We chose historic Spitsbergen Hotel because of its location and connection with our COOP membership card. The hotel lies a few hundred meters from the town center, but because if its setting on a hillside, you have beautiful views from the panorama windows in the restaurant. There are several rooms near the lobby with cozy seating groups, and between 4 and 6 p.m. most guests gather here to have coffee/tea and self-made waffles with jam or goat cheese. Here you have a chance to chat with the other guests and perhaps share ideas and experiences. There is a pool table in the one lounge.
From the moment you walk into the hotel, you feel as though you have come to a very different place indeed. Everyone has to remove their boots/shoes, put them in the shelves, and walk in their socks or slippers while in the hotel! The double-room we had was roomy, and well equipped.
The breakfast selection was impressive, considering all food has to be shipped in by plane or boat. We ate one dinner - on the national holiday - at the hotel. It was tasty, but perhaps more sparse than expected.
All-in-all, we were very pleased with our hotel and will certainly come back the next time we travel to Svalbard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With modern comfort in historic surroundings, Spitsbergen Hotel offers a unique Svalbard experience. Situated on "The Hill", it gives you great views of Longyearbyen, the Lars- and Longyear glacier. The hotel was constructed in 1947, but has been extensively refurbished over the years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spitsbergen Hotel Longyearbyen, Svalbard