We stumbled across this place via word of mouth while we were travelling around southern Norway. It is truly amazing. It's a bit out of the way but well worth the trip - about an hour from Odda on the southwestern coast. The hotel sits above an old hydro plant - which sounds weird but adds to the 1960s-James-Bond-style-glamour - and the views from the terrace are just incredible. We felt like we'd walked into a movie, with a waterfall on the left hand side, mountains, the Suldal lake. We had drinks on the terrace and were shown to our rooms (which all have the same view as the lake and a modern shower etc) by one of the lovely young couple who run the place, and then went for a walk along the lake. There's a heated pool too but we went for the icy water - refreshing but freezing - before heading up for a sauna and then dinner, which was a delicious local fish dish.
I can't recommend this place highly enough. The couple who run it were really knowledgeable about the history of the hotel and its restoration, and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. It would be great as a winter destination too where you could cosy up by the massive gold fireplace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Energihotellet is a small design hotel located in the tiny village of Nesflaten in Suldal. In the 1800's Nesflaten was known as a popular tourist area as part of the Discovery Route from Stavanger, through Ryfylke, to Hardanger and Bergen. Today Nesflaten is known through the hydropower headquarters of Hydro's Roldal Suldal Kraft and residential area designed by famed Norwegian Architect Geir Grung in the 1960's. Energihotellet was built as a housing facility for Hydro's workers and guests and retains many unique 60's features such as original furniture and a gold fireplace. Today the hotel focuses on local food ingredients and traditions, culture and hydropower. All 14 rooms have a spectacular view of the Suldal lake and the surrounding mountains. ... more less
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