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Clarion Hotel Ernst

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is well decorated and has a contemporary feel. All the staff were very helpful and professional. Check in was efficient and the quick The breakfast was varied and the freshly cooked section was fantastic.

Perfect for an overnight stat in Kristiansand. Friendly staff, (Newly?) renovated room and hotel interior in general. Super friendly restaurant staffnand very delicious dinner. I will be back! Didn’t get to testnthe gym, but running should be done along the sea front in Kristiansand any way...

The Ernst is an excellent choice should location be important to you. The rooms are varied in size and facilities but are all fine, some just a bit too small if you are staying more than a couple of days. The general facilities are good. A decent bar and restaurant and breakfast excellent. The gym is not large but equipped sufficiently for a decent workout.

Stayed at the hotel for business, one night. Had a great first impression with swift and helpful staff. Room was ok clean, silent, large shower and bathroom. They were helpful with directions and where to find some dinner, they also have a ok bar, nice seating area and ok minus breakfast. Would have loved more fresh pressed juice or smoothies, otherwise they had everything you would expect from a Norwegian hotel breakfast. Price was ok, especially taking in consideration the location, service and a good night sleep. They have a small parking garage at the hotel, but remember to pre-book this. They also have a public parking garage 300m away for 160NOK/24h with plenty of space.

Arrived just after midnight due to delays with train from Oslo. Had already informed about my late check-in and when I arrived at the reception the wonderful night manager Nils Henrik greeted me with his usual smiling self and awesome customer service. I had already been checked in and got to my room only to find a nice and clean room. Due to a hectic morning I decided to order breakfast delivered to my room, as for Norway this was not too pricey and breakfast was delivered on time and was satisfactory. Not the cheapest hotel in Kristiansand but that is weighed up for location, location, location. Main street is close by, so is the ferry terminal and trainstation, no need for taxi or public transport.

Situated in the center of Kristiansand within walking distance of sights, restaurants and shopping. I attended an expo at the hotel and it was convenient to stay there as well. Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The room (402) was very small, but clean and quiet. The bed was comfy, but the tv was on the small side and I wound up using my iPad most of the time. Too bad the Wifi was nearly nonexistent. I had problem working as the WiFi dropped out all the time. When watching Netflix it buffered constantly. Very annoying. The bathroom was small and I had some trouble getting in and out of the shower stall (I’m of normal build just FYI). There’s a gym which offers some free weights, a stationary bike, a crosstrainer, two treadmills and a machine where you can do basic exercises. Ok for a hotel gym, but there’s so much potential wasted here. Breakfast offered a wide variety that should please most guests. The even had a chef who I think was making pancakes. In general I really liked the hotel and its staff, but as the lack of working WiFi made it hard to work and play I can’t give a higher rating than 3/5.

One of the best hotels i Kristiansand. Very helfull og service minded reception. Single room are small but very nice designed. Good and service minded bar but could have a couple of more food choices on the meny. The in door parking are very narrow so be aware, easy get stuck if you have a big car. Excellent breakfast!!!!

Very good location, just a block from the Marken pedestrian area with numerous shops and restaurants, short walk to Bystranda beach and ferry to Denmark. Main complaint we have was our room had sloping ceiling, and we could not stand up in about 1/3 of our small room. The ceiling was so low in one area, that even top of chair hit ceiling. For Americans: remember many Norwegian hotels do not furnish wash cloths and bath mats

The hotel is very well located in the city centre, close to the bus and train station without this being in a dubious location. In spite of quite a lot of traffic outside, it was nice and quiet inside. The rooms toward the streets had windows that could be opened. The rooms and the reception area come across as a bit dark with all the brown colour scheme which is in fashion in many hotels these days. There was no tea and coffee making facilities in the room I stayed in, so if you prefer to have that in your room, make sure to book one of the right category of rooms! The staff was very diverse regarding service. When I checked in, there was not any information given, nor anything to make me feel welcome. The staff in the breakfast room did not even look at the guests, let alone aknowledge anyone. The breakfast itself was really nice. Fresh omelets being made, lots of nice fresh fruit, lots of choices. The breakfast room had good capacity, but a bit dark in corners. The bed was a bit soft for my liking, and the room had carpeted floors, not my favourite thing in a hotel room. The room was also a little bit worn around the edges. The minibar was quite good, the tv didn't have many channels. The standard room is not particularly big, but absolutely adequateThe desk in the room was a bit low, so it was not very handy as a working desk for any length of time. The air condition wasn't very effective either, but with the possibilities of opening the windows this was a minor problem. But I wouldn't want to have a room facing inwards towards the reception area.

Loved this hotel! Located in city center, close to shopping, restaurants and the city beach. Nice room and bathroom, tea and coffee facilities. We had a spacious excecutive room. Nice breakfast. Hope to be back!

Rådhusgt. 2 Kristiansand

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Fitness center

Clarion Hotel Ernst places you next to Visit Kristiansand / Kristiansand Turistkontor and Kristiansand Cathedral. This 4-star hotel has 135 rooms and welcomes guests with 3 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. It's in central Kristiansand and also a short walk from Christiansholm Festning and Kilden Performing Arts Centre.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy dining at Brasseri, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


All 135 air-conditioned rooms provide phones and desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs with cable channels.

Property features

At Clarion Hotel Ernst, guests have access to a fitness center, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. Self parking is offered for NOK 190 per night. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include conference space, express check-in, and express check-out.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Twin Bed, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Twin Room, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 716 reviews