For those who wish to visit Preikestolen, or otherwise known as Pulpit Rock, Stavanger might be the closest city to venture out from.
One possible route to take is via a ferry from Stavanger to Tau. For convenience then, you might want to consider staying at Scandic Stavanger City, which is just right next to the pier from which the ferry sets out from. During the peak travel season, cars may show up to queue well before the scheduled departure times in order to be assured of a spot on the ferry, hence the hotel’s location is quite ideal for this. However, the ferry operates on a fairly frequent schedule too, so some forward planning should do the trick.
In true Scandinavian style, the Scandic Stavanger City definitely appears like it belongs here. The architecture is an amalgamation of modernity and tradition. The main entrance to the hotel is nested within the complex of several interlinked buildings in which the rooms are housed.
The lobby was beautifully designed with large comfortable sofas surrounded by bookshelves well stocked with literature.
Above all of these were lovely lanterns dangling from the high ceiling which provided adequate ambient lighting.
There was also a small convenience store in the lobby where you can stock up on snacks and drinks.
Desktop computers were also available for guests to use if necessary.
The staff at the front desk was quick to process my reservation and proceeded to check me in, and was also kind enough to run through the main sights in the city.
Once I was done with checking in, I headed up to my room. Despite the layout of the hotel with interconnected blocks, the corridors had adequate signage to lead guests to their rooms.
The room was modestly sized and furnished, but the large window helped with natural lighting.
The flat screen television was flushed against the front wall, which helped to save some space. The room could do without the chair and mini table in my opinion.
The double bed was large and comfortable, and the reading lights were fully adjustable.
At the opposite corner of the room was a work desk with a couple of charging points.
The bathroom was spick and span, and in an effort to save some space, the shower door was hinged on one side and could full swivel against the wall when not in use.
The property also had a very decent fitness centre with a range of workout equipment, which should be able to cater to the fitness needs of most guests.
Breakfast was available in standard buffet style at the hotel’s main restaurant. At no time at all during my stay did I have any trouble finding a seat, even during the peak breakfast times due to the sheer number of tables available.
The breakfast spread was also quite impressive, with lots of options to pick from.
Overall, the Scandic Stavanger City is a great option for guests who love the convenience of being in close proximity to the ferry terminal from which to embark on their journey to Preikestolen. Importantly, the hotel is an ode to Scandinavian design, is beautifully furnished, and is also staffed by friendly and professional people.