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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Enjoyed our stay , reception team in particular very helpful and recommend Barentz Bar as a place with a great atmosphere, good food and drink. Breakfast good but didn't use the main restaurant otherwise. Good links with local activities and easy to organise from Hotel.

One of the better hotels in the area, great bar and hot tub area. Excellent bar staff and really good pizzas and burgers. Rooms are small and dated, and probably not the best value for your money, but good place to stay.

We had a wonderful few days here in a room with a fantastic view, comfortable beds and a team providing top class service . People were helpful and friendly, professional and easy going. For breakfast a gigantic buffet awaits you catering for every taste including a breathtaking panoramic view. (Fresh fruit fetishists should not expect too much though...we are at a remote place after all ! Many activities start from here and pick up is provided conveniently just outside the front door. After a day out in the very, very cold, a simple but comfortable sauna & jaccusi are free to use at any time to get warm. We didn't eat at the hotel, but had a few drinks each evening at the bar, providing the same friendly and professional service and hence seems to be a place frequented by locals as well as people staying in other hotels. Thanks!

Ibwas expecting the hotel to be quieter and smaller however the standard is ok. There is no lift upto higher floors which is a bit of a pain when carrying heavy bags. Some rooms are in seperate building to main reception. Breakfast had a nice range of food and waitresses at breakfast are a little to keen to clear away your plates. When we stayed the hot tub was not working which was a shame. Overall a good hotel for a stay in Svalbard, better than Svalbard hotel and lodge.

Visited for the second time Longyearbyen and this hotel. Everything works well here, especially have to mention that restaurants are great. Generally I am not a fan of hotel restaurants but in this case tasty and good food available from the restaurants. Breakfast also great

Booked and paid for a”junior suite “ for two days. I was told that the hotel was overbooked and placed in a regular room for the first night. The restaurant also fully booked for the night. After requesting the receptionist brought in couple of bottles of water and again next day I was moved to room 2015 so called junior suite. While helpful all was done only after my request including the refund difference for the first night. The TV in the junior suite was not working but I didn’t care. Upside heated floor in the bathroom. The shuttle bus 75 in one direction

If u t adventure seeking person and want to try smthing really different , svalbard is the place. Radisson blu polar hotel is ‘different’ than ur usual Radisson.. we reached there at night, tempreture wad abt -12 or -15, check-in was smooth and then the rooms allocated were outside of the reception building.. The ‘different’ experience : another set of houses across the street. U hv to drag all ur bags for abt 50 mtr. In snow.. so bag eith wheels wont b of any use. And then there is no elevator, fetch the bags on whichever flooor u got room. No intercom in the room. Room are small, and even the jr suite is actually wht u cn get as a room in ETAP ( read - £20 per night type hotel room, than the usual Radisson £150-200 a night). U pay the same high price, but room u get is small. Small TV And now the BEST : Considering the remote location abd everything is taken their either by ship or by air, u start appreciating what is being provided. Nxt day when u get up, we saw the magnificant view. The hotel is has 2 hills and at the back its a sea, all frozen and white. The place is devine. The hotel staff is very helpful. They have a facility where the can call ur mobile if the northen lights starts appearig ( u hv to register at reception for this). And u must try the open air jacuzzi. The experience of sitting in hot tub when the surrounding tempreturenis -20 is something diffrernt. And u dnt feel cold when u walk from shower room to jacuzzi, even in -20, i dnt know how and why but we cud walk comfortably for 50 feet distance. After eventful day and spending tome in snow outside, u wd love the sauna too. The food: Surprisingly, the radisson bar offers tasty veggie burger and veggie pizza.

Overall pleasant stay with no major complaints. Great location and excellent breakfast. Nice decorations throughout hotel with Svalbard theme, mostly well kept or renovated. Some parts were bit worn out, and especially sauna equipment was totally below the bar of this hotel (should be small investment to buy a new water bucket and scoop). The outdoor jacuzzi was great, sadly it was closed due to storm on my second day of stay. Staff was helpful, but sometimes the front desk had no one there for many minutes. Hotel bar had great cocktails and nice atmosphere.

Staying in the arctic isn't about staying in a fancy hotel, that said, I had an amazing meal at a hotel down the road ..This is a franchise operated by Hurtigruten, who own 75% of tourism businesses in Svalbard. Its ok, but if you are used to the standard of the Radisson chain, it just about gets there. Breakfast was fine, staff - no problems, room was OK but dark, as there wasn't much space to put away our clothes so I was always fumbling round in the gloom looking in my suitcase, being on lower floor bathroom smelt of drains a bit, has a boot room that would shame many ski hotels and the pub, that is part of the hotel, is a great place to get a cheaper meal and lovely Svalbard beer! It has a nice atmosphere too. I didn't eat in the main resturant in the evening and I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to use the sauna either.

We have been here for five nights last february and we had a wonderful stay. The location is perfect. You just cross the street and you are in the main street of Longyearbyen. There is no elevator and so a little bit hard to go down with the heavy luggage if your room is at that level. The hotel is very cosy. The room was good, but with stains on the wall. After a day outside we always found our room perfectly cleaned. Great service from the reception was the Northern Lights wake up call. You just leave your phone number at the reception and if the lights appear, they will give you a call. (there is no telephone on the room). We were about to go to sleep, and we got the call !!! Great, so we did not miss the beautifull aurora! Breakfast was very nice and with a beautifull view over the fjord and part of the Adventvalley. The hotelbar was always very busy and some of the staff not really friendly.We had to wait a long time for our meal to be ready but the food was good. We wanted to have another drink during our dinner but when the waitress passed by she told us to go to the bar and order over there. And that took quite a time as well. Unfortunately the jacuzzi was most of the days out of order. Overall we had a very pleasant stay here and definitely would come back to this hotel !

Vei 229-3 Longyearbyen

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen places you within a short walk of University Centre in Svalbard and within a mile (2 km) of Svalbard Church. This 95-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. It's in central Longyearbyen and also 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Svalbard Museum.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. This hotel serves as home to a restaurant, which has ocean views, along with a sports bar. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All 95 recently renovated rooms provide minibars and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, and slippers.

Property features

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen features 2 spa tubs, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NOK 75 per person one way. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Additional amenities include 3 meeting rooms, conference space, and a library.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 683 reviews