We (2 of us) also stayed in the old part, and we booked a suite for a rather high price. The room was old and not nice, and the corridors were old and depressing too. I won't even go into describing the new area. The dining room is extremely large, and it has a municipal feel. The quality of the breakfast is very good, but we have had better stuff in other parts of Scandinavia.The hotel staff was courteous. We did not try to the all you can eat Smorgasbord, which Rick Steve's comments upon in his book. We looked at it and were not impressed. The best thing about this place is Location, location, etc. The tourist ferries to Bergen and Flam stop right outside the dining room and this is definitely a great benefit. The views are stunning. And it's an excellent base if you want to spend about 3 days in the fjords visiting the Sognefjord, Bergen, the Jostedal glacier (definitely a worthwhile trip) and the Lustrafjord area. We drove from Oslo and back, and the drive is very beautiful too. Parking is free. You need to take two ferrys (different from the tourist ones), but that is part of the attraction too. It's very easy to do. They run all day or night, rain or shine. No need to make reservations for these short ferry rides. Make sure you get maps in addition to the GPS. The rental places no longer offer them.!!! In the summer you may take advantage of leaving the Balestrand area late, since the sun does not set til 10:30pm. It takes about 5 hours or so to get into Oslo. You can specify a hybrid car for a rental. We did 700km with one gas tank.
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