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Fretheim Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Flam
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“Friendly hotel with beautiful view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

A nice hotel, tastefully decorated whilst keeping the historic charm of the hotel (although some of the communal areas were a bit sparse - such as the upstairs bar).

The rooms were comfortable, the bathrooms with heated floors and generally nicely laid out. Teas and coffees were available in the room but not always refilled - but the staff were so helpful that it didn't take a second to get more. We had patio rooms facing the Fjord which was beautiful.

The hotel staff didn't mention the small observatory on the roof of the hotel - well worth a trip for the view.

There are few restaurants in Flam open in the evening - when we went at the start of May, the Marina was closed for refurbishment and some of the others shut at 6pm leaving little choice for evening meals. It was either the Viking pub or our hotel, where they only do a set meal of four courses. However, the hotel / waiting staff were very accommodating and arranged a choice of veggie meals for those who needed them (we asked early in the day to give notice).

As with anywhere in Norway, wine was expensive but having brought our own in duty free the hotel were ok with us drinking it in the lounge area as it wasn't particularly busy.

Breakfast was ok - plenty of choice but not much fruit.

Stayed May 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Stopped on the way to Bergen with the family for one night... the place is just magic and atmosphere at the hotel fits it perfectly.
Amazing location at the fjord with scenery around, cozy atmosphere, great food.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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nibblesoflgw
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Stayed for 2 nights in April 2014, enjoyed a room with a wonderful view of the fjord & mountains.
All the staff were warm and friendly and very helpful, I would definitely return, especially out of season when Flam is serenely peaceful, walking the Flam valley is a must.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

Amazing location, and a killer view of the fjord right from your room. Historic hotel, nice grounds, very convenient location beside the Flam railway. Restaurant food is standard buffet, which is never great, but the view is fantastic. We requested a table near the window, and they made an effort to seat us there. Wonderful experience. Lots of tour groups that can get chaotic. But it is Flam. If you can ignore that, it's pretty romantic.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

We were visiting Flam in mid-August. We were scheduled to stay at the Vatnahalsen Fjordtell which is accessible only via Flam railway which doesnt run beyond 6:30 PM. We were driving from Bergen and ended up getting delayed due to a tunnel closure. Finally we reached around 8 PM and we realised we wouldnt be able to make it. After scurrying around Flam we realized Fretheim is the only hotel with a large number of rooms. We were met by a very pleasant receptionist who was getting mobbed a rowdy mob of visitors (A bus load of Asian visitors had just arrived) - she still dealt with us very patiently and offered us a room.

The room was beautiful with a direct view of the Flam valley and the staff was in general very helpful and courteous. Breakfast next morning was excellent as well.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

After a very long day on the road we were greeted to a lovely room with a small balcony and a large bathroom. They had a lovely buffet dinner and it was easy to walk to all of the Flam attractions. Friendly staff.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Fretheim, a historic hotel in Flam. As others have mentioned it is very conveniently located in this small town being no more than a five minute walk from the museum, train, ferry, etc. When we booked I mentioned that we were OK with either a historic room ( being that the historic nature of the hotel was part of it's appeal) or with a room at the same price in the American Wing ( which I believe are updated and possibly larger). This seemed to seal our fate and when we arrived we were told our only option was a historic room. On the plus side all the historic rooms face the front of the hotel but ours was on the second floor and we didn't have much of a view as there are obstructions. On the negative side the room was small, we were able to hear the pacing and murmurs of conversation in the room above until fairly late at night. Historic or not the bathroom was less than ideal. I can't believe they didn't have hooks on doors for bathrobes, etc. back then but there certainly was not one in our room making the set up user unfriendly. Lighting was poor as well. The highlight of the hotel was the wonderful museum in the historic part and exhibit about a famous local poet. Once again on the negative side they obviously do a large tour group business and give priority to tour groups rather than individuals. They ran out of some of the offerings in the breakfast buffet quite early so take what you want as soon a you see it or it might be gone. service was less than cheerful. Finally, others have mentioned that the food is expensive which like everywhere in Norway it is, but it is actually cheaper at the hotel than at other places in town.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Fretheim Hotel
Address: on Flam Waterfront, Mailbox 63, Flam 5743, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Sogn og Fjordane > Aurland Municipality > Flam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Flam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Fretheim Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 122
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