Every summer we treat ourselves with a visit to one of the historical hotels in Norway (or other special places to stay). We have a couple of books about wooden hotels, and we also use internet when we start to make our plans. We start early, and as soon as I know the date of our stay, I send an email to the chosen hotel, asking for the best, most charming room they have. This year the email was sent to Kvikne´s Hotel in Balestrand, and not much later I got an email back from Kari Kvikne with an offer. A few more emails back and forth and the stay was set, with a demi-suite,a table for dinner and everything. We arrived in the afternoon, but when we wanted the check in our reservation could not be found, and the hotel was FULL!
I almost started to cry. What were we to do?
Soon three young people behind the desk were helping us, and soon we found out what had happened, I had booked a wrong date! And as I already said, the hotel was full!
I almost cried again!!
Then the desk person in charged smiled, we seem to have one room left for you, in the new part of our hotel. Not the historical part like you had booked, not a demi-suite, but still a nice room, a room with a fjord view.
I stopped crying, well, I had never actually cried but I stopped wanting to cry. And soon I smiled. We would not have our romantic demi-suite, but we had a room at "The Jewel of Sognefjorden", we could have dinner in the historical part of the hotel, we could swim from the pier, I was there with the man I love. What more could I ask for?
By the way:
we swam in the fjord before dinner, and we swam again before breakfast in the morning
we had an excellent four course dinner served by the charming young Polish Przemek
we had a morning walk in the village
we slept well
we toured the rooms on the ground floor of the huge historical part of the hotel
we LOVED our stay!
and, even though we (so far) visit each hotel only once, there are so many to visit and we don´t have money for more than one of these nights a year, I think we need to do an exception. We must come back to Kvikne, because now we MUST try one of the historical suites.
Big thanks to the staff at Kvikne´s for making our stay so lovely.