We visited Reine on the Lofoten Islands in June. Reine is a lovely place not far from the Moskenes ferry port. Dramatic scenery. Reine is a fishery port against the backdrop of steep high mountains. Det Gamle hotellet is run by Lilian who is very friendly and helpful and makes you feel at home. The rooms are on the second and third (attic) floor which can be reached through Lilian's kitchen and living room (take off your shoes) and some steep stairs. The wooden characterful house has a cozy feel, but the thin walls do not keep much of your neighbour's conversations private. There is only one bath room (with shower, toilet and bath tub) for a maximum of 10 guests. So one should plan well ahead in the morning if Lilian has a full house! The shower stall is brand new (it was installed while we were staying there) and very good. The rooms are of average size and the beds are okay. The curtains, however, are no use at all. They are white and made of thin cotton. We stayed there during midsummer and curtains did nothing at all for making the room any darker. So if you have problems sleeping in broad day light (the sun shines right into your room during most of the night) you should hang up some blankets or towels in front of the window.
Lilian does not serve breakfast or drinks. Breakfast can be had at the neighbouring restaurant. Lilian's guests get a discount. The restaurant, however, does not open until 9am!! Food is excellent. There is a common room on the second floor with lots of books, games and coffee and tea making facilities. Views from the room are priceless! Be prepared for a fishy smell when you open the windows as there are countless drying racks outside the hotel for drying cod. The last of the cod is taken off the racks mid June.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cosy, home-like accommodation in Norway's and Lofoten's most beautiful place. A time-honoured and venerable building in Reine. 5 cosy rooms, with the sea, shops, activities, bus stop and summer-open restaurant in the immediate vicinity: 'The Old Hotel' wishes you a warm welcome all year round. The rooms are located on the first and second floors with a view of the Reinefjord and the marina. ... more less