This was my first visit to Alesund. The town itself is known for its architecture as it was "untouched" during WWII. It is also surrounded by some picture perfect mountains and the sea. Quite spectacu...
This was my first visit to Alesund. The town itself is known for its architecture as it was "untouched" during WWII. It is also surrounded by some picture perfect mountains and the sea. Quite spectacular, especially the view from a hill top above the town.
Choosing a hotel in Alesund was not easy. Choices are limited. Most of the hotels are quite old and do not seem to have kept up with the modern needs of travellers. Nevertheless, I decided on the Quality Hotel Waterfront for its location, affordability and the fact that it is a relatively new property.
The hotel has two sections actually - one which is a modern looking building and another which was built within an older building. The hotel has comprehensive car parking facilities which is a real plus for those who are driving. The reception was most helpful and Daniel was a gem. He helped us with dinner reservations and suggestions for sightseeing, etc.
The hotel is located about 10 minutes by walking from the city center. Quite convenient. The waterfront facing rooms have superb views of the mountains and pier next to the hotel.
The room we got was a suite in the "older building" but it was recently refurbished and remodelled in 2011. Despite it being generally new, quite modern, and spacious, I could already notice a number of signs of wear and tear. The windows for eg leaked air in which then resulted in a very noisy night as the sounds of the strong winds permeated through the room. It was most disturbing. Another feature of the room was the movement sensor light system in the bathroom. So everytime you walked past the bathroom the light would come on! It only switched off by itself after about 10 minutes. There was no way to switch the lights on or off on your own. Whoever thought of this did not think through the practicalities well enough.
Breakfast was so-so for Norwegian standards. Strangely, there was no toaster! So no one could have toast bread.