This review is long overdue. We visited Ålesund as part of a road trip through the fjords in July 2011 and stayed in Sunde Fjord Hotel for two nights. I initially chose the hotel for its location: out of the town centre, right on the edge of the water, with a ferry port on the E39 on your doorstep (the trip from here to Geiranger, crossing first the Hjørundfjord and then the Geirangerfjord is absolutely breathtaking).
The rooms were wonderful: bright, spacious and well equipped. Unfortunately I don't remember the room numbers, but we had the two rooms at the far end of the corridor on the second floor. Both had sliding doors opening up on the wooden deck, with wonderful views of the fjords from your own private lounging chairs. Excellent value for money (we booked with a Fjord Pass).
In the end it was the service though, and not the beautiful surroundings, stunning rooms or convenient location that made Sunde Fjord memorable. Earlier during the trip my father hurt his knee, and by the time we arrived in Ålesund he could barely stand on his leg. We could avoid it no further: we had to find a doctor. Inga was incredibly helpful in arranging for a doctor in nearby Langevag to see us at very short notice. Even though just about everybody in Norway speaks perfect English, it remains a second language for both myself and the Norwegians. She called ahead, translated our predicament and begged them to remain open for us. She really went out of her way to help us and it was very clear that this was genuine kindness, not merely some concierge doing a job.
There really wasn't anything I can fault the hotel on.
Do keep in mind that you should preferably have your own transport when you stay here:
1. The hotel is about 15 / 20 km from the centre of Ålesund
2. The hotel serves the standard breakfast fare, but does not have a full restaurant. As far as I can remember there were no restaurants within walking distance. We drove to Ålesund for dinner, and there is a shopping mall en route to Ålesund where you can get take-aways or other light lunches.
Inge (I hope have the name right), we will always remember your kindness. We dream about the day when we will be able to return to beautiful Norway, and Sunde Fjord in particular.
Will I recommend? Absolutely!
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