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“"The Eigth Wonder of the World" - in the middle of nowhere in Norway”
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Dalen Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dalen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 28, 2012

If you ever want to experience what the Europeans of 1892 called "the eigth wonder of the world", the Telemark Canal, and the fairytale castle in a national romantic style of the time, you have to jump on MS Henrik vessel at Lunde and take the trip of 80 km until you get to Dalen hotel. As you come with the boat towards the end of the inland lake you see this majestic castle at shore resting between the sides of the valley. In the evening you can choose between excellent local cullinaric menu, and you should not miss the breakfast which is the largest and best of all hotel I have visited in Europe. The service is delightful, and the hotels manager will tell you all the stories about the hotel and the life around the Telemark Canal. You can also visit one of Norway´s oldest "stav" churches which is up in the mountains not so far away. But do not try to reach the hotel in the winter, because then it is closed.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Tormedhammeren
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

In this hotel from 1894 you will probably be able to really excist in the moment, taking in the beautiful surroundings, the calm athmosphere in the buildings' public rooms and the tasty food. Even a visit to the restroom is memorable. I am not sure if there is a TV available in the hotel at all, - you should not ask for it, take a good look at the view instead.
Very nice and helpful staff and the dinner was, as others have remarked, excellent. Breakfast is also very nice.
The pianist could slow down instead of "run" through her reportoire and maybe it is time to invest in some new beds.
To most adults this hotel is very interesting, but children might find this place too quiet.
In the area are several possibilities for sightseeing.

Room Tip: View of park and water.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank LiveLove2011
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

I visited the hotel together with 15 old friends for a boy's trip. Telemark Kanalen up with overnight stay at Dalen Hotel and back home next day including a round of golf at the Nordsjø course.
Location of is stunning, the hotel is beautifull, inside as well as outside, and food and service is excellent.
Well worth a detour if you are visiting this part of Norway

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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9  Thank JessieNorway
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We travelled with the hotel's own ship - refurbished MS Henrik Ibsen (originally built in 1907!) - all the way to the end of the Telemark Canal. The ship is an adventure in itself, and arriving in Dalen, we saw the hotel as a castle in its own big, green and friendly garden park. Must be one of Norway's largest wooden buildings. And the hotel met all our expectations.

The room was great and luckily without(!) a TV, in the big hall there were two fireplaces, centuries of history in and on the walls and with a huge stained glass ceiling. Besides we found both Ladie's Salon and Gentlemen's Salon, a nice bar and a winter garden for relaxed sitting.

The food was a chapter by itself. We selected a set menu first day and à la carte the next. We had a range from local, regional and national specialities to well known international gourmet dishes. All prepared and served by highly skilled chefs and waiters including the fantastic Hotel Director Peter Kumlin.

In the mountains around the hotel there are numerous possibilities for strolls. We chose the short and challenging: Straight up the mountainn for 45 minutes, up to the point where the famous Rui sisters lived in all their lives. But we also took a flat walk to the nearby lake and river.

Prices are in upper level, but quality and this standard is costly and at the same time it is good value-for-money!

Good memories and we will for sure come back!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank Rambox
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

I LOVE this hotel. I've stayed here a few times over the past 8 years and it's always been wonderful. The hotel is beautiful and the glass ceiling in the hall is stunning. It's all original (albeit renovated). The staff are always welcoming and the food superb.
The rooms are very comfortable, although sometimes on the smallish side. But they are original too, and very charming, decorated in pretty Norwegian colours.
I have brought a groups here with me each time and they have all loved it too. A very special place.

Room Tip: Ask for a fjord view room is possible - and with balcony.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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11  Thank Classic T
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

A magnificent hotel, settled at the end of the Bandak Lake. No TV or radio on the rooms, charming lobby with 2 big fires, English Chesterfield chairs and sofa and a large veranda where you can enjoy the "canal boat" arriving to Dalen. And last, but definitely not least a superb dinner with excellent wines. Expencive? well, that depends on how you look at a stay on a hotell from 1894. Good luck. I think you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: We had Number 15 and were pleased
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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8  Thank jørgen K
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

Stayed there over a beautiful and sunny weeend in late August, extremely charming, super service and excellent food

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank tess h
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Additional Information about Dalen Hotel

Address: Hotellvegen 33, Dalen 3880, Norway
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Telemark > Tokke Municipality > Dalen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dalen
Price Range: $272 - $346 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Dalen Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dalen Hotel is a fairytale hotel, build in 1894 in grand romantic style with dragonheads, towers and balconys. The paper "Varden" wrote in 1894: "The new elegant furnished Hotel at Dalen, at the top of the Bandak waters, is now ready to recieve guests".After early golden days and later years of decay the hotel was in 1994, after years of restauration finished to welcome its guests again, all restored back to its original beauty. It has the same soul, calmness, peace and atmosphere as the wooden castle that opened for more than 110 years ago. ... more   less 
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