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This boutique hotel has been thoughtfully renovated to reflect its original 1837 splendour and overflows with period touches, particularly in the public areas. The rooms, which aren't quite as ornate, include ones dedicated to King Alfonso XIII of Spain and author Knut Hamsun, both of whom stayed here.
Features include an antiquarian library, an atmospheric lounge area (complete with stained-glass windows), a superb restaurant (lunch mains 175kr, dinner menus 285kr to 495kr) and a fragrant garden courtyard. In summer the hotel hosts a concert series, with everything from classical performances to big-name Norwegian stars.
Housed in a building from 1873, this hotel is found in Lillesand’s picturesque harbour. Rooms offer a mix of old-world charm and modern comforts such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The individually designed rooms at Lillesand Hotel Norge have crystal chandeliers and antique furniture, which creates a cosy atmosphere. Each bathroom includes a hairdryer and free toiletries. Many rooms overlook the Tingsaker Fjord. The in-house restaurant offers Norwegian cuisine based on local ingredients, while the hotel’s waterfront restaurant serves Italian specialities. Lillesand Hotel’s peaceful location has attracted both royalty and famous authors, including Norway’s Knut Hamsun. Popular activities in the surroundings include boat cruises, fishing and cycling.