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Hotel Nuuk Seamen's Home
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Nuuk
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Best among an appalling offering”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

Nuuk doesn't have many hotels. Two in fact, which are reviewed in Tripadvisor. Having tried both, we prefer the Seamen hotel, not because its a better hotel (which its not), but because its better on a value for money metric. It is a no frills experience, with comfortable enough rooms, functional enough bathrooms, good enough breakfast (with many locals as well which gives it a good ambience). If you manage your expectations right, this is the better hotel to be. I would return to this hotel.

Room Tip: On our second stay in this hotel, we had a room where the light from the hotel's signboard came...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Camborne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

used this place for 2 years for overnight stops when moving around Greenland can not comment on price because the company I worked for picked up the tab. very basic but clean and comfortable also a very quiet part of town bit of a hill if want to go into town

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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2 Thank tinman36
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Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Hotels are expensive in Greenland; this one also , maybe a bit less than others. Well located, in the Harbour, 15 minutes walk from downtown Nuuk; very clean, friendly staff, cafeteria in the hotel, breakfast is included (cereals, bread, eggs) . Basic accomodations but you will hopefully spend more time outside than in while visiting Greenland; fantastic view from rooms. Interesting crowd watching in the cafeteria. I would go back there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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5 Thank ulluriat
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Scotland
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154 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is a clean and comfortable option near the harbour, about 10 minutes in a taxi from the Airport. Rooms are basic, warm and light. They have tv if you should be bored but how could you be in Greenland? Reception staff are helpful and friendly if a little shy.
The canteen provides an excellent, good value breakfast and up to 10.30am. It's not a great place for a vegetarian so you need to walk about two km into town for a good pizza or whatever you can find. Rooms without showers/wc are better value if you are on a budget.
Beware dodgy taxi drivers who will pass off Philippine 5peso coins for DKK20!
Greenland is one of the most amazing countries you will ever be lucky enough to see. There are some cruises for tourists (a must) and a fine museum in old Nuuk and an art gallery (closed in the mornings). The town itself is functional. There are some of the worst flats I have seen anywhere in the world here and row after row of them. Get out and walk/hike if you can.

Room Tip: Just ask for a quieter room. Depends on other residents but I was lucky.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

The Seaman's Home is not a hotel, it's an upscale hostel. If you are looking for an authentic hotel for your stay in Greenland, check out Hans Egede in downtown Nuuk. There are a few good points about Seaman's Home; it's in a quiet area, not too far of a walk from downtown, and if you are lucky enough to get on a boat tour, they all leave from the port behind the hotel, err hostel. There are also some very negative points about Seaman's Home, though. Overall, the staff members are uninformed and unhelpful. When I asked a fluent English speaker who had lived in Nuuk for over 11 years about the bus system and how to get out to the airport for a hike, he told me to simply wait by the red building on the road that runs past Seaman's Home. That's fine, except nearly all the homes in Greenland are red! How about getting up and actually helping a solo traveler out? Furthermore, if you experience credit card problems while paying, the staff direct you to a bank and tell you to figure it out. Again, thanks for the help. Aside from that, the rooms at Seaman's Home are standard; absolutely no frills whatsoever, but fine for a few nights. If you DO end up staying at Seaman's Home, though, definitely don't stroll into Hotel Hans Egede even if it's just for a look around. It will make you wish you booked there and sucked up the extra cost instead.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the upper floors or once that face the harbor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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4 Thank suzanne S
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Östra Nyland
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

I stayed at the Seamen's home for four nights and was quite happy about the choice. The room was simple but clean and the staff friendly in a quiet way. Even in the weekend there was no disturbance at all. (Colleagues who stayed at Hans Egede complained about noise in the street almost every night.) The breakfast was all right, but a bit masculine. It would have been nice to have some fruit or vegetables too, but the bread was very good.
The oldest part of the building must be more than 100 years old (there's a painting of it in the museum of art in town) so it would be nice to get to know something about the history. Perhaps they could produce a brochure for the future.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

Standard beetween very good youth hostel and 2-star-hotel, too expensive in comparison with "slightly" more expensive 4-star hotel Hans Egede, breakfast buffet not as good as described in well-known travel guide books.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Nuuk Seamen's Home
Address: Marinevej 3, Nuuk 3900, Greenland
Region: Greenland > Sermersooq Municipality > Nuuk
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Nuuk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Seamen's Home Hotel in Nuuk is a comfortable hotel in beautiful surroundings. It offers 41 rooms of three different standards - Standard Plus, Standard and Economy. The Seamen's Home hotel is a 3-star hotel. In our pleasant cafeteria you can enjoy the dish of the day, a Danish sandwich, fast-food, homemade cake and more, while you read the daily paper or a magazine from the shelf. Our modern conference facilities are all 3-star certified. The Hotel provides several conference- and meeting rooms in various sizes, all ready to set the scene for your next conference. We are working hard to ensure a pleasant and satisfying stay, and hope that you will enjoy every moment of it. ... more   less 
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