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Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kirkenes
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

it seems that Thon is the only decent hotel in Kirkenes. the view from the window is nice, staff is friendly, meals are tasty. the cook is sometimes singing in Italian and coffee is in capsules, not in ordinary coffee machines. the only bad thing is the prices, but for such quality you cannot really complain.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

There are a number of hotels in Kirkenes which cater for the night stopover prior to to boarding the Hurtigruten ship for the return to Bergen. I am sure the other hotels are very satisfactory but if you have a choice nominate the Thon Hotel Kirkenes. It is a new building and everything about it is class.
The Reception Desk staff are most helpful. The rooms are very comfortable with plenty of space in which to relax. Each room has an iron and ironing board and the bathroom has a heated floor. The heated floor provides comfort and is ideal for drying clothes overnight.
The excellent breakfast fare is wide ranging and is available from 6.30am.
Busses which travel to the airport (NOK 85)and to the Hurtigrutin ships (NOK 25) call at the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

"What brings you to Kirkenes?" In a split second, flashbacks of my 2 week long trip from the Mediterranean to the frigid Arctic lands culminated to a single answer.

I replied gingerly, withholding a whirlpool of details of my trip, "I came from Murmansk."

The guy receptionist, sensing my motivations deviating from the scope of touring Kirkenes, handed the key card to my room and in a reassuring gesture, explained the use of the hotel facilities. "Very well, I hope you will have a pleasant stay with us."

On hindsight, I came to Kirkenes with hopes of seeing the Northern Lights. Choosing Thon Hotel Kirkenes over the other accommodations was obvious since the hotel offered an unobstructed view of the low-lying fjord. I could imagine how scenic the fjords will be with the auroral display at the backdrop.

There is really nothing to fault against the hotel. In fact, it might be a little quaint to find a contemporary hotel in this nondescript town. Despite what it seems, this fully equipped hotel is also within walking distance from AMFI and a winter clothing boutique. The restaurant within the hotel is also touted as the best in Finnmark. To stroll on the promenade and enjoy the view of the fjord is an activity you probably should not miss.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

For those of you who go to a hotel to mostly enjoy it's public areas; the Thon's is bright, spacious, &contemporary.
The standard of room cleanliness is very high.
The outward presentability of the front desk staff, is decorous & easy on the eye.
Excuse me for sounding like a sourpus, but I {personally} require a reasonably peaceful ROOM- to both sleep, & also to simply concentrate on anything substantial.
A quiet rest here, is quite a challenge- unless you are anaesthetized, comatose, or a deep sleeper; impervious to neighbor noise.
Walls between rooms, must be nearly as thin as cardboard.
Doors slamming, {in any nearby room} are clearly audible.
One can even hear a cough, out in the hallway.
A minimalist, contemporary room- with austere white walls and ceilings.
For me to get effective wifi signal; had to stand by the room's front door.
Only a basic cruise ship cabin might be smaller- depending on class of service.
Stunning setting, though. If on the seaview side of the hotel; you can overlook a beautiful low fjord- fronting the Arctic Ocean.
Due to abutting open water; one can spot seabirds flying only a metre or two from one's window.
Lots of ultra-bright room lights. No dimmers or mood lighting.
If this was Tokyo, I could understand getting a pricey room so small- that I only had space to squeeze my luggage unto the bare floor. However, this hotel is in the small seaside town of Kirkenes.
Whoever constructed this hotel- must have been thinking mostly of how to take marketing photos; not of actual guest comfort.
I understand there are few competing establishments, {to help raise the bar} in this town.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We paid a bit extra for a harbour view which was unbeatable - the evening went on forever! We were hoping for the midnight sun but sadly didn't see it. We found everything absolutely great about this hotel - and I'm not usually a 'raver'! I was so glad to see a double size shower as I find the 'shower over bath' (that you get in most continental hotels) a pain and frankly I don't need a bath, I'd much rather have a decent walk-in shower like this one. The staff were very welcoming and pleasant, and it was wonderful to sit outside on the comfortable sofas drinking a glass of wine and taking in that harbour view - superb! We did have very good weather - and only stayed a night. I wished I could get a hotel like this everywhere I go - comfortable, clean and simple and reasonably priced - we loved it.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

The Thon is a "safe" alternative if you have to stay in kirkenes after traveling on the Hurtigruten ferry before returning to Bergen or Oslo. The rooms are comfortable generally large and well furnished in Norwegian spartan style.
Just don't look for help from the staff at this one. The clerk answered several questions with the same answer. " I don't know anything.". Got it. But you could at least have said let me let you talk to .... Whomever. Ah well, nearly our last night.
Too bad because all the other Thon's have gone out of their way to be helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

The room is the typical Scandinavian room with heated floors. The bathroom, though it looked sparkling, had a smell of mold. I didn't really report it because I didn't mind in reality, but if you are sensitive to smells, you will not like it.
The view of my room was to the ocean, making the waking up a good experience.
Be sure to shut your curtains well if you are there in the summer!!!
Breakfast was good but they only had a wide variety of black coffees - no milk. Otherwise, the food was very good!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Address: Johan Knudtzens gate 11, Kirkenes 9900, Norway
Region: Norway > Northern Norway > Finnmark > Sor-Varanger Municipality > Kirkenes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kirkenes
Price Range: £120 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Thon Hotel Kirkenes 3.5*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thon Hotel Kirkenes is a new and modern hotel located by the sea in Kirkenes. The city center is a 5 minute walk away with small shops, cafes and restaurants. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, conference area and outdoor terrace with fantastic views. The restaurant 69’north is specialized in local food such as king crab, reindeer and salmon. ... more   less 
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