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The new Clarion Hotel at Trondheim Port, Brattøra.Page Title Module
As already mentioned in the World hotel room views thread, I decided to stay at Clarion Hotel and Congress in June 2013. As I was visiting Trondheim to see the ship Serenissima on her first visit home to the Trondheimsfjord, a hotel right next to the cruise terminal at Brattøra was the obvious choice. Besides, Id wanted to go there after being inspired by pakarangs marvellous photos here in this thread.
As words like awesome and amazing are likely to figure a lot in what I write about this hotel, I should perhaps start by saying what I didnt like so much. That was the bedroom. There wasnt really anything actually wrong with it, nor did it lack the amenities for a hotel room of this type, but it lacked the wow factor I'd been expecting.
Possibly this feeling was exacerbated by having stayed in a hotel in Hamburg just a few weeks before which, though also part of a chain (Sofitel), could like this Clarion be described as a ‘designer hotel’. Now that was a room where I wanted to spend time and simply enjoy being there.
Id even say I am rather flattering the Trondheim hotel by showing a photo taken late on a very un-midsummer-like wet dark evening when Id switched on all the lights, giving the room a touch of cosyness. It looked more ordinary in daylight. Oh and I didnt even think to photograph the very ordinary bathroom.
I didn't spend much time in the bedroom, but I did hang out a lot elsewhere in the hotel. Let me show you around and I think you’'ll understand why. My room is on the 8th floor and is at the end of the corridor near the lifts, so you only have to step out of the room and there's this splendid space - now that really is wow! There was even a fashion shoot happening here one afternoon.
Here on the ground floor is the entrance to the hotel reception and lobby – it's the inside of the entrance shown on pakarang's photos #1/1 and 1/2 at the start of this thread.
Reception is off to the right, and ahead is "Atmosphere" – Breakfast was served here, and other meals and buffets, and it connects through to the left lounge and bar area called "The Living Room". More photos of these areas later.
If you walk past reception, between the reception desk and the lifts shown in the last post, you find yourself in another huge adaptable lobby-lounge-like space which is the "Congress" side of the hotel. Here there is a separate desk dealing with conference and meeting arrangements, and coffee breaks and functions might be taking place. The separate entrance seen on the right of this photo is the one pakarang photographed in #1/3 and 4.
On the left of the photo, and above us when we walked through from the hotel reception, you see several "bridges" at varying angles on some of the floor levels. These link upper floors of the two wings of the hotel, and the various views and lighting and spaces are amazing.
Here I'm looking up towards two of the highest bridges
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