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A peek into the Nordic Choice Hotels treasure chest

Did you know there is more to Nordic Choice Hotels than our three chains, Comfort Hotel®, Quality Hotel™ and Clarion Hotel®? Our brand also includes a small treasure chest of unique independent hotels. Some of these are luxury hotels with beautiful, spacious spa facilities, while others are mountain hotels surrounded by oceans of snow and ski runs as far as the eye can see. These are some of the ones we want to highlight for you here.

Norefjell Ski & Spa winter night

An almost enchanted evening view of the slopes awaits you at Norefjell Ski & Spa in Norway.

Powder snow and freckles from the sun

Are ski wax, sunscreen on your face and a beer in the sun on your yes list? If so, you will probably enjoy an Easter hotel break high in the mountains. The difference between this and staying in a cabin is that you can combine your miles of skiing with long hours in the spa, beds made up for you and good food served without you needing to pick up a chopping board. Unless you want to, of course. And this isn’t just at Easter. Our mountain hotels in Norway and Sweden are there to be enjoyed all year round, in summer and in winter.

Ski in, ski out – or just enjoy a jacuzzi

One of these hotels has twice been named Norway’s Best Ski Hotel, and is situated on Norefjell, 110 kilometres inland from Oslo. At Norefjell Ski & Spa you can stay in an ordinary hotel room, in an apartment with a living room and separate kitchen, or in a house offering even more space.

View from the outdoor pool at Norefjell Ski & Spa Enjoy the view from the outdoor pool at Norefjell Ski & Spa.

Don’t feel like sitting still? No problem. Hone your strength and fitness indoors, or challenge your fear of heights with our 16-metre-high climbing wall. If you want to spend as much time as possible outside, there’s a fantastic network of runs and slopes right outside the door – and if you haven’t brought your own skis, you can hire ski equipment at the hotel. Eat, drink and be merry at Fjellet Restaurant, the pizzeria, and no less than three bars. And speaking of enjoying your stay: the hotel also has an award-winning spa, where you can float outside in a hot tub while gazing out at the mountain peaks and a star-studded sky, slip into the heated indoor pool, recline in a Finnish sauna or relax during a spa treatment.

The best of both worlds

Does an adventure in the Swedish mountains sound more tempting? Try Åre in Jämtland, home to the fairytale Copperhill Mountain Lodge, where an idyll awaits whatever the season. The hotel is great for outdoor types, skiers, spa lovers and anyone else who values a good dose of luxury combined with the wild beauty of Scandinavian nature.

Winter at Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Åre Winter at Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Åre.

From this design hotel, you can set out on any trip you like. Walking and cycle paths, cross-country skiing routes, fishing lakes and steep mountain slopes are all within reach. Back at the hotel, a generous helping of hygge awaits you. Our chefs serve up fantastic dishes made from local ingredients, with drinks and appetisers served in the lounge bar. In the spa you can treat yourself to a sauna, breathe out in the hot springs and fully unwind in the jacuzzi while enjoying a panoramic view of the majestic Åre mountains.

Spectacular view from the spa at Copperhill Mountain Lodge No matter the season, in the spa at Copperhill Mountain Lodge the view is always spectacular

Do nothing, or do everything

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just stay in your dressing gown now and then? To have that extra cup of coffee and read the paper in bed, before wandering down to the pool without worrying about anything at all? There’s no better place to do this than in Tjuvholmen in Oslo or Hasseludden just outside Stockholm.

Woman by the pool at Yasuragi Yasuragi is about rest and relaxation.

The Swedish version of Japan

If you fancy a Japanese holistic experience that is truly about rest and relaxation, it’s definitely worth checking out the Yasuragi spa hotel. There’s no need to travel around the world for it, either: Yasuragi is just 20 minutes outside Stockholm.

First on the list of must-dos at this hotel is the Japanese baths. Enjoy a peaceful cleansing ritual before relaxing in the fresh air, with hot springs, plunge pools and a sauna with a view. Back indoors, take a swim in the pool and pamper yourself with head-to-toe spa treatments. You can also join in some zen meditation and various types of yoga – in the sauna, for example.

Comfortable beds and a bowl of hot tea at Yasuragi Comfortable beds and peaceful surroundings await you at Yasuragi.

The hotel features a raw food bar, two restaurants serving Japanese food and, last but not least, a sake bar offering Sweden’s largest selection of sake.

Luxury at Tjuvholmen in the Oslo Fjord

Tjuvholmen is an extension of Aker Brygge in the Oslo Fjord. This new district has undergone a major facelift in recent years. Tjuvholmen is Italian ice cream on the sunny pier in summer, gourmet restaurants, wine bars, designer shops and modern art. Above all, Tjuvholmen is THE THIEF.

A beautiful dish at Fru K restaurant at THE THIEF Fru K restaurant at THE THIEF serves one flavoursome experience after another.

We kind of have to brag about this jewel. Among its many accolades, THE THIEF has been crowned the Best Hotel in Norway and the Most Romantic Hotel in Norway. It has been named the best Spa Boutique Hotel in Europe, and it also made Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List in 2016. In other words, if you fancy a luxury stay in Oslo’s most exclusive location – try THE THIEF.

A room with a view of the Oslo Fjord at THE THIEF A room with a view of the Oslo Fjord at THE THIEF.

If you are tempted by the idea of drinking coffee in your dressing gown with a view of the fjord, while sitting by the warm pool in the spa, by all means go ahead. On the other hand, if you want the full THE THIEF experience, try out the dishes at our Fru K restaurant, check out the snazzy drinks at THIEF FOODBAR and enjoy a glass of bubbly on the rooftop terrace. It’s your choice.


Interested in taking a look through the rest of our treasure chest? All our independent hotels are listed here.