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“Good location, less practical” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gudvangen Fjordtell

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Gudvangen Fjordtell
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Pune, India
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“Good location, less practical”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

We were 2 girls traveling. The rooms are different. What we did not like was the sky window, which wakes you up at the crack of dawn and there is no way to shut it down. Also the food options for vegetarian are almost, non-existent. The location of the hotel is fantastic!!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Granby, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

We booked this hotel based on the viking decorated rooms. We were disappointed because we received a cabin which was not furnished viking style at all. I guess request one if that is what you are staying there for. Regardless, it was fun to stay in for one night. We had a cabin on the end which was quiet and nice. The views are fantastic!!! We did not eat at the hotel. We bought food at the convenience store over the bridge and cooked it back at the room. We ate outside and enjoyed the gorgeous view.

It is a beautiful spot, but other than the viking village there really is nothing there to do. It is a one day stop over at the most.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2011

We booked through the Norway in a Nutschell package. Great excursion if short of time or a first timer in Norway This location is On one of the ends of a tributary of one of the largest fjords. Where the ferry from Flam stops. Nice location to rest, have good food, and recharge before continuing to travel Norway. You could go on by bus, but worth the stop No frills, but very clean, and very friendly service. Super shop with local goods. Would definitely come back.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2011

We stayed here during our norway in a nutshell tour (fantastic) and gudvangen in a nutshell  is definately not fantastic. We arrived from flam on the ferry and were really disappointed that the fjordtell was more like a service area than a destination, a car park with accommodation. The accommodation was either one of 12 Viking rooms which have roof windows so u can see the mountains (above the coaches, campers and delivery lorries in the adjoining carpark). We stayed in the cheaper option (!) of what can only be described as a garden shed. We felt like we were staying  in a bus terminal rather than a motel. Even in low season lots of noise from vehicles as the E16 road runs behind it. 
It is no exaggeration that there is nothing there, a handful of residential buildings, the gift shop and the accommodation.There was no option for eating out other than the restaurant. Thankfully a nearby petrol station has a mini supermarket which sells decent baguettes.

Be warned in low season the norway in a nutshell buses only seem to correspond with ferry sailings. We stayed one night (arrived at 5pm) and then couldn't leave until the following afternoon. There was a nearby bus stop and we could have taken a local bus to voss but that would have been extra expense. Thankfully we did find a way out. 

The accommodation in a nutshell;
No tea making facilities in room
No tv
No hair dryer
A few plastic cups
Thin Walls with bonking neighbours (but a noisy family would have been worse)
Comfy bed and Clean sheets
Furnished by Ikea
Chest of draws and hanging space along with bunk beds
Ants were in the apartment but Clean throughout
Wifi is extra and only available in the main building

The staff however, were very kind and helpful and tried their best to help and answer any questions we had about bus times etc. 
It was a shame that is was a disappointment, we felt we wasted a day of the tour and could have spent it somewhere more interesting. 

In season there might have been more going on but out of season Gudvangen is one to avoid 

  • Stayed April 2011
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2008

My family stayed here for one night in July 2008. The main hotel building is a very odd circular shape: the souvenir shop, hotel reception, canteen style restaurant and dining room are all in the same space, very cramped and quite hideous. Our hotel room was nothing like the picture displayed on the hotel website and we had to walk along the rows of the car park (cars parked waiting for a ferry boat) to get to our motel syle room. The motel style rooms are furnished with very basic IKEA stuff. The room was clean and basic, but the bathroom very poor: a small room, linoleum on the floor, plastic wall panels, containing a sink and toilet and shower curtain in one corner (no dedicated shower cubicle) so that when you showered the water went all over the floor of the whole bathroom. We paid 1280 NOK for a double room here, which did include breakfast, but it was one of the poorest breakfasts I have experienced. It was a self service buffet but very basic and you did everything yourself - there was a bowl of waffle mixture provided and a very old waffle machine which guests could use to make their own waffles, but having one waffle machine (which took at least 3 minutes per waffle) for all the guests meant a very long wait for a waffle.
Dinner was not good. We went for the buffet (230 NOK per person) and my husband and daughter chose some breaded stuffed fish, the inside of which was stone cold. The vegetables were tinned, and the desserts were of the "quick whisk" variety! Other than the scenery around Gudvangen, I can't think of a reason to stay there, and since there are other fjord areas with much nicer places to stay, I cannot recommend staying in Gudvangen at this hotel. Flam is much nicer, more upmarket and even prettier. The staff were pleasant, but the hotel is not looking for repeat business and from the number of tables laid out in the "dining room" we imagine they make their money from undiscerning tourist buses/groups on boats that probably lunch there. Don't stay here.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — cheap motel style rooms cramped together
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Launceston, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2006

As hotels go this one is very difficult to compare with others. The hotel has a number of unique features. We were in Room 6 in a circular grass roofed building. The furnishings were basic but exemplified local craftsmenship with detailed Viking motif wood carvings. There was beautiful piped music into the room and a large skylight which gave a beautiful view of Kjelsfossen and the surrounding towering mountains. The hotel is situated at the end of Naeroyfjorden which had a lovely outlook.
However that was the end of any positive experience. The hotel was advertised to be in a quiet isolated location; alas we pulled up to find a car ferry terminal within metres of the hotel and a large crowded carpark full of tourist buses and checkin was a small counter next to a bar in a second grassed roof building dominated by a souvenir store. It turned out the hotel was as much a tourist attraction in its own right as a place to stay. Tourists were literally walking into your room to gawk, which probably helped explain why our room was missing the trademark reindeer skin on the bed.
The lack of privacy meant most rooms either looked out onto the carpark, souvenir store or the ferry terminal. We negotiated a room looking south, the only problem with this was that the hot summer sun beat down through the skylight for most of the day, and without any shutters on the skylight the room was an absolute oven and unusable. Relaxing let alone sleep was difficult to come by here.
Food was hit and miss. The breakfast buffet was a small affair. The lunch menu was cafeteria style, although our dinner was one of the best meals we had in Norway. We had pre-arranged a set three course meal. It used local produce and was worth the price as was the view from the terrace straight down the fjord. This setting was made more pleasing as it was 6.30pm and the last of the car ferries and tour buses had departed for the day. For a brief while we could enjoy the hotel in the peaceful setting we expected.

  • Liked — Unique design of the rooms
  • Disliked — Lack of privacy, no shutter on skylight, no way of cooling room on hot day
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Gudvangen Fjordtell
Address: Gudvangen Fjordtell, Gudvangen 5747, Norway
Location: Norway > Western Norway > Sogn og Fjordane > Aurland Municipality > Gudvangen
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:2 star — Gudvangen Fjordtell 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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