Samantha Nandez

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg

  • Where:
  • Why:Work/Holiday
  • When:January 2019
  • Who:Myself, my boyfriend, & my best friend.
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Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Mary-Ann’s Bar Bus & Ship in the main courtyard.

Mary-Ann’s Bar Bus & Ship in the main courtyard.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg The Entrance welcoming visitors.

The Entrance welcoming visitors.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg The Aurora Spa.

The Aurora Spa.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg View of Longyearbyen from the Ship.

View of Longyearbyen from the Ship.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Enjoying the sauna in the Aurora Spa.

Enjoying the sauna in the Aurora Spa.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Warm up, then cool off outside in the snow.

Warm up, then cool off outside in the snow.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Vinterhagen Restaurant.

Vinterhagen Restaurant.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Cocktails anyone? Stirred up with a Polar Bear Penis Bone! Getting work done in the dining/living room.

Cocktails anyone? Stirred up with a Polar Bear Penis Bone! Getting work done in the dining/living room.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Peisen Bar.

Peisen Bar.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Morning coffee in the breakfast room. Bear prints lead you to your room.

Morning coffee in the breakfast room. Bear prints lead you to your room.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Reading in one of 7 living areas.

Reading in one of 7 living areas.

Mary-Annʼs Polarrigg Relaxing in the warm hotel room.

Relaxing in the warm hotel room.

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

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Minibar

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

  • Children

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

  • Price

    Mid-range for the location.

  • Website

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