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“Better than expected.”
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Geilo Hotel
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Geilo
Stavanger, Norway
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“Better than expected.”
Reviewed August 17, 2009

Reception and bar area quit nice, but the rooms are a bit out-dated. Good waterpressure in the shower. No lifts in the building but there is only 3 floors and wide staircases.
The bars has got a good selection of local beers. Breakfast is ok.

It's a good 3 star hotel with nice staff. Close to both ski-lifts and the village center.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2008

We stayed there Easter 08, and was fairly pleased.
When we arrived, they gave us a room in the basement, which had a very small double bed, and was more like a single room.
We immidiately contacted the receptionist, and expressed our discomfort, and got a new room which was OK.
The food was included in our stay, and was, if you ask me, very ok for the price we had paid. Very ok with the buffet, and something for everyone to eat. Coffe and tea is also available at all times, which we think is very pleasant.
The staff was friendly and helpful, and our conclusion is:
If you are looking for a OK place to stay, and dont want to spend very much money on it, we recommend this hotel.

Stayed March 2008
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed February 25, 2008

We stayed at the Norlandia Geilo hotel for a weekend and had a great time.

The location is excellent! A couple of minutes walk from the trainstation, the slopes were right across the street (you have to walk up to the slopes, but can skii all the way down to the hotel) and a short walk to after-skii party at Dr.Holmes.

The hotel has a comfy atmosphere, and we really had a relaxing weekend. I really liked that we didn´t have to dress up for breakfast etc.

The rooms were spacious (one double bed, a small sofa and two chairs. Great that there actually were room to relax in the room as well). The furniture were a bit run down, but it was clean and it seems like the rooms were newly painted. So I guess they have started to do some remodelling. The receptionarea were newly decorated.

The food was pretty good. Nothing exceptional, but they had a good variety both for breakfast and dinner.

All in all, great location, good food and good value for the money. (we paid NOK 1750,- pr night for a double room breakfast and dinner buffet incl)

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  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2007

We stayed at Geilo Hotel over the 2007 New Year. We arrived by train from Voss - comfortable 2 hour journey with fantastic scenary en route - and Geilo hotel was just 5 minutes walk from the train station. It is also just 5 minutes from the ski lifts. Unlike Voss, there was plenty of snow in Geilo and the skiing conditions were excellent. As a resort, I would recommend it for beginner and intermediate skiers. The ski lifts are well maintained and if you are accompanying children they will slow the lift and help them grasp the button lift etc. The slopes are well groomed, wide and uncrowded (after the New Year weekend, we were almost alone on some of the slopes!).

In terms of Geilo hotel, we had two double bed rooms - one faced the slope (and railway line) and the other the village. The children stayed in the room facing the railway and never mentioned noise from passing trains - nor did we notice any. The rooms were basic but clean and comfortable. Breakfast was also basic - selection of cold meats, cheese, a few cerals and bread (the latter was very nice!) - but this seems to be the case in other hotels in Norway. The buffet dinner over the New Year weekend was excellent, but after deteriorated rapidily with a very limited choice (roast potatoes, pork, brockley, lasagne, breaded fish and a salad selection) and ok rather than tasty. The staff were friendly and helpful - but service is very much reactive rather than proactive. The bar is large and has a good atmosphere - most of the guests were Norwegian with a smattering of Brits, and mostly families and older couples/groups.

In summary, Geilo Hotel was better than expected and better than other three star hotels we have stayed at. The location in terms of the train station and more importantly the slopes is excellent. And we will likely return to Geilo to ski again. If so we would probably stay at a higher star hotel to get better evening meal. That said, if were confident that Geilo Hotel would offer a buffet of similar quality to that over the New Year weekend, we would certainly return.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2006

One side of the hotel is noisy because of the proximity of the railway. Trains run throughout the night. It is noisy even with the windows shut. The other side of ther hotel is less noisy, but there is noise from the main road. A 'tired' hotel. Food was good if basic- plenty of burgers/meatballs and for sweet apple pie, ice cream and jelly - that's it.!

Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed March 31, 2006

The Geilo (pronounced 'Yeillow') Hotel is a good 3-star hotel. The hotel is comfortable and has a certain charm. It has a range of linked lounges with relaxing chairs. The hotel has no lift so luggage has to be dragged up stairs. No help was offered.

The hotel claims a sauna and steam room. The sauna is large, empty, and a bit tacky. The steam room is a high-tech pod looking something like the transporter room from the starship Enterprise, and is permanently off or out of order. This is no Austrian spa experience. The sauna area is on the lower basement level 54 steps down from the first floor rooms.

Rooms are in two wings at 90°. The newer wing we stayed in either faces the valley and pretty slopes of the Vestila (Geiloia) ski area, or the road, railway and base of the Geilo slopes. Try and get the pretty side! The railway side is unattractive and has regular trains - goods trains at night, and snow-plough trains which sound their horns as they approach the station.

Rooms are comfortable and reasonably sized with soft Austrian-twin beds. En-suite showers are clean. Ours had a heated floor - nice.

All food is buffet-style and nourishing. Vegans/vegetarians: tell the staff beforehand. Salmon and eggs are in abundance. Coffee is freely available on-tap at all times. The clientelle (mostly Norwegian) make packed-lunches from the breakfast food - all perfectly acceptable and encouraged - essentially sandwiches from the soft crusty locally-baked bread with ham or cheese fillings. Norway has a speciality local brown cheese which surely would be banned if Norway were to enter the EU, and quite rightly so. On the other hand Norwegians themselves are wonderful people.

Geilo, the resort:

A great glacial valley slices through the blasted uplands. Geilo nestles in this wooded valley. A small centre has the basic range of shops. The rest of the settlement dribbles off into the trees, seemingly mostly holiday homes.

Close to the resort centre is the railway station and main ski area. I found the main ski area somewhat lacking. However, on the other side of the valley is the smaller but very enjoyable Vestlia area. This is served by a predictable free bus service at peak times only. I went as an expert skier with a first time skier. The pistes are superbly groomed with lots of fun jumps carved into the slopes - like crazy golf for skiers. This entirely made up for the limited descent. My first-time skier was able to take a quick coffee break while I had yet anoter blast down a short but exilerating black run. At peak times you had to queue for nearly a minute to get back up te express lift! Vestlia is hugely recommended for learning to ski.

I understand the cross-country skiing is excellent.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Property: Geilo Hotel
Address: Gamlevegen 2, Geilo 3580, Norway
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Buskerud > Hol Municipality > Geilo
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Geilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Geilo Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Geilo has a central location in Southern Norway, 800 metres above sea level halfway between Oslo and Bergen. With the Hallingskarvet mountain as its backbone and Hardangervidda, Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau, as its nearest neighbour, Geilo offer unique possibilities for great experiences all year. Geilo is a nice little village, with shops and restaurants and all service facilities in the town center. Geilo is also Norway's most traditional ski resort, having been a tourist destination for more than 100 years. ... more   less 
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