Samantha Nandez

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg

with Samantha Nandez www.samanthanandez.com/
  • Where:Svalbard, Norway

  • Why:Work/Holiday

  • When:January 2019

  • Who:Myself, my boyfriend, & my best friend.

Highs & Lows

  • The cozy and relaxed atmosphere was perfect after a long day of dogsledding or hiking. It felt like coming home.

  • The Sauna experience was the perfect combination with the freezing temperatures outside.

  • The restaurant, Vinterhagen, is superb!

  • The bed was soft and comfortable.

  • Easy walk to city center.

  • You do have to walk outside to access the restaurant and bar, no problem in spring and summer, a little tougher in winter.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Plastic Free

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A nordic retreat established in former coal miners lodgings updated with a restaurant, bar, spa, sauna, jacuzzi, and a guest kitchen!

  • Vibe

    Quirky, cozy, and fun.

  • Location

    Set outside the main strip, the location provides beautiful city & mountain views and a better opportunity to see the Northern Lights at night!

  • Rooms

    Choose your own adventure - single or double rooms with shared bathrooms, family & suite rooms with private bathroom, and 1 or two bedroom cabins complete with kitchen and bathroom.

  • Music

    In common areas youʼll hear some gentle jazz. The restaurant plays everything from country to American oldies.

  • Year Opened

    1999

  • Designed By

    Mary-Ann Dahle

  • Pool/Gym

    Jacuzzi and Sauna take place of a pool, perfect for the colder season. The gym is the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, kayaking, dogsledding & more all bookable through the front desk.

  • Bar

    Peisen Bar has a rustic pub vibe. Recently updated with a gorgeous wood bar, tables and artwork by street artist Guido Van Helten (https://www.instagram.com/ guidovanhelten/). If you donʼt want to sit indoors, there is also a ship and a red bus with available seating.Peisen Bar has a rustic pub vibe. Recently updated with a gorgeous wood bar, tables and artwork by street artist Guido Van Helten. If you donʼt want to sit indoors, there is also a ship and a red bus with available seating.

  • Minibar

    Robes & slippers are provided for guests in lieu of a minibar.

  • Wifi

    WiFi is available in common areas but currently being updated for in-room access.

  • Children

    Definitely! Plenty of space for kids to spend time indoors or out.

  • Price

    Mid-range for the location.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg

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