This intimate, stylish boutique hotel is one of Alesund's most appealing accommodations. Located quayside, it offers a view on the maritime panorama of sailboats gliding through the fjord and fishing boats returning with the day's catch. Hotel Brosundet's design reflects its owners' passion for preserving Alesund's architectural heritage, including the authentic structure and character of the original warehouses that played a central role in the town's history as a thriving fishery. The Art Nouveau buildings that comprise the hotel were a former packhouse built in 1918, where dried and salted cod was prepared for export to Portugal and Brazil. Heavy beams support the interior, while the outer walls touch Brosundet harbor, and many rooms have water views. Yet while the 'bones' of the hotel are old, the decor is decidedly contemporary, exuding Scandinavian modern flair and a chic continental sensibility. In order to preserve the property's historic nature, each guest room is unique in size and dimensions, some with slanted ceilings beneath the eaves. All are furnished in a minimalist style and soothing neutral tones. Bathrooms feature heavy white ceramic fixtures, with plate-glass showers and some with a deep porcelain soaking tub. All rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, TV, and coffee and tea. A small fitness area and sauna offer an opportunity to exercise and rejuvenate.
Sagafjord Hotel (2021)
Note: This hotel will be used on our 2021 itinerary.
After a full renovation in 2012, the Sagafjord Hotel combines history, tradition and rustic charm with up-to-date comfort and amenities in one of coastal Norway's most prized settings. Located quayside on peaceful Hjorundfjord, the hotel features 200-year-old timber walls that were once part of an old school building, white-painted mullioned windows, and a sod roof kept trimmed by goats. The hotel overlooks the water in the tiny village of Saebo, lying along the salmon-rich Bondalselva River in the shadow of Skarasalen, an imposing peak whose near-vertical walls rise 5,059 feet from the fjord’s surface. Incorporating knotty pine, stone, stucco and other natural materials, Sagafjord's cozy interior is in harmony with wild nature outside. Rooms have water views and are furnished in serene natural colors. Beds have classic European duvets. Amenities include a writing desk, free Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV, telephone, tea/coffee maker, electric kettle, and an en suite bathroom with glass shower, heated tile floor, toiletries and hair dryer. In the main lounge, warm up by the wood fireplace on leather couches accented with sheepskin throws. The dining room and bar have been updated with a warm, contemporary vibe featuring Scandinavian modern furnishings. Just outside the door, enjoy kayaking and hiking on the fjord, with views of the dramatic Sunnmore Alps in every direction.
Hotel Union Oye (2022)
Oye, Norangsdalen, Norway
Note: This hotel will be used on our 2022 itinerary.
In the village of Oye at the head of peaceful Norangsfjord we find one of the most distinctive small hotels in all of Europe. Since it opened in 1891, the Hotel Union Oye has been a favorite retreat for royalty, aristocrats, authors and adventurers over generations. Its 30 rooms are individually furnished with rich fabrics, carefully chosen antiques and unique memorabilia, and each is named after one of the hotel's many notable guests including Kaiser Wilhelm, King Oscar II, authors Karen Blixen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, composer Edvard Grieg, playwright Henrik Ibsen, and explorer Roald Amundsen. Surrounded by lavish gardens, the hotel presents a charming wooden facade with a steep peaked roof, intricate painted trim and carved balconies. Dinner in the elegant dining room is a highlight, as the chef composes a three-course meal featuring local fresh fare of the season. The hotel also invites relaxing in the Sun Lounge or library, as you look out onto the gardens or gaze up at the waterfalls cascading from the steep mountainsides.
Frich’s Hotel & Spiseri Kongsvold
Location Oppdal, Norway
At the head of the Driva River valley next to Dovrefjell National Park, this historic inn builds on a lodging tradition that dates back to the 12th century. Frich's Kongsvold Hotel is situated along the Pilgrims' Route and Old Kings' Road (Kongeveien) between the cities of Oslo and Trondheim. During his reign, King Eystein I of Norway ordered the construction of mountain stations (fjellstue) along the pilgrimage route to the shrine of St. Olav in Trondheim. These stations were inns where pilgrims crossing the mountain passes could find food and shelter. Today, Kongsvold's 32 character-filled rooms are steeped in that history, located in a varied collection of buildings with the oldest dating to 1720. The property encompasses a historic railway station and has been restored in collaboration with the National Heritage Board and local craftsmen. The complex exudes traditional rural Nordic atmosphere, with sod roofs, classic red and white paint, knotty pine interiors, and furniture decorated with rosemaling folk art. Rooms and lounges are furnished extensively with antiques and paintings obtained from several hundred years of mountain lodging. Guest rooms are simple but homey, with wooden beds, crisp cotton duvets and pine-paneled walls. The rooms, all en suite, vary widely in configuration and furnishings across the different buildings, and the individual charm of each is part of the appeal. The restaurant on site specializes in fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The Scandic Hotel sits directly on the Nydelva River in Bakklandet, Trondheim's well-preserved Old Town that dates to the 17th century and is beloved for its narrow cobblestone lanes, brightly painted wooden houses and lively mix of cafes, pubs and boutiques. The hotel is within walking distance of the historic Gamla Bybro Bridge offering easy proximity to the heart of the city, including its magnificent 12th-century Nidaros Cathedral. Taking a cue from its colorful neighborhood, the rooms at Scandic Bakklandet are furnished in warm tones with accents of red, turquoise and chartreuse, and wood accents—while all exhibit smart modern flair, no two are exactly alike. Rooms have beds with dark wood headboards and cozy Euro-style duvets, a desk with chair, TV, Wi-Fi, fridge and bathrooms with large walk-in shower, robes and FACE Stockholm toiletries.
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