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Hotel Union Oye
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Orsta
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Sugar Land, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

I don't use the word "perfect" lightly ! The location is magnificent - nestled at the end of a quiet fjord, with kayaks and bicycles available for guests to explore at no charge. The rooms are unique and beautiful. The place is dripping with history, and even a ghost, but the staff are friendly, and the atmosphere is not at all stuffy. The food in the restaurant is simple, but breathtakingly beautiful. Local ingredients are perfectly cooked in the Norwegian style accented with some quite cosmopolitan touches. I recommend the optional wine sampler - they picked the accompaniments very well. Some may miss the communications (no TV, no internet), but we did not.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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San Gabriel, California
Level 6 Contributor
274 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2013

I did not stay at the Hotel Union Oye but rather had soup, pancakes and tea in the beautiful dining room. I toured all of the wonderful rooms and marveled at the furnishings and the walk back in history that this visit provided. The hotel was a stop during my "Taste of Norway" excursion from the Hurtigruten MS Finnmarken. The architecture, decorations and furnishings all were marvelous and provided a glimpse into the beauty that greeted travelers who were fortunate enough to stay at such a charming and unique place. The staff I had occasion to meet were very friendly, eager to help and proud of their wonderful hotel. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking. Wish I could have stayed in this grand place.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

A rare and unusual hotel, each bedroom, which are named after members of the norwegian royal family or a famous previous occupant is decorated in an individual and traditional style, ours had a large comfortable bed and a great view , beware bedroom number 7 is supposed to be haunted! the bathroom was an unusual mix of traditional sink and wet room not so sure! The larger main salons are very heavily furnished but a bit lacking in atmosphere. The staff are all charming and friendly, dinner was a grand 4 course affair and was delicious, breakfast was a great buffet.
The drive through the valley to the hotel is spectacular and the surrounding area is as peaceful and as stunning a place as you could ever wish to visit.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Central Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2013

If your looking for the Hyatt and the modern amenities of a 5 star American hotel this may not be for you. If you are a lover of history, appreciate originality, beauty, first class service and a one of a kind venue that offers spectacular views that are unmatched anywhere else in the world, this would be a mandatory trip. We stayed in Kaiser Wilhelm's suite and found it to be comfortable and rich with history, right down to the claw foot tub from his famous steamship he used to visit his favorite place in the world. The staff were attentive, the food was spectacular, the surroundings unsurpassed and the décor period correct and tasteful. Spending evenings next to the fireplace in the cozy lounge or sitting with a wool blanket on the front porch with the spectacular view of the waterfall and surrounding peaks always a stones throw away was beyond description. The drive from the Union Oye to the neighboring town was so incredible I must return to make sure what I saw was real and I wasn't just dreaming. This is the 43rd country for me and I have been to most continents..... Northern Norway in the RAIN crushes them all - hands down the most beautiful and peaceful place I have found on planet earth.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night and were not impressed. The prices were high even for Norway. On the positive side it is a beautiful setting but the hotel is run down, plumbing, bedding. Unfortunately the weather had been warm for a few days which caused the flies to hatch. Our room was inundated with dozens of flies. As much as we tried we could not get rid of the flies. Horrible. We had both dinner and breakfast which were both acceptable if not a bit stilted. We would probably not stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Context: Stayed here for three nights in June with family in the Blue Room.

Review: A truly one of a kind property, rich in history and well kept. The interior has been tastefully restored and furnished with period decoration (think poster beds, old photographs, lace curtains and plush armchairs). The larger rooms - those that once housed famous people - are even more charming; these rooms typically contain curios, trinkets and mementos - all the little things that make history so real. Yes, the bathtub used by Kaiser Wilhelm II is still there; yes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's pipe can be seen in his room. There's story telling every evening (in Norwegian only :D sorry folks), when you get to learn about the ghost in the Blue Room, or the story of Karen Blixen's boots. Call it a marketing gimmick if you will, but hey, it's a thoroughly enjoyable one!

Staff service goes beyond efficient; everyone from the receptionist to the waitstaff was friendly and seemed to genuinely wish that you enjoy your stay. The hotel also offers free kayaks (absolutely lovely!!), bikes (tyres a little flat), and fishing rods (missing during my stay) for guest use. Dinner at the restaurant was quite possibly one of the best we had outside Oslo.

Verdict: Must stay! Definitely worth a detour for a couple of nights.

Side note: do not expect a room phone or a TV; anyway, you shouldn't be looking for such things in a hotel that lights candles every night!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Rome
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2013

After a week in Norway going through the fjords by car ( much more scenic than by boat and not as cold ! ) we experienced three " historic hotels " the Ullensvang, the Kviknes and the Union. Of the three , the Union is the only one which is a real historic hotel. The Ullensvang is very good , has existed for years but is a brand new building. The Kviknes must have been nice 100 years ago but they have ruined it ! The Union is true, late 19th century, full of charm, small enough not to attract large bus groups and has rooms each decorated very differently. We had the Karen Blixen room, with nice photos of Karen, her staff , her coffee farm near Nairobi ( Remember Out of Africa ? ) and a few interesting manuscripts, one dated August 1937 , by Jomo Kenyatta who later became the first President of Kenya wishing Karen Blixen well. I lived nine years in Nairobi , thus my happines to be in that room where Karen Blixen spent many vacations ages ago.
The common rooms downstairs are full of true old lovely original furniture. So is the dining room where we had a very nice a la carte dinner with good wines. Breakfast in the same room is equally nice. The bread is great !
The manager and staff are all lovely and efficient .
Some say it is in the middle of nowhere ! Simply not true. It would be an ideal place for a trip on
the Geirander fjord ( UNESCO World Heritage ) taking the ferry from Helleslit , 18 kms from the
hotel.
Stay there !

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Union Oye
Address: Norangsfjorden, Orsta 6196, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > More og Romsdal > Orsta
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Orsta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 27
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