We came down from the mountain, cold, wet to the bone and tired, and went to the hotel to ask if they knew how to get to my hometown, Ålesund. We had looked at possibilities with buses but it would take some time... Mariann, the director of the hotel was supernice and while she arranged a ride with their taxiboat for us, she enthusiastically offered us to help ourselves to some coffee and tea and sit down by the fireplace and warm ourselves. An amazing welcome considering how fancy the hotel is and the state we were in.. We had been in the mountain for three days without showering and it had been raining all the way down. While we enjoyed all the "fanciness" around us, warm coffee and the heat from the fireplace, a woman asked if we would like some applecake with icecream. The charge would just be added to the boat ticket. The cake was heavenly :) Then Mariann came by again with her big smile and said the cake was on the house :D
Then there actually came some people with the boat who were there to give Mariann an award. She had been nominated to and named "best representative of good service in the service profession". Wow, how well deserved that was! I am definately going back there for an actual stay. All the rooms are unique and looks like they're taken straight out of the aristocratic 1800s. Beautiful.
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