We stayed at the end of March for some late season skiing. We opted for an apartment in the grounds of the hotel. The apartment was very clean and well laid out - 1 double bedroom and two rooms with bunkbeds. The bunkbed rooms were small but perfectly OK as we had only 1 adult per room (I think there are larger apartments available for 6 adults). It also had 2 shower rooms which was great as our party consisted of 3 girls (but there are no hair dryers!!!). Finally, there is a small kitchen with cooker, fridge freezer and dishwasher and a dining table and fairly large lounge area with TV.
The hotel is around 10 minutes by taxi from Lillehammer train/bus station - costs around 100NOK. It is walkable but uphill!
A bus goes from (and to) the hotel to Hafjell ski area but only a few times per day - from memory, there is a bus around 9am and the next is at 11am so you need to be careful of your timing to and from the slopes. The bus stops at the train/bus station (where you might have to transfer) and buses leave from there around every hour. One morning, the bus didn't arrive at all so we ended up trudging into town and getting a taxi - which cost about 500NOK - luckily we had met other guests at the hotel who were in the same position who were happy to share the cost.
There is no evening meal, other than as pre-arranged for groups. Breakfast costs around 85NOK and is pentiful buffet style with full self-service. There is also a small shop beside reception but it sells only sodas and snacks really. I think you can also order beer from reception but we didn't put this to the test. You can also order pizza from a local delivery place but it is really expensive (but very tasty).
All in all, the apartments represent great value for money, particularly for small groups.
The slopes at Hafjell were great - very wide and even the black runs were acccessible (and I normall avoid black runs at all costs). The pistes were in good condition but the weather was COLD - much colder than the Alps typically are in Feb. Most of the runs are accessed by chair lift but there is one gondola and a few tows. The slopes were pretty quiet all weekend and we stayed until Monday evening to pack in as much skiing as possible and the slopes were deserted on Monday which was a great way to end the weekend. The Hafjell area is very well organised - ski lockers can be hired which were big enough for three and the locker room also has showers available.
As you might expect, the food on the mountain is expensive and the price of alcohol is astronomical.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Birkebeineren Hotel & Apartments is located in beautiful surroundings in the middle of the Olympic Park in Lillehammer, a 10 minute walk from the town centre and about 15 minutes by car from Hafjell Alpine Centre and Hunderfossen Family Park. The standard of our facilities is new, good and sporty, and our customers range from families to bus groups, conference participants and professional athletes. Thanks to our ideal location and the great choice of activities right outside the doorstep, as well as a good standard at low rates, our guests are satisfied indeed! All hotel rooms have shower/WC, WLAN, Sat-TV and telephone, as well as beds which can be separated. The double de luxe rooms are twice as large as the regular double rooms, and have a double bed together with a double bed couch. We have a total of 54 hotel rooms. We have a total of 40 apartments, each of 60m². Each apartment has 3 bedrooms; 2 bedrooms with bunkbeds, 1 bedroom with doublebed, a total of 6 beds. 2 bathrooms with WC/shower in each apartment. Fully equipped kitchen, including kitchenrange, dishwasher, coffeemaker etc. Livingroom with dinner-table, sofa, WLAN, TV and telephone. Private balcony and storage room with each apartment. Cleaning upon departure, bedlinen and towels are included in the price, but the guests make their own bed. We can offer our guests free use of WLAN in all our hotel rooms and apartments. ... more less
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