this was the 5th hotel of our tour, and after the previous hotels, was a welcome relief.
Check in was again handled by Laura, our tour director, so no problems there.
It felt as if we were given a room up the mountain, we had to walk so far from the elevator. However, the room was worth the long walk. It was big, the biggest we had to date in Scandinavia. Once on the balcony, one had a view over the outdoor heated pool and the fjord. This more than made up for the 2 single beds (again). TV had a good selection of English language channels, including some golden oldies like "Murder, She Wrote", and some others.
The bathroom was a nice size, and the seperate shower was really good.
Dinner was included in our 2 night stay, and was buffet. The group had to be there on time or else!! The selection of food was really good, but I did not like the fact that they served whale meat, which I suppose is one of the traditional Norwegian dishes. The food was also very good. But, if you do select the buffet, try to avoid eating at the same time as the groups, because when there are a few groups, the vrowds around the food can be really hectic. On the first night, waitress came around, asked if we would like to order drinks, and before we could place the order, she walked off.
Breakfast was good, also with a great selection of food. Again it could be a bit of a bun fight if a couple of groups were at breakfast. However, cleaning staff could do a better job of cleaning the floors after meals, as I did notice some traces of dropped food not being cleaned.
As a previous reviewer has stated, it is must to take a ferry on the fjord, as one would see some of the best scenery to be seen. Another must is the Troll Road, but rather pay to be driven, as you cannot admire the scenery and drive at the same time, as the road is really twisty, and one has to concentrate on the road.
I was disappointed with myslef for not making time to visit the vintage car museum in the hotel, but they do have one of the cars in the lobby.
It was a great stay at the Union, and would have received a 5 but for the crowds, service and the cleaning in the restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Union Geiranger – a family-run hotel steeped in tradition and situated in the midst of a world-renowned, stunningly beautiful Norwegian fjord landscape. Owned by the Mjelva family and run by the fourth generation, the Hotel Union is a first-class hotel with every modern facility, and a long and proud history of excellence. For over one hundred years, guests have been coming here to stay – and to experience something very special. The hotel offers the very best of personal service, stylish and comfortable accommodation, and superior cuisine, with delicious dishes based on the finest local ingredients. Geiranger has some of the most outstanding natural beauty in the world, as well as a fascinating cultural history. The Hotel Union Bath & Spa is of international standard and offers wellbeing and relaxation in a unique atmosphere and setting. We know that it is the little things and personal touches that add up to create a truly memorable experience. We take pride in making your special wish come true. For us no wish is too small – and none too great.The hotel has 197 rooms and suites (all rooms at the hotel are non-smoking), a restaurant seating 400 guests and a conference room with seating for 400 persons. Our dance bar "Studebaker`n Show Arena has live music six days a week. The hotel has a large garden with a swimming pool, mini golf and a popular playground for children. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Geiranger Union Hotel