was still ready!
Travelling alone I requested a solo room. It was certainly compact but I only use it to sleep so it wasn’t a problem.
Was it quiet? In the main, yes, but I did have a slight disturbance around midnight of first day when a nearby group of seagulls decided to play at karaoke! Wont blame the hotel for that one and if I had realised earlier that the window was open I may have muffled the effects.
The place is clearly aimed at families. A kid’s play area is adjacent to the reception. The restaurant even has a kid’s height food area for them to help themselves.
Breakfast selection was impressive with all tastes catered for and the quality of the orange juice more than acceptable. (I have a theory that you can gauge a good hotel from a bad one by the standard of the orange juice).
Location is as central as you could wish and within walking distance of most tourist sights. The bus from the airport even stops right outside the hotel.
While the room maybe lacks some of the finishing touches of some of its more up market rivals there is a mini bar with snacks and a free tea/coffee machine is in the lobby at reception.
On the whole the place is mostly clean and appears well run. I say mostly, as at 6’3” I tend to see dust at levels most staff can’t reach. I will make particular mention of the hair drier in my room. I would not think it possible for an electric cable to be so festooned in dust! Room 354 if management wish to address the issue.
And that was my only real gripe.
I strongly recommend the Gildevangen for anyone finding themselves in Trondheim.
As to whether I will ever find myself in Trondheim again, I suspect not, as I was underwhelmed with the place!!

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room away from the front of the building
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Blueangels
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Asheville, North Carolina
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70 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

Thon is a large hotel chain in Norway and surrounding countries .This property is located in the old part of Trondheim. The airport bus stops right across the street .It's about 1/2 mile to the main train station.The cruise port and ferry terminals are less than a mile away .Several
city buses stop within a block of the hotel.
The hotel staff were excellent and never minded answering our questions.They had a good map of the city to give the tourists.There was also a free computer in the lobby.During the summer the hotels puts special emphasis on children.The staff dress in costumes and there are many events for the children.
The breakfast buffet was excellent. Eggs,cold cuts and cheeses and lots of bread.Had an extensive selection of fish dishes .After all this is Norway .Except during the summer they offer a free light dinner .A real plus in a city where a moderate meal for two can cost $80.
Some of the not so good.The room was small,the bathroom tiny,and the shower minute .Any one larger than average would have a hard time fitting. The hotel has no pool,sauna, or outside seating.Smokers hover around the front door since there is no smoking inside. In the summer there are 20 hours of daylight and there are no black out drapes.The room was light at 3:30AM
The hotel is noisy. There are two bars on the street and locals like to party.Can also hear street sounds
We paid $125 a night with tax..Booked through Orbitz.This is cheap for Trondheim. Hotel website was more.They have a calendar of rates. Seem to change almost daily.

Room Tip: Main building is 100+ years old. Just completed renovations .Rooms in this part may be bigger.I read...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Charles M
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San Diego, California
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204 reviews
181 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Pretty standard Thon hotel. Very clean, comfortable bed, nice sized room for Europe, good selection at breakfast and polite front desk.
Stayed there two nights, First nite which was a Sunday nite, there was continuous noise from the street under my third floor window. Very rowdy kids that made it impossible to fall asleep. They finally disappeared about 5 am and it got quiet....because of this, I don't think I would stay here again as it is in the middle of the city where there are many pubs and restaurants and the noise is probably not infrequent.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ILoveIsrl
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Additional Information about Thon Hotel Gildevangen

Property: Thon Hotel Gildevangen
Address: Soendre gate 22B, Trondheim 7010, Norway (Formerly Tulip Inn Rainbow)
Region: Norway > Central Norway > Sor-Trondelag > Trondheim Municipality > Trondheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Business Hotel in Trondheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Thon Hotel Gildevangen 3.5*
Number of rooms: 110
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