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“Great base for arctic adventure A*” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thon Hotel Vica Alta

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Thon Hotel Vica Alta
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Alta
Certificate of Excellence
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1 review
“Great base for arctic adventure A*”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

Just returned back from Alta and our stay at the Thon Vica hotel which is based in the older part of the town.
Just 15-20 minutes walk from the main town centre and a stones throw away from the Alta Fjord this hotel is a great base for those wishing to get away, relax and venture out on excursions.
We requested a sea view in advance in once of the standard rooms and we were really happy with the great of the mountains and sea.Breakfast was a good hearty selection, with a choice of hot & cold dishes. Our rooms were clean and tidy + most importantly nice and warm.

Staff were very helpful and plesent + we reccomend the outdoor hot tub experience for a unique experience.
We didn't eat lunch or dinner at the hotel as we found general food prices to be expensive across Norway in general - there are plenty of supermarkets around to grab some lunch from before heading out to booked excursions.
All our excursions were booked in advance and were all great - dog sledding, evening by campfire and snowmobile riding were all amazing expericences. Without excursions it is very difficult to get the best out of alta. The view from down by the alta museum over the Fjord is also a great spot to catch the northern lights if you are lucky enough to get the right weather conditions.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2009

If you come by car you will have no trouble finding your way in but as we arrived by bus it was a steep climb up stairs with heavy suitcases. The view from the room was wonderful -or would have been if the weather had been better. As it was Saturday afternoon/Sunday that we there the tourist office was shut, no buses were running and it was a long walk to and from Alta Rock Carving Museum - a must see. Food was very good but expensive and I have never drunk a more expensive gin and tonic.
Staff were very helpful but it was impossible, without a car or an organised tour to get the best out of Alta.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2009

We stayed for 2 nights at the Vica (we belive it was previously called Quality hotel Vica). Very short taxi ride from the airport. Friendly staff spoke excellent English. We felt very comfortable and safe during our entire stay. The view from the hotel and just outside was breathtaking - beautiful snowy mountains and Fjord! We were made to feel really welcome and even received a complimentary mini bottle of champagne on valentines day as we had got engaged the day before. The restaurant was yummy with both traditional food (e.g. reindeer) and more common dishes (e.g. steak). The town centre was approx 15 minute walk. Our first night was in the Farmers Suite - very traditional and romantic. We also had breakfast in our room and the cheeses and pate were served in little heart shapes! When embarking on trips (huski safari & night in the igloo hotel) were collected directly from the hotel and dropped directly back.
Overall, a lovely little hotel and excellent staff who made our stay relaxing and easy.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2009

A little bit out of the town center (15 min walk), which I did not expect. Not really an issue for us though - Alta centre isn't why you're here, probably. All tourist activities in Alta are organised very well and will pick you up in any hotel. this one is lovely and cosy, free tea/coffee available all day, very decent breakfast buffet, and a traditional outdoor bath/sauna that can be booked for private use (at a cost, but totally worth it!). Oh, and the food was pretty good too :)

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Thon Hotel Vica Alta
Address: Fogdebakken 6, Alta 9513, Norway
Region: Norway > Northern Norway > Finnmark > Alta Municipality > Alta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Alta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thon Hotel Vica Alta 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thon Hotel Vica is located in the old part of Alta called Bossekop, but still close to the town's shops and museums. The hotel has nice views over the Altafjord and within walking distance of the sea and hiking tracks. The hotel is a rebuilt old farm and you can see traces of this througout the hotel. The rooms have a uniqe charm but with all the amenities required in a hotel as well as facilities such as a bar, restaurant and meeting rooms. Welcome! ... more   less 
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