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Dalen Hotel


    Dalen Hotel
 in Dalen
    Dalen Hotel
 in Dalen

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  • Historic gem. Pricy but unforgettable.

    by Helle L on 2019-09-21 07:29 am

    We stopped by here on a whim. Great and friendly staff. Cute historic hotel (1894). The main lounge rooms have been kept as they were since 1894. Perfect for sipping a cocktail.
    Our Room was clean. We splurged and had the 3 course dinner. The food and service was excellent.
    A little pricy but how often do you get to dine in a historic dinning room.
    Also enjoyed the champagne breakfast.

  • Historic Hotel and wonderful food!!

    by kristinoslo2015 on 2019-09-15 10:37 am

    The hotel is very authentic, and the athmosphere is unbeilvable. Beautiful rooms!! Norway's Downton Abby?? It is well worth a visit, beautiful nature and many trail If you feel like a swin or sauna, you can go down to Telemarkskanalen a few hundred meters from he hotel. The food is great and the staff friendly!

  • Afternoon Tea

    by Anne-Lene R on 2019-08-18 08:33 am

    On Sunday August 11th, we were four Ladies who drove one and a half Hour to an Afternoon Tea at Dalen Hotel, in Telemark.

    Our expectations were high. The Hotel is old and typical of its era, really authentic.

    We entered, and let the receptionist know we had a reservation for Afternoon Tea. She pointed us inward, and we ventured - a bit hesitantly because there were many rooms and hallways - in and hoped to find the right room. Inside the first room, we stopped and hoped for some more directions. We saw a waiter, and let him know we were there for Afternoon Tea. He pointed us towards three sittingrooms. One of them had about six tables, with white tablecloth, which seemed sort of ironed, but lacked that cripsness one would expect if they had been pressed.

    The tables were completely bare, without anything on them. No flowers or candles. No teacups or glasses.

    Hesitently we sat down at one of the tables, uncertain if this was the right sittingroom.

    The door to the terrace was open, and as it was a rainy and rather cold day, it soon became to chilly inside to feel comfortable. There was no light on, and the room felt greyish and 'unhappy'

    After a little while, a waiter came in, smiling. He spoke Swedish, and even for us (Norwegians) he was difficult to understand. We asked if this was the right place for Afternoon Tea, and he said yes, we could sit wherever we wanted to.

    He asked us if he could bring us anything to drink. Again, we said we were there for Afternoon Tea, and maybe he could bring us that?
    In addition, we ordered local Apple Juice, which we knew to be outstanding (from Gvarv in Sauherad).

    To our surprise, we were told that Tea was in an adjacent room, and we were supposed to help ourselves. So we did.

    There we found a beautiful setup, with a variety of tea and some coffee, but only Tea-bags. This was a let down. The Tea-bags themselves were of good quality, though.

    There was brown and white sugar, Honey, and cold milk, but no warm milk and no lemon.

    The teacups were cold.
    We went back to our table, and found two treys with some food, four plates, knifes and forks but no teaspoons. Back at the self-service desk where we got the tea, there were only two spoons left.
    We asked a waiter for more spoons, and some heated milk for our tea. After a couple of minutes, this arrived at our table.

    The food was ok, but nothing special. The portions were small, and the scones were a particular let-down as they were dense and small. They were accompanied by a tasty raspberry jam and way too little sour cream. We would have liked whipped cream, and plenty of it.
    There was no cutlery to get the food off the tray, and no spoons to serve the jam or the sour cream, so back to the self-service table to get spoons, only to find there were none at this time.

    At our forth cup of tea, we had arrived at 'the top of the tray', and were ready for the little piece of dark Chocolate. At this time it had all but melted, and taking it off gave us really sticky fingers. Thankfully, we had big, pressed cloth napkins to rinse it off our fingers!

    A delightful thing worth mentioning; there was no feeling of being rushed out of there. It seem we were given all the time in the world by the staff, to just sit there and enjoy this little bit of luxury. Even though there were many small nuisances, this was a bit of a treat for the four of us:)

    The two waiters (both Swedish) were kind and benevolent, and did their best when we asked them for something (like closing and opening the door to the terrace, as the temperature in the room changed)

    We payed 285,- Norwegian Kroner p.p. for Afternoon tea, ex. Apple Juice.

  • You don't believe it before seeing it!

    by Torger D on 2019-08-16 02:59 am

    We took the old steamer Henrik Ibsen (actually not a steamer anymore, as the engine has been changed to a diesel engine long ago) from Skien through the Telemark Canal with all together 18 locks (all but one hand operated) to Dalen Hotel in Dalen. The boat trip in the canal is a sterling experience in itself, and the Dalen Hotel make the experience 100 % fantastic.

    The hotel is totally renovated back to its former glory when the Royals and the aristocrats of Europe frequently stayed at Dalen. The hotel is hard to describe, but it's fair to say that the building with the help of loads of money and a love to the original concept has been transformed to its former glory.

    The staff are very friendly and helpful, and treated us like royals. Everything is perfect, and it's like living in a fairytale. As we were a rather big family visiting the hotel, we were served dinner in a separate room (The Garden Room). The dinner was an experience by itself, real gourmet food perfect served.

    The breakfast was great, with china and heavy tablecloth.

    To top it all, the hotel has built a modern sauna at the lakeshore. You can reserve it, as we did with our great family. The fjord water was very cold, but that did not stop young and old to dip in the ice-cold water after heating up in the very hot sauna. A very special experience!

    It's not cheap to stay and eat at Dalen Hotel, but it worth every penny!

  • Experience of your life

    by YuliyaF on 2019-08-13 08:21 am

    Great historical hotel with magic atmosphere.
    Great service and excellent food, however was extremly expencive ( we stayed the evening on 17 May, that is National day)
    The standart room ( I think it was the cheapest one) is very small . No place for suitcase, keep it in mind and if you can afford so you need to book another room, not standart.
    Free parking.


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