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Gjovik Vandrerhjem Hovdetun
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Gjovik Vandrerhjem Hovdetun
Reviewed 1 July 2013

We stayed here in June 2013. Good: Nice matresses, clean rooms. They were accomodating enough to let us in at 1AM when we finally arrived.

Bad: The rest, unfortunately. We were travelling as a couple and as such needed a double room. They had none with larger beds, but plenty with two beds. That's fine - it's a hostel, after all. We chose a room with bathroom. The problem is that we ended up paying the same price for this as we would in a hotel, with a tiny cot of a bathroom (with a hair in the shower - classic). To boot, breakfast service ended at 9 in the morning, an hour earlier than most hostels I've been at, and certainly far too early for 1AM arrivals. They didn't appear to have many guests, and the entire point of a hostel is to have a friendly atmosphere with helpful staff, so I don't think it would have been too much to ask for to have them hold off a bit on the breakfast. When we checked out the guy behind the counter didn't ask how was our stay, which I suppose fits with the rest of our experience there.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

We arrived late evening having been recommended Gjøvik Vandrerhjem as a good place to stay.

The room was basic and comfortable with bunks and an ensuite toilet/shower room which is what I had requested. There was a table, seating and adequate storage for all our suitcases.

I was really surprised to see the lounge area with it's settees, chairs, tables and television. The weather was rather variable and so I spent quite a few hours in the lounge while my other half was out exploring.

Breakfast was the usual Norwegian buffet served in a large dining area. Tea & coffee were available all day.

A self-service laundry room and kitchen were available.

If all hostels in Norway are like this one, I think I might start booking them.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

With the name "hostel" attached to it, I was a bit suspicious of staying here....but I had a lovely cabin with comfortable mattrress and great heating as it is starting to get cold in Norway at night.
Reception area personel were very helpful and kind and I would definitely stay here again if I am in Gjovik in the future.
For those used to staying in 3 star hotels, make sure you stay in a cabin and not the hostel part.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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5  Thank ILoveIsrl
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

stayed here for the norway rally 09 we found the cabin which sleeps 6 very good the main part of the hostel was very clean and warm the staff were very helpfull,breakfast was good with a good range.there was lots to do and you are not far from the town,there is a ski slope but they do not hire any gear .

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Gjovik Vandrerhjem Hovdetun

Address: Parkvegen 8, Gjovik 2819, Norway
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oppland > Gjovik Municipality > Gjovik
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Gjovik
Price Range: £65 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Gjovik Vandrerhjem Hovdetun 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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