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“Overpriced and pretty basic”
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Fleischer's Hotel
Stavanger, Norway
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“Overpriced and pretty basic”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

My wife and I stayed at Fleischer’s hotel in Vossevangen in August 2013. We were on a short weekend trip and decided to stay in Voss as we were covering parts of Hardanger and parts of Sognefjord. I booked the hotel online on the hotel homepage and I guess I booked it quite late as I was only able to get it for the rate of 2090 Norwegian Kroner (about 350 USD).

Finding the hotel was not that difficult as Voss is not such a large place and the hotel stands out as it is built in swiss style. The entrance to the hotel is a bit weird as you enter the reception from the back (towards the railway). We got room number 36 located on the same floor as the reception. The room was not very impressive upon entry – I was assuming that as I booked late and ended up paying quite a lot for the room, we would get a better room but I guess that was not the case. The room had light walls with a few pieces of rather boring art work and it had a wooden floor. The bed was two single beds pushed together which is not great when traveling as a couple and the bed was not very comfortable. There was a two seat sofa by the window and a table and the view was not bad at all – we looked at Voss Kulturhus and the lake. There was also a small desk and a chair – and the desk included and old school and small TV. There was a wardrobe as well but no safe and no iron/ironing board. The small fridge has a few cold drinks and there were a couple of wine glasses. The lighting of the room was really bad and it a good thing that Norwegian summers are light so that you can get natural light into the room.

The bathroom was small and tiled in white tiles and included a bathtub with a shower option, a toilet and a sink. There were no amenities apart from a shower cap! There was a soap dispenser for washing the hands and it seems like there was a similar one in the shower – so no shampoo, no conditioner etc. The shower head did not seem to work properly and it would spray water in various directions. There was also a wall mounted hair dryer. We were not that impressed by the bathroom standard as there seemed to be hair left from the previous guest and the floor appeared dirty when we started to shower and water was splashing everywhere.

There was not that much ventilation so it got pretty damp in the little bathroom. I don’t think there is much focus on details at this hotel – even the trash can in the corner of the hotel room was not working. The towels were thin and worn out. It did not seem like there was any ventilation in the room so we had to keep the window open at night to get some fresh air – this means that you also hear the traffic better on the road outside.

Breakfast at the hotel was not bad – they could offer some eggs, bacon, cereal, fruit, bread etc. At first it seemed like they only had standard jam etc but when looking closer it seemed like they had more local stuff as well (e.g. strawberry jam, brunost (the Norwegian brown goat cheese) and apple juice). When we came to the breakfast restaurant there was a sign saying that we had to wait to be seated (well, it was not spelled correctly) – but as we were standing there waiting a waitress told us that we could sit anywhere.

Location of the hotel is not bad – but then again Voss is a small place and you can basically walk anywhere from any location in town. I was afraid that we would hear the trains as the railway is right next door but that was not a problem.

Conclusion
I travel a bit for pleasure and business so I think I know a bit about hotel standards and qualities. I don’t mind paying a lot for a hotel room as long as I feel that I get something back for the money. In that respect I have to say that I’m shocked by the value for money at Fleischer’s hotel. I paid 2090 Norwegian kroner (about 350 USD) for the room and the room was one of the most basic rooms I have stayed at in a long time. Not only was it basic but it also seems to be neglected in terms of cleaning and maintenance. The bed was uncomfortable, towels thin and worn out, basically no amenities in the bathroom etc. Fleischer’s hotel is a part of De Historiske – an organization that promotes charming and historic hotels. Fleischer’s hotel might be a historic hotel with many famous guests in the past but today it is a worn down hotel that is absolutely not worth the room rate.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Fleischers is a lovely, historic hotel. However, rooms 240-254 are actually on the 2nd floor of the train station and not in the hotel at all. We stayed in one of the train station rooms. We requested a room change and received it the following night. The rooms on the lake side of the historic hotel are very nice.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

Excellent staff, superb location. So many positives things to say about this place. We stayed here 3 nights , ate here often grand buffet too. Listen to live piano music every night too. Rooms were very comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Very efficient check-in and checkout
Room very high standard
Comfortable bed and good shower
Ideal location for train station and walking distance to town.
You can walk over the railway bridge and walk up the hill for five minutes and reach the cable car

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

We stayed at Fleischers as part of the Norway in a Nutshell tour from Oslo to Bergen. The hotel has interesting history and great Alpine atmosphere. Service, food and room were quite acceptable and overall I'm glad we stayed there.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Hertfordshire
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We stayed here for one night whilst spending a week touring the fjords. The hotel has lots of history but it seems lost within a hotel that, in my opinion, has set it's stall out to cater for large coach parties rather than individual travellers.

Everything about the hotel is ok but it lacks any soul or character. The rooms are very basic but are clean and do have a TV. The public areas again seem dated apart from a small patio area which is nice to sit out on and enjoy the sunshine. However, the hotel is situated on the main road through the town and therefore the traffic directly in front of the hotel is busy. Equally, the hotel backs directly onto Voss railway station so very convenient for some (esp. those doing the 'in a nutshell' tours) but again the noise from the trains will be disruptive to some (although the number of trains coming/going whilst we were there were very few). Due to the size and volume of guests then the hotel meals are all buffet style and generally the food for dinner was average (salads, a choice or hot and cold main courses and then desserts / cheese and biscuits) but in fairness the breakfast, again buffet, was good.

The staff were the highlight being friendly, attentive and very helpful and this despite being inundated at certain times with coach parties as they arrived or departed. They do provide free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and the signal strength was good.

In my opinion, for couples or solo travellers there are better places to stay within reasonable distances - unfortunately I can't comment on the alternatives within Voss.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 June 2013 via mobile

This is a hotel that is very conveniently located near the train and bus stations. Lots of old world charm but facilities are very well-maintained and updated. Beautiful setting across the lake and mountains. Polite, friendly staff. Good food with breakfast and dinner included. We had a great stay and were very happy.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fleischer's Hotel
Address: Evangervegen 13, 5704, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Voss Municipality
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Voss Municipality
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Fleischer's Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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