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“Maybe one of the best breakfast in a Norwegain hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Scandic Forum
Ranked #13 of 28 Hotels in Stavanger
Oslo, Norway
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104 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Maybe one of the best breakfast in a Norwegain hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Rica is well known of serving good breakfast, this hotel has one of the best offer in Norway, the rooms is small but OK. Close to the icehockey rink Oilers and not fare away from the city of Stavanger or the airport

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Marc D, Service Manager at Scandic Forum, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Dear Øyvind,
Thank you for recommending our hotel on tripadvisor.

I am glad you enjoyed our breakfast buffet and feel it is one of the best in Norway. That pleases all of us at the hotel and your experience is what we strive to achieve every morning when serving breakfast to our hungry hotel customers.

Our location is also perfect, as all meeting places in Stavanger and the Airport are a maximum 10-15 minutes away by car. It is also only 5 minutes to the city centre by car or bus, so not far away for those feeling the need to make a quick trip to the city centre.

I look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel during your next visit to Stavanger.

Best Regards,
Marc Dudley
Service Manager, Rica Forum Hotel
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Asker, Norway
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Hotel located next to beautiful lake Mosvann in the "Forum-area", with conference-centres, multipurpose arenas and sports-facilities nearby. Friendly staff and a truly great breakfast buffet. Lunch menu a bit limited, and no possibilities for meals and eating outside opening hours in the restaurant unless you want to order take away to the hotel. Somewhat small rooms. Great panoramic view from the bar/restaurant.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OJohans1
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Marc D, Service Manager at Scandic Forum, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on tripadvisor.

I am glad you liked our hotel, and that the service from the staff meet your expectations.

We are also very lucky to have a great location, especially for those wanting to host a big conference or for sports teams playing at the nearby arenas. This is why most of our guests fall under these categories, but with the fantastic views and peaceful surrounding area, it is also a favorite for many business people just wanting to escape the city center and relax after busy days at the office or a meeting/conference.

Once again, thank you for recommending our hotel and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best regards,
Marc Dudley
Service Manager, Rica Forum Hotel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

Hotel is great. Nice rooms, nice view and very nice people. The restaurant has a very nice view but the food was not the best. The last dinnes was buffét and it was no good 2/10. The other dinners was ok. But only 5/10.
I would recomend this restaurant only for the view.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Bjørn J
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Marc D, Service Manager at Scandic Forum, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Dear Bjørn,
Thank you for recommending our hotel on Tripadvisor and for giving us valuable feedback about our restaurant.

We are of course very pleased that you liked the hotel, including the rooms, views and people, but I am equally disappointed about your restaurant experience.

During your stay we had a buffet most of the days, which was for the tennis players taking part in the Norwegian Youth Championships and therefore it was based on a low budget buffet as this was what was agreed between the organisers of the tournament and us. This is of course not an excuse, as normal hotel guests should still get the quality of food they expect at a Rica hotel restaurant. I therefore appreciate your feedback on this issue and have spoken directly with the head chef about it.

We have just got a new menu for the summer and the quality of the food was one of the major talking points. Having seen and tasted the new menu, I am confident the food will be of a quality people come to expect at a hotel restaurant, and I can highly recommend it.

I therefore hope you decide to return to our hotel in the near future and will look forward to welcoming you back. If you do return to our hotel, please get in touch with me and I will make sure your restaurant experience is better this time around.

Best regards,
Marc Dudley
Service Manager, Rica Forum Hotel
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Le Vaud, Switzerland
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111 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

I only stayed for one night and that was fine. My room was comfortable and I slept well; there was no noise from the next door elevator of which I was pleased! Everything worked well and the view is delightful overlooking the lake; pleasant for walking or running around. It's a nice walk from the hotel to the harbourside (about 45 minutes). Lots of youngsters staying at the same time irritated my colleagues with their noise but I had no problem on my floor. The elevators are annoying as there are only three and they seem to take forever to arrive! The 21st floor makes a great location for the restaurant, although during our stay it felt rather like a university canteen than a decent restaurant...not sure if that's because of all the young people or the general lack of atmosphere anyway. My bag was delayed with SAS and was brought to my room by the hotel staff at 7am, with a smile!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Marc D, Service Manager at Scandic Forum, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Dear Lesley,

Thank you for taking the time to recommend our hotel on Tripadvisor.

We are pleased that you got a good nights sleep and that your room met expectations. We are also glad that you enjoyed the delightful view, which is something we are very fortunate to have.
During your stay there were quite a few young tennis players staying at the hotel, which was due to the Norwegian Youth Championships in Tennis taking place just over the road. It was unfortunate that your colleagues had a bad experience because of this, and we can only apologize for this.

This may also explain why it felt more like a university canteen during your stay, as we had an offer for the tennis players during their stay. This is of course no excuse, as the restaurant should still be of the standard we and you expect, so if you were unhappy with the food or the experience, feel free to get in touch with me during your next stay.

If you decide to return to Stavanger in the near future, we will look forward to welcoming you to our hotel once again.

Best regards,
Marc Dudley
Service Manager, Rica Forum Hotel
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Fredericia, Denmark
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Very friendly staff, great breakfast for all diets: LCHF, fruits/juices or 100 % protein - the view from the dining room unforgettable. Note - fine running trail just outside the hotel.
Conference facility needs more attention on hardware.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Annette T
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Marc D, Service Manager at Scandic Forum, responded to this review, 4 May 2014
Dear Annette,

Firstly, thank you for recommending us on Tripadvisor.

I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We promote good customer service, which is of high importance here at Rica Forum Hotel, so am glad that you were left with a feeling of our staff being very friendly.

We also aim to give our guests the best possible start to the day with an excellent breakfast, and we try to cover all the various diets and requirements for all our guests. I am therefore glad you noticed this, and with the fantastic morning view of Stavanger from the 21st floor, there are few better places to have breakfast.

Our conference facility is actually going to be getting a "facelift" this year, as we also felt it was time to replace some of the hardware in a couple of our rooms. We will therefore have even better facilites to offer our guests than we already had.

Thank you once again for taking the time to recommend our hotel and we hope to welcome you once again to Rica Forum Hotel in the near future.

Best regards,
Marc Dudley,
Service Manager, Rica Forum Hotel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel because of business. Pleasantly surprised about the service rooms and offers. The food at the restaurant was good. They managed to cook a steak almost to perfection.

Room was smallish, but had a nice layout. Functional in other words. Bathroom was perfectly okay, nothing spectacular, but enough space to actually move around in.

Service at the hotel was friendly and professional.

The number of tv channels was a acceptable.

Considering that the hotel is the tallest building around makes the view pretty good. No matter what side of the building it is good.

Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Marc D, Service Manager at Scandic Forum, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for recommending our hotel on tripadvisor. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review.

We are pleased that you were pleasantly surprised after your stay with us and that you also enjoyed the food at our restaurant. We aim to provide good quality service and food to our customers, so we are pleased that you received this during your stay at our hotel.

Our standard rooms are like you said, functional, but they are of the same standard size as most of the other hotels in Norway. These rooms are good for short stays but we do recommend our bigger junior suites for those staying for longer periods, as these rooms have sofas/sitting group, more room to move about and spectacular views over the local area. Do get in touch with the hotel if you are planning a long stay and we can maybe work out a better price than the ones you find on the internet.

Our TV-package has the standard Norwegian TV-channels + extra channels after recommendations from our frequent stayers. We therefore feel we have channels for everybody, but we of course are open to recommendations from our guests if they feel there is a particular channel missing. The TV, is for some, the most important feature of the room and it is therefore important that everybody is happy with this offer.

And yes, we are very lucky to have amazing views from all of our rooms, but of course the higher the room, the better the view.

We thank you again for writing a review and wish you a warm welcome back to our hotel the next time you visit Stavanger.

Best regards,
Marc Dudley
Service Manager, Rica Forum Hotel
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104 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

I like the the Rica Forum Hotel for its good value and its great location next to the Mosvatnet lake which provides a very pleasant training run. The Hotel itself is good value for money and has some quirky rooms with large panoramic windows giving good views over the surrounding area. I like hotels that experiment with different room layouts as the usual square room gets to be very boring. Good furnishings and comfortable beds make for a relaxing stay and a good nights sleep.

The restaurant on the 21st floor provides an excellent breakfast with great views. The evening menu is a little limited although the food is good quality. The menu does not seem to change very much which is disappointing.

I stay here as often as I can and always enjoy my stay.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Im-away-again
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Marc D, Service Manager at Scandic Forum, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for recommending our hotel on tripadvisor. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review.

We are really lucky to have beautiful surroundings at our hotel, which makes for great views and enjoyable runs or walks around the lake. It is often a preferred stay for business people who like to get away from the noisy city center, making their stay a bit more relaxing. We are also glad that you like the rooms and beds, as getting a good nights sleep is very important.

It is also pleasing to hear that you enjoyed the breakfast and food, as the Rica hotel chain prides itself on its “Good breakfast” concept, so a good breakfast is very important for both us and our guests.

As for how often we change our menu, we can understand this can be a problem for our frequent stayers. The menu has been updated since you wrote the review, as it is updated in line with the various seasons of the year. This is due to our local produce agreement, which means we rely on what is available locally each season when making the menu. We have increased the number of choices on the main course menu, but we are still firm believers of quality rather than quantity, so hopefully you can understand this.

We thank you for choosing our hotel as you “place to stay” during your visits to Stavanger and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,
Marc Dudley
Service Manager, Rica Forum Hotel
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Property: Scandic Forum
Address: Gunnar Warebergs gate 17, Stavanger 4021, Norway (Formerly Rica Forum Hotel)
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Rogaland > Stavanger Municipality > Stavanger
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Stavanger
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Scandic Forum 3*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scandic Forum is Rogaland's tallest hotel - 85 m high, with well equipped rooms, most of which are spacious double rooms with ample work space. The suites are on the 20th floor. Free WIFI in the entire hotel and several conference rooms. The hotel's restaurant offer breakfast, lunch, as well as an a la carte menu and bar with a stunning view of Stavanger from the 21st floor. ... more   less 
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