We have just returned from a week's family stay in the Brakanes Hotel (August 2007). Our rooms were on the fourth floor overlooking the fjord so we had amazing views from the balconies. That side of the hotel (overlooking the fjord) would be quieter than the back end that overlooks the road. There is a disco on Friday and Saturday nights, so I suspect that rooms near the dining room area would be noisier - the disco is held close to the dining room area. Fortunately our rooms were well away from the noise, so were very quiet.
The rooms were a reasonable size, though most of the hotel was a bit in need of a facelift - some electrical sockets loose, room doors sticking, stair carpet somewhat worn in places, etc. However, overall we thoroughly enjoyed the stay and found the hotel very good. The staff were friendly and helpful.
The buffet cold continental-style breakfast was very good with a wide variety of cold meats, fresh fruit slices, bread (we really loved the granary-type bread), rolls, juices, liquid yoghurts, etc. The hot breakfast was disappointing - never varied from small fried sausages, fried potatoes, fried eggs and boiled eggs. If you want a packed lunch there is no extra charge - they give you a large polythene bag and you make up your own packed lunch. The dinner was excellent. Again it's buffet-style with a wide choice of cold meats, fish, salads, soup (only one choice each day) and about five or six different hot dishes where you can sample some of each if you want. The vegetables didn't change during the week - a pot of boiled potatoes, and a pot of mixed vegetables. The desserts were great - about twelve different ones, plus pots of canned pears, peaches, etc. Again you could sample several of the different desserts. There were also cheese and crackers. While there was the wide variety of desserts, the choices available didn't really vary much during the week. Guests can help themselves to tea/coffee (available beside the entrance to the dining room) any time during the day.
A computer with free internet access is available in the reception area. There is a small swimming pool and gym equipment, though most of the equipment seemed to be broken. About five or six rowing boats, a few canoes and a pedalo are available for free use by guests. In the rowing boats the rowlocks were too wide so the oars kept jumping out - the white boat had the best rowlocks. There is also a clay tennis court that looked rather unkempt - we didn't try it.
We were disappointed with the village of Ulvik - while there are some lovely views, etc, there are only about five shops in Ulvik (most were supermarkets) so don't go there for shopping! Overall we were very pleased with the hotel, enjoyed the stay in Ulvik and would go back again to the hotel, though wouldn't want to return to Ulvik as a shopping village.
- Also Known As:
- Rica Brakanes Ulvik
- Brakanes Hotel Norway/Hardanger
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik, Hardanger, is the ideal choice not only for holidays and breaks, but also for conferences, functions and parties. In addition to our well-appointed guest rooms and comfortable, welcoming reception rooms, we also have a separate conference centre for up to 500 people. The hotel enjoys a unique setting in Ulvik by the beautiful Hardangerfjord, surrounded by mountains, orchards, the sparkling sea and an equally sparkling cultural landscape. A fantastic range of activities is also available throughout the year for both groups and individuals. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Orbitz, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Hotels.com, Tingo and Otel so you can book your Brakanes Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.