The Radisson Blu in Beitostølen is a popular destination for ski tourists in the winter. This is what the hotel looks like in summer.
On our recent summer road trip through the mountains and fjords of Norway, we chose Beitostølen as our first stop. We spent two nights at the Radisson Blu Mountain Resort in Beitøstolen.
I know the small mountain village is a popular ski resort and therefore a popular winter destination, especially among Norwegians. But I had no idea what summer would be like. Turns out it was pretty busy with avid hikers!
Quick overview of the Radisson Blu Mountain Resort Beitostølen
- Perfect location for the ski lift (for skiing or hiking)
- Close to Jotunheimen and the famous Besseggen hike
- Generous breakfast buffet
- Find prices and availability here
First of all, the hotel is super easy to find. It is on the main road through Beitostølen and right in front of one of the main ski lifts. It will only take you a few minutes to get from your bed and breakfast to the top of the ski lifts.
Driving to Beitostølen gives you the option of driving the Valdresflye scenic route. There is plenty of parking and if you arrive by bus the bus drops you off within a few minutes walk.
Why stay in Beitostølen? Well, in the winter I guess you will hit the slopes! But in summer, the region is a prime destination for hiking. There are plenty of trails within walking distance of the hotel, but even more in the nearby Jotunheimen National Park, including Besseggen, one of Norway’s most famous trails.
Check-in was quick and an error in my reservation (I booked for one instead of two!) Was quickly resolved.
The lobby is spacious and I can imagine a very comfortable experience during the cold winter.
Historic photos in the stairwell and other decor such as this guy (above) give the hotel a local touch that you don’t always see in a national chain.
In the hotel room
The room was a bit dated, but spacious enough for two people, with enough power outlets. Unlike some Radisson hotels which have an endless choice of rooms at different quality levels, all of the double rooms here are more or less the same.
Two lounge chairs, a small table, a desk and chair, a small TV and a kettle (kettle) were all included, as well as instant tea and coffee. The TV was not as modern as most of the other Radisson hotels but worked fine for the 15 minutes we used it.
The en-suite bathroom was small but had a very good shower. I would say the best thing about the room was the view of the mountains. The room was cleaned but the maid came very late in the day by which time we had already returned from a hike.
Dining options at the hotel
A buffet breakfast was available in the large restaurant. Take a seat by the window if you can, or sit outside on the patio if the weather is nice.
The buffet consisted of several hot dishes, the usual cold cuts and lots of fresh bread. Considering the times we live in, there was a lot of hand sanitizer and the bread had been pre-sliced.
On the other side of these measures, the staff were attentive. Too thoughtful. The plates and cups were taken away so quickly that you felt guilty for lingering over breakfast, which is what I always love to do when I travel.
The restaurant is also open in the evening for a buffet dinner, except Sunday. We did not participate, but I have heard from several people that although it is a bit pricey, the selection and quality is very good.
There are other dining options in the village. When we visited in mid-July most places were busy so I recommend booking ahead for dinner to avoid disappointment.
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