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“A wonderful, family-run, 5-star hotel in a stunning location”
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Hotel Ullensvang
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lofthus
Certificate of Excellence
Buxton, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“A wonderful, family-run, 5-star hotel in a stunning location”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

This hotel was the last one of four we stayed at during our 8-day fly-drive sojourn to Norway, and it was easily the best. The staff were very friendly and helpful, doing all they could to help us sort out an incident with our car when a local's vehicle ran away into it. The hotel owner did everything we could have hoped for, taking charge, calling the other driver (who had kindly left his contact details) and assuring us that it was all sorted out, and that if we had any further problems with it, then we should contact him directly.

The hotel is a mixture of the old and the new, but one which has the mix just right. There's a feeling of being in a luxury hotel from a different age, but with all the modern conveniences expected of the 21st Century, including a swimming pool with outdoor lane (this loops around), a beautiful lawn and terrace overlooking the fjord (with Grieg's music hut), as well as series of bars and lounges that cater for everyone's tastes.

The buffet food was excellent and the service attentive - all in all a first class hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gayterman
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Barbara_Z_Utne, Owner at Hotel Ullensvang, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear Gayterman
Thank you for choosing the Hotel Ullensvang and for sharing your positive comments about your recent stay on tripadvisor. We are delighted to learn that you had such a great stay with us and in particular appreciated the food, our facilities and the service provided by our staff.
It would be a great pleasure to welcome you back very soon.
Yours sincerely
Barbara Zanoni Utne
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Oxford, UK
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79 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We have just had two nights at this hotel, which was the last in our travels around Norway.
Our room was clean and comfortable, if a little soulless. We had a balcony (I think every room does) but because it was on the road side ("mountain view") it was not somewhere to linger.
The dinner buffet had plenty of choice, both hot and cold. The food was of usual the standard in Norwegian hotels. There was an especially good selection of puddings. Breakfast was also the usual hotel buffet, and again had a good selection of good dishes.
The outside area is very large, with lots of places to sit and good pools, including two for over 18s only. However, the number of guests and the exceptionally warm weather did mean that there was a lot of competition for the comfortable chairs. At times the pool area did feel quite crowded.
There is also a beach from which you can enjoy (?) a swim in the fjord. The water is really cold but I think a proper dip is something you have to try, even if only fro a couple of minutes before dashing into the pool which is nice and warm.
The view of the fjord is absolutely stunning, with snow/glacier capped mountains looming over the dark waters. Unlike some other fjord-side hotels, this one does not suffer from the daily arrival of cruise liners.
It was a little disappointing to be charged extra for dressing gowns and slippers for the pool, having paid quite a hefty price for the room (you don't have to have them but other hotels with spas seem to provide them free of charge with the room).
The staff are friendly and efficient.
Loftus itself is charming, quiet little village. It's worth strolling south towards the church and then up the hill a little. There are also some good hiking trails, of varying levels of difficulty.

Room Tip: Rooms with odd numbers are on the fjord side and probably worth the extra Kr40. These get the eveni...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nicholas P
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Barbara_Z_Utne, Owner at Hotel Ullensvang, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear Nick P
We really appreciate that you took the time to record your experience in such a detailed way and are delighted to hear that we were able to fulfil so many aspects of your expectations. We are happy that you in particular enjoyed our food, the staff, the outside areas and the quietness of the place.
Almost all of our rooms have a balcony, and yes, it's definitely worth to upgrade to a fjordview room. However, as you wrote, it has been exeptionally warm and perhaps you therefore were lucky to have a slightly cooler room by facing the mountains this time...!
For your kind information, all our upgraded room categories offer bathrobes/ slippers included in the rate.
We hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future!
Best regards
Barbara Zanoni Utne
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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The hotel is a "grand dame" and wonderful experience. Great place to stay on your exploration of the fjords. Arrive early afternoon so you can enjoy the property and a walk through the village. Don't miss the beautiful antiques throughout the common areas. The dinner buffet was excellent with a wide selection of food, but was the same the two nights we stayed there.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank fdhappy
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Barbara_Z_Utne, Owner at Hotel Ullensvang, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear fdhappy
Thank you for staying with us! We appreciate that you took the time to record your Ullensvang experience and are delighted to hear that we were able to fulfil your expectations.The Ullensvang Dinner Buffet has become our signature. As you write, we offer a wide selection of different food, hence making it basically impossible to try everything on one evening. Therefore it should absolutely be possible to stay more than one night and still enjoy various food.
We hope to be able to welcome you back to Hotel Ullensvang!
Best regards
Barbara Zanoni Utne
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Bergen, Norway
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

I visited Hotel Ullensvang in July 2014 with some friends. The plan was to relax by the pool and have a nice meal. However, we were greeted by a very rude gentleman (from the family who runs the hotel) who treated us as criminals from the moment we stepped inside. After paying in excess of 200 NOK per person to use the pool area, we learned that this by no means included the use of the tanning beds (!). The grumpy fellow even approached us later to check if we really had payed.

The location of this hotel is phenomenal, but I won't come back again when the owners obviously don't want any guests there.

PS: we skipped lunch and left after one hour

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Barbara_Z_Utne, Owner at Hotel Ullensvang, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear Andreas H
Thank you for your comments on TA. I can assure you that Hotel Ullensvang is incredibly glad in guests, that is the reason why we are here for.
During busy summer months, our pools and the garden are highly popular. Guests who have already checked out still enjoy the swimming facilities and the sun chairs. Arriving guests check in early to do the very same thing.
Guests like yourself, who do not stay at the hotel, are welcome to use the facilities by paying en entrance fee on days when we have capacity to do so. On the entrance ticket it states also that the sunchairs are only for hotel guests (due to above mentioned reasons) - I hope you understand that hotel guests must have priority.
It is regrettable that you didn't feel welcome, however, if we want to or not, we need to make controls in order to avoid having "guests" in the garden who enjoy the facilities without paying for themselves.
Best regards
Barbara Zanoni Utne
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Australia
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81 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

I stayed at Hotel Ullensvang a few years ago in 2010 with my family but feel compelled to write a review as it was a most wonderful experience. While the price is on the high side, it is well worth it to be surrounded by some of the most magnificent views of fjordland and it really does feel a bit out of this Earth. The rooms are good and staff are professional and helpful. There is also a lot of history in the hotel and walking around the grounds it is fun to explore for the family as well as enjoying the views. The food is simply delicious and we just loved the wide selection. Would definitely recommend friends spend some time here and enjoy the experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Barbara_Z_Utne, Owner at Hotel Ullensvang, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Dear chan_sys,

Thank you for for your recent visit and for sharing your positive comments on tripadvisor. I'ts a pleasure to read that you chose to come back to us from Hong Kong! We are delighted to learn that you in particular appreciated the food, rooms, history, surroundings and the service provided by our staff.

It would be a great pleasure to welcome you back very soon.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Zanoni Utne
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Oslo, Norway
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36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This hotel is basically very good, but price level is also very high (NOK 2 350,- pr night in double room with sea view). Rooms are OK, but not special in any way! Big plus is that the rooms has a terrace with sea view and evening sun, but remember to specify room on the sea side of the hotel! The hotel has a lot of facilities, great indoor/ outdoor pool and an indoor tennis court! The exterior of the hotel is beautiful with a seaside park/ promenade! To justify the price fully, two corrective actions needs to be taken; the free wifi is too slow and unstable (max. 1.0 Mb/s down) measured in the 4th floor. Further, at arrival pretty late in the afternoon we were told that there were only two dinner options; either a buffet or an a la carte restaurant both places prices starts at NOK 500 per person exclusive drinks! Such an hotel should have a cheaper alternative with som lighter dinner alternatives! In particular beacuse no other restaurants can be found in the neighbourhood (except for a MIX kiosk with some cheap food available).

The breakfast buffet is excellent, and the personnel we met were all very friendly and service minded.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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hotel1846, Owner at Hotel Ullensvang, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Dear Rannugode
We appreciate that you took the time to write a review on TA and that you were overall happy with your stay. Thank you also for your specific inputs. On days where we have almost full occupancy and where everybody is online pretty much at the same time, our free WIFI can reach a certain limit. This makes it unfortunately slower and more unstable for our guests. An upgrade is a major investment for us, but it's surely on our wish -/ to do list! With regards to dinner, we offer light snacks in our coffee shop. Hence a cheaper alternative which can be enjoyed in our lobby area until 10 pm. We hope to welcome you back and wish you a nice summer! Best regards, Barbara Zanoni Utne
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Titusville, Florida, United States
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90 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This resort represents a history of five generations of hotel excellence, fully catering to the comfort and pleasure of their guests. This location could accommodate everything from a cozy, relaxing weekend to a large formal occasion. Our room overlooked the apple orchard, not the fjord, but we had a lovely patio. The food buffet was varied and wonderful. Located on the edge of a beautiful fjord, you can't help but relax.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Meri C
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hotel1846, Owner at Hotel Ullensvang, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Dear Meri C

Thank you for choosing Hotel Ullensvang and for sharing your positive comments about your recent stay on tripadvisor.

We are delighted to learn that you had such a great stay with us and in particular appreciated our location and the food.

It would be a great pleasure to welcome you back very soon.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Zanoni Utne
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Property: Hotel Ullensvang
Address: Lofthus i Hardanger, Lofthus, Ullensvang 5787, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Hardanger > Ullensvang > Lofthus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lofthus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ullensvang 4*
Number of rooms: 168
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