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Hovden Hoyfjellshotell
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Hovden
Tonsberg, Norway
1 review
“Snow holiday”
Reviewed February 29, 2012

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.

Have a look at the attatched pics.

Best Regards,
André

Room Tip: The hotel has a number of family rooms that you should try to book as early as possible.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

Travelling with a small coach party of people we arrived and were provided with a key card to our room. On opening the door it was found to be occupied so a long trek back to reception and eventually provided with another room. Staff was limited and the two of them seemed to have to do everything from reception, bar and serving. Our room was adequately comfortable and clean. Set evening meal was of excellent salmon, but others in our party would have liked an alternative. Service took a long time due to lack of staff. This was a one night stop over on our tour.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Ogre
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

Hovden hotel offers a good alternative besides many holiday cabins in this area. It is comfortable and you don't have to prepare the food or clean the house. Just relax and enjoy your holidays.
I have been in this hotel many times due to my business trips. It is a perfect place also to meet the customers.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 24, 2009

The hotel has made a good choice with not putting out photos of the hotel rooms on the web page, but even when I emailed and asked if I could have a photo of it, they just replied "The rooms are big and modern"- WHAT A LIE! They look AWFULL and you feel like on a old cruice ship! The bathroom is so small you can almost not close the door. I really felt depressed when we entered the room- DONT GO HERE! RENT A CABIN!!!
The lobby+bar area is nice-and do not match the rest of the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Ingvild78, Sales Manager at Hovden Hoyfjellshotell, responded to this review, March 3, 2010
Hello Norwaytravler

We are sorry for the bad experience you had in our hotel. We have rooms with different sizes, and the rooms and bathrooms are in line with the Norwegian standard. We have now added description and pictures of the rooms on our website, so people know what to expect before they arrive. We have also made additional upgrades to the hotel's common areas after you visited us.

Kind regards
Ingvild Hovden
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Property: Hovden Hoyfjellshotell
Address: Postboks 24, Hovden 4756, Norway
Location: Norway > Southern Norway > Aust-Agder > Bykle Municipality > Hovden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Hovden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 69
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 
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