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Kviknes Hotel


    Kviknes Hotel
 in Balestrand
    Kviknes Hotel
 in Balestrand

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  • "If I'm going to die of anything, it's going to be gluttony." (Justin Timberlake)

    by buttereyes on 2019-02-21 01:16 pm

    At the outbreak of WWI, frequent guest Kaiser Wilhelm II received his daily news from the comfort of the Kviknes Hotel, no doubt over some local beer and spirits.

    Lording majestically over Balestrand's harbor, the historic hotel was certainly fit for a king with its regal fa?ade and stunning Sognefjord setting. In fact, throughout its history, the hotel has hosted many royals, celebs, emperors, and presidents.

    Book early to snag a room in the historic part of the hotel, rather than in the concrete addition. Wander throughout the building to feast your eyes on antiques, carved wooden furniture, and oil paintings, before feasting on dinner.

    ROCK THE BOAT: Most travel to town via bus or by the Norled express boat. The hotel is steps away from the ferry terminal.

    DINNER IS SERVED: One may eat at the Balholm Bar Bistro, or choose the famous smorgasbord, 4-course set menu, or order ? la carte in the dining room. The dining room seats hundreds; reserve a table of two or more in the private attached room to avoid the chaos, and to enjoy window seats with views of the Sognefjord, as we did. I recommend trying the plum dessert wine or one of 300+ other available wines from the Bistro after dinner.

    BUT IT WILL COST YA: Approx. $75 US--this affords you the opportunity to sample various traditional dishes that you would otherwise miss out on. The only complaint we had was that some of the hot dishes were lukewarm.

    THE FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB: Put on your Brad Pitt game face and prepare to battle a sea of rude, aggressive tour groups (other reviews have mentioned this as well).

    We attempted chess-like maneuvers to navigate the hostile food station area, but were checkmated by one particularly rude dude. He puffed his chest and threw his hands in the air for extra effect, challenging us for approaching the island in the opposite direction as him (plates were on both ends of the island). There were many of his species, so we dared not approach the buffet alone.

    Safety in numbers, people.

    THAT DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS LOOK: The buffet islands were beautiful and beckoning, displaying local traditional meats, such as lamb, juicy pork tenderloin, beef, reindeer, baked and smoked fish (including many types of salmon), and shell fish. We were able to try many types of fish we had never heard of before, and we agreed all were tasty and prepared perfectly,

    Not to be outdone by the meat stations, there were salad, hot dish, and bread choices aplenty, along with a charcuterie station with local sausages, cheeses, and deer pate.

    LET THERE BE CAKE: Leave room for dessert, friends. Share bites of your cr?me br?l?e or chocolate mousse with your companions to experience as many of the endless delicious puddings, flans and cakes as possible.

    Overall the hotel could use quite a few updates, and the tour groups are insufferable, but a jaunt through the building at the very least is worthwhile (or stay and pig out like Timberlake)!

    5 salmon fillets for the scenic setting and art collections
    3.5- 4 salmon fillets for the buffet and service
    0 salmon fillets for the rude buffet guy. May there be karmic buffet retribution in his future.

    "Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet." (Maya Angelou)

  • Breathtaking Beauty

    by Randie A on 2019-01-15 05:34 pm

    Kviknes Hotel is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The hotel itself is historic and lovely. I like to hear the history of places and I remembered we were told that kings stayed here in the past and I could understand why. We arrived by ferry and I must say the scenery just got better and better. We enjoyed sitting on the dock and watching the mountains on the fjord change colors as the sun went down. We were there in June (2016) and were so absorbed by the changing light we never realized it was almost midnight as it was still light out. A waiter told us they called it the white nights. Truly an amazing experience that I will never forget.

  • The land of Fairy tales! Pure beauty!

    by Aroche01772 on 2018-12-17 08:11 am

    We arrived via the ferry and the hotel shuttle met us and took our luggage up the very small hill to the hotel. The hotel is really just steps away from the ferry. I absolutely loved this hotel, the room had spectacular views of the Fjord. We did not stay in the main historic building but a separate rather plain building that was connected. The main building was very historic and we listened as one of the original family members give a very interesting private tour with history of the property. We visited midweek in October and the day was beautiful. We asked the front desks about nearby hikes and he gave us a map and explained the different trails. We had a wonderful 3 1/2 hour hike with beautiful scenery and views. The town of Balestrand was very quiet at that time of year with 1 gift shop and 2 grocery stores open. The only food was the hotel restaurant and bar. We did not eat in the main dining room but had 3 meals in the bar area which were exceptional. We were in Balestrand for the beauty of the nature, not shopping or dining so it was perfect for our needs. Quiet unspoiled beauty with a touch of old victorian luxury. I would not put the room in the luxury category but it had a nice balcony with fantastic views.

  • They need to help you and make you comfy

    by Rodders_T on 2018-11-11 05:47 am

    A party of us, 40, arrived on a coach, we were welcomed then calmly given our keys and directions. It was a lovely old building with a newish annexe, odd number rooms are smaller than even ones, we were in an even one. It was a good size with twin beds, couple of chairs and a work surface. The room was very warm and had a good view of the lake. We slept well and woke refreshed to a buffet breakfast of hot and cold food. Dinner was exceptionally good and plenty of it, drinks were plentiful and bar open til late.
    It appeared that each room was slightly different which caused a bit of jealousy amongst us. The buffet dinner had so many choices we could have stayed all night long, all cooked well and nice and hot. Only problem was that other peeps were there.
    The staff from beginning to our departure were so helpful it was unbelievable, if you wanted a shop, directions or exchange money, they were there helping you.
    I'd recommend this hotel to anyone interested in the Fjords, a good bas to work from.

  • OH! FOR A HOT MEAL

    by Wynne J on 2018-09-20 03:07 pm

    Travelled with a tour party and arrived after a 5 hours coach trip from Bergen airport so quite tired and hungry. The room was a standard room with an old bathroom suite which was not pleasant and had a lavatory on a plinth and an open drain in the floor. Fortunately our tour manager managed to get our room changed to a smaller room but with a nicer bathroom. We'd booked a standard room and it was very basic. Two beds, wardrobe and table, no bathmats or toiletries. Both rooms had a view of the fjord and a balcony.
    The dining room is light and clean with a large selection of salads and fish starters plus hot fish and hot meat buffets. Many desserts on offer most of them overly sweet but good icecream!. Unfortunately the "hot" dishes never were, everything was lukewarm including the breakfast buffet and this spoiled our food experience at the hotel. Apparently only the British expect food to be piping hot!
    The staff are pleasant and helpful.
    The new part of the hotel is an 8-storey concrete monstrosity totally out of keeping with the beautiful Norwegian style wooden original hotel buildiing Its hard to believe planning permission was given for this block. The rooms are tired and need money spent on them and new towels would be a good idea.
    A beautiful location if a little remote.


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