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“Wonderful location”
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Kviknes Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Balestrand
Certificate of Excellence
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Wonderful location”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Near the shore in beautiful Balestrand sits this hotel, much of very old with historic rooms and furnishings, but most tourists will stay in the newer multifloor building where the rooms are modest, including very old television sets but balconies that provide views of the fjord. The breakfast and dinner buffets are sumptuous. There is little to do in this small town, but walks through it are very satisfying because of many artistic and history houses. One night is more than enough.

Room Tip: There really are no terrific rooms here.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

The dinner and breakfast smorgasbords were absolutely wonderful! Loved the self servd tea and coffee on the terrace or in one of the side lounges! Staff was excellent-made accurate and knowledgable hiking trail recommendations which was another highlight of our stay.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

My family and I recently stayed 2 nights in a triple room in the newer part of the hotel that could accommodate our small child. This is a magnificent hotel that met all of our expectations 100 times more! The views from the room's balcony were superb and the linens and other room amenities were all very nice. The hotel has a fabulous restaurant that serves the most abundant buffet in the evenings and a plentiful breakfast buffet - all with generous windows looking out over the gorgeous Sognefjord! I hope others reading my review will understand that you will be coming to a unique, peaceful and delightful place. You will receive excellent, friendly service, fabulous food, gorgeous views and a great night's sleep in a magical setting. What more could you want?

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Vilvoorde, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2013

We stayed at the hotel for only one night, but it was a very good one. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and were given our keys to the room. It was a very comfortable and nice room with a very good view as well. Our room had an old tv though which made a bite of a noise when turned on. The main building of the hotel itself is worth a visit as well or could be even better experienced by have a coffee in one of the reading rooms. The hotel has a bar and buffet to chose from for dinner. Although a bit overpriced the buffet should be chosen over the bar.
Unfortunately we had bad weather during our stay, so we didn't have the opportunity to explore everything.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

You will fall in love with this hotel at the first sight. But the staffs hate Asians I think.

We are a group of 12 people check in at the hotel today. But the way the staffs handle us (Asian) is like we are some countryside bumpkin. Especially the restaurant manager(a lady), we wanted to change our dinner time 15mins earlier as we have elderly who suffer gastric in our group. Obviously she was not helping and kept saying the dinner slot is fixed. They cant help!

Im a full time tour escort and never expect to be treated by someone with lame excuses. We are in service line,do our best is the priority. This is absolutely a big no-no and her behaviour will stop our group from using this hotel in the future

  • Stayed July 2013
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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We spent 6 nights at the Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand in the "new block". Our room on the top floor had great views of the fjord and mountains. The room, though not the most modern style, was clean, comfortable and well serviced. Everything worked and was there.

The staff in reception and the dining room were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble.

The breakfast and dinner buffet was superb and extensive. The wine list runs to a choice of some 400 different wines. The only problem is loosing all the pounds now gained!

The public areas are extensive and relaxing. There is plenty of choice of seating all with fjord views and they blend modern with old world charm.

Yes there are tour buses coming and going but they didn't interfere with our enjoyment. The hotel seemed to have them well organised and after all they will generate a good income for the hotel so one can't complain.

We travelled with Inghams and their rep in the resort, Adina, was informative and extremely helpful.

Finally, watch out for the porpoises which we saw several times from the dining room windows!

Room Tip: We found the new block fine, the higher floors will have the best views. We were on the top floor...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Worth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2013

My four day stay in Balestrand was capped by staying at the Kviknes Hotel. I had a very comfortable room and began each day with a hearty breakfast sitting in a delightful dining room looking out over a fjord. The first day I was there I hiked for several hours following the directions provided by the very helpful lady at the TI. The following day I rented a car and drove 2.5 hours each way to walk on a glacier. That was an experience not to be missed. However, the trainers I was wearing were not the right shoes to wear. Crampons bite into ankle bones and without hightop shoes expect some pain. After two full days of activity I was relieved when it rained all the next day so I had an excuse to sit in my comfortable room and look out over the fjord and mountains while reading a crime novel. All rooms in the newer building have a nice view. There is a fjord side and a mountain side which gives a glimse of fjord so specify if you particularly want fjord view.

Room Tip: Rooms have double doors. Be sure to close both because some tour groups get an early start and the...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Kviknes Hotel
Address: Kviknevegen 8, Balestrand 6899, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Sogn og Fjordane > Balestrand
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Balestrand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kviknes Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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