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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of good friends who picked the hotel because of the location - close to the Fruit & Cider tour

But we also booked a special menu (7-courses) for the Saturday, and we got our own chambre séparée, our own chef and waiter. A fantastic meal with a very balanced wine menu. Worth the trip alone!

We also had great rooms on the 4th floor, with a view of the fjord. Good with our own little balcony, the rooms was clean, spacious and nice.

The breakfast was as expected in a Norwegian hotel - which was good!

We booked the sauna and outdoor bubble bath - which cost 50,- pr person (ok), but we also had to pay 50,- pr person for a bathrobe (on top of the fairly expensive hotel room).

Room tip: Get a room with a fjord view
Date of stay: September 2019
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Thank Tore L
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Reviewed September 6, 2019

Fjord is a narrow and deep inlet of the sea between steep slopes. Brakanes Hotel is located at Ulvik, the deep end of the Hardangerfjord in Norway. You may reach Ulvik from Bergen by both train and car. Brakanes Hotel was established in 1952 on the water front to have an excellent view. I would suggest you to select a fjord side room to enjoy the fjord-view.

Room tip: Rooms on the Fjord side
Date of stay: May 2019
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Thank mitsuowt6801
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

You might find more modern hotels, a larger varaity of breakfast and other things, but you can not beat the athmosphare, the serviceminded staff or the view from your hotelroom! I stayed in room 109, only a meter away from the green lawn, and 15 seconds walk from a chair by the waterfront. A calm fjord with fish, ducks and giwes you peace of mind. The bathtub was so nice, and outside there is a yaccuzi one can use. There is also a swimmingpool and a sauna in the hotel, aswell as a bar, a pub and a nightcub. I could have stayed for months. Higly recomended

Room tip: Groundfloor fir perfect acces to garden and seafront
Date of stay: September 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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Thank Kenneth S
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Reviewed August 16, 2019

We stopped at the Brakanes hotel in Ulvik on our way back from a weekend in the Western Norway. The hotel is a big tourist hotel situated at the seaside in a very beautiful fjord. We did not pay the extra they asked for a room with sea view as we were just staying for the night. But we got a room at the end of the hotel with a nice view anyhow. The room was renovated (except for the bathroom, which I understood was waiting for renovation).

The hotel was empty when we arrived in the middle of the afternoon, but very soon filled up with 4 busloads with Japanese tourists. I got the impression that the hotel tries to be a bit on the exclusive side, but do not quite succeed. I guess they have to take in the busloads for surviving.

The dinner a buffet with rather ordinary food, and not worth the rather stiff price. As the dining room was filled with Japanese, we got a separate table in the lobby with a wonderful view.

All in all, I was a bit disappointed. The hotel was nice enough, but to the stiff price we paid for the room I expected more.

Room tip: Ask for a room at the end, you get a balcony with view without paying the extra.
Date of stay: May 2019
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Thank Torger D
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TinaO1288, General Manager at Brakanes Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2019

Dear Torger,

Thank you for taking time to write this feedback which is really important for us to improve our service quality. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Brakanes hotel. But really sorry to know that your expectations were not met to the fullest. Based on your suggestions, we will focus on better organizing of restaurant for both groups and individual guests, enhance quality of the food and re-evaluate the prices if they are not reasonable for overall service. We make sure that you will have an amazing experience if you visit the hotel next time. All the best!

-Team Brakanes Hotel

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Reviewed August 7, 2019

Hotel that welcomes huge groups of tourists in buses, so the restaurant is more of a canteen with buffet that can sit a thousand persons and gets super hot and noisy. My room was on the last floor and I had a distinct smell of gas/fuel coming in as soon as I opened the windows, probably coming from the chimney of the building. Really disgusting and worrying, especially for the baby in our room. Plus it's a bit the opposite of what I expect from a trip in the countryside of beautiful Norway. Room comfort is really average, the bathtub was not even sealed with the walls around it, so water was flooding everywhere.

Date of stay: July 2019
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Thank Hadrien K
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TinaO1288, General Manager at Brakanes Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2019

Dear Hadrien,

Thank you for your feedback which is crucial to improve our service and property. We are really sorry for not being able to meet the standards you expect. We will try our best to organize better at the restaurant. We checked thoroughly the room you stayed and found no smell of gas/fuel. That could be a cleaning issue,or maybe of someone smoking from outside. Chimneys are located on the other side of the building far apart from the rooms and are well managed. However, we will inspect continuously in future on the issues you pointed out. Let us know in advance if you visit to Ulvik next time, we will find out the best possible room. All the best!

Team Brakanes Hotel

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