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“Old charmer”
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Fossli Hotel
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

A real relic from the past. This classic mountain hotel is steeped in over 100 years of history. If you're wanting modern creature comforts like TVs, you'll be disappointed, although you will get free wifi. Location-wise, it is above and about 30m away from the Vorinfossen viewing platform so you can't actually see the waterfall from your room but you can damn well hear it, which works as a great tranquiliser at night. The staff were friendly and obviously proud of this historical hotel. In the foyer you can read all about the man who founded and developed the hotel and the dining room is huge and impressive. The Swedish table of a morning will also not disappoint. I stayed here for 1 night and regret having spent the other two nights of my Eidfjord escape in another hotel as this one's charm is worth the 10-15 minute trip up the mountain from town.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the viewing platform (front) get the awesome sound of the waterfall
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

You can enjoy the magnificent Fossli waterfalls without staying at the Fossli hotel. Upsides: location of hotel, history of its founding decades ago, memorabilia throughout hotel. Downsides: cavernous dining room - zero atmosphere and uninspired menu, no TVs in room and no fire or other warmth in the TV room (guests were shivering in the cave-like room which has a large fireplace..could have been great), no hair dryers in rooms, manager seems proud of his family's history but hasn't looked at the place from guests' eyes in years.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

This is definitly an outdated Hotel BUT;
When you enter the Hotel, you freely can browse through the history of this area
When you need help the staff is very helpfull and definitly friendly.
When you need WIFI; it's there for free.
The bathroom has been build new I guess; they look great; tiny but everythings there is even floor heating. The room is nice, one accent colour on a wall and two chairs and of course a doublle bed. There's no TV but who needs one on holiday, come on. There is a TV room downstairs with a nice fireplace; cosy.
And the diner is pretty oké. My girlfriend had reindeer, which she gave an 8. I had the entrcote which was actually pretty done, but still tasty so I would give it a 6. Prices 260 and 225 Nok. Average Norway prices. Then last but not least THE view (and sound). The Hotel is at the top of the vöringfossen waterfall, TOPLOCATION. But there's nothing else to do here....

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

The Hotel is in The most spectacular Location, right at the top of the Voringsfossen, and from the front rooms the view is just amazing. The building itself was built in the late 19th century completely out of wood. It has a great charm of bygone days. The public areas all were decorated in the 1960s and have not been changed since then.....a truly glorious setting.

Ok, the rooms are quite simple and do not have a television (but there is the Most charming TV-Lounge available) but the bathroom had the newest appliances, the staff is very friendly and the food was very nice.

So if you are an American Tourist who needs an ice machine wherever you go, stay away (please stay at home in the first place) but if you like to Travel in style and probably even back in time, make sure you visit this great hotel

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

The hotel has great charisma! You could imagine seeing your British great great grandmother living there!
Staff af desk were super friendly!
Beware, there is no elevator (but the staff helps you to carry your bags, dont worry) and there is really NOTHING to do in the area. it is a very isolated place. Rooms are very old and basic but clean.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

Having left Haugesund quite late, on our way to Oslo, we needed somewhere to stay for the night. We remembered having read about this historic hotel and decided to try it out. As soon as we walked in we felt as if we were walking in to a history book. I'm not sure when they last upgraded the hotel - certainly not recently. Our room had a fantastic view and with the window open we heard the waterfalls all night. Apart from nature - it was really quiet. The beds were confortable and we had nice thick eiderdowns. There was no minibar or tv in the room - not that we were expecting any. The bathroom was clean but extremely basic.

We had dinner at the hotel. The selection was not great so we landed on salmon. The cook did an excellent job. Breakfast in the morning was buffet style. Here as well the selection was not great but adequate. The smoked salmon was delicious.

All in all we enjoyed our stay - we did however find it a little expensive compared to what other places are offering at this time of the year.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

This hotel seems to be somewhat stuck in the 60's both in good and bad ways. It is quite spacious, our room was big with a fantastic view and the lobby and dining room likewise big (and empty) with a mixture of 60's style furniture and typically Norwegian stuff (old skis, stuffed animals etc). It is clean, but slightly run down, however, although not as bad as some of the older reviews imply.

I don't know how they survive, because it seemed very empty when we dropped by. There was only one other couple at the morning buffet.

I wouldn't stay here for several days, but if you're crossing Hardangervidda and looking for place near Eidfjord or Geilo (some 50 km. away on the other side of the Hardangervidda), this is a charming alternative to hotels located in either town.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Fossli Hotel

Address: Voringsfossen, 5783, Norway
Location: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Hardanger > Eidfjord Municipality
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Eidfjord Municipality
Price Range: $78 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fossli Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fossli Hotel is situated at the innermost end of the Hardanger Fjord. The hotel affords a magnificent view over the Mabo Valley and the 182m Voringsfoss Waterfall. The hotel is tastefully and comfortably designed by the famous Norwegian architect Konow Lund. It was build in 1891, which was 25 years before the road was build, and all the materials were carried on horseback to the top. Edvard Grieg used to be a regular guest at Fossli Hotel and wrote his Opus 66 here. Fossil Hotel today offers 60 rooms, a nice restaurant, a café, and a fully licensed bar. ... more   less 
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Fossli Hotel Eidfjord
Fossli Hotel Norway

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