We stayed at Dr Holms for a weekend of skiing, and will never, ever return.
The hotel itself has a certain charm, but is looking a bit tired. However, we experienced a lot of problems while there, which the staff failed to deal with at all.
The dinner buffet was absolutely dreadful (you had to stay half board). Both the cold and hot buffets looked like they had been left out for a very long time. The hot buffet contained very dry, tough and unappetising meat. The cold buffet contained a lot of fish and seafood, from which I got food poisoning. When we told reception the next day, their response to that was that no one else had reported getting food poisoning, so it mustn't have been food poisoning.
Also on the Friday night, in our room we could hear the live band almost as well as if we were actually in the bar. Complaints to reception were met with the comment 'everyone else is enjoying the music, why don't you?'. However the music lasted until 2am, and we were there to ski so would have liked to get some sleep.
We moved rooms for the Saturday night and were then overlooking the front of the hotel (well away from the bar), but we could then hear every conversation of the people who had been enjoying the music until 2am, as they left.
I tried to speak to the manager all weekend about the problems (noise and food), and everytime we had 'just missed him, but he'll come and find you when he's back'. Needless to say he didn't. I asked to see him about 5 times.
The pool is quite pleasant if there aren't many people there. There are saunas in the change areas, but they fit about 4 people each and the change areas are really small.
It is also extremely expensive. I know hotel prices in Norway are high (I live in London so am used to high prices), but I think Dr Holms is way overpriced for what you get, and well past it. I would advise anyone thinking of staying there to find somewhere else to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dr Holms Hotel - for your comfort and well-being. Dr Holms Hotel has been a source of recuperation, comfort and well-being since the beginning of the 20th century. Dr Holms is situated in the heart of the beautiful mountain scenery, and is a starting point for inspiring and exciting adventures. ... more less
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