This hotel is a classic "old school" destination hotel; you almost have to stay here on any civilized tour of the fjord country. It's all about historic charm and nostalgia. With that in mind, I would not recommend booking a room in the new wing where there is an overwhelming lack of charm and nostalgia. To have the right experience, the reason for going there in the first place, I would strongly recommend booking one of the three suites that has a gingerbread-framed balcony - the balcony that is shown on the cover of every Norway travel brochure. We spent all our (short) time there on the balcony with wine and cheese. The other rooms in the historic building are just plain old and don't really have private balconies, just a flimsy divider. Stay one night and splurge on the presidential suite - that's my advice.
The in-house restaurant selection is very limited, along with the menus, and outrageously expensive - so we ended up eating at a tiny outdoor cafe (Getter's?) around the corner where we had a fabulous and very memorable meal for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy the dining room at breakfast.
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