Since I’ve been living in Troms, I’ve been asked quite a few questions by individuals who are preparing to visit this area.
And while I have covered my top choices for things to do in Troms and viewing the northern lights in Troms, I haven’t written much about where to stay in Troms. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Troms, check out my recommendations below.
Because I reside in this city currently, I’ve only had the opportunity to visit a small handful of Tromso’s hotels, so it would be difficult for me to recommend the city’s top lodging options to you.
But throughout the years, I’ve had a lot of friends visit from out of town, and most of them chose to stay in hotels rather than sleeping on an air mattress in my cramped office.
As a result, I have a pretty solid understanding of the finest hotels and other places to stay in Tromso.
Since I also reside in the downtown area, the majority of the hotels included on this list are within a three- to four-minute walking distance from my flat.
This list does not cover every hotel in Troms; rather, it only includes the ones that I consider to be the best.
To begin, while looking for a place to stay in Tromso, you will need to zero in on the neighbourhood in which you would want to be located.
You obviously want to stay right in the city centre, and the city centre is quite tiny and easily walkable. Luckily for you, this is a pretty simple process because the city centre is so small and accessible on foot.
It shouldn’t take more than around five minutes to walk from a hotel on the port to a hotel on the major retail strip Storgata.
Another advantageous feature of Tromso is that the airport can be reached by car in a matter of ten to fifteen minutes from the city centre.
Therefore, it will not be difficult for you to take a bus or cab from the airport to your place of lodging. If you are interested in taking a bus, your best bet is to get a ticket for the city bus of Troms, which costs 45 NOK. To get to the centre of town, you may take either the bus number 40, 42, or 24.
It is possible that using the Troms Airport Express Bus, which costs 110 NOK for adults and 180 NOK for a return ticket, will be a more convenient option for you if you have a lot of luggage.
In addition, there is a taxi stand just outside the arrivals area, so if you need one, all you have to do is join in line and wait for your ride to come.
If you are travelling with more than one person, it may be more cost effective to take a cab from the Tromso Airport to the city centre rather than taking the bus. The taxi ride will cost around 200 Norwegian Krone.
When it comes to hotels in Tromso, I’ve found that the prices may fluctuate wildly depending on when you make your reservation, which is a peculiar aspect of the city.
Even though Tromso has a large number of hotels, at the city’s busiest times the whole downtown area may be completely filled. In addition, hotel rates have a tendency to soar whenever this event is getting near to taking place.
Therefore, I cannot stress this point enough: make your hotel reservations as far in advance as you possibly can. Like now!
I believe that any resident of this town would agree that The Edge is Troms’s most luxurious hotel.
The last time my parents were in town, they came here to stay, and they were quite pleased with their experience.
The hotel features a pretty unique architecture and is located directly on the ocean. When it comes to Tromso’s finest hotels, this one is without a doubt at the top of my list.
The Edge is home to the city of Troms’s one and only sky bar, which is rather popular among the city’s residents.
Even if you aren’t staying at the hotel, it is well worth your time to stop by this bar because it offers some of the most breathtaking views in the area and has an inventive drinks menu.
While The Edge has quickly become a local favourite, the Scandic Ishavshotel has long been regarded as a Troms mainstay (while The Edge is still really new).
The Scandic Ishavshotel is located directly on the sea and has the appearance of a massive ship sitting exactly at the end of the dock; as a result, every room in the hotel has a magnificent view of the surrounding area.
Additionally, for a number of years running, guests have selected this establishment’s breakfast as Norway’s greatest hotel breakfast.
Down by the harbour is also where you’ll find the Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora. The fact that there is an outdoor jacuzzi on the roof is the primary selling point of this place.
A buddy of mine who was here not too long ago can vouch for the fact that the jacuzzi is well worth the cost.
Breakfast and a light dinner in the evening are included in the room rate at this hotel, which is another great feature of this establishment. Given the high cost of food in Tromso, staying at this hotel is a great value.
Although the Radisson Blu Hotel Troms is widely regarded as one of the most opulent accommodations in all of Troms, and despite the fact that I’ve included it on my list, if I had to choose just one, I probably wouldn’t go with it.
It’s a pretty good hotel, but it’s kind of the same as all Radisson Blu hotels everywhere, and I feel that the other luxury Tromso hotels on this list are more special.
Although it’s a really nice hotel, it’s kind of the same as all Radisson Blu hotels everywhere. But even if all of those hotels are reserved, the Radisson is still a fantastic option!
Best mid-range hotels in Tromsø
I really enjoy staying at Thon hotels since they serve the most delicious breakfasts (and are also very accommodating to pets!). Even my parents praised how good the meal was here, saying that it was even better than the breakfast at The Edge.
Both the Thon Hotel Troms and the Thon Hotel Polar are very identical, therefore I will combine my reviews of both into one one.
The two hotels are located directly across the street from one another. I have spent the night in the Thon Hotel Polar, and both of my parents have visited the Thon Hotel Tromso on many occasions.
Did I mention how amazing the breakfast is here? They are conveniently located in the heart of the city, close to the primary retail district.
Visit these links to get up-to-date information on room pricing and availability at the Thon Hotel Polar and the Thon Hotel Troms.
Breakfast and supper are provided in the room rate at the Clarion Hotel With, which contributes to the overall value of a stay at this establishment.
The hotel is located directly on the sea. The rooms are a little bit old-fashioned, yet in an endearing sort of manner. When compared to Troms’s ultra-modern hotels, the atmosphere within this establishment is undeniably cosier.
Check out the latest pricing and accommodations options at the Clarion Hotel With by using this page.
Best budget hotels in Tromsø
Both of my friends who stayed at the Smarthotel Troms claimed they were pleasantly pleased by how wonderful it was, so I decided to book a room there myself. The rooms are on the tiny side and lack frills, but they are immaculate and quite comfortable.
They also provide an optional breakfast for an additional cost, but if your finances are tight, you may forgo it and instead pick up something cheaper at the grocery store down the street.
The hotel is located right in the heart of downtown, close to the primary retail district. However, if you want to get the greatest deal on this hotel, you need to make your reservation as far in advance as possible.
I’ve seen it posted for week of bookings for the same price as Tromso’s most luxurious hotels.
My friend Cat lives on Svalbard, and whenever she visits Tromso, she sleeps at the Comfort Hotel Xpress.
Considering how frequently she comes here, I consider this to be an outstanding recommendation. The accommodations are simple yet pleasant and clean, and they are located in the heart of the main retail district.
Every morning, Alfie and I take a stroll through the Ami Hotel, and whenever I meet visitors there, they appear to be in a good mood.
The location is quite desirable; it is in the heart of the city, yet it is perched on top of a hill with lovely views.
Because it is located just above a park that is dim enough for spectacular views of the northern lights, this location is also a fantastic choice for a place to stay during the winter months.
Tromso CoCo offers extremely low-cost bunk beds in mixed dorms for those who are travelling on an extremely limited budget.
Additionally, there is a comfortable common area here, which makes it an excellent spot to meet other people who are travelling.
This hostel may be found in the same building as the Smarthotel, which is located in the heart of the city.
Even though it’s the most affordable option in Troms, guests consistently give Aurora Friends high marks for their stay.
This quaint hostel is located on the outskirts of central Troms and provides bunk beds in mixed dorms for its guests.
If it were up to me, I’d stay in Tromso CoCo because it’s a little closer to the city centre and the price is practically the same, but Aurora Friends would be an excellent alternative.
Booking an Airbnb in Troms is something that I would highly advise against doing. Airbnb has been a significant source of contention for residents in Troms, particularly students who are unable to find homes to rent due to the city’s severe housing scarcity.
Airbnbs are not subject to the same stringent regulations as hotels and are registered differently than the latter. So you’re far better off renting a self-catering hotel room, or at least an apartment via a hotel site like booking.com.
The Enter Hotels in Tromsø are my favourite self-catering alternative in Tromsø. There are a handful of them around the city, but the greatest site is the Enter City Tromsø.
My friend Jessica stayed here in August and here room was modest but had everything she needed, including a mini kitchen.
Arctic Homes Town Square
If you want a full apartment, this one bedroom flat is directly in the city centre and looks very nice.