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Stalheim Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stalheim
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

The Stalheim is one of the quirkiest hotels I've stayed in. Put the building, the basic rooms, the numerous tour groups taking over the dining room, the poor wi-fi in a city centre location and I would probably rate it a 'Two' but fortunately it is located at the top of a spectacular valley with fantastic views from its terrace and garden as well as our room and it was therefore a wonderful place to spend a night on our week in Norway's western fjord region.
The huge common areas also have a great outlook through huge fronted windows and are filled with desirable retro Scandinavian furniture.
The hotel would benefit from significant investment in many areas, however, from upgrading the room decor, improving the wi-fi system to giving the dining room and terrace and gardens make-overs in parts. However obviously the current 'spectacular view based' business model with income generated from tour groups supplemented by a small number of private guests works and may be it would not be beneficial to change it.
We opted for a top floor valley view room, which was at the end of a corridor so had views on two sides, with large windows opening fully to provide fresh air and further enhance the panorama. The room otherwise was relatively basic, with dated furniture (a couple of desks and chairs), no TV (just look at the view!) and no wi-fi reception. The bed was comfortable and we slept well, while the bathroom was cosy (i.e. difficult to get dry!)
We arranged to have dinner after the tour groups had finished theirs, but when we arrived, the groups were still there and no suitable table was available. The very helpful Polish waitress agreed to come and find us in the lounge, when there was room for us, which she did. We were then impressed with the quality of the a la carte offering (the reindeer was very good) and the comparatively good value wine list. As none of the menu desserts appealed to me, the waitress let me have a couple of cakes from what was left of the buffet!
The breakfast buffet was fine, though some of the platters did look a bit battered after the tour groups had left.
Service throughout the hotel was very good, everyone was extremely friendly and willing to help.
As well as having fabulous views, the hotel is an idea base for walks, with several specific trails of varying difficulty highlighted by the hotel on its own map. I just went for the most straightforward walk, down (and back up) the steep and windy road to views of the two beautiful waterfalls.
Overall, it is not cheap accommodation and you are paying for the location and view, but we are definitely very glad we chose it.

Room Tip: Definitely pay for a view of the valley. Room 337 had views on two sides.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

The rooms and food here were good. Getting here on public transportation (bus) wasn't easy, The view is EXTRAORDINARY. We had a wonderful reindeer dinner. We had a Barolo wine with the only reasonable prices we found during our 11 days in Norway.

Room Tip: Any room with a view down the valley is good. We were on the second floor which might be a little be...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

There is nothing wrong with this hotel, but having spent 7 nights in Norway's fjord country this is the one place I would not stay at if I were to plan the trip again, It has a lovely view down a valley, but saying that a hotel in the fjord country has a lovely view is like saying that it has oxygen. My wife and I found the hotel charmless, and the view, which can be had without staying there, not worth the using up of a night in this wonderful region of our planet. It was also, when combined with the cost of dinner (included at other hotels at which we stayed in Norway but not included for non tour travelers staying here), among the most expensive places we stayed in Norway, and not, in my view, good value. By comparison, the Ullensvang, not that far away, has an equally stunning (in a different way) location and is a top notch facility in every way, yet cost no more - the one was memorable and the cost worth it, the other lacked the sense of being special one wants when spending in the $400 plus a night range. Again, I'm not suggesting that it isn't perfectly pleasant, and if one is traveling in a tour one has to stay ATP,aces that accommodate tours, but if traveling on your own there are better places to stay in Norway at this price range, and there is no shortage of jaw-dropping views.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed one night on our Gohagen 5 day tour of Norway. The hotel view from the terrace and from our room was simply spectacular, looking down into a glacial gorge. The food was good ; buffet-style for dinner and breakfast. Be sure to visit the adjacent museum and historical cabin. Meander down the old road to see the 2 nearby waterfalls. If you can get here as part of a tour or on your own, you will not forget it

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We took the bus from Gudvangen quay to the Stalheim Hotel on a lovely summers day. The trip up the hill takes around 15minutes cost £4 each return and whilst the views on the way are good, there is a long tunnel for a lot of the journey. The bus dropped us right outside the hotel, the last bus returning leaves at 4.55pm. Do not even contemplate walking back as the roads are narrow, no footpaths and are full of coaches!
The hotel has a restaurant lounge with very large windows and excellent views, however this area is restricted to people eating, so grab a menu - sharing a club sandwich costs about £14, and they will provide iced tap water. There is also a buffet meal available but this is in the front of the hotel wuth no views and rather like a function room.
But the best views are from outside on the terrace which is open to the public most of the day. Here you can enjoy the view and eat your packed lunch. There are places to walk locally for views of the hotel, and waterfalls, and an openair museum with log cabins etc. but actually its just nice to sit and chill!
This is a stop off for coach parties, so expect them rolling in every 30mins or so. Saying that there is a lot of space so whilst it'll get busy its not too loud or crowded.
The staff were very helpful and excellent english spoken, the panoramic restaurant very clean and relaxing, the food was ok.

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Stalheim Hotel has one of the most spectacular views in the world, down a glacial valley toward the fjord at Gudvagen. There is only internet in the lobby, but the view makes it hard to get any work done. We stayed there one night after arriving by ferry up the Nærøyfjord from Flåm and then the bus up the hill. That ferry ride is also spectacular, as is the bus ride back to Gudvagen down the old road past two roaring waterfalls. We were a little disappointed in dinner at the hotel, as it was in a back room with a view of the parking lot rather than in the front with a view down the valley. We has the buffet, which was set up for the tourist groups and it was fine, but not special. If you have time, take a hike up a trail or down a road from the hotel and enjoy the views.

Room Tip: Definitely choose one with a view down the valley
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We stayed for one night at Stalheim during a "fjord and mountain" round trip of western Norway. The views from Stalheim are stunning! I hadn't paid enough attention, so I was a little disappointed that we didn't have balconies, but the rooms were great! I liked that the rooms were not too standardized like modern hotels. The bathroom was clean and functional.
We spent the afternoon on the great terrasse in front of the hotel, enjoying the setting sun and the spectacular view. The Bar / restaurant area was also great, with real firewood burning in the fireplace.
The exhibition of old farm buildings is really nice - a must if you pass here.
Obviously, the road down from the hotel is a tourist attraction in itself!

Room Tip: Goes without saying, the rooms in the front is why you stay here :)
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Brekkedalen 16 /24, Stalheim 5715, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Stalheim
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stalheim
Price Range: £171 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stalheim Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 125
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