Balestrand Hotel

A budget-friendly hotel with simple rooms and a hip bar, steps from the fjord.

Overview

This young, family-run hotel is across the street from the Sognefjord in the charming town of Balestrand, surrounded by mountains and sea. There are 30 rooms, and half of them face memorable views overlooking Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. The renovated reception area on the first floor offers an inviting bar and lounge with a pool table and board games. Guests also have access to a large terrace and a private little beach across the street for swimming or enjoying the view.

Kimkim's Take

Lilly
Lilly Graves kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, June 2022 (Learn more)
Pros  
  • Enjoy gorgeous fjord views from the hotel’s common spaces and front-facing rooms with seated balconies.
  • The renovated lobby lounge has a young ambiance and is a relaxing spot for sipping a nice selection of beers and wines, with occasional cultural events (though there’s no restaurant).
  • When the weather behaves, there’s outdoor seating on a terrace, as well as a private beach and fjord dock for swimming. 
Cons
  • Breakfast is not offered onsite but you can add it to your rate and dine at the nearby Kviknes Hotel for a large buffet spread.
  • Rooms are clean but sparsely decorated with no frills—it’s all about the views and a good night’s sleep.

Authenticity

The Balestrand Hotel was purchased in 2021 by family members of the previous owners, making this a 2nd generation property. The new, younger owners have spruced up the lobby to create a hip open layout for ordering drinks and snacks, including coffee, tea, wine, and beer, with several tables and lounge areas topped with flickering candles. Though it’s a quieter location and a bit removed from the center of town, they hope to draw visitors with cultural events and a fun ambiance, which explains the upbeat music in the lobby. Another perk of this family-friendly environment: the owners will pick you up and deliver you at the ferry dock during arrivals and departures. 

Location

The hotel is located in Balestrand, a small fjord town of around 2,000 residents surrounded by stunning mountains on the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Guests can arrive by car on a beautiful scenic route that includes a car ferry in Dragsvik if arriving from the east. There’s also an express passenger ferry in Balestrand with daily crossings to and from Bergen (the hotel is a 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal and the hotel can arrange free pickups and dropoffs). Balestrand itself can be experienced in a day with its walkable core offering art galleries, a museum, an aquarium, and a traditional stave church. Most guests choose to stay a few days to enjoy the area’s natural beauty with challenging hiking trails and fjord adventures, and the staff can make suggestions and arrange excursions. Free hotel parking is available, and guests can walk to lunch and dinner options in town in under five minutes.

Rooms & Bathrooms

Half of the hotel’s 30 rooms have big windows and seated balconies overlooking splendid fjord views (especially nice with a cup of coffee from the lobby or a beer at sunset), while the other 15 rooms are in the rear, up against a mountain dotted with houses (for a lesser cost). Most of the rooms can be configured depending on the guest’s preference, and extra beds can be added if there is a bigger group. There are two rooms with extra space that can accommodate four people for larger groups or families. All rooms have carpet and are sparsely decorated except for the white duvets and small seating areas; bathrooms have showers or tub/shower combos, and basic bath products.

Hotel Information

3-star Hotel
+47 57691138
Kong Belesveg 41

Traveler Reviews

Marie
Marie H.
Odenton, MD | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022

The Balestrand Inn is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a small hotel experience with a great view of Sognefjord in the lovely rural community of Balestrand, just a short ferry ride from Flam. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, our room was clean and the coffee service on the main floor wonderful - best cappuccino ever! There is currently no meal service on-site but we were given a discount at the historic Kviknes Hotel for each of our meals. read more

The Balestrand Inn is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a small hotel experience with a great view of Sognefjord in the lovely rural community of Balestrand, just a short ferry ride from Flam. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, our room was clean and the coffee service on the main floor wonderful - best cappuccino ever! There is currently no meal service on-site but we were given a discount at the historic Kviknes Hotel for each of our meals.

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Stayed in July 2022