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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Stayed here with my gf for the weekend. It is a lovely looking place that aims to give a Norwegian feel, and how so. This is Norwegian at its core. The place is ideal for couples looking for upscale and quiet ooutside of Oslo. The restaurant's dinner was on the plus side but had expected that all three courses were up to par (dessert was bland and disapppinting). The restaurant also has a very decent wine cellar. Breakfast was excellent. Also, the pool facilities are amazing with big windows giving a view of the valley below. On the minus side, service was not what we expected from a place like this. We were not told in advance that most of the hotel was occupied by a wedding party that weekend. Furthermore, upon arrival information was not sufficient, for instance we were not informed about breakfast times. We were also surprised to find that, when finally realising we were about to miss breakfast, there was no possibilities for having it delivered it to the room instead, as they had no room service. From my point of view a hotel that aims as high as this, should certainly have the capacity to cater to such requests. All in all a very nice stay but certain hiccups pull down the general impression.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank Jerimo_10
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

It's not an average hotel (our rating), but there isn't a 'good' on TripAdviser, and we can't in all honesty give Lysebu a 'very good' because the reception staff made it hard for us to relax. Plus, the rooms are cramped and the beds are tiny.

On arriving at 12.30am, we found that our first room, 432, had a deep throbbing sound. It comes from the swimming pool below, altho the following day, Hendrik on reception expressed great surprise at the noise and said he'd faxed the hotel engineer to work out where the noise was coming from - I'd been a guest there for 5 minutes and I'd worked it out, so not sure why Hendrik was struggling on this one.

The night porter on our first night moved us to 712, but the bed was so small my husband had to sleep on the sofa. We couldn't have 712 for our other three nights (not that we would have taken it...) because the rooms in the annexe were taken for a wedding and an anniversary party. But when the following morning we tried to get a new room from Hendrik, he claimed there were none.

BTW, the so called junior suites are smaller than the standard room I had in New York the week before and in Mumbai the week before that.

In the end, after talking to the lovely chambermaid, we worked out that 3 rooms in our short corridor were completely unoccupied, but it took Hendrik nearly an hour to agree to let us have one - and that was only when my husband went and demanded a specific room - Hendrik didn't really want to deal with a woman at all. So our first morning was wasted, dealing with Hendrik.

The upside is that once out of the hotel grounds you are in the forests and can go on lots of walks or hiking trails. We also had the pool and sauna to ourselves, and the train station is only 8 mins walk away, taking 30 mins into Oslo, so you can almost have a two-centre holiday.

On our penultimate day, a girl on reception asked if we would pay our bill there and then. As we had nearly 24 hours to go we said no, we'd do it when we checked out (like in most other hotels in the world), and her face was a picture. Very grumpy. On the day after the wedding, my husband joined other tables of non-wedding guests for breakfast but was asked by a waiter to leave to go to a third room; when he asked why no-one else was being asked to move, the waiter just shrugged. So we ended up eating breakfast in a room all on our own. All very odd.

One other tip: don't take a taxi from the airport to this hotel - we paid 180 sterling, more than a night's accomodation!!

Room Tip: All the rooms are small; the junior suites are smaller than the standard room I had in New York the week before and in Mumbai the week before that. DO NOT have room 432 - it has noise from the swimmingpool.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Londona
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The Hotel Lysebu is an exquisite historic tranquil complex two km above the Homenkollen ski jump, 1600' above Oslo. Food, service, facilities, sleeping rooms (especially in the new building) are terrific. By European standards, the sleeping rooms are quite large - larger than the average american hotel room. The bathroom comes with some unusual features: a rain shower and wash cloths not typical in Europe. Each room has a wide balcony overlooking Oslo. The location is extremely quiet and tranquil, located 1/2 KM off the main road with nothing noisy located nearby, although the inaudible T-bane Vosenkollen rail line stop is just down the hill. The restaurant is top drawer...almost one Michelin star. Breakfast is the hearty Norwegian "English breakfast", with quiet efficient service all around. Coffee and Tea are available on each floor of the new sleeping building, which also includes meeting and conference rooms. The new pool is of good size, with sauna as well. The entire property is spotless. For $200 US$ per night -- which is the list price of most average Oslo hotels - this is a bargain. Free parking! There are other restaurants nearby, which also have nice views and somewhat more economical offerings, including the Frognerseteren Cafe & Restaurant, Holmenkollen, Vettakollen Pizza, and Vohsenasen Hotel. In winter, skiing from the hotel should be possible.
We are pretty demanding world travelers and it's a pleasure to recognize a top hotel and restaurant complex. Compares with the best IBM and other large retreat centers.

Room Tip: In the "new building", better views on the top floor. All rooms face the Oslo valley.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank foodiesweareyoutoo
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

My department director decided that we needed to to have a seminar where we discussed the future situation and that everyone should participate. We choosed Lysebu partly because they have a good reputation and the price pr person was acceptable. 50 persons stayed for two days, discussed, made decisions, had very good food and nice rooms. The staff were very helpful and friendly and people with allergies had special food made for them. The meeting facilities were perfect for a seminar of this size

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank solveigj89
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