My boyfriend and I just returned from a two week vacation, where the Dragsvik Fjordhotell was one of our favorite spots. We booked it last minute and got a fantastic deal (we think?). We thought we wanted to stay in Balestrand, but we got even more excited about Dragsvik. And it didn't disappoint.
It should be noted though, that this hotel is isolated from other things - which is what makes it so special. We went on long hikes in Dragsvik, had leisurely breakfasts and rented bikes to bike around the area and into Balestrand, etc. It's about 6 miles from the town of Balestrand where you can get there via bike, car if you have one, water taxi or by taking the bus which stops once or twice a day in front of the hotel.
Other pros: the staff is AWESOME. They picked us up from the ferry in Balestrand, were super attentive and also fun and friendly. Another awesome thing is that they let you make a lunch from the breakfast spread and only charge ~$9 USD (which is super cheap compared to anything else in the area). This came in handy for hikes, bike rides, etc.
The only negative is that the walls/ceiling/floors are thin and you could hear neighboring guests - might be tough if you're a light sleeper. But the views of the fjords right outside of our window made up for it.
Consider staying in the rooms with a kitchenette - we picked up fish, etc and made dinner. Fun and saved us a lot of money in an expensive place.
If you're looking for a retreat in the fjords with the comforts of a lovely place and friendly staff, this is a fantastic place. We hope to return one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small, family-run hotel with panoramic views to Sognefjord, Fjærlandsfjorden and Vetlefjorden. All hotel rooms have a view to the fjord, some also to Jostefonn, a part of the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Standard rooms and comfort rooms, some 3-bed rooms and cabins, also with a view to the fjord. Nice garden with sitting areas to relax. Trails and hiking tours nearby with a view. Short walk to relaxing nature park with swimming area at Lunde arboretum, about 600 meters from the hotel. The hotel is situated ca. 300 meters from Dragsvik car ferry terminal and a short drive (9 km) or bus / taxi around the charming Esefjord to Balestrand on idyllic village roads. ... more less
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