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Anker Brygge
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Svolvaer
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 March 2013

We visited this hotel in March 2013, during the cod fishing competition.
The rorbuer we (3 people) stayed in was simply but elegantly furnished with all the commodities: tea, sugar, everything to cook in the kitchen, soap, towels etc. We had two bedrooms (one on the ground floor and one on the first floor) equipped with their own private bathroom and lockable door. The house was warm and cozy, the living room comfortable, the wifi, hot water and appliances working perfectly.
Breakfast was very good, served in one of the two main buildings. There was a large buffet with a choice of various local and international food. No croissants or pain au chocolat, but you can't have everything I guess!
The receptionists we met were incredibly friendly, helpful and informed. Service is always SO important in hotels, especially in small towns such as Svolvaer, and I found it impeccable.
Only one, small, note: maybe the public parking area could have some spaces reserved for the hotel's customers? Just a thought - maybe the problem arose because of the full festive weekend and never usually does.
Anyway, best rorbuer ever, I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Margherita B
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MortyMo, Director of Sales at Anker Brygge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2013

Hello! Thank you for your opinion, it is much appreciated. Regarding the parking area and availability; you are absolutely right. The only weekend this problem arise, is during the World Cod Championship, the last weekend in March every year. We never experience this problem during the rest of the year. Best regards, Morten Moe, Market Manager.

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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Very attractive old-style-decorated inside the cabins (Rorbuer) with very comfortable beds and fully equipped kitchen, even with a dishwasher machine. The location is down in Svolvær harbor in nice and quiet environments. Short walk to the restaurants that you find along the harbor. The prices could be adjusted down a bit, but unfortunately Lofoten seems to take overprice on everything.The staff is very helpful and everything they can to make your stay as comfortable as possible :)

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

We stayed two nights, and loved the place ! High standard cabins, nice staff and excellent service. The beds are very good and the bathroom and all the rooms warm and cosy a cold december night.

We recommend Lofoten during winter!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

We stayed in one of the cabins. The site is pretty extensive with a lot of cabins and a hotel. We thought Svolvaer was a pretty depressing place - the pictures of the cabins on the waterfront make it look idyllic but in fact you are right in the middle of a busy harbour, and Svolvaer itself was not attractive - it is the main service town in the area. Anker Brygge had a restaurant but we wouldn't eat there as they sold whale meat.
The cabin we had had 2 bedrooms sharing a kitchen and living room. I'm not sure whether they let the 2 bedrooms separately or whether you always have exclusive use of the living areas - no one else came along but I did wonder whether we were suddenly going to find ourselves sharing. It would be worth checking if you are thinking of booking. Having said that, the cabin was very nice indeed - lovely bathroom, big bedroom and good kitchenette with dishwasher. Our only complaint was the lighting was dreadful. I don't know whether it was supposed to be authentic, but as it got dark we had to go to bed (there were good reading lights over the beds) as we couldn't see to read! The breakfast were also excellent - everything you could think of and more!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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MortyMo, Director of Sales at Anker Brygge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2012

Thank you for staying at Anker Brygge. I would like to comment on your question about whether you would have exclusive use of the living areas. And the answer is easy; you do! If you rent a double room in one of our rorbu suites we would never let anyone have the other room. That is one of the reasons for us not being on the cheap side of pricing. Hope to see you again in Lofoten! Best regards, Morten Moe, Market manager.

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Very comfortable and quiet surroundings, which with the evening sun on the deck, made for an enjoyable stay. The staff at the desk were very helpful and friendly and gave us good advice on places to visit and helped us organise our Arctic snorkelling. Also, when their was a special Royal visitor (King Harald) to Svolvar, they let us know the times and where to get the best view.
The hotel offered 2 forms of evening dining, either an outdoor meal ( catching the last rays of the
of the evening sun), including hamburgers/grilled salmon/fresh prawns/pizzas or at their quaint restaurant which was full of Norwegian character. The meal choice is limited, but had, as part of the menu: duck with honey, reindeer, lamb and their speciality - whale meat. The food was cooked well and the service superb.
We would recommend this hotel to our friends.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the water, so you can catch the evening sun
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Anker Brygge is very conveniently situated on a small island in Svolvær Harbour (which it shares with the adjacent Rica Hotel). This hotel is in Svolvær and should be listed as such on Tripadvisor.

The accommodation, which is in converted rorbuer, has lots of character. Its web site describes the accommodation as “unmatched in this region”; it does not really live up to this claim. We stayed at Anker Brygge twice during our trip, so we sampled two different rorbuer. In between we stayed at Reine Rorbuer (in the beautiful southern part of the Lofoten Islands), where we had similar converted rorbu accommodation. Anker Brygge’s rorbuer were more spacious, with a separate lounge, but not as well furnished as the Reine Rorbuer. The bathrooms in Anker Brygge were OK though, in one of our rorbuer, the shower was poorly fitted.

We note that another review mentions that no one who cannot climb a ladder should stay here. The rorbuer vary considerably; all our accommodation was at ground level.

The staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was quite good. Housekeeping could be better. Rooms were serviced daily, but – although the duvet was neatly folded - the lower sheet was always left untouched, so we had to smooth it.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

I slept two nights here during a recent 3800 km motorcycle tour of Norway. The Lofoten Islands are clearly one of the most beautiful places on earth and this hotel - actually a group of fisherman´s cabins - is probably the stopover that still remains in my memory. Very quiet. Curtains deal well with the fact that it doesn´t gey dark in June. Breakfast excellent. Service tends to be poor in Norway this time of the year and this was no exception: The lady at the front desk knew as much about the town as I know Sanskrit. No problem, walk 5 minutes to the tourist information office and they know everything!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Anker Brygge

Address: Lamholmen, Svolvaer 8300, Norway
Region: Norway > Northern Norway > Nordland > Lofoten Islands > Vagan > Svolvaer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Svolvaer
Price Range: £148 - £224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Anker Brygge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anker Brygge consists of highly comfortable rorbu suites spectacularly situated on its own little island named Lamholmen in the middle of Svolvær harbour. The resort is connected to Svolvær city central with a bridge. Living at Anker Brygge you are within a 200 meters range from the Town Square, Hurtigruten and small shops and galleries. All suites are traditionally built and fully equipped for today`s standard – making your stay with us nice and comfortable. From all of our rooms/rorbuer you have an amazing view to the sea and mountains surrounding our world famous islands. On the outside quay of your cabin/rorbu you can enjoy your morning coffee or you might try to catch your own fish? At Anker Brygge we also offer a solid and traditional meal at our highly recommended Restaurant named “Kjøkkenet” . Lamholmen has been inhabitated since the early 1800`s. There were several fish-companies, fish treatment factories, a barrel factory and "rorbuer", barns and houses on the island. The fish products from Lamholmen was mainly exorted abroad to Italy, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. Today you can feel the atmosphere from the old days in all of our rooms. You still get the feeling of the era when life was rough and fishermen came to Lofoten by oars and sails in their small fishingboats from places all over this nations long coastline. ... more   less 
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