Up a long and bumpy dirt road about a mile (or a KM or two) from the 656 road you'll find the Storfjord Hotel. Watch for the little white sign on the road (on the right if you're coming from Geringer or Andalesnes; on the left if you're coming from Alesund) or else you might miss your turn.
We chose to stay here for two nights as we wanted to stay in a beautiful traditional Norwegian hotel (the type of construction is officially named Lafta … also known as "Cross Logging", as the "History of Storfjord Hotel" pages in the Hotel's guidebook will tell you). Anna and Barry run this hotel (which reminded me more of the intimate small family run places you'd find in England or the U.S) along with four Lithuanian girls they imported for the season. Anna is the more outgoing and friendly of the two, and she was incredibly helpful to get information from (she has a suitcase full of various tourist brochures and maps from which she'll suggest various walking treks and tours that one can do). It's a lot more fun to use Anna for touring ideas than the disinterested office drones who staff the tourist offices in town.
When we arrived, one of the girls showed us two different rooms to choose from. One room was in the very recently opened new building and was a very nice size (almost suite-like) and a view of a lush valley, but we opted for the smaller room named "Asp" in the main building, as it had a gorgeous view of the fjord down the hill.
The hotel's wooden buildings are incredibly comfortable and surprisingly modern. You will hear some noise from other people going up and down the stairs though.
I asked one of the girls if they ever cut the grass on top of the roof. Nope. :-)
Internet access is somewhat spotty, but I'm thankful it was available and free!
Down a rocky path to the Glomset Bay edge (Google maps calls it Honningdalsvågen) you'll find a little boathouse containing bikes and there is also a kayak and a boat (make your significant other do the rowing :-) that can be rented.
In terms of dining, your choices are 1) dinner at the hotel or 2) drive many KM's and at least 20-30 minutes in any direction to find another dining spot (there is a shopping mall on the way to Alesund named the Amfi Moa which has lots of dining options). We did opt for dinner at the hotel one night and were very glad we did. The three course meal started with cheese tart, the main was potatoes and steak filets on a bed of lemon-infused spinach. The dessert was a small gooey chocolate cake with ice cream. We felt it was worth the 550 KR ($101 USD) per person price and would recommend doing dinner at least once during your stay. For each night you eat at the hotel though, budget at least $300 USD extra for dinner and a bottle of wine to share between two people.
Looking over the dining room (and above the kitchen) is a lounge space of sorts, with lots of various books and a few comfy couches to relax on.
A couple things to note:
To get to this place you really must rent a car. Aside from a few excellent hikes up and down from the hotel, everything else you'd want to see beyond Storfjord Hotel requires significant driving. The hiking trails around the hotel have some signs (and Anna can provide maps). Bring some hiking gear and insect repellent if possible though, as the late August week we were there the local trails were overrun with clouds of flying ants while the walking paths in the town of Geiranger (about 30-40 minutes drive & a ferry away but still one of the places you're likely to visit if you're staying here) were quite muddy and slippery from some intense rainfall. The hotel itself was completely bug-free (the hotel has electronic devices to repel insects from the surroundings).
Bring a voltage converter if you have anything meant for American plugs.
In the Asp room, there was no peg to put the hand held shower nozzle on, so you will have to be very acrobatic while you are maneuvering around the tub (and you'll still probably soak the floor somewhat).
The bed was quite comfortable (looked like a brass frame) but the board supporting the mattress was somewhat flimsy and really warped down with two people on it. I love romantic brass beds but I was afraid to get into the bed at times with my size. Anna says the bed will be replaced but I was merely hoping the bed board & frame could be made stronger.
I was also thankful that they accepted a bag full of laundry and did it overnight for me (at a cost of 150NOK). It was great to have fresh clothes during the middle of our trip.
Would we do the stay again? Yes! Is this place good for honeymoons and romantic getaways, absolutely!
Hopefully this information helps you out. And if you did find useful information in my review, please let me know by clicking the "Helpful" link down below. Have a great stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Storfjord Hotel is a small luxury timber hotel in Norway. Ideally located for fjord touring near the famous 'Golden Route' and overlooking the Storfjord and Sunnmore Alps, the hotel offers a special atmosphere with unique and beautiful Norwegian style rooms that have balconies and stunning views.A multitude of activites are available throughout winter and summer from spectacular hiking trails to boat tours. The guest-only restaurant serves food made from the finest local ingredients and a wine selection to compliment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Storfjord Hotel møre Og Romsdal