After staying in Å the night before in a traditional Rorbuer - we expected the same type thing in a cute fishing area with mountain views. We got the mountain views, but the accommodations were a bit of a let down. The building is actually more of a hostel - with shared bathrooms and a shared kitchen rather than a hotel. The rooms were clean and neat but sparce in our case (#3 upstairs) and our hostess Ruth was a little rude when asked for anything. There were instructions in the room of how to leave it, but they were only written in Norwegian and not English - nor were they explained, so we didn't know how to leave it. The worse part was when we got a call from Ruth accusing us of stealing the towels about an hour after check out. It seemed funny to us that you would look for towels only in the room itself, then go all the way downstairs and find the phone number to call and accuse your guests of stealing "the people in #3 must have taken the towels" instead of looking in the one piece of furniture in the room - a wardrobe - where we had left all the clean, un-used towels. I can't comment on the downstairs rooms, they look nicer. The upstairs was cluttered in the halls and the rooms had very little in the way of extras. The shared kitchen had someone's bills on a desk. I think you would need to be used to the European way of sharing bath facilities and tolerant of rude owners to feel comfortable here.
Views of the mountains and about a 1km walk to downtown. Cheap for the location.
This is a basic, rather functional 3-star hotel in a long, 2-storey modern building right at the end of the main quay in Svolvær. Frankly, this is not a hotel that you want to spend too much time in. It is fine for an overnight stop, but if you are spending more than one night in Svolvær you might be better off in one of the other hotels, such as the Rica.
The rooms were actually quite large, but the decor is a little tired and the lobby areas a bit soulless. Also, the breakfast was quit poor. OK, we turned-up quite late, but still within the advertised times, but there was very little of the cold buffet left and no coffee.
Very convenient for the Hurtigrute. Cheap (relatively). Nice views.
UPDATE: As of January 2007, the website says this hotel is temporarily closed.
This hotel has a bit of a schizophrenic feel, mainly because it has two locations. The main hotel is more of what you'd expect from a full-service hotel, with a bar, dance club, and restaurant. The annex is quite interesting, as it's co-located with the bus station. Oh and did I mention they're demolishing half the building?
We were in the annex, but it really wasn't bad at all. Reception was friendly, the room was comfy, and a so-so breakfast was served in the common area. The hotel was a member of the Skanplus consortium, so we got about a NOK 100 discount on our stay. (NOTE: As of January 2007, the SkanPlus program has been discontinued)
Baggage storage was no problem, as they were used to catering to Hurtigruten passengers.
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