When you stop in Risør, its for the town, not for the hotel. As destinations go, Risør can be from great to uttrely drab - it is very much a summer place, with events like the annual wooden boats festival, and various cultural happenings all through the summer months.
The location couldn't be better; it's right on the seafront, just the necessary half a block away from the bustle of the hardcore downtown area. Boat people can be a rowdy lot, but they are 200 meters away, so you never notice them.
Of the only about 25 rooms, the real seafront rooms get taken first. There is no price difference, so shoot for one of those if you can. You will find a bed, a couple of decent easy chairs, a TV, and that's it. No minibar, no safe, no toiletries kit; no hairdryer, iron or ironing board - but many such items are available from the reception on request.
The terrace/restaurant is a great place to be on sunny days; not so much so on windy and rainy days, of which Norway has had its share this summer. Inside it's dry and quiet, and the food and service will satisfy most travellers and budgets.
Breakfast was better than expected, containing all the stuff we basically eat in the morning. There was not a lavish display of items to suit all tastes; just plain good breakfast things with a variety of bread and cereals, hams and cheeses, and no doubt pickled herrings if you're into that sort of thing.
Considering that they have like two months to do a full year's worth of business, room rates on a par with Europe's major cities are only to be expected.
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