My first experience of Solstrad was booking my wedding reception there, which took place in June 2009. Living in London at the time my wife and I relied on the hotel staff to organise and advise on all but the most intimate details, visiting only to view the various function rooms and bedrooms, and then again to sample the menu and wines. At no point in the two year lead-up to our big day were we left with any doubt about the professionalism and competence of the team there, as they organised accommodation, coach transport and baby-sitters for our guests. Even more impressive was the way the staff entertained our every whim in the few days leading up to the big day, and the quality of the food, service and surroundings made our wedding reception one of the most stress-free parties I have ever thrown!
Having footed the bill for a party for 50 at Solstrand, I would say that while not cheap, (even by Norwegian standards) the place does represent great value. The staff are extremely well-trained and the matriarch of the Schau-Larsen family is nearly always visible somewhere, greeting guests and ensuring standards are kept up. At no point did I feel they were out to get my money, and there were even a few extras that never made it onto my bill...
Aside from the organisation and service aspects, the hotel has about the most stunning location possible, with a view out over the fjord, a glacier visible in the distance and immaculate, peaceful gardens in which to pass the time contemplating existence... If that's not enough, the spa is like nothing else - brilliantly designed with three large steam rooms/saunas of different flavours, a jacuzzi the size of a small swimming pool, with huge windows facing "that view", a generous-sized indoor pool for serious swimming and a smaller super-heated outdoor infinity pool with built in lounger, purely for lazing around. There are also plush-looking treatment rooms if you want to pay for massage etc, but I never used those. Incredibly, all but the outdoor pool is perfectly hidden under the hotel and lawns, so cannot be seen from the rooms.
There's also the option to take one of two locally built Oselvar rowing boats out on the fjord at no extra cost, to see the place from another angle. That was pleasant...
Most of our wedding guests had never been to Norway before, and the feedback from them was that Solstrand had made them really want to come back to see more of the country.
Three years on, and now living in Bergen, I visited Solstrand for an extended business meeting in August 2012, and the standard had not dropped one bit. Meeting, private dinner, drinks and breakfast were brilliantly managed - just the right balance of discretion and attention from the staff, and the same excellent facilities. I spent at least two hours trying everything at breakfast the next morning, and quietly enjoying the location with a newspaper before I was ready to drive back to the office...
I have stayed at a few so-called five-star hotels around Europe, but for me nothing comes close to this one for setting, service and dining, with all the facilities you would expect and then a little more. I would move in there for good if I could afford it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solstrand Hotel & Spa is a historical resort located right by the fjord on the west coast of Norway. We offer a spectacular view over the norwegian fjords and mountains - at the same time our location is just 30 km from Bergen Airport Flesland and downtown Bergen. The grand Swiss style hotel on the countryside has been hosting national and international guests ever since it was built in 1896. Solstrand has 135 guest rooms, all with individual decor and charm. The meeting facilities have a capacity of up to 200 participants and is tailored to management and board meetings, seminars and major national and international events. Our wellness area lets you unwind in hot therapy pools, swim a few laps in the pool, dip into the cold pool, relax in the sauna or gaze at the stars in our outdoor pool. The wellness area is spacious, with large windows facing the fjord outside. We recommend taking a fjord bath from our bathing pier - it is open all year! Or if you feel like running miles on the treadmill, stop by our fitness room. Take time to relax - our SPA experiences are soothing for body and soul. Our award winning SPA offers spa treatment that suits your needs - relaxing, revitalising or cleansing, for face and body. The food we serve is deeply rooted in coastal culture, and we offer Western Norwegian specialities as well as continental flavours. We are happy to serve our guests local fish and seafood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solstrand Hotel And Bad
- Solstrand Hotel Bergen
- Solstrand Hotel & Bad Norway/Osoyro