I believe the Norblad is undergoing a complete renovation in 2013. We stayed in a newly renovated suite room. The Norblad is a bit of a hostel/shared facilities place with some private rooms that have their own bathroom. That said everything was very clean. Things were a little bit on the spartan side but I attribute that to the fact that our room only became 'finished' a week or so prior. But even so, if it were to remain as spartan I think it goes with the type of lodging it is. The bed was comfy and the covers and comforter very soft and plush. Shower was nice overhead type rain-shower style for a person under 6'. Wood floor was nice, TV had full cable channels. Given it is right next to Ft. George brewery it is an excellent spot. Our room had a view to see the river and bridge actually, looking out across the tops of other buildings. I think it was an excellent value. The front desk person was also very helpful and cheerful.
I cannot speak to how the shared facilities are or how it may be if there were other people there and how their behavior would be with shared accommodations but that is a challenge as one drunk or loud person can be a bad apple that the staff will have to manage.
This would be a great place for people looking to crash after an event at Forge George Brewery, who were on a bike or hike trip looking for cheaper accommodations and to do laundry or other things like that. Probably would not consider it a specifically good place for a family to stay but you could. There was some street noise but it tailed off around midnight. But I believe the hotel discloses this as a potential issue when you book--its just part of staying there as they cannot be responsible for drunk people being loud out on the street.
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