Lillesand Hotel Norge
Lillesand Hotel Norge ~ Restored Beauty
As previously mentioned, our time in Lillesand was cut seriously short --- visiting this town was supposed to be a highlight of our morning, and as it happened we had a ridiculously short 20 minutes in which to explore what we could on foot. This was disappointing on a number of levels. So, rather than have time to explore as I would have liked and have time to admire the interior restoration of Lillesand Hotel Norge, I could only admire the exterior which does have many lovely architectural details -- you just need to look.
As unlikely as it seems now, Hotel Norge, which was built around 1837, was originally the site of a tannery and business offices. The building and business was owned by Robert Gonsalvo Major, an unhappy man who took his own life only 2 years later. The hotel was eventually sold a number of times, and despite the turnovers achieved status and popularity especially in the 20th century. When it was bought by the current owners in 2006, they restored it to its original style which makes it the gem it is today.
Hotel Norge certainly has more than it's fair share of vintage charm, but it also has modern amenities for that added layer of comfort. All 25 ensuite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite TV, wireless internet, minibars, and hair-dryers. Breakfast is included in the price of the room. Hotel amenities include the "Spisestua Restaurant," and a summer garden restaurant named the "Haven." The website states that coffee is also available in the library which sounds pretty appealing to me. There are also a lounge, banquet facilities, conference space, and a limited number of business services are available as well. A walled garden provides play space for children.
The hotel is literally within a very few minutes walking distance of the harbor, restaurants, shops, and several historic buildings in town. The nearby M/B Øya ferry travels between Lillesand and Kristiansand in summer for a special treat of sailing through the skerries.
A quick look at the hotel website shows that a standard double room for a mid-September (2016) weekend would cost NOK 990 per night including taxes and fees or about US$120 per night breakfast included.
Looking for a less expensive alternative to a hotel stay? Check out my next tip:
Summer Camping Trip in Your Future.
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Amenities at Lillesand Hotel Norge
- Room Service
- Pets Allowed
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