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“Everything that is beautiful is outside the hotel-Reminded me of The Shining” 2 of 5 stars
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Kviknes Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kviknevegen 8, Balestrand 6899, Norway   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Balestrand
Orlando, Florida
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“Everything that is beautiful is outside the hotel-Reminded me of The Shining”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

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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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Upgraded to a room in the historic older part of the hotel with a balcony overlooking the fjord. Very peaceful and well away from the new section - 1970's concrete building. Buffet style breakfasts and dinner although can be a bit of a bun fight if the hotel has large coach parties in! Get in early!

Room Tip: Upgrade to the older historic part with a fjord balcony
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I am staying here at the moment and can confirm the four basic things other reviewers have said. 1. The older history part of the hotel is quaint and charming, with wonderful lobby areas. The rooms are not spectacular, but they are fine and the bathrooms are updated.
2. The "new" hotel looks like it was dropped in from a 1960 Soviet movie. I did not go inside but from the outside it's completely out of place.
3. Views and setting are stunning.
4. The staff is quite nice
We'd absolutely stay here again - whilst ensuring we are in the "old" part.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

OK, I read the reviews and made sure to book a room in the old part, the original hotel. I recommend calling the hotel in advance and getting a room in the old part. Our room had a direct water view and balcony. The room itself was old world charm but had been updated in the bathroom etc. It wasn't extraordinary but it was comfortable and the view was spectacular. The breakfast was a buffet of everything you can imagine (but again nothing extraordinary or memorable for that matter). But the views from the dining room are again spectacular. What really makes the place are the public lounges where everyone congregates in the evenings sipping coffee or tea, working on laptops (internet is only really good in the lounges) or reading books. I liked this hotel which didn't seem crowded (even though it was fully booked) but mostly for its lovely spot on the fjords.

Room Tip: Get a room in the old part of hotel.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

The hotel is in a prime location with views of the stunning fjord in front and mountains close behind, still with some snow on them. On a clear sunny day sitting by the water, watching the occasional boats, or porpoises surfacing, its a wonderful spot. Several artists have based themselves here over the years as the light is said to be special. The 'old part' (the good part) of the hotel allows views over the fjord from the large dining room and several comfortable lounges. This part feels quaint, but the newer section looks like a multistorey car park (they built it back in the 60's and it ruins the look of the hotel - perhaps today it wouldn't be considered). We were staying in the 60's part and can confirm how dated it is, its long overdue a makeover. The bedrooms/bathrooms need completely refurbishing - comfortable enough but they spoil the experience. Ample tea/coffee is provided in one of the lounges after dinner, but there isn't a kettle in the room so you can't make a drink, and the toiletries look like they belong in much more basic hotels - with dispensers fixed to the walls. On one hand you have an old part which feels special, with great staff, good plentiful food (both in choice and quantity) and stunning views. On the other, the run down rooms in the 'modern' part and the tightfistedness (lack of kettle/basic toiletries) make it a bit of a schitzo hotel. Why provide more than enough quality food, but then no tea making facilities? Despite the need to refurbish the rooms (at vast expense) the provision of bottled water/tea/smarter toiletries can't cost that much and the management are missing a simple opportunity to improve the experience. Based on the bedrooms alone I'd give the Kviknes Hotel a poor rating, but don't let them put you off - the location, historic old part and great staff make it a far better experience. As well as Brits, its v. popular with Japanese and Chinese guests, some US, others from Italy and France.

Room Tip: Try the old part with views over the fjord.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The Kviknes Hotel is simply very, very tired and in desperate need of renovation. Unless you hear that renovations have been undertaken, I would AVOID this hotel. If you can't find a better option in Balestrand, it might be advisable to stay in another town along the Søgnefjord and just skip Balestrand altogether. (There aren't many dining options either in the town.) Yes it is a beautiful place, but you are not lacking in other beautiful places along this fjord!

Pros:
- Kind front desk staff
- Property is set in a beautiful location overlooking a picture-perfect part of the fjord. Sitting outside the "historic" part of the hotel for a few hours overlooking the fjord was very pleasant.
- Bathroom was better than expected given state of the bedroom. Clean and adequate, but very plain (e.g., one liquid soap for body wash, shampoo and conditioner)

Cons:
- The "Modern" rooms were done in the 1960s. They are SO OLD looking ... !!!! Not only were they old, but they smelled bad - a fact that at least the housekeeping staff must acknowledge, as we saw them keeping doors and windows propped open so the wind could go through during cleaning. Unfortunately, that must not be enough to rid the rooms of a moldy, unhygienic smell
- Bed spreads, sitting area, TV, desk, chair, closets, curtains, balcony ... everything was so old. Nothing looks like it has been updated / changed since literally the 1960s. I felt so uncomfortable that I didn't really want to sit on any surface.
- The mattress wasn't really much of a mattress to speak of. Very thin, very soft bed with no real support.
- Towels almost as thin as dish cloths ... especially once wet!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This old hotel is located at Sognefjorden and a more beatiful place is hard to find.
The hotel is very charming with the old part and a modern addition.
The room was very nice and of course with a very nice bathroom and a balcony overlooking the fjord.
The service is excellent and everybody is ready to help you. There are nice walks and hikes in the area and you can take a trip on a boat to the glacier.
The buffet is fantastic too.
We highly reccomend this charming old hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kviknevegen 8, Balestrand 6899, Norway
Location: Norway > Western Norway > Sogn og Fjordane > Balestrand
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Balestrand
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Hotel Class:4 star — Kviknes Hotel 4*
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