This article was first published by capital trip 20.11.2020.
Everything from raw, international-class five-star hotels to tiny, one-of-a-kind reptiles with plenty of features that you’ll struggle to match anywhere else in the world.
The most daring, Lysforden
In Lysefjord, at 604 meters above sea level, there are two lodges balanced on separate poles. They have been designed to reduce the footprint in the landscape, so the design is symbolic and bold. They have a vision to make the footprint as little as possible on the ground. The units are 22 square meters and offer all the amenities you could want and consist of 2 double bedrooms, a designer kitchen, a bathroom and a dining room with a view of the entire Lysefjord. Hostel prices are 3700 kr per night, fear of heights included. Do you dare?
Opus XVI, Bergen
Some of the composer Edvard Grieg’s descendants welcome guests here in a classic hotel experience with a modern twist that will provide insight into the composer’s rich life.
The hotel is located in a historic building from 1876, originally built as a bank – or more recently Banco Rotto, in the heart of Bergen. It has a restaurant, bar, art gallery by local artists, fitness room as well as meeting and banquet facilities ideal for weddings and private celebrations. In addition, the hotel features an exhibition on Edward Grieg and the installation of his most famous small concerto, Composition 16. A stay here can be combined with a concert in Troldhaugen, the Grieg couple’s home at Hop, or one of the many exciting performances. Events in Grieg Hall.
Opus XVI has 65 luxurious rooms just a few steps from the fish market. The view from the rooms towards Fløyen or Vågsallmenningen.
Solstrand Hotel & Bad, Bergen
Solstrand Hotel & Bad is ideally located next to the Bjørnefjord, only 30 km from Bergen city center and Flesland Airport. The hotel was built in 1896 by Christian Michelsen, the first Norwegian Prime Minister after the dissolution of the union.
Solstrand is eco-certified and the food served is a short walk away. The property is 124 acres with hiking trails. Guests are encouraged to shower from the jetty. Additionally, there are two berths if you must arrive by boat.
Oleana Hotel, Bergen
Located on historic grounds next to the famous Torgalmenningen in downtown Bergen, the hotel was originally called the Holdts Hotel, but was lost in 1916. Today, the Oleana Hotel (inspired by the Ole Bull) is a boutique hotel with 97 rooms, three meeting rooms, a spa and a lounge. Sports and popular restaurant.
Juvet Landscape Hotel, Goodbrandjovit
Tucked away in the Hutti heath on Norway’s northwest coast, in the small village of Valldalen about 90 minutes from Ålesund, is the scenic Juvet on the tourist route between Geirangerfjorden and Trollstigen. This distinctive hotel is suitable for many occasions. It is tempting with a bath by the river, a Burtigarden barn that has become a ‘dining room’ serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rooms in the birdhouse remind you how little you really need to feel good. It costs 1950 kr including breakfast. Landscape rooms consist of seven small cubes on stilts with glass walls and cost 3,200 kr, including breakfast.
Laagen consists of five glass enclosures and a treetop cabin in Numedalslaagen, about an hour and twenty-minute drive from Oslo. Glass containers and tree cabins offer panoramic views of both the forest and the river, provide good rest and solutions in harmony with nature. There is room for up to four people in each space. If you want to get the most out of your stay, you can choose between an e-bike, a friendly package, or a climbing package. There is no restaurant on the premises, but each accommodation unit has a simple kitchen solution, and if you book up to seven days in advance, the hosts will fill the fridge for you.
Knight Bad, Larvik
Farris Bad enjoys an unparalleled location on the city beach in Larvik. With a foot on land and a foot in the water, the spa hotel is something special in the Nordic context. Not least, Farris Bad is the only hotel in the North with its own mineral resource. Farris Bathroom has many different rooms and suites to choose from. Whether you want simpler, gorgeous views or rooms with plenty of space, there’s something for everyone.
Lingen North, Lingen
In 2016, the first glass siglo was built, followed three to two years later, and the hotel now consists of five cabins and two maisonettes. Lyngen North is located on the Spåkenes Peninsula, three hours from Tromsø. Glass Igloo 180° is 25m2 and Igloo 360° is 22m2 and has views through ceilings and walls on all sides. Both overlook the Lingen Alps and the fjord. It can seat two people and is perfect for observing the northern lights. Solvind Restaurant serves local food with a twist.
Christiania Theater Hotel, Oslo
With 102 rooms divided into 7 categories, the Christiania Teater Hotel has something to suit everyone. No two rooms are exactly the same, but with slight differences in design, size and layout. Each room has fresh wallpaper, a rain shower and large, comfortable beds. With the castle on one side, Storting on the other and Oslo City Hall around the corner, it takes a lot to live centrally so you can explore the city’s culture and history. On the second floor you will find the Teatro, which serves everything from the hotel’s breakfast to unforgettable pizzas and a large selection of fine wines from the award-winning wine list.
American Line, Oslo
Hotell Amerikalinjen combines the best of old and new Oslo. The hotel has 122 rooms and suites in classic and modern Norwegian design with views of the fjord and the opera or towards the green back garden. The ground floor of the hotel houses a restaurant, café, bar and Gustav’s Club, which is inspired by the jazz scene in New York. Atlas Brasserie and Café serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner for hotel guests and anyone else looking for a great dining experience. Pier 42 Bar serves classic cocktails with a modern twist and a large selection of wines on the menu.
Camilas Huss, Oslo
Next to Slottsparken, in Parkveien 31, is Camilla’s House – a Swiss villa from 1845. The Bertel O. Steen family owns both numbers 31, 29 and 27 and has renovated the three buildings worthy of protection. The first owner of the house was Camilla Collette as the first tenant, hence the name. The boutique hotel has seven unique rooms. Breakfast is served in the cozy Park29 Restaurant, and the hotel offers free parking. If you want privacy, you simply rent the entire hotel.
An exclusive and elegant design hotel at the far end of Tjuvholmen with 114 rooms and suites, all with private balconies. The Thief is the first hotel in Oslo with direct access to the sea. The 160 m² loft suite has a private terrace with panoramic views. The hotel’s Thief Foodbar serves delicious food made with local ingredients, and in summer you can enjoy a good drink overlooking the hotel’s rooftop terrace. The hotel also has conference and meeting rooms with the option of a private dinner. The Thief Spa includes 800 square meters of spa and fitness facilities.
Lysebo Hotel, Oslo
The Lysebu, designed by famed architect Magnus Poulsson, was given as a national Norwegian gift to the Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund as a thank you for Danish food aid during the war. It is beautifully located in Holmenkollåsen and offers everything from single rooms to suites. The culinary arts are paramount, the food is short-lived, and the wine cellar has been voted one of the best restaurants in the world.
Lysebu is a member of De Historiske and is the first square in the country to spread Danish culture in Norway and has its own gift shop and gallery.
Continental Hotel, Oslo
For four generations, the same family has run the hotel across from the National Theater and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. In 2018, they completed the largest renovation in the hotel’s history, with a new reception and lobby bar and a conversion of 59 rooms. The hotel now consists of 151 beautiful rooms and suites, decorated with hand-picked art. With the famous Theatrecatéen, Bar Boman, Eik Annen Etage, Caroline and Casbar, most of the culinary beauty is covered.
Elert Smith Hotel, Stavanger
An old and modern warehouse building, nestled among the old wooden houses of Stavanger, has been revived as a boutique hotel and with the Michelin-starred Ra-Naa restaurant on the ground floor. The hotel is named after the architect of the building. The hotel has 12 individually designed rooms and suites, and at the top is the Eilerts Residence, where a discreet service is included with the rate upon request.
Britannia Hotel, Trondheim
Britannia, the great pride of Trondheim, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. After a massive renovation of more than 1.3 billion kroner, it reopened in 2019 and Odd Reitan’s old dream came true – the hotel became a member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”. Britannia has 257 rooms, four restaurants, one of which is Michelin-starred, two bars, a spa and a conference centre.
All rooms feature comfortable Hästens beds, Carrara marble bathrooms, turndown service, access to the Britannia Spa & Fitness and a breakfast buffet in the esteemed Palmehaven. Many room categories – from deluxe suites at a price on request to double rooms from 2500 kr.
Tollboden Hotel and Restaurant, Kragerø
The hotel, with 19 unique rooms and suites close to the sea in the center of Kragerø, offers historical charm mixed with modern design and a personal environment. The restaurant is widely known as it is perched on the water’s edge and offers good food and wine experiences. A suite with sea view costs 3890 kr with breakfast now out of season, a double room with sea view 1890 kr.
Orland Boutique Hotel, Orlando
A place for fishing enthusiasts with a sense of the good life – also off the river. The farm has been a favorite residence of fishermen inside and out for several generations. The buildings on the farm have been restored in turn, so we hope guests learn about the history of the farm and the local community. Several activities are arranged upon request, and the food is short-lived, organic and delicious. Private experiences start from 7,500 kronor for two people for a full day – or from 3,500 half-days. An organic breakfast is included in the room rate.
The unique Ice Hotel, which has grown into a major provider of activities in northern Norway, can be experienced regardless of the season. But winter is special. After activities like dog and reindeer riding, searching for the northern lights, king crab hunting and a RIB cruise in the Barents Sea, spend the night in one of Snowhotel365’s 20 cooled rooms, but they are equipped with thermal sleeping bags! If it’s too cold, you can opt for a warmer Gamme cabin.
Walker Hotel, Luster
The Walaker is Norway’s oldest hotel and has been family owned since 1690. It has a great location with a view of the Sognefjord. Every evening, at 7.30pm, a four-course dinner of the highest category is served. Guest rooms are located in four different houses and cost 2,650 kr, with breakfast included. If you treat yourself to a dinner “from the front”, the price will be 4150 kr.
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