We stayed at Hovden Høyfjellshotell during winter holiday and I must say we had some great days there. A lot of snow and primarily outdoor activities like cross country skiing, slalom, snowboarding etc.
The hotel is surrounded by proper ski facilities like the cross country tracks that are continuously maintained from early in the morning. I was out 6:30AM one day and the tracks were already prepared! Outside the hotel there is also a very popular ski slope with an easy-to-use lift. It is primarily for kids, but also serves as a great starting-point for newbies on slalom or snowboard to work on developing basic skills.
We went to the Hovden Ski Centre for two days as well to do alpine skiing. The ski centre is just a walking distance away, but I recommend the shuttle bus.The ski centre has free ski lifts for kids and they have indeed more challenging slopes starting from the mountain top. We also went to the Aqualand, a walking distance away, where they have a popular indoor pool, hot tubs as well as a connecting outdoor pool.
We also spent time at the hotel indoor pool and the sauna. The indoor pool can be a bit noisy, but kids seem to love it. The hotel sauna, on the other hand, is very relaxing.
There is a popular dinner buffet at the hotel during weekends that I recommend. Great selection of food, desserts and a help yourself ice cream bar. With two kids room plus a fireplace close by it was easy for the kids to mingle and to play while we stayed in the restaurant for another hour or so.
We went up to the new Hovden Alpin Lodge one day as well. Good selection of Brewdog beers and some classy and well-prepared coctails. The lodge is located in the middle of the ski centre so it's easy to find.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic hotel is majestically situated in Hovden with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel offers accommodation in a total of 69 rooms of varying sizes, of which 13 are family rooms. All rooms have free wireless internet access. In the pleasant bar there is plenty of space around the nice fireplace, or you can lean back in one of the comfortable lounges. Restaurant Snøkrystallen offer panoramic views and fine cuisine. Among the facilities at the hotel are swimming pool and sauna, skislope, playroom for children and activity room for youths. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hovden Hoyfjellshotell Hotel Hovden