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“Comfortable, clean, good location and helpful staff”
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Basecamp Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Longyearbyen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 October 2014

We stayed for three nights. We loved the location, atmosphere and comfort of the hotel. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Just really nice people.

We had a room on the first floor just outside the breakfast room. Our room had a bed big enough to accommodate my husband and I and also a single bunk above it. There is a small table next to the bed and a bench along part of a wall. The room is not set up for lounging. Mainly just sleeping. Which was fine because of the terrific common areas available to hotel guests (more on that below). There was a heater in the room and temperature control for the bathroom, each of which we set to our own comfort level. The room was clean and the bed fairly comfortable (bit soft and depressed in the middle). The only item lacking was a hairdryer in the bathroom. In fact, I think there was not a power outlet in the bathroom. Our room was quiet at all hours as well.

The hotel requires guests to remove their shoes at the front entrance. Great idea because it keeps the common areas clean. Everyone walks around in socks. We spent a lot of our time in the common area on the first floor when at the hotel. There is comfortable seating and complimentary tea and coffee and a bowl of cookies and biscuits. Just great to come back to after time out in the cold; particularly after an active day. There is a second common area on the second floor that has a television. But we enjoyed the first floor area so spent our time there.

Breakfast was served in the breakfast room. There was plenty to choose from. The food I ate was good.

There is a direct entrance from the hotel into a restaurant and there is a pub (which we preferred) directly across the way. A market and shops are all within a 5 minute walk.

We would stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2014

I stayed here before and after a skiing trip, and it must be the best hotel in Longyearbyen. It's different from any other hotel you've seen,and the use of natural interior makes you feel welcome in the Arctic. The breakfast is awesome, great, tasty food and the waffle maker is a winner for both kids and grownup kids.

Room Tip: Get rooms upstairs. The rooms on the first floor has views from the streets directly in.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Maria R
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

Trappers definitely falls in the category of hotels that I would like to re-visit and that I can call a destination on their own. Excellent service, excellent breakfast and nice atmospheric rooms. I also took a look at the other options in Longyearbyen and Trappers is far out the most unique one. The hotel reception was extremely helpful while arranging day tours even if their own company did not offer the tour I was willing to take. Rooms were impeccably clean. There is also a great restaurant connected to the hotel where I had nearly all my dinners - good food and a local feeling. The only part of Trappers that I beileve can benefit from some improvement is the design of the bathrooms inside the rooms. The hotel is quite stylish ones but the bathrooms do not match with the overall style quality of the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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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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Thank Martin D
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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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Additional Information about Basecamp Hotel

Address: Main street of Svalbard | Boks 316, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway (Formerly Trapper's Hotel)
Region: Norway > Svalbard > Spitsbergen > Longyearbyen
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Longyearbyen
Price Range: R 2 748 - R 4 600 (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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