Must-see hotels in Norway

  • TrollActiv

    Southern Norway

    This energetic activities centre doubles as Evje's youth hostel, 6km north of town. It's exceptionally well run and the place to be if you're planning any…

  • Seljord Hotell

    Southern Norway

    This lovely old wooden hotel, which dates back to 1858, started life as a ladies' college, but on running out of potential 'ladies', it became a hotel…

  • Rondane Høyfjellshotell

    Central Norway

    A comfortable upmarket option with good spa facilities, including pedicures for worn-out hikers' feet, and pine-tinged rooms that are unusually good value…

  • Saga Poshtel Oslo

    Oslo

    A crossover hostel-hotel (posh-tel, if you didn't already get it), smartly designed and very central, with a big social lounge with decent wi-fi. Rooms…

  • Saga Hotel Oslo

    Oslo

    In a quiet, leafy street right behind the Royal Palace, this smart 46-room hotel occupies a grand corner building from the 1890s. Rooms and public spaces…

  • HI Lillehammer Vandrerhjem

    Central Norway

    If you've never stayed in a youth hostel, this one above the train station is the place to break the habit of a lifetime. The rooms are simple but come…

  • Scandic Vulkan

    Oslo

    Floorboards and rough-hewn bedheads give this contemporary chain hotel a warmth and tactility that you might not expect from the exterior architecture;…

  • Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer

    Central Norway

    In an architecturally pleasing, mustard-yellow building that echoes traditional Norwegian architecture, this hotel is a solid choice. Monochrome rooms are…

  • Efinor Camping Krokane

    The Western Fjords

    This campsite on a secluded peninsula about 2.5km east of town really offers a chance to get away from the crowds. Cabins are spread out under the trees…

  • Quality Hotel Skifer

    Central Norway

    A surprisingly swish hotel in the middle of Oppdal offering by far the town's best rooms, with smart grey accents, stylish furniture and a great…

  • Scandic Ishavshotel

    Tromsø

    This is the prime spot in Tromsø if you want a waterside view – the Scandic Ishavshotel's architecture evokes an ocean-going vessel, complete with a flag…

  • Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda

    Kristiansand

    This beachside place is big and brash, but very beautifully designed. It has a warm, textured and relaxed kind of style, and has all the facilities and…

  • Sogndal Lodge

    The Western Fjords

    This excellent hostel has four funky rooms that are Scandi-simple in style but have been jazzed up with vintage finds to lend character. There's a great…

  • Thon Hotel Nordlys

    Bodø

    Arguably Bodø's most stylish hotel, with touches of subtle Scandinavian design throughout, it overlooks the marina and runs a reasonable restaurant. We…

  • Fredriksten Hotel

    Southern Norway

    A historic hotel with a very smart, contemporary style that has the best view in town. As well as its usual double and single rooms there are good number…

  • Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

    Western Finnmark

    The 30 bedrooms – and beds too – are made entirely of ice, as are the chapel, bridal suite (no complaints of wedding night frigidity so far) and the…

  • Hotel No.13

    Bergen

    You couldn't ask for a better location than at this smart hotel on a pedestrianised thoroughfare bang in the city centre. Now owned by the Nordic Choice…

  • Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

    Longyearbyen

    This 95-room chain hotel ('the world's northernmost full-service hotel') is the town's premier address, although the rooms are functional and extremely…

  • De Historiske

    Norway

    Although it's less a chain than a collection of historic hotels and there are no membership options, it's always worth checking out the worthwhile De…

  • Kiberg Bed & Boat

    The Far North

    In Kiberg, 13km south of Vardø, genial owner Ronny Larsen runs these renovated fisherfolk's sleeping quarters, with lounge and well-equipped guest kitchen…

  • Nusfjord Rorbuer

    Lofoten

    Many of the rorbuer here are quite simple on the inside (most have photos on the website), but they're faithful representations of the traditional fishing…

  • Namsos Camping

    Trøndelag

    This superior campground has a large kitchen and dining room, playground and minigolf. Basic cabins are a bargain and the more expensive ones are well…

  • Clarion Collection Hotel Grand Olav

    Trondheim

    The Clarion offers sleek luxurious living above an airy shopping complex and the Olavshallen concert hall. It has 27 different styles among more than 100…

  • Sakrisøy Rorbuer

    Lofoten

    Sakrisøy Rorbuer is a relatively authentic complex of ochre-coloured cottages hovering above the water. They're postcard-perfect from the outside and the…

  • City Living Hotel & Apartments

    Trondheim

    Slick modern rooms in the heart of the city, just across from the town's loveliest little garden, and with just the right mix of style and comfort. Most…

  • Clarion Collection Hotel Kysten

    Nordland

    This fabulous hotel overlooks the waterfront with stylish rooms with contemporary decor (think bold wallpaper, big mirrors and creative lighting). The…

  • SH Rorbu Anlegget

    Svolvær

    A modern take on the rorbuer idea, these luxury, dazzlingly white wooden homes on one of Svolvær's peninsula's have three bedrooms and a whole lot of…

  • Scandic Hotel Narvik

    Narvik

    Towering over the downtown area, this striking glass edifice houses Narvik's most stylish hotel. Rooms are slick and contemporary and those on the upper…

  • Leinesodden Cabins

    Nordland

    Run by Sandnessjøen but a far more imaginative choice, especially for families or groups, are its Leinesodden Cabins, across the water and a 10-minute…

  • Fargeklatten

    Vesterålen

    Rooms in 'Veita', a restored 18th-century home, are attractively furnished in antique style, while apartments are spacious and well equipped at these…

  • Fossli Hotel

    Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

    If you fancy falling asleep to the roar of water, then this venerable hotel occupies a prime position overlooking the Vøringfossen falls. It's a truly…

  • Barentsburg Hotel

    Svalbard

    The Barentsburg Hotel has reasonable rooms that are, like Barentsburg itself, a fine evocation of former Soviet times. Despite the old-fashioned decor,…

  • Rondvassbu DNT

    Central Norway

    Built in 1903, this fine old mountain hostel run by the DNT is located 6km up a track from the Spranghaugen car park, at the southern end of Rondevatnet…

  • Lysebu Hotel

    Oslo

    A gorgeous Norwegian-folk-style building from 1916 with easy access to the wilds of Nordmarka. Rooms are decorated in a clean, classical style that's…

  • Lillesand Hotel Norge

    The Coast

    This boutique hotel has been thoughtfully renovated to reflect its original 1837 splendour and overflows with period touches, particularly in the public…

  • Tubakuba

    Bergen

    This forest cabin was built by architecture students using experimental wood-moulding techniques. Designed to help families with young children get back…

  • Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

    Longyearbyen

    Run by the ebullient Mary-Ann and adorned with mining and hunting memorabilia, the Polarrigg brims with character, although most of this is in the public…

  • Tulpan Hotel

    Svalbard

    The Tulpan Hotel is a wonderful throwback to another age. Modern rooms are comfortable but unremarkable, though waking up in the cheaper and faithfully…

  • Fretheim Hotel

    The Western Fjords

    A haunt of fly-fishing English aristocracy in the 19th century, the vast, 122-room Fretheim, despite its size, manages to be intimate and welcoming. In…

  • Lindstrøm Hotell

    The Western Fjords

    This central fifth-generation family-run hotel is divided between a beautiful Swiss-style gabled building in a garden and the main '60s block across the…

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