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Reviewed September 4, 2010

An excellent stay at Kvikne's Hotel,really enjoyed everything about the location and facilities . The food was excellent,a truly wonderful buffet was provided at every meal.The views were superb from the public areas. Bedrooms were comfortable,the higher floor you're on the better the view.Remember to switch on the bathroom underfloor heating.Good ferry links from Balestrand or from nearby opens the region up.Staff were always helpful.Thanks to all for giving me a memorable stay

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

This is a comfortable hotel in a stunning location. It was a pity, as independent travellers, that we found the dining room only offered a buffet every evening priced at 495 Norwegian Krone (around 62 Euros or £51 per person!- even before wine or beer). This is very expensive even by Norwegian standards. There is a less expensive a la carte menu in the bar, but it's a pity that this option is not available in the lovely dining room which has all the views.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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TheodorKvikne, 5th generation Kvikne at Kviknes Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2010

Dear Madam or Sir,


I am really glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay here at Kviknes Hotel. And it is, as you say, a pity that you think our buffet is over prized. Our buffet has over one hundred dishes distributed on both cold and warm buffets, based on local products. Here you can compose your own menu with no limit of amount of courses. Taking this and the products available in consideration, this is for a lower prize than for example a three-coursed meal in a restaurant. Our prize level is also the same as on other historic hotels in Norway. But I am glad that you appreciated our other restaurant, which is meant for guests who prefer smaller meals. I hope you enjoyed your meal there, which also is based on local products. I hope to see you again here in Balestrand some time!

Best regards
Theodor Sigurdsson Kvikne

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Reviewed August 15, 2010

Balestrand is located at a broad junction of several fjords and the hotel is on the waterfront with wonderful views. It is 100m from the quayside for the express boats (Bergen, Flam) and ferry. That is also where the tourist office, post office, supermarkets and shops are.

Reception was efficient. The public rooms are in the historic building and decorated in a pleasingly old-fashioned style, including a viking room. There are 400 beds and the hotel attracts tour parties, but even so the public rooms - with marvellous fjord views - seemed able to absorb the numbers of people that were staying while I was there. There is also a terrace and lawn down to the waterside and a private marina (the previous time I was in Balestrand a guest had parked his private float plane there - score 100 extra points) so one can sit outside (did I mention the stunning fjord views?). Free use of an internet terminal. Weather forecast displayed in reception.

My standard room was in the modern (1960s) building - the main advantage of staying there being that you do not see that building. The room was reasonable sized. Two twin beds, narrow, and the thin top mattress was narrower still. Armchair, side table, writing table, chair, decent amount of wardrobe space. Lighting poor for reading, fine for ambience. Curtains themselves were thick and did not let light through, but only reached down to cill level, and so light came round top, bottom and sides. That and the narrowness of the bed meant that I did not find the sleeping that refreshing. I had bought a room with fjord view and had one. I also separately e-mailed the hotel and asked for a room on a high floor, and was given one on the top (8th) floor, which meant that I also had a view diagonally over the old building, so that was good. No fridge or room safe. TV had BBCWS and CNN in English, RTL in German. Bathroom was bright, white, good underfloor heating (the best place to dry your clothes in Norway is on the floor), the only toiletries were dispensers of liquid soap and shower gel. Clean.

Breakfast was served in the old building. A large room with glorious fjord views from many tables. Good buffet: fruit, cereals, bread, cooked things. Pleasant staff.

I much preferred staying here to the cheaper hotel I had stayed in when in Balestrand a few years earlier.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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TheodorKvikne, 5th generation Kvikne at Kviknes Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2010

Dear Sir,

We at Kviknes Hotel are really glad to see that you enjoyed your stay. We are delighted that you appreciated our setting, lounges, views, and that the service given by our staff was adequately. Our head chef is glad to learn that you enjoyed his and his team’s food as they take great pride in serving homemade food based on local products.

You are welcome back to Balestrand and Kviknes Hotel!

Best regards
Theodor Sigurdsson Kvikne

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Reviewed August 13, 2010

we stayed with a family of five in two connecting rooms in the historic part of the hotel. Other than great history there is a brand new meeting center. Food was ok but high price.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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TheodorKvikne, 5th generation Kvikne at Kviknes Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2010

Dear Madam or Sir,


Glad to learn that you appriciated your room and view. Our menus and buffets are in the same prize level as other historic hotels in Norway. We hope you enjoyed your stay, and that we see you again one day!

Kind regards
Theodor Sigurdsson Kvikne

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Reviewed August 9, 2010

This is our eighth visit to Balestrand on the beautiful Sognefjord, staying in the lovely old part of Kviknes Hotel. Staff and management are friendly and warm, the rooms comfortable -- love Norwegian beds! -- and breakfasts and dinners are varied and well-prepared, with something for everyone's taste. We enjoy the lovely public rooms for reading and writing, and the mountains behind the hotel offer splendid, challenging, memorable hiking. Friendly people in the village, too. Our week at Kviknes followed a stay in Iceland, where the hotel rooms were comparably priced, and one-quarter the size.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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TheodorKvikne, 5th generation Kvikne at Kviknes Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2010

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hillestad,


I appriciate you taking time to write theese warm words here on T.A. My self, and the rest of the family, are glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay. We are especially glad to learn that you appriciated the service given by staff and the family.

We look forward seeing you again!


Best regards
Theodor and the rest of the Kvikne Family

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