The Best Western in Sogndal is a clean, well-run facility and provides a very convenient springboard for access to differing eco-tourist attractions as well as the university there.
We arrived at Sogndal's airport via Wideroe airlines [the only carrier to this airport]. The fjord views are breathtaking both on landing and takeoff. Once disembarking, one goes through the small airport lobby to a waiting airport shuttle -- it's the only bus there and coordinates with the arriving aircraft. One pays the driver on the bus [credit cards accepted]. The trip from Sogndal airport to the bus terminal [sit on the right side to see wonderful glimpses of the fjord early in the trip; on the way back, sit on the right to see beautiful views closer to Sogndal] takes about 20 minutes to get to the central bus terminal in Sogndal.
En route, on the left in town you'll see a lot of hotels. This is where the Best Western is located. Perhaps the most obvious hotel sign is the Quality Inn. From the bus terminal, head in the direction of the Quality Inn sign and follow the main road in the direction back to where the bus came from; on the right about three blocks up you'll see a right turn -- that's the street on which the Best Western is located.
Upon finding the hotel, enter the lobby. It's a darker lobby but still warm and friendly, with a sitting area on the right as you walk in with a TV, and a larger lounge just beyond it. The left area is where you'll find the breakfast area [breakfast is included with all room rates] and reception.
We arrived at around 2:30 pm and were checked in and given a room right away. We requested a room that had a view of the fjord, and the young man checking us in said he would give us one 'he thought'. His thinking was correct, and we were given room 322 -- one of two large rooms at the end of the hotel with a view of the fjord over the rooftops. A very pleasant room indeed, and worth requesting.
The room itself included Internet access, both wifi and cabled [which is faster], a sitting area [large, with a leather loveseat and separate single seat], table, and wine glasses. Bathroom had only a shower, but had wonderfully heated floors, which were a tremendous and recurring pleasure each time we stepped on them. Note: if you require special shampoo, bring your own because the hotel appears to only provide body gel dispensers.
All hotels in Norway are nonsmoking, but there was a smoking balcony at the other end of the hall if this is your thing.
Breakfast was very nice, although only cold offerings and fresh breads [with the exception of hard and soft boiled eggs]. However, it seemed to be the standard practice that folks would make sandwiches to go for lunch, so do this to avoid having to pay the exorbitant prices associated with restaurant meals in Norway [e.g., US$50 for a coke and pizza]. There is a bar, but again, with the prices of alcohol and food, things are quite pricey.
The hotel staff was uniformly pleasant, and we liked the fact that the rooms were made up early [by noon] each of the four days we were here.
One problem we encountered was that our card keys apparently only lasted 24 hours. Each day we'd have to get new keys issued to us.
Finally, as befits a non-business-focused hotel, safes were not standard in the rooms. However, we did employ the hotel's without a problem.
The hotel is in very close proximity to key things in Sogndal: the bus terminal [where all the key transport for tourist activities such as the glacier transport and related activities, regular transport to the University, airport bus, etc.], two grocery stores [key to keep food costs down -- try Remi, which has hot food to go, including meatballs, chicken wings, whole chickens, etc.], and the tourist information office.
One other aspect we liked about the Best Western is that it does cater to an older population. Other hotels in Sogndal focus on backpackers and students. We believe that either population might not be happy in the other's quarters, so this may be a factor of importance to some.
Overall, wonderful, convenient hotel for excursions to the glacier, fjords, and other nature-based activities as well as the University. We would definitely stay here again.
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