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Hotel Ullensvang


    Hotel Ullensvang
 in Lofthus i Hardanger
    Hotel Ullensvang
 in Lofthus i Hardanger

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  • Beautiful Views

    by swissmanagement1 on 2018-11-19 03:39 am

    The Hotel has the perfect spot for great views of the mountains and water. The Sunset is great too.
    Rooms are comfortable and the food is ok.
    The Spa has an indoor pool and an outdoor one as well as a Sauna for the cold days.

  • A perfect place to end our road trip - stunningly beautiful

    by camval on 2018-09-28 02:25 pm

    At the end of our three week road trip around Scandinavia we decided to treat ourselves to a hotel that we'd passed on the route north and had then seen in the Norwegian Historic Hotels & Restaurants booklet (De Historiske) - a coffee table item in itself. This is how we got to spend our last two nights at Hotel Ullensvang in the most idyllic setting imaginable. It was very expensive but so worth it.

    We'd booked a room on the fjord side of the hotel which we were very pleased about when we arrived as the hotel is long and narrow running alongside the road by Hardangerfjord. A room on the non-fjord side would be of the hillside and/or road. If you are paying so much for a hotel pay a little bit more for the view - believe me it is stunning and worth the extra.

    We arrived by car and were able to park ourselves right near the door which was great. There were plenty of spaces and I think when that is full they will valet park your car in other places in the hotel grounds.

    When we checked in we were even more thrilled as they upgraded us to a Junior Suite. It was magnificent and easily the best room and hotel I have stayed in in 40 years of travelling. It was beautifully and tasteful furnished with a large and very comfortable bed. There was a big seating area with sofa and chairs by the window which opened onto a balcony overlooking the grounds and Hardangerfjord.

    The bathroom was amazing with a shower and bath, double basins and a clear curved window into the bedroom area and the view beyond. There was a curtain you could pull around the curved window if you wanted privacy in the bathroom but what a treat to be able to lie in the bath in such light and see the mountains opposite. And you could watch TV as there was one at the foot of the bath!

    The pool area was way the best of anywhere I have ever been. As a lover of swimming outdoors this could not have been more perfect for me. There was an indoor pool from which an 88 metre heated channel led to the outdoor infinity pool. These were all heated to a very comfortable 28C. There was also a really large outdoor and indoor jacuzzi area which were really warm. Both had stainless steel bars that you could lie on - hard to describe but very stylish and comfortable to lie on while taking in the breath-taking views of the mountains and the glacier opposite. Also jets and a waterfall in the Jacuzzi area.

    If you wanted something a little more adventurous beyond the pool area is a beach leading down to the fjord. I had a ten minutes swim in Hardangfjord which was a brisk 15C knowing that I would soon be back in much warmer waters. Not everyday you swim in a fjord looking at the glacier opposite!

    The hotel itself is amazing - room after room of gorgeous furnishings and decor. All very grandiose but welcoming. It was a heatwave while we were there in June 2018 so these rooms were empty but I would love to be there in winter when all those rooms are undoubtedly in use and full of character and atmosphere. There was a gym area and indoor tennis court which we didn't use as we were so busy swimming but both looked great.

    We had their buffet dinner the first night which was really good but I think would get a bit same-ish to have more than once. We were planning to eat in the a la carte restaurant on the second night but it was closed so we went to the local supermarket, only 5 minutes walk away, and got snacks which we enjoyed on our balcony.

    Alongside receiving our room allocation we were allocated a dining room table for our whole stay. We were thrilled to find that this was by the window with fabulous views of Hardangerfjord. Because the table is for your whole stay we knew that we'd have it for both breakfasts which was lovely. Although I did feel a little guilty that others weren't getting to use it while we weren't there, especially on the second night when we didn't eat in the restaurant. There were quite a lot of organised groups staying but they were in a different area of the hotel and seated in the central part of the restaurant. They didn't have the amazing view that we did but I suspect they were paying a lower rate than us.

    It was all so lovely that I didn't want to leave. My husband was keen to do "Queen Sonja's Panoramic Hiking Trail" which starts and finishes at the hotel. I wasn't so keen as it meant that we'd be away from the hotel all day and it sounded quite challenging in the heat. As a compromise we did a couple of hours of the nearby "Fruit Trail" which is in the area around the hotel. There are lots of signs and it was very interesting. I then felt completely pathetic as someone on the trail told us that H M Queen Sonja had been there just 3 or 4 days before to open a new bridge and that she'd hiked 'her' hiking trail! At 81 she is clearly a lot fitter than us at 2/3rd her age! She'd stayed at the hotel which I understand she does regularly. One of the owners, Hans Edmund Utne, who'd recommended the various hikes to us didn't mention her visits at all. He was the height of discretion, as indeed were all the staff. We only knew about the Queen's visits from a local villager on our walk as his brother had built the bridge that the Queen was opening.

    Hans Edmund, other family members and the staff were all lovely to chat to. All very helpful and friendly. The hotel has been in the Utne family for five generations and it really did feel steeped in history and I would have loved to stay longer and learn more. There are a lot of books, photos and artworks showing more about the history of the building and the family.

    In the grounds is the work cabin of composer Edvard Grieg as well as as wood carving s of him and his family. This cabin has had a fair old journey being moved a lot but this is where Edvard Grieg did a lot of his composing on summer visits to the area.

    On our last morning we tore ourselves away from the pool area for an hour of so and borrowed one of the hotel's rowing boats and had a row about halfway across the fjord. It was so idyllic being out there and seeing the view back to the hotel and surrounding hills and mountains.

    We'd love to return one day but are almost fearful that it was so perfect the first time that a second visit can never be so perfect! Do treat yourself, it's worth it.

  • An Excellent Hotel in Every Regard

    by Alan B on 2018-09-14 12:44 am

    Every aspect of this hotel is excellent. The rooms are a nice size and pleasantly furnished. The public areas are tastefully furnished. There are amenities galore from the outdoor and indoor pools to roaring fire places. The breakfast and dinner buffets provide a wide selection of well prepared food. The view from the hotel towards the lake is wonderful.

  • Location, view, service and relaxation

    by norwaytravler on 2018-09-12 12:02 am

    What a hotel! I have now stayed at the hotel 3 times: with friends, and now this weekend with my job. Wonderful stays everytime! I have stayed in "garden room" (towards the road) and rooms pointing towards the fjord. I would surely recommend to spend those extra money on a fjord view- it is amazingly peaceful and beautiful. The style at the hotel is somewhat mixed, but very pretty and historic- it is a unique hotel with a long history, and the style does not have to be like all other hotels, that is one of the things that makes it so unique.
    What is nice about the hotel:
    -the views are wonderful!!
    -the area is perfect! Opedal and the apple farm Alvavoll is behind the hotel, and you feel like entering a fairytaile when visiting there (RECOMENDED)
    -The rooms are wonderful and the beds are good!
    -The historic and relaxing atmosphere is wonderful!
    -The service is AMAZING!! Everyone is helpful and nice! Just perfect!! When we left for a boat-trip to Aga-tunet, two of our 50 coullegues missed the boat, and what did the hotel do? The hotel manager drove his own boat over to Aga-tunet in pouring rain, just to be nice to the two left behind. WOW! That is what I call service.

    What coule be better:
    -Please do put away that dress code sign- and the information about how to dress for dinner. If you can afford that dinner, you should be welcome- even if you wear shorts! My boyfriend was asked if he could put on pants when entering the buffe-dinner. It was 25 degrees outside, and he had a nice pair of shorts with a new, nice shirt. It felt VERY aquard- and he did not have a pair of pants with him. We went in anyway.
    -Maybe change the buffe-dinner now and then? Have some diffrent dishes?
    -Where is the local knowledge? You should know things about the area if you work at this hotel. E.g I asked who owned a road that leads up to the Munk Stairs( in order to transport some older folks up the road by car)- the people at the hotel had no clue, I mean- its their neigbours- they should know. I found out, on my own.- so it turned out nice.. but, I think you SHOULD have a high portion of local knowledge when you work here. Same goes with boat rental- they should have some contacts that you could talk to if you need a boat... I found out on my own, so again NO trouble- but still...
    -What about some dimmed light in the SPA, and some apples\water? Its veeeeery bright..and water is normaly provided in SPas...
    Love this hotel- Will be back!

  • Great hotel along Hardanger Fjord

    by EdwinVdO on 2018-09-09 04:25 am

    This is an outstanding hotel with a rich history. It is on the edge of the 2nd tallest fjord of Norway.
    You have a spectacular view of the glacier on the other side, which you must visit.
    On the mountain top behind the hotel is the Queen's walking trail, the only one in Norway with that title.
    Staff are very friendly and helpful. And so are the owners.
    There is a fitness with views on the Fjord, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzi, sauna and spa. You can go and use their rowing and peddling boats on the fjord waters.
    There are hardly any restaurants around the area within one hour of driving, so it is good they have a lavish Norwegian buffet every night.
    Only thing I thing I would suggest is that they refurbish the rooms. They are nice and correct but a bit old.
    Make sure you have a room with terrace and view on the fjord.
    Great evening lounge facilities.
    There is a picture of Edward Grieg visiting a century ago.
    This must be the most outstanding place of this part of Norway. It is perfect if you go hiking along the fjords, on glaciers, up the mountains or in the valleys towards the waterfalls.
    It is advisable to come with a (rented) car.


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