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“Perfect location, nice hotel”
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Fossli Hotel
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

I can just confirm what the other positive reviews say. We saw the hotel on our drive towards Hardangervidda and thought it´d be a nice way to end our camping vacation. Didn´t get disappointed. The room was nice, although you could see that the last renovation was already some time ago. Still didn´t seem run-down to us. There are lots of things to see in the building; exhibition items. The surrounding area is also very nice, not just the waterfalls. Staff was very friendly. Dinner was nice; they prepared vegetarian food on request which was tasty. Breakfast good, nothing to complain about. A really nice place that we´d surely come back to!

Room Tip: Of course with a view to the waterfall.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

This is a very old, very quiet hotel, away from the bustle of even a small town. Bring a good book and / or some hiking shoes, because there is not a lot to do except see the spectacular falls, walk around the countryside, and relax in and around the hotel. Before we went, we really wondered if it would be worth spending a night at the top of the Voringfossen falls. But for us, this was a highlight of our trip through Hardangerfjord; a calm bit of relaxation. We spent a lot of time just sitting outside enjoying the brilliant sunshine and sweeping views of the gorges below the hotel

Our rooms were recently remodeled, clean, comfortable, modestly appointed. Don't expect luxury (no lift, phones in the room had neither a keypad or a dial); it's a step back in time.

But our only real complaint was a completely unnecessary problem: The curtains were completely inadequate to block out the light of Norwegian summer nights. Most hotels where we stayed in Norway had completely opaque black-out curtains that did a good job of creating a dark room for sleep. Some (like this one) do not. So we spent 20 minutes stuffing the window sills with luggage and coats to get some darkness so our kids could sleep. There is really no reason for a Scandinavian hotel to not have black-out curtains; they are required when the sky does not get dark for more than a few hours. Bring some painter's tape and tin-foil if you want to sleep in darkness.

Other than that, we loved it. The staff were friendly, helpful. They gave us a suit with two separate bedrooms and a common bath; perfect for a family with children.

You really feel like you are "getting away from it all" up there. The most serene moments of a 5 week vacation in Europe.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms facing the gorge have balconies, if you want them.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

A place full of history and with a magical touch! Because of the location and the amazing view, we could experience nature at its full power. Moreover, I discovered that this place has a CitoCode "FOSS", that is a "virtual address". Since it was our first time in Norway by car, we entered the "FOSS" in the Cito free app, we select our fav sat nav and we managed to get there easily.
Recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

Fossli hotel has a perfect location right on the edge of Norway's most famous waterfall, the Vøringsfossen. You can't avoid hearing it and you can't stop enjoying the superb views. The hotel is set on the perimeter of the vast highland plateau of Hardangervidda, a national park, and a close drive to one of the longest fjords, Hardangervidda.
The hotel itself was built in the late 19th centery and must have evolved gradually up until the late 1960's or even early 1970's. Since then everything was kind of locked down and no new impulses came in. I almost looked for a black&white TV set in the room, but there was no TV at all. It's absolutely amazing. A memory to keep for years. We loved it. Food was good and wholesome, not very good or exciting in any way.

Room Tip: Be sure to get a room with a view down the valley or towards Hardangervidda.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sandalsand
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

A real relic from the past. This classic mountain hotel is steeped in over 100 years of history. If you're wanting modern creature comforts like TVs, you'll be disappointed, although you will get free wifi. Location-wise, it is above and about 30m away from the Vorinfossen viewing platform so you can't actually see the waterfall from your room but you can damn well hear it, which works as a great tranquiliser at night. The staff were friendly and obviously proud of this historical hotel. In the foyer you can read all about the man who founded and developed the hotel and the dining room is huge and impressive. The Swedish table of a morning will also not disappoint. I stayed here for 1 night and regret having spent the other two nights of my Eidfjord escape in another hotel as this one's charm is worth the 10-15 minute trip up the mountain from town.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the viewing platform (front) get the awesome sound of the waterfall
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

You can enjoy the magnificent Fossli waterfalls without staying at the Fossli hotel. Upsides: location of hotel, history of its founding decades ago, memorabilia throughout hotel. Downsides: cavernous dining room - zero atmosphere and uninspired menu, no TVs in room and no fire or other warmth in the TV room (guests were shivering in the cave-like room which has a large fireplace..could have been great), no hair dryers in rooms, manager seems proud of his family's history but hasn't looked at the place from guests' eyes in years.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

This is definitly an outdated Hotel BUT;
When you enter the Hotel, you freely can browse through the history of this area
When you need help the staff is very helpfull and definitly friendly.
When you need WIFI; it's there for free.
The bathroom has been build new I guess; they look great; tiny but everythings there is even floor heating. The room is nice, one accent colour on a wall and two chairs and of course a doublle bed. There's no TV but who needs one on holiday, come on. There is a TV room downstairs with a nice fireplace; cosy.
And the diner is pretty oké. My girlfriend had reindeer, which she gave an 8. I had the entrcote which was actually pretty done, but still tasty so I would give it a 6. Prices 260 and 225 Nok. Average Norway prices. Then last but not least THE view (and sound). The Hotel is at the top of the vöringfossen waterfall, TOPLOCATION. But there's nothing else to do here....

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Additional Information about Fossli Hotel

Address: Voringsfossen, 5783, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Hardanger > Eidfjord Municipality
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Eidfjord Municipality
Price Range: £132 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fossli Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fossli Hotel is situated at the innermost end of the Hardanger Fjord. The hotel affords a magnificent view over the Mabo Valley and the 182m Voringsfoss Waterfall. The hotel is tastefully and comfortably designed by the famous Norwegian architect Konow Lund. It was build in 1891, which was 25 years before the road was build, and all the materials were carried on horseback to the top. Edvard Grieg used to be a regular guest at Fossli Hotel and wrote his Opus 66 here. Fossil Hotel today offers 60 rooms, a nice restaurant, a café, and a fully licensed bar. ... more   less 
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Fossli Hotel Eidfjord
Fossli Hotel Norway/Hordaland

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