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“Scenery and good skiing”
Review of Gaustablikk Resort

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Gaustablikk Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Rjukan
Oslo, Norway
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Scenery and good skiing”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

The scenery is dramatic! Gaustatoppen towers above you and the hotel is right at the base of an alpine ski resort offering breathtaking views of the Rjukan Valley. There are also abundant cross country trails. The hotel itself needs upgrading, but the beds were nice and the food varied from average to excellent. For WWII buffs, you are just a few kilometers away from Vemork, the heavy water plant that Norwegian commandos sabotaged during the war. The raid set the Nazi production of an atomic bomb back by at least six months and was later immortalized by Kirk Douglas in the 1950s film "Heroes of Telemark."

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

I was there for the winter holiday at this great location. The staff is friendly, although the hotel itself is very 70's and need upgrading as others have pointed out. The room was ok, and the tiny bathroom was refurbished to modern standards. We were disappointed about the pool area, the water was plainly filthy and opaque and too cold as well. My daughter didn't even want to swim there, and she really loves water. All in all so far I would rate this 3, if not for the grossly overpriced dinner. 450 kr for the 3 course menu, and half that for the kinder 'buffet' which was hot dogs, chips and schnitzel one day, and lasagne, chips and something assumed to be hamburger the other day. 225 kr for 'all that'. The adult menu was good enough, but the servings were so small I had to fill up with chips from the 'buffet'. What a rip-off! Apart from that we had a nice stay here.

Stayed March 2014
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Sandefjord, Norway
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Good skifacility, fantastic scenery, helpfull staff, good food and a nice room.
In the evening we enjoyed the swimming pool and sauna.
This is a good 4 star resort. We spent 3 nights here and had a good time.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 25, 2013

We choosed Gaustablikk in the first Place because of its skiingfacilities but were very pleasantly suprised by the Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell. We spent two Nights at the hotel in a double room. The room - as the rest of the hotel, was very clean and had everything we needed, including a great view at Mount Gaustatoppen. From arrival to departure, we experienced a warm and welcoming service and atmosphere. The hotel, built in 1970, has not lost its charm and cosy style but rather developed into a Perfect place to let the shoulders down and feel like home. Everyone, from the receptionist, to the roommaids and chefs, were friendly and observant. We had breakfast and dinner in the restaurant and found both meals excellent. The breakfast buffet was very well assorted with everything on it. In the evening, we had a buffet the first night and three course meal the second, served by a very friendly waiter. We asked for extra sauce ( it tasted so good ), which was no problem. We like good Food and were not let down at Gaustablikk, it was fresh and had good compositions and variety. After dinner, we went to the bar and was served excellent by a swedish waiter. The bar invites for good conversations and is located close to the lobby and fireplaces. The hotel has a pool with damp sauna and whirlpool. The area is spacious and we relaxed there after a long day at the slopes. We live a busy life in the city, so visiting Gaustablikk, was just what we needed - a little break in the Mountains. We highly reccomend this hotel and we will for certain visit again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with view to the mount Gaustatoppen.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kristiansand
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Many thanks for a fantastic stay at your beautiful hotel.
We are both very impressed by the standard offered on dining and scenery.
A very acomodating staff throughout our stay made our visit even more enjoyable.
From the receptionist to the restaurant staff - all of them went out of their way to ensure that we as customers had a pleasant stay. Impressed. Like coming home ...
The enthusiastic cooks also had prepared an amazingly varied menu . I.e wild game, sea food etc.
Wine list had also apparantly been carefully chosen

Scenery is fantastic and we con only Imagine how nice it must be when the winter season arrives with all those skiing oportunities in the area .

Tip: A hiking tour to the Gaustatoppen peak 1880 mtr above sea level ( 2 hours - walk) is a must do. On a clear day you see 'half' of Norway's mountain areas .

Rooms are decent standard and beds/bathroom are very good and clean.

Summarazed. Good value for money , we'll definetly be back.



Kan bare tenke oss hvor fint det må være når snøen er kommet.

Vi kommer gjerne tilbake -det er sikkert

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 723 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2013

I have to admit up front that we didn't stay here. We stopped to see what it was like, to get a couple of drinks, to use the WCs, and to look into stopping the next day for breakfast. For a supposedly 5-star accommodation, we were less than fully impressed. I used to work in the hotel industry, and I learned that you can tell a lot about a hotel from its common areas. We learned that these people seem lack pride and professionalism.
The lobby itself was attractive and quiet. That was the high point. The trash in the ladies room was overflowing onto the floor. Lacking a sudden, simultaneous arrival of six tour buses, I can think of no excuse for letting trash get to that point. The mens room smelled like a kennel - I'm not exaggerating, I've worked in kennels. Again, no excuse.
The desk clerk was pleasant, but his duties, with no apparent assistance, included manning the front desk, manning the adjacent kiosk, taking restaurant reservations, and bussing lobby tables for dishes and glasses. He did a nice job trying to keep up, but people were waiting at three places, when a true 5-star facility would not have tolerated such inconvenience to guests. At least two people were needed for the tasks he was performing.
We had our drinks on the deck looking out over a beautiful vista, and the dining room looked nice enough that we made reservations for breakfast rather than go for a less convenient alternative. That paid off, except for one rude server (Reviewed separately).
Typically, we aren't really all that picky. However, when you advertise a 5-star rating, you need to live up to it, and it's the little things that count.
We've both seen better, and we wouldn't bother going back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lillehammer, Norway
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Unbelievable location and a breathtaking view to Gaustatoppen!This hotel is a unique and charismatic,such a great place to rest and relax.Very,very clean,wonderful food at the evening,rich breakfast buffet,professional and friendly staff.The hotel itself is not the newest and the most modern one, but as a mountain hotel it has everything what is needed for a unforgettable experience-there is so much nature around,lots of tour possibilities too.Fantastic place!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Gaustablikk Resort
Address: Kvitaavatnvegen 372, Rjukan 3660, Norway
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Telemark > Tinn Municipality > Rjukan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Rjukan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gaustablikk Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 177
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel has 91 rooms all with a shower/WC, radio, TV and telephone. There are also 6 suites, 3 of which have a Jacuzzi and balcony, and 8 mini suites, ideal for families. The hotel's recreation centre includes a swimming pool, saunas, a jacuzzi, Turkish baths and a solarium. There is a pleasant dining room and spacious lounges with open fireplaces, a fully-licensed bar and large function room with live music 6 days a week. There is also a playroom and billiards/TV room. You can enjoy the views of Gaustatoppen mountain from the hotel's large sunny terrace. Gaustablikk Apartments are situated only a short distance from the hotel. 24 modern and well-equipped flats for 4-6. Gaustablikk Fjellhytter has 6 high standard log cabins, each sleeping 10, for hire at the alpine centre. Guests are welcome to use the facilities at the hotel. ... more   less 
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