Nestled in a sheltered bay around 60-minute drive from the Norwegian capital of Oslo sits Støtvig Hotel and Spa with a magnificent view over the Oslo fjord. A stay in the modernized hotel gives you a feeling of being in a relaxed Hamptons or New England atmosphere.
Shortly after check-in we received a tour of the property, spa and all three restaurants by general manager Nina Nilsen before being shown to our room. There are 12 suites and 90 rooms, some facing each other with small windows which make them somewhat dark during the daytime. The rooms are, however, spotless and furnished in a Scandinavian maritime chic look. The air condition gives the room a comfortable temperature. The bathrooms are small but convenient, and complementarily supplied with Molton Brown amenities.
Serving Hotel has welcomed discerning hotel guest for over 100 years
Originally, Støtvig Hotel welcomed their first guests as early as in 1990, and was for more than 100 years one of the Oslo fjord’s most special and recognized boutique hotels. In 2011, the old hotel got demolished and today’s owner, Stig Fische, rebuilt it with high quality materials and decor showcasing his admiration for American hospitality. This is particularly evident in the American Diner restaurant and the cinema, unmistakably, a true replica of the cinema in the White House in Washington D. C. The shark decorating one of the walls in the spa is one of the original sharks featured in the movie Jaws!
We spent a lot of time in the spa area, especially in its indoor and outdoor spa bath. The spa also has many different saunas and steam baths. But be warned, once you step into the spa you won’t want to leave!
Other facilities include highly equipped conference rooms with capacity for up to 460 people, a library, four bowling courts, dinner capacity for up to 180 people, wine tasting, a cooking theatre and fitness center.
The area surrounding the hotel offers a wide range of activities and experiences, both on land and at sea. If you come by boat you may find a spot at the hotel’s private marina.
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Come lunch or dinner, there is a host of dining options to delight. The Restaurant 801 Oslofjord offers a sophisticated choice of dining, showcasing local ingredients with flair. Among our dishes were chicken and Arctic char. The taste was outstanding.
The breakfast and brunch are served in the same restaurant and they are both impressive. Breakfast is part of the room package. The breakfast menu is large, and you may enjoy homemade specialties such as liver meatballs as well as classic items such as eggs, bacon and smoked or oven baked salmon and pies. Don’t miss the quality apple juice from a local provider! Expanding towards the back behind a glass ceiling forming a part of the restaurant, there’s a casual bar and rest area offering a warm and enjoyable atmosphere with fire places.
Støtvig hotel has implemented a strategy-based program that cares for the environment. The program includes reducing the laundering of bed linen and towels, regularly controls of water and energy consumption as well as measures to reduce carbon footprint coupled with recycling programs.
Hotel With a Hamptons Atmosphere in Norway – in a nutshell
We left Støtvig Hotel feeling thoroughly relaxed from the state-of-the-art spa, impeccable personalized service and outstanding food.
Hotel With a Hamptons Atmosphere in Norway, written by Tor Kjolberg.
All images by Tor Kjolberg if not otherwise stated
Feature image (on top): © Støtvig Hotel