As a local, I never overnighted, but went there on several occasions for food and drink, meetings, family events and for buying food. This, like Victoria, is a place that has been adopted to Lillehammer and is family-owned. not part of a chain, and this adds local flavour.
The drawback with this place it its location on the opposite side of the river; its a bit of walk across the bridge and up into town. Bjørn's is served by bus so if you plan a little you're ok. Or you can drive the 10 minutes, ot take a cab (NOK 80-110).
This is a motel as Norwegians like it: simple, no-nonsense, not stuffed with things and services that are not needed and we do not want to pay for.
So this motel is a no-nonsense motel close to the E6 as it enters Lillehammer, but facilities and service reflecting the owners interest in Lillehammer and surroundings and for the clientele.
They have large rooms and halls for family and group events.
The food is down to earth but definitely good, it got a recommendation by DHL in its guide for road travellers in Norway.
They have lots of things for children, succeeding in trying to be a child-friendly and family oriented place.
The owners are very service oriented and the reception and other staff are helpful. They can provide you with the info you need for a complete vacation in Lillehammer. They can package a stay for you, including activities like ice fishing.
Attached to the motel is a grocery store and small bakery which is also open Sundays.
As my mountain hut is nearby, I only use the facilities at Rustad as an auxillary service point. However, I have visted several times and seen different room categories and tasted their food. I have been there for eating, visiting guests, going to cateres celebrations etc there. The best thing with this place is the atmosphere and location. Right on the lake, you have nothing disturbing your view, you can ski right out of the door or swim right there in the lake. Yet it is a walk away from the services of Sjusjøen centre; you have that access but not the urban disturbance. Get it?
90 beds in 46 rooms, varying standards.
Family-owned, has retained the traditional informal "mountain guesthouse feel". Right on the Sjusjøen lake with fishing, boating and swimming access.
Prepared ski tracks right by during winter, along with opportunities for other winter activities.
Great lunch buffet - alone worth a visit.
Good 3-course dinners, special diets available for special needs, sports people etc.
In the slack season they provide - and very well - for courses, conferences, meetings, local family celebrations etc. For such occasions you can block the hotel for only your event.
You do not have to stay overnight to make use of the services; drop by for a coffe or dinner.
Cabins, cottages, huts - we call them all "hytter" - and they come in different standards and price categories.
Around Sjusjoen and Nordseter in the hills and mountains near Lillehammer there are numerous "hytter", many of them for rent on a weekend or weekly basis.
You can be your own king or queen and manage your own accommodation accordingly!
Normally the hytte standard is quite good out there in the woods, but not exactly Swiss chalet style nor would it be a shack.
20 km north of Lillehammer is Skarsmoen Gård, a farm that caters to visitors to Lillehammer and the Hunderfossen Family Park (theme park near Lillehammer), Lilleputthammer and the Childrens' Farm, all located between Skarsmoen in Øyer municipality and Lillehammer.
Stay in a farm house, huts or flats with attached bathrooms.
Near family entertainment places.
Very good grayling fishing nearby (at Tretten).
Never stayed here as this was my home town
This is the youth hostel, Vandrehjem, of Lillehammer. I have put up guests here and they have always been satsified with the price and comfort and the central location. It is more of a guest house than a drab old-fashioned youth hostel. These days it's in-room toilet/shower, TV, free wireless internet access etc. etc. Breakfast buffet included in the room rate.
See the web link for a description by a travel journalist from Sunday Express (UK): http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/153872/Snow-on-a-shoest-ring
Very close to the railway and bus station (just one floor up!).
Probably the cheapest in town:
Single room NOK 180, double NOK 350, breakfast included.
If you are mainly interested in skiing, then staying at Sjusjoen or Nordseter will relieve you of a lot of travelling back and forth to Lillehammer towncentre.
These places are dedicated ski areas.
Check a.g www.sjusjovangen.no for something family and budget oriented.
From your choice accommodation here you can ski from your door step.
For several people together it will pay to rent a private cabin. Otherwise there are several categories hotels and pensions available, and the occupancy rate is relatively low.
On Gamleveien street, a parallel street to Storgaten (north) a small guesthouse has been running successfully for several years on a cheapie-concept. It is a much quieter place than the Vandrerhjem/ hostel at the railwaystation, which is the cheapie competitor. It is originally a farm house.
Il'll get back to their services and prices later. I do not rate satisfaction as I have spent most of my life in town, but not as a Gjestebu guest.
Quiet, sunset terrace, right in the town centre, very cheap.
The campground we stayed at was located right on the river that flows next to town, also known as the Mjøsa Lågen, and here is our tiny little borrowed tent. I like to think of it as cozy, especially for my wife, my son and myself. We were literally 5 meters away from the water. Now if I can just remember the name of this camping spot there in Lillehammer....oh yeah, it's called Lillehammer Camping, how could I forget.
I believe we paid an overnight fee of around NOK 200 (~US$25), plus an initial *membership* fee of another NOK 100, which was supposed to work with any other campground in Scandanavia (as it turns out this wasn't true, but what did we know).
Walking distance from the *Sentrum*. And McDonalds, too. The proximity to the water was rather nice and there were plenty of spaces in spite of the high travel season.
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