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The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, once of Lillehammer (see the Original Thinking), is now Svalbard’s premier hotel, and the most northerly full-service hotel in the world. The rooms offer a level of comfort similar to what you might expect on mainland Europe.
There are 95 rooms, including 27 Junior Suites (ideal for families) and a solitary Superior Suite, all with en suite bathrooms and wifi access.
Facilities include a good restaurant that serves international dishes and Arctic specialities such as seal, ptarmigan, char and reindeer, with panoramic views of the nearby fjords and mountains. There is also a sauna, and a pub that will serve you the northernmost pint in the world.
Why we love it
The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel was originally Team America's home for the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, dismantled and brought, lock stock and barrel to Spitsbergen.