We stayed at the Skansen in July 2011, and had an excellent stay. We had requested a view of the Arctic Cathedral -- only available from the upper floors -- and were well rewarded with an exceptional view across the fjord to the cathedral and the mountains above. The only challenge: around 3am the sun swung around the city and began blaring in through the very, very thin drapery over the window...the second night we actually rigged something with our blanket to better cover the window so we could sleep for a few hours.
That said, the Skansen was an excellent value, and Tromso is compact enough (and has a good enough transit system) that I was very glad we stayed there rather than at a more expensive hotel a bit closer to the "center" of the action. Said "center" was at most a 10 minute walk away. Very clean, very quiet...other than the gulls that are the plague of any seaside town. We actually had a gull nest not far from our window, and other than the noise got some excellent photographs of a mother feeding her young. Don't expect luxury, but very adequate comfort, good prices, and a great location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Skansen Hotell Tromso is located very centrally in the city centre of Tromso. From the hotel you will have everything within a few minutes walking distance. It is a 10 minute walk to the Express Boat/Hurtigruten quay and Tromso Airport is a 15-minute journey by taxi. We also have guest car parking facilities available for our guests. ... more less
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