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“Wonderfully quirky and kitsch rooms & hotel”
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Basecamp Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Longyearbyen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Loved the rooms and decor - lots of wood, interesting knick-knacks, pictures etc. This is a hotel with real character and charm. The breakfast was good too, and you are right in the centre of town, which is very convenient if you have just arrived and want a wander.

If you travel in the summer, bring your eye covers for sleeping as the black out blinds leave a lot to be desired - beams of sunlight on your face at midnight don't make for an easy night's sleep!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Everyone who worked here was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good, and included goblets of black currants and make-your-own waffles. The beds (twin and bunk) were comfortable, and the triple room was spacious and had appealing décor. The downtown location was excellent, right between a good restaurant (Kroa) and Svalbar, a nice place for a light (i.e., cheaper) meal. The sitting area by the front desk has coffee, tea, and biscuits, and is a comfortable place to read and to meet fellow travelers.

Note that although Basecamp Spitsbergen has other facilities, Trapper’s Hotel is its only location in Longyearbyen and most locals refer to it as Basecamp.

Trapper’s Hotel reflects Svalbard’s history of explorers and trappers: lots of sealskin seat covers, a stuffed arctic fox, and a polar bear rug hanging on the wall. If that bothers you, Svalbard might not be the best destination.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

This hotel suits its location to a tee! It is completely different from anywhere else you might ever stay. My room was as small as it could be, yet it was perfect for a single traveller, and the type of place you meet other interesting fellow travellers. It was also very warm, as are all buildings in Longyearbyen with their common central heating system. Keeping the window open solved that problem, with no fear of noise from such a quiet environment. Breakfast is lovely, with a waffle maker for guests to use. Room keys are attached to a doggy bone chew, so no fear of bringing it home by mistake. There was a lovely resident German Shepherd dog by his kennel outside the front-I guess it's not a good idea to flash the koom key bone in front of him or he might play "fetch". A great little hotel in a fascinating destination!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

If you have the misfortune, as I did, of only being in Longyearbyen for a couple of nights, make this your hotel. What might seem kitchy at first is actually an incredibly well maintained and beautifully decorated hotel in a place where both are a rarity.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Hmm, I wrote a nice and long review of the hotel, and I lost it due to time-out. :-(

Anyhow, this is by far the best hotel we have stayed anywhere in the world, and I do mean it.

We also stayed at Radisson Blu Polar hotel, but there is no comparison to this one. This one beats Radisson Blu in all accounts.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Basecamp Hotel

Address: Main street of Svalbard | Boks 316, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway (Formerly Trapper's Hotel)
Region: Norway > Svalbard > Spitsbergen > Longyearbyen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Longyearbyen
Price Range: R2 282 - R3 404 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2,5 star — Basecamp Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basecamp Hotel is situated right at the heart of Longyearbyen, among restaurants, pubs, shops and bank. It is absolutely Longyearbyen's most amazing hotel; decorated in traditional trapper's style with driftwood, sealskins, pictures and objects that illustrate the past and current trappers' life in the Arctic. Despite its rusticity, Basecamp Hotel offers high quality accommodation with unique style! Basecamp Hotel is part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen, which operates day trips and expeditions to Isfjord Radio, Trapper’s Station and Nordenskiöld Lodge. ... more   less 
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