I stayed at this hotel on a family trip to Norway and really enjoyed this hotel and the town of Balestrand. My room was on the 4th floor with a view opposite the fjords which was a little disappointing, but we made our reservations only 2 months before arriving, and it is a smallish hotel. The views from the fjord-side are spectacular and would highly recommend that you get a room with a balcony overlooking the fjord if you can get one.
Our room was large with a comfortable bed. The bathroom with shower was large, and I have only 2 small complaints about the shower: 1. the plastic shower curtain would stick to you with the bathroom door closed; 2. it was difficult to regulate the water temperature, but not impossible. There is not a hair drier in the room, but the hotel owner has them at the front desk. All you have to do is ask for one. I believe that the floor tiles in the bathroom are heated ~ at any rate, they always felt warm to my bare feet instead of cold as I had anticipated a tile floor would feel.
This hotel is family operated and has a great host and hostess (Unni-Marie). Their daughters also help with the operation. The family is very friendly, helpful and funny. Our host met us at the ferryboat dock and picked up all of our luggage so that we didn't have to haul it up the hill. We were quite capable of walking the short distance to the hotel and were happy not to have to drag our bags along. If a guest has a disability, the host will take you in the care. After loading our luggage into the car, our host gave us directions to the hotel and told us to check out various restaurants along the way so that we might choose where to go for dinner. He also pointed out the grocery store in case we wanted to grab snack items before going onto the hotel.
The breakfast buffet was plentiful. One of the daughters was in charge of the buffet and kept it fully supplied. We ate breakfast fairly early and were usually among the first in the room, so I can not comment on the experience of a later breakfast, but we enjoyed what was offered and left happy.
Views of the Sogne Fjord from the hotel lobby and breakfast room are simply spectacular. This hotel has a large patio area in front of the hotel with lots of seating so that you can enjoy the view or you can cross the street to a private lawn with lounge chairs right at the water's edge. It is true that the television is in the lobby area with none in the guest rooms, but we didn't have much time to watch TV anyway and preferred reading near the water or just watching the boats in the fjord. We visited in July, so we had daylight very late into the evening.
I recommend this hotel because of the views of the fjord, the comfortable and adequate rooms and the hospitality of the owners. Our stay lasted only 2 nights and I would have loved to have stayed 1 or 2 nights longer. I will definitely return to this hotel if I every have the opportunity to do so.
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