Best hotels and hostels in The Northern Fjords

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ålesund

    Hotel Brosundet

    Right on the waterfront and designed by superstar architects Snøhetta, this former warehouse is one of Norway's most charming hotels. Wonderful old beams and exposed brick walls are combined with contemporary comfort and style. Bedroom furnishings are of white oak, bathrooms are set behind smoky glass walls and beds are draped with brown velvet and sheepskins. They have also taken over another nearby hotel, Hotel Bryggen, to provide extra space. Breakfast is served in the elegant, port-side Maki restaurant. If simple luxury is not enough, book 'room' 47 – which is located in the Molja lighthouse on the end of the quay, the ultimate harbour getaway! They'll even deliver breakfast to your door.

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    Scandic Parken

    One of a trio of Scandics around Ålesund, this is an undeniably corporate place: a blocky, modern structure faced in glass, with a huge downstairs lobby that blends into the breakfast space. So far, so chainy – but there's one reason to book here, and that's the brilliant views over the old town you get from the upper floors. Ask for a room on the highest floor possible. Rack rates are heavily discounted on booking sites.

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    Scandic Scandinavie Hotel

    Ålesund's oldest hotel, the first constructed after the 1904 fire, has beautiful Jugendstil bones indeed, and since being taken over by the Scandic chain, it's been given a much-needed refresh. Through the lovely art-nouveau doorway, there's a bright lobby filled with modern art and, upstairs, lots of clean-lined rooms in whites, beiges and greys. There's private parking underground.

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    Scandic Hotel Ålesund

    Wood floors, plenty of space and a prime harbour position all provide big ticks for this efficient hotel. The standard doubles are fine, but at the top end in the superior extra and suites, you get round lookout windows, perfect for harbour-watching. Downstairs there's a decent restaurant and a lobby-lounge filled with purple furniture.

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    Ålesund Vandrerhjem

    In a pretty residential area a few minutes' walk from the port, this attractive Jugendstil building has big, pristine rooms. There's a large self-catering kitchen and breakfast is included. Most doubles come with a bathroom and there are apartments with their own kitchens and sea views.

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    Volsdalen Camping

    Above the shore about 2km east of the centre, this particularly friendly campsite is the nearest to town. Mainly for caravans and motor homes, or for those wanting a cabin, it does have a secluded grassy area for campers at its far end.