As hotels go this one is very difficult to compare with others. The hotel has a number of unique features. We were in Room 6 in a circular grass roofed building. The furnishings were basic but exemplified local craftsmenship with detailed Viking motif wood carvings. There was beautiful piped music into the room and a large skylight which gave a beautiful view of Kjelsfossen and the surrounding towering mountains. The hotel is situated at the end of Naeroyfjorden which had a lovely outlook.
However that was the end of any positive experience. The hotel was advertised to be in a quiet isolated location; alas we pulled up to find a car ferry terminal within metres of the hotel and a large crowded carpark full of tourist buses and checkin was a small counter next to a bar in a second grassed roof building dominated by a souvenir store. It turned out the hotel was as much a tourist attraction in its own right as a place to stay. Tourists were literally walking into your room to gawk, which probably helped explain why our room was missing the trademark reindeer skin on the bed.
The lack of privacy meant most rooms either looked out onto the carpark, souvenir store or the ferry terminal. We negotiated a room looking south, the only problem with this was that the hot summer sun beat down through the skylight for most of the day, and without any shutters on the skylight the room was an absolute oven and unusable. Relaxing let alone sleep was difficult to come by here.
Food was hit and miss. The breakfast buffet was a small affair. The lunch menu was cafeteria style, although our dinner was one of the best meals we had in Norway. We had pre-arranged a set three course meal. It used local produce and was worth the price as was the view from the terrace straight down the fjord. This setting was made more pleasing as it was 6.30pm and the last of the car ferries and tour buses had departed for the day. For a brief while we could enjoy the hotel in the peaceful setting we expected.
- Also Known As:
- Gudvangen Fjordtell Hotel
- Gudvangen Fjordtell Hotel Gudvangen
- Gudvangen Fjordtell Western Fjords
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