Nestled in the small village of Øye by the Norangsfjord and Sunmmøre Alps, this tranquil manor house dating from 1891 encompasses 27 guest lodgings. Each of the individually decorated rooms and suites is named after the hotel’s past royal or otherwise notable guests, including Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Karen Blixen. Lodgings feature rich fabrics, period furnishings and unique memorabilia and antiques, but none have a television or telephone, since the idea is to re-create the gentle rhythms of 19th-century leisure. Gracious public areas comprising multiple lounges and a library are adorned with ornate chandeliers and carefully selected artwork. Dinners that employ locally sourced ingredients are served in the elegant Sun Lounge by waitresses wearing traditional Norwegian dress. Sea safaris through the Hjørundfjord, hikes to the summit of Mount Slogen and rafting excursions can be arranged. A stay here is not just an experience of magnificent scenery, but also a sepia-toned journey into the past.
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Lowest Rate: Double Room, $200; Editor’s Choice: Junior Suite, $290.
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