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Overlooking the small town of Longyearbyen, the Spitsbergen Hotel has its historical roots as the headquarters and officers’ mess for the early coal mining company that operated on Svalbard in the 1940s.
Now fully refurbished and modernised, the hotel retains the character and feel of a gentlemen's club, with its library, fireplace and billiard table ideal for drinking whiskey and plotting Arctic explorations.
The rooms and corridors are decorated with historic photographs, old maps and newspaper clippings. Facilities include a sauna and a cosy bar.
The hotel's Funktionærmessen restaurant is the best in town, with views to match.
Harriet, Original Traveller