Balestrand was a very good destination if you want a small, friendly town. It is a good base for exploring nearby areas without the mass tourist and cruise ship invasion of Flam. My wife and I could not have been more pleased with Balestrand and even more pleased with our experience staying at the Balestrand Hotel.
Unni Marie and her family were fantastic! I always enjoy staying in a location with more of a personal touch. This family run hotel hit the spot. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful, spending a considerable amount of time discussing the area, its history, places to see, the food, etc. Breakfast was a wonderful assortment of breads, cheeses, meats, eggs, cereals, juices and fruits; you will not leave hungry.
The rooms have plenty of room (by European standards) and each have a nice patio with a few chairs and a table and plenty of room to enjoy the spectacular views of the fjord. There are rooms with non-fjord views for less money; I did not see, but suspect they provide nice views of the mountains.
The reservation was very easy. Unni Marie was very helpful with good, timely email responses and communication. She provided me with information on the fjord ferries and schedules which helped a lot. Again, a very personal touch.
Thank you Unni Marie and family. We really enjoyed our stay!
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