Saturday, June 27, 2009

Park Inn Arendal

In my childhood, Central Hotel was the least preferred of the three hotels in my home town. After a period as Arendal Maritim Hotel, I was surprised to fin that the German Rezidor group had made it into the second Park Inn Hotel in Norway. I stayed comfortable here for two nights.

Location: BBBB+

Park Inn Arendal is located at Vestre Gate, one of the city's main streets. It is easy accessible from points of public transportation. Only a 5 minute walk from the main bus terminal, and 10-15 walk away from the railway station.

Service: BBBB

Good service from a nice and helpful staff, both in the reception and in the breakfast room. Staff at reception was also in charge of hotel bar, and managed both tasks perfectly.

Another great experience is that we were allowed to keep our rooms past the time we were supposed to vacate them, giving us a less stressful departure.

Room: BBBB

Medium sized room and bathroom on the 3rd floor of the hotel facing the street and overlooking the city. In spite of this, it was quiet during night. If staying during peak season (medium June - medium August) you are advised to ask for a room facing the back yard, as the city may be rather noisy during night.

The room had a maritime theme, with reproductions of sail ship paintings on the walls, light and navy blue colours and dark wood furniture. Flat screen TV with multiple national and international TV channels available. Good air conditioning. I enjoyed two nights in a very comfortable bed.

The room was relatively well maintained with only few signs of wear and tear. The bathroom was newly redecorated to a high standard. Hygiene was good as well.

All in all, a very decent stay in a comfortable room. Another great Park Inn stay.

Breakfast: BBBB

Breakfast was served in the breakfast room and was included in the price, a great thing considering that you increasingly have to pay extra to get a good start on the meal. The maritime character of the hotel followed you into the breakfast room, as much of the buffet was served in a small wooden boat, very neat!!

And it was a very satisfactory, what was under offer. You could choose scrambled eggs (from REAL eggs) and bacon if you wanted something to get you going until lunch. Different breads and rolls, fine or whole grain, and different kind of cheese and meats, mayonnaise salads and herring.

Freshly brewed coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

For those of you that like a healthy start to the day, you can choose from yogurt, cereals, and fruits.

Facilities: BBBB-

Entertainment: Inhouse bar and restaurant serving breakfast and evening buffet.

Exercise: "Fitness centre with solarium througout the hotel. only 2 min" according to the hotel website - to be declared.

Well-being: Good airconditioning throughout the hotel. Free wireless access even on rooms, and good resting areas inside (bar) and outside by the street. Free coffee in bar during the day.

Overall hygiene and maintenance: Very good.

Price: BBBB

At a price of around 800 NOK (88 EUR) it is an affordable and good alternative to the more expensive hotels in Arendal. Be aware that the rates are more favourable when booking on the net.

Total rating: BBBB (4,19 points)

Another good Park Inn hotel, providing good value for money on the south eastern coast of Norway. Recommended by Enjoy Food & Travel.


Park Inn Arendal
Vestre gate 11
N- 4836 Arendal
Phone: +47 37 00 07 20

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