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Reviewed 11 June 2018

We really enjoyed our brief stay at the historic Utne Hotel. The hotel is perched on the tip of the Utne peninsula with wonderful views in every direction. My wife and I stayed in the same room that Sonja, Queen of Norway has stayed three times. It has a great view of the Hardanger Fjord and mountains.

We were there in May when it was unusually hot. The hotel has no A/C nor does any hotel in Norway that we are aware of so we kept our windows open. It was a bit noisy with the ferry station right across the street, but the view and fresh air were needed.

The managers, Bente and Kjetil, are a young couple who were friendly and accommodating. Bente did everything from checking us in, to helping us with the luggage, to serving dinner. The hotel is filled with precious antiques and memorabilia. With so much history associated with the hotel, we almost felt like we were living in a history book.

We enjoyed dinner at the hotel which I would classify as a fine dining experience from the lovely, candle-lit dining room, the artful presentation of the food which was both delicious and locally sourced food, the fine plateware, the pace at which it was served, and the steep price. The experience was worth every penny for the enjoyment and memories we'll have.

I would gladly recommend this hotel for a special stay or dinner. It was a lovely and memorable experience.

Room tip: Ask for a room with a view of the Fjord. Enjoy dinner at the hotel at least one night.
Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SheldonHW
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UtneHotel, Manager at Utne Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Dear SheldonHW.

Thank you very much for your visit, and for your nice review on TA.
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.

You are most welcome to visit us again in the future.

All the best from Bente and Kjetil.

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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

This is a gem. One of the oldest hotels in Norway. Founded in 1722, it exudes quaint charm. We ended up visiting for about an hour while we waited on the ferry. We had a beer on the front porch after we toured and admired the hotel and very small main street. The young girl inside was very kind. If you are looking for something remote, quiet, and charming, this is the place. I can recommend this hotel and I will return again.

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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UtneHotel, Manager at Utne Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

Dear Funtraveler.

Thank you very much for your kind review on Trip Advisor.
It was a pleasure to offer you the local beer on the front porch. Next time I hope you will have the chance to stay over.
Then you should also try one of our local ciders made from the famous Hardanger apples.

Welcome back.

All the best from Bente and Kjetil

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We were visiting Bergen with my Oslo son and he suggested we find a hotel in the upper Hardanger fjord area. So I chose Utne as a quiet place but with good connections through the ferry network. Apart from that we had no preconceptions as we arrived.
The hotel dates from 1722, and is a compact building on four floors with twisting staircases. The interior is beautifully furnished with antique furniture and old paintings and some new art. We had rooms at the back, not facing the sea but facing an apple orchard. White apple blossom filled our window views. The hotel doesn't seem to have much of its own garden for sitting out, although there is a large veranda at the front facing the sea. However, the road immediately outside is quiet, and it was very easy to spill out of the hotel across the road onto the shoreline.
The hotel started to feel special when we were welcomed at the reception desk by Kjetil, the manager (or was his wife, Bente, the manager?). He seemed genuinely interested in us, where we had come from, etc. Bente picked up our suitcases and showed us to our rooms. We said yes to supper, and also yes to a cider-tasting at 6pm. We'd never been to a cider-tasting before!
Binte and Kjetil together ran the cider-tasting, taking us through five very different local ciders. This was driven by their belief that the local cider-making is a highly-skilled and high-end industry that can provide necessary employment in the area, particularly for young people. It is a burgeoning industry now.
And the food at dinner was just sublime. There were three courses, no choices, so thank goodness i had rung ahead to say that I was vegetarian. An asparagus (and reindeer moss) starter was followed by a dish of fennel, pak choi and veal (or celeriac for me), followed by carrot cake and cream. During the meal, Binte talked to us about the history of the hotel, and then sang unaccompanied a local folk tune. There was a full wine list available, and yet we chose the "wine" package which had three drinks - a fresh, fruity cider with the starter, an excellent pinot noir with the main course, and a deliciously sweet and intense "ice-cider" with the pudding.
We had breakfast the following morning sitting in the sunshine on the veranda. As you can imagine, beautiful homely food.
So, quite an experience, mainly a result of the two (wife-and-husband) managers and an excellent chef. It wasn't cheap, and yet worth every krone.

Date of stay: May 2018
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UtneHotel, Manager at Utne Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Dear Rolandsj.

Thank you very much for your feedback, and nice comments on TA.
It was a pleasure to have you as our guest, and we hope to see you again in the future.

All the best from Bente and Kjetil.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Utne Hotel is absolutely charming! The staff are very friendly, the food is fantastic and the location is super easy (right across from the ferry and a short walk to the very cool Hardanger Folk Museum). The evening cider tasting was enlightening and well-worth seeking out! We very much enjoyed our stay and hope to return.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is a very nice old hotel on the fjord in Utne, right across the street from the ferry landing. Despite the location, I did not hear the ferry from my room. The Hardanger Folk Museum is also close by. There was a cider tasting in the evening, followed by a wonderful Norwegian dinner. We hiked through the village, up to the old church, and to an old mill. We also drove about 20 minutes to Herand where there is an interesting boat building museum, old gate sawmill, and ancient rock carvings from the Bronze Age. We also could have taken an evening boat cruise on the fjord, but it was raining. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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