My first experience of Solstrad was booking my wedding reception there, which took place in June 2009. Living in London at the time my wife and I relied on the hotel staff to organise and advise on all but the most intimate details, visiting only to view the various function rooms and bedrooms, and then again to sample the menu and wines. At no point in the two year lead-up to our big day were we left with any doubt about the professionalism and competence of the team there, as they organised accommodation, coach transport and baby-sitters for our guests. Even more impressive was the way the staff entertained our every whim in the few days leading up to the big day, and the quality of the food, service and surroundings made our wedding reception one of the most stress-free parties I have ever thrown!
Having footed the bill for a party for 50 at Solstrand, I would say that while not cheap, (even by Norwegian standards) the place does represent great value. The staff are extremely well-trained and the matriarch of the Schau-Larsen family is nearly always visible somewhere, greeting guests and ensuring standards are kept up. At no point did I feel they were out to get my money, and there were even a few extras that never made it onto my bill...
Aside from the organisation and service aspects, the hotel has about the most stunning location possible, with a view out over the fjord, a glacier visible in the distance and immaculate, peaceful gardens in which to pass the time contemplating existence... If that's not enough, the spa is like nothing else - brilliantly designed with three large steam rooms/saunas of different flavours, a jacuzzi the size of a small swimming pool, with huge windows facing "that view", a generous-sized indoor pool for serious swimming and a smaller super-heated outdoor infinity pool with built in lounger, purely for lazing around. There are also plush-looking treatment rooms if you want to pay for massage etc, but I never used those. Incredibly, all but the outdoor pool is perfectly hidden under the hotel and lawns, so cannot be seen from the rooms.
There's also the option to take one of two locally built Oselvar rowing boats out on the fjord at no extra cost, to see the place from another angle. That was pleasant...
Most of our wedding guests had never been to Norway before, and the feedback from them was that Solstrand had made them really want to come back to see more of the country.
Three years on, and now living in Bergen, I visited Solstrand for an extended business meeting in August 2012, and the standard had not dropped one bit. Meeting, private dinner, drinks and breakfast were brilliantly managed - just the right balance of discretion and attention from the staff, and the same excellent facilities. I spent at least two hours trying everything at breakfast the next morning, and quietly enjoying the location with a newspaper before I was ready to drive back to the office...
I have stayed at a few so-called five-star hotels around Europe, but for me nothing comes close to this one for setting, service and dining, with all the facilities you would expect and then a little more. I would move in there for good if I could afford it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solstrand Hotel is situated right by the fjord only 30 km south of Bergen and the airport. This unique location right by the Bjornefjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord, is as beautiful and serene as it is convenient. Solstrand has been in the Schau-Larsen family for four generations, preserving a tradition of unsurpassed hospitality, traditional cuisine and a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solstrand Hotel And Bad
- Solstrand Hotel Bergen
- Solstrand Hotel & Bad Norway/Osoyro