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Balestrand Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Balestrand
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2014

My wife & I recently stayed at the Balestrand Hotel for unfortunately only 1 night! The community is very quiet and located on an extremely beautiful section of the Sognefjord. Our 2nd floor balcony room with an unbelievable view of the Fjord made us never want to leave and was well worth the small upcharge. The owners and their daughters made you feel very welcome and comfortable from them originally meeting us at the Ferry to carry our luggage to the hotel, to their personalized service at the nice included breakfast.

This hotel, scenery and location was a highlight of our 3 week visit to the Baltic countries and we really want to return here badly. You can't go wrong staying here, for as long as you can!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We spent two nights here. The owner and family do a great job of making their home yours and seeing to the little things that come up in every trip. From hauling suitcases in their car to providing water shoes, they were really welcoming. It is where I will stay next time we go

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is a great family-run hotel with good service, clean rooms and reasonable rates in a spectacular setting. Unni Marie, a Balestrand native, can serve up excellent advice on Balestrand and the Sognefjord region. Delicious breakfast!

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

As others have noted, this hotel does not provide luxury accommodation. It's basic, yes, but it's clean, the beds are comfortable, and it has its own charm. The lounge area is actually really nice -- very comfortable place to sit and read or relax with a glass of wine. I followed advice from this site and booked a room with a balcony and fjord view: definitely worth the little extra money as we were rewarded on our second night with a double rainbow over the fjord! It was gorgeous.

The hotel owners (especially Uni-Marie) are very helpful with respect to providing information about sights, ferry times, and the area in general.

The breakfast is not fancy, but it's tasty and plentiful.

Balestrand is idyllic: peaceful, quiet, quaint. We stayed two nights and I wish we'd had more time there. We had a car and so were able to explore the surrounding area with some day trips. I recommend this, but it would also have been nice to take some hikes in and around Balestrand, which we did not have time to do.

Room Tip: Get a fjord view.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Hotel Balestrand is in the ideal setting--The view from the hotel is amazing. The family-run hotel offers a lovely sitting area with fjord view as well as lawn chairs in front. Unnimarie, her husband, and daughters run the hotel very efficiently. I think it is the best place to stay in Balestrand. If you plan to arrive by express boat, email the hotel, and someone will be waiting to drive your luggage to the hotel from the dock. It is several blocks uphill to the hotel. If I ever had the chance to return, I would do so without hesitation.

Room Tip: We were in a downstairs room on the end facing the mountain. It had a nice patio with two comfortabl...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

The hotel at first may not look promising, but soon you will see why the dated decor is part of its charm. It may feel like you are back in your 70s childhood, but that is also why it feels like you are part of a family. The entire hotel is run by a family - husband, wife, daughters. They even eat at the hotel breakfast room. They are always there to help and give advice, and so helpful. The rooms are very clean, and the beds comfortable, but what you cannot beat is the amazing view! Our balcony had the most amazing view of the Sognefjord, and we just enjoyed spending time out there looking at the water. The location was good, close enough to walk to town, but peaceful. The hotel has a wide lawn on the fjord, where we played with our son, and watched the baby seagull.

Balestrand doesn't have a lot going on, only a few restaurants, and a few things to do. If you love to hike, you're in luck. However, I found that made it a relaxing place to visit. We didn't feel any stress or "FOMO" (fear of missing out) - you can just relax, enjoy the peace of this beautiful place.

I would also like to state that the modest Hotel Balestrand has the best shower we experienced in all of Norway. It was the only hotel where I could take a proper shower!

Breakfast was limited in selection, but very good quality. We enjoyed eating breakfast here more than any other place in Norway.

Room Tip: definitely "splurge" (it isn't much more) for a fjord-facing balcony room.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

We got a room with balcony that faces the fjord. And the view is to die for!! This is the best view we've had in a hotel. The breakfast was modest but sufficient. Owner provides transport to and from the harbor.

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Additional Information about Balestrand Hotel

Address: Kong Beles veg 41, Balestrand 6899, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Sogn og Fjordane > Balestrand
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Balestrand
Price Range: £88 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Balestrand Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 30
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