In the capital of remote Southwest Greenland, hotel rooms don't come cheap

TRAVEL Q&A

April 16, 1995|By New York Times News Service

Q: We are planning a trip to Greenland, and we're wondering if there are any inexpensive hotels in Godthaab.

A: The choices are pretty slim in Godthaab, which is the Danish name for a town now known officially in Greenland by its Inuit name of Nuuk. And whether because of the dollar's poor showing in financial markets or because of the natural difficulties of running a business in a place as remote as Greenland, accommodation prices are hardly bargain-basement.

According to Greenland Tourism, a company formed in 1992 by Greenland Home Rule, which is what the government was called after the island achieved self-rule from Denmark on May 1, 1979, there are two hotels in Nuuk, the capital of Southwest Greenland. The town has a population of 13,000.

Hotel Hans Egede, Box 289, 3900 Nuuk, Greenland, (299) 24222, fax (299) 24487, charges $193 for a regular single room, $129 for an economy single and $240 for a double, calculated at 5.4 Danish kroner to the dollar. The 105-room hotel was named for a Danish churchman who landed in Greenland in 1721 and began the island's modern colonization. The settlement was founded in 1727.

The alternative is the 27-room Seamens Home, Postbox 1021, 3900 Nuuk, Greenland, (299) 21029, fax (299) 22104, which despite its name is open to non-mariners, including women, and is like a hotel in all respects except that it does not serve liquor. A single room is $110 ($73 for an economy) and a double $160.

For more information, contact Greenland Tourism, Postbox 1552, Nuuk, Greenland; (299) 22888, fax (299) 22877, or one of the following agents in North America, both of which sell package tours to Greenland:

Pedersen World Tours, Park Place Corporate Center, 15 Wertheim Court, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada; (905) 882-5470, fax (905) 882-5472.

Scanam, 933 Highway 23, Pompton Plains, N.J. 07444; (201) 835-7070, fax (201) 835-3030.

Q: I will be visiting London next month with my niece, who requires glatt kosher food. Can you tell me the names of restaurants there that serve such foods?

A: Glatt, or rigorously, kosher establishments in London are supervised by the Joint Kashrus Committee-Kedassia (Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations), 67 Amhurst Park, London N16 which supplied the names of these restaurants and takeout places.

The following are in the Golders Green area:

* Amors, 8 Russell Parade, Golders Green Road; (181) 458 4221. Eat-in or takeout. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (takeout only). Wide range of hot and cold food.

* Burgerland, 239 Golders Green Road; (181) 731 7497. Open 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and an hour after the Sabbath ends until 1 a.m. A small burger costs $3, calculated at $1.60 to the pound; a double burger is $4.75.

* Carmelli, 124 Golders Green Road; (181) 455 0664. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. Typical dishes are lasagna, pizza, quiche, omelet, various main-course salads, all at $8.

* Palms, 1-4 Belmont Parade, Finchley Road, Temple Fortune; (181) 731 8282. Open Sunday to Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. JTC and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; closed Friday and Saturday. Main courses for two include steak au poivre, $54; beef Wellington, $54.

* Reich's, 10 Princes Parade, Golders Green Road; (181) 455 2613. A delicatessen specializing in Sabbath food, Reich's is open Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chopped liver is $5.60 a pound; chicken $5.60 a pound.

The following are in Stamford Hill:

* Uncle Shlomie, 204 Stamford Hill; (181) 802 9355. Open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Takeout and bar facilities. Fried chicken $2.80; potato knishes $1.60.

* Greenfelds, 14 Stamford Hill; (181) 806 3987. Open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mainly frozen meals such as goulash; chicken, potato and vegetable; breast of turkey with vegetable. From $7.20 to $8.80.

* Tasti Pizza, 23 Amhurst Parade, Amhurst Park, has a branch in Stamford Hill, (181) 802 0018, and in Golders Green at Russell Parade, 252 Golders Green Road, (181) 209 0023. Both open noon to 10:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Pizzas from $7.60 to $10.40. Takeout and bar facilities.

"The Jewish Travel Guide," published in Britain with the Jewish Chronicle, lists a number of Jewish organizations around the world, including kosher restaurants and hotels. It is distributed in the United States by Sepher Herman Press, 1265 46th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11219, (718) 972-9010, and costs $12.95 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling.

Q: My husband and I will be spending some time in May in Florence and understand it is possible to take a day trip from there to Venice. Which is more convenient, to go by bus or train?

A: There is no bus service between the two cities, but there are rather convenient trains.

The times are good through May 27; in Florence (area code 055) call 288785 for any changes in schedule.

The Intercity 712 leaves Florence at 7:15 a.m. and arrives at Venezia Santa Lucia at 10:15 a.m.

The Eurocity 30 leaves Florence at 9:47 a.m. and arrives in Venezia Mestre at 12:27 p.m. Trains for Venezia Santa Lucia leave Venezia Mestre every 10 minutes, and the trip takes about 10 minutes. On the return trip, the Intercity 723 leaves Venezia Santa Lucia at 7:42 p.m., arriving in Florence at 10:48 p.m.

There are also local trains to and from Venice from Florence, but they involve making a change in Bologna, which wastes precious time on such a short visit.

A one-way ticket costs $21, including the Intercity supplement.

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