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Hotel Union Geiranger
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Geiranger Rd, Geiranger, Stranda 6216, Norway   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Geiranger
Needham, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Hotel and spa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed here for two nights, to enjoy the fjord during a 2+ week vacation in Norway and Sweden. We were there in July 2011.

Indoor pool and outdoor jacuzzi. The spa is magnificent and wort the indulgence! With sauna, steam, jacuzzi, and a quiet area, for relaxation, tea, snacks, and spectacular views of the fjord. The spa also has options for massage and turkish steam bath.

The breakfast buffet had many options and was delicious.

Room Tip: Rooms with a view of the fjord are more expensive, and less available.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Beauly, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed here for one night on a week long tour of Norway (not a coach tour, a planned trip by ourselves) and wish we had stayed for longer! The location of the hotel is spectacular, right on the Geiranger Fjord, breathtaking views and simply stunning!

The hotel was very busy and there seemed to be a lot of coach trips booked in, most of the people we overheard were complaining about how expensive everything was, and this is true of Norway unfortunately, not just pertaining to this hotel.

We booked a junior suite with a fjord view and the room was spacious and well appointed. I would say it was a little out of date and could maybe do with upgrading but this didn't detract from the experience. The bed was comfortable, as was the seating area. We had room service for both dinner that night and breakfast the following morning. As we had been driving so much we just wanted to chill out in the room rather than join the masses in the restaurant. The food was excellent, as was the service.

If we come back to Norway we would definitely stay here again and this time for longer!

Room Tip: The suites were very good, didn't see any of the standard rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beauly, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012 via mobile

We had a Fjord view room on the third floor and room was specious and well laid out, maybe a little tired and close to needing a refit BUT comfortable and clean. Very quiet and with views that are worth the room price alone.
Superb, wish we had arranged to stay more than one night.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Stayed one night on a Fjordtour. Very popular with bus tour groups. Geiranger is tiny so there are not many hotels or restaurants to choose from. You are kind of a captive audience. The rooms were large but not out of the ordinary. The restaurant food was good but incredibly expensive (even for Norway). Oh, and we got a special treat when using the hot tub - drunk, naked tour group.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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58 hotel reviews
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bellevue, Nebraska
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The public area of the hotel Union in Geiranger is outstanding for their views of the fjord and the old fashioned confort. Lots of couchs and chairs, a piano, fireplace and a terrace make this a perfect place to view the UNESCO designated fjord. This a historical, older hotel with some newer rooms over the convention center. Our first room was on the second floor facing the fjord but you really need to be on the third floor or higher if you want a great view. We had to look at the roof of the hotel with equipment. We didn't stay in this room long because when I tried to take a shower water poared all over the floor. I talked to several other people who had the same issue. The bathroom is old and the tube is actually a footed tub with a cover around it. When you turn on the water it goes between the wall and the tub. We requested a new room and we were moved immediately, no problem. This time we were at the back of the hotel, no view of the fjord but a brand new bathroom so we were happy. The windows opened so the room was cool. Service was good, breakfast buffet great and once again, you can't beat the views. The hotel sits at the top of the road going down to the harbor so you have to walk on a steep road side, no side walk until you get to the bottom. It only takes 10-15 minutes to walk down. Half way down you come to the old church. Lovely with a charming cemetary surrounding it. If you go to the back of the church you will see a black iron gate that leads to a steep path that leads down to the road. This short cut avoids some of the busy road.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the third floor or higher, facing the fjord.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Mercersburg, PA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

This is a very relaxing, enjoyable place to stay. The room was immaculate and the fjord view is worth the price. You can sleep with the window open and listen to cascading water all night. The spa vs. pool is a little confusing. Basically, the heated outdoor pool is really a huge hot tub with massaging jets etal. We had hiked up a cliff on the fjord and the heated pool felt great. The indoor pool is for swimming. You can pay extra for the spa which has higher amenities and a pool sans kids, so we skipped it. My only complaint is the restaurant system for breakfast. They assign a table for specific room numbers based on whether you had dinner there the night before. There were hundreds of empty tables at breakfast but you have to hunt for one without a room card on it. Seems ridiculous! The hotel is pricey, but I'd stay there again without hesitation.

Room Tip: Pay for the fjord view, highest floor available
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Union Geiranger

Address: Geiranger Rd, Geiranger, Stranda 6216, Norway
Location: Norway > Western Norway > More og Romsdal > Stranda > Geiranger
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Geiranger
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Union Geiranger 4*
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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