We spent the night of Monday 26th May 2014 at Fjordslottet Hotell. On that day we travelled across from Horten in the east of Norway to Fotlandsvag in the West. It took a bit longer than we anticipated so we only arrived about 2220.
I had read other people's reviews that said the place was hard to find even with a sat nav so before I went I used Google Street View to find markers to look out for but to be honest it wasn't that difficult to find. One word of caution though, the 567 road that leads to the hotel is only wide enough for one vehicle in parts and we had to reverse to let a car pass us at one point so allow plenty of time to drive safely there. Also, access to Osteroy is via a toll bridge so factor that cost in if you're using the hotel to access Bergen.
There is a small free unsurfaced car park at the bottom of the hill the hotel is on. This hotel probably isn't a good choice if you have mobility issues due to the hill.
Reception is around the side and when we entered there was nobody inside but a card saying to ring a number if nobody was there. I had to ring a few times, I was a bit worried but the third time I rang, I got an answer and the hotel owner, Christian, was very quick to come after that. He gave us each a free chocolate, which was a nice touch and he was very friendly.
The hotel itself is a series of wooden buildings in typical Norwegian style. There is a grand piano in reception plus a mish mash of period furniture. Walking out of the reception building was a nice garden with patio furniture, a couple of barbecues and a drained pond. It was very picturesque so you could understand why people would use it for small, intimate weddings.
Our room was a bit like staying in a cabin. There was another chocolate each waiting for us on the bed and large windows and a balcony looking out over the waters. The lighting was provided by a couple of lamps and lights on the bed frame, i.e. no main lights but with the large windows and long Norwegian nights you didn't really need much artificial light.
The lighting on the bed frame could possibly cause people problems if you forget it's there and sit up suddenly. I also think the footer of the bed may be a problem for tall guests but it was ok for me and I'm 5"11. The bed was very soft and comfortable and the room was nice and cool, which was perfect for us.
There was a desk with a small TV on a bracket on the wall and a couple of comfortable chairs. The free wifi was quite strong in our room, or at least it was for me, my wife had difficulty connecting but I had no problems with either my laptop or phone.
Breakfast was served from 0600 - 0830 in the morning. We had a really busy schedule so the early breakfast was really good for us. There was plenty of choice with cereals, meats, cheeses, eggs, bread plus juices and hot drinks.
Overall, I would highly recommend this idyllic hotel and I wish we had more time to enjoy it. It was excellent value for money
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to a historic hotel, called the Fjord Castle, in the beautiful Osterfjord, less then one hour from Bergen. Fantastic food, drinks and service. A place to relax or a place to be active. The hotel lies beautifully in the fjord and close to Norwegian nature. ... more less
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