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“A pleasant place to stay”
Review of Walaker Hotell

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Walaker Hotell
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Solvorn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 7, 2012

The Pros: we were given a superb room in the old building overlooking the fjord, with loads of character. Some of the staff on the reception and then tables were exceptional in their help. All staff were very friendly. A great location. Very clean.
The Cons: No wardrobe or storage, only 4 hangers on a hook on the wall. Nowhere for luggage.
Sloping ceiling, often colliding with the head. The dinner was again a set menu - a choice of 1 with no English translation, creating havoc with dietary restrictions which usually are no problem eating out. We ate there for 3 nights, 2 out of the 3 main courses were very dry and tough, Halibut and beef of some sort described as "Filet". Otherwise food was OK. A good but expensive wine list.

Room Tip: Choose room 20 for character and view
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

If your after a sleek business hotel with widescreen TV, minibar anf fancy restaurants, this is the wrong place for you. But if your after a really extraordinary experience in a small, cosy and truly fantastic hotel - this is the place. The hotel is very old (17th century?), and the place oozes with history. There are 8 newly refurbished rooms on the first floor - where we stayed - which are really nice. They cost some extra compared to the rooms in the neighboring 80s building, but it's worth it. The hotel is a mixture of new and old, and now also includes an old barn, which have been converted to a conference hall and art gallery.
The food is very, very good, and so is the wine. The staff is some notches above what you expect, even in a high class hotel. This is more like visiting a family..

The place where the hotel is located (Solvorn) is a small village, with only a few houses along the Sognefjord. There is a ferry service across the fjord to the Urnes Stavkirke.

All in all a fantastic place!

Room Tip: Rooms in the main building, first floor are fantastic!
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Jarle H
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

My wife and I decided to book this hotel for our wedding celebration, and the choice could not have been better! The manager, his family and the staff took good care of us and all the guests, all the way from the morning of the wedding day and until we left the following day. The personal touch and great service we experienced were highly appreciated by everyone, and we got so many nice comments afterwards for choosing this place for our wedding. The rooms are very nice, the food is great, the scenery is amazing... the whole place is just so peaceful that you do not really want to leave. Thank you all of you, for making our wedding such a beautiful memory.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank tormodt
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Spent a wonderful night at the Walaker Hotel. Great view of the fjord! Very good food and wine. Will come back next year

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank AHjelm
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

The hotel is Norway's oldest an has an excellent location. However, as most old hotels, it has a "new" part which lacks the charm of the old rooms. This said, visitors with young children should probably not opt for the older rooms as some furniture there is a bit fragile.

The old rooms are very, very good. The new ones are not bad either, but they are similar to other large, good rooms in modern properies. Theres (luckily) no TVs in the entire hotel.

The hotel restaurant is very good, but expensive (like the hotel itself). Unfortunately, breakfast is not of the same quality as the evening meals. More bread varieties would be a great improvement (during my stay, bread never seemed fresh, and only one kind was available).

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Thank blazius
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

Let me start by saying I would not go back here but this is due to our experence here, it is not because of the room. I would have enjoyed my time much more if I'd understood the policies of the hotel before I went. Solvorn was very quiet and the room was fine for our purposes ( in 'motel like' block alongside main building). The only downside we had was our experience with the evening meal in the restaurant, we arrived at the hotel and was asked if we wanted to reserve a table for the restaurant that evening ( the same as the 3 hotels we had visited prior to this on this trip), no mention of the cost or that it was a set menu. Within our party there were 2 people both mid 80's both of whom have little appetites and fussy eaters! When we sat down for our meal and realised it was a 4course set menu with no choices and understood the cost of the meal we decided to not eat there that evening. At this point the waitress did offer us an alternative of beef which we declined as 2 of our party are not meat eaters and went to leave. The manager then approached us to say that we would be charged for the 4meals as we had booked a table, even though we hadn't eaten anything (a total of approx £280 pounds) and that this was a Norwegian custom, something we didn't experience in any of the other 8hotels we stayed in on our trip. This led to a very heated and awkward discussion in the middle of the restaurant, he then asked what we would eat I said one thing which he confirmed we could have. By this point we were all highly embarassed and angry we just wanted out of there! We felt intimidated when he say we could leave the hotel and there would be no charge for the room, I couldn't take the risk that we would find rooms elsewhere in that area at that time of night, I felt he had me 'over a barrel' and he knew it! I didn't like how he handled the situation, he probably would say he didn't like how I handled it either but just writing how he made us feel. After a lengthy discussion he did agree not to charge us for the 4meals and also on our last night there he did come to our rooms and gave us a bottle of champagne. Breakfast each day was very good but spoilt by the fact that we all felt awkward in the restaurant!
I just feel that if we had known this custom in Norway (his words not mine) we could have avoided this unpleasent experience.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank merlin11
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

I stayed one night at this wonderful hotel in August 2009. Being exhausted by driving from Trondheim. it was just great comming to this quiet site by the fjord.... The manager took well care of me and spent his time guideing us in the private gallery. The food was excellent and the raw materials were just superb!!!

This historic hotel is a must for everyone travelling in this aeria!!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank Vybruun
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Address: Solvorn 6879, Norway
Location: Norway > Western Norway > Sogn og Fjordane > Luster Municipality > Solvorn
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Solvorn
Price Range: $227 - $287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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