Colourful Alesund is a charming fishing village on the coast of central Norway. Almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1904, it was rebuilt as a unique art nouveau town paved with cobblestones and lined with uniformly beautiful architectural delights. You’ll find listed monuments, historic interiors and 18th century baroque churches in among its pretty coastal scenery. And Hotel Brosundet – along with its famed restaurant – is in the centre of it all, set among a sea-facing parade of homes, shops and boats, just 30 minutes from Alesund Airport Vigra. You can even stay in a reclaimed lighthouse.
Thanks to its coastal setting, you can expect the hotel’s Restaurant Maki to serve very best in seafood, caught either over the night or very early the same morning. Perhaps opt for the five or seven course degustation menu where you’ll be taken on a culinary journey through some of Norway’s finest dishes. Start with an artichoke soup served with mussels before moving onto halibut steamed with ginger and chilli, grilled monkfish and local cheeses accompanied by nuts and honey. Alternatively order something more international from the a la carte menu; there’s cod tongue tempura and, for dessert, blackcurrant panna cotta dressed with anise and mint. And, to wash things down, there’s a sommelier on hand to recommend a matching wine.
Across 46 intimate guestrooms Hotel Brosundet balances historic treasures with modern amenities. Giant exposed ceiling beams and timber floorings host frosted glass en suites, designer lighting and contemporary furnishings. While each has views out to Alesund’s attractive streetscape, some come with those all important sea vistas. You might like to upgrade to a luxury apartment-style suite or the 150 year old Molja Lighthouse. Sited at the entrance of the harbour, this two-storey hideaway has been converted into a beautiful guestroom with private harbour views. Breakfast is delivered to your door each morning.
After enjoying the hotel’s famed dining experience, retire to the designer leather chairs of its bar. Make use of the extensive wine cellar or selection of premium beers. We can also organise a collection of tours that range from hiking, boat trips and sea safaris to helicopter sightseeing, fishing and mountaineering. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this picturesque part of the world where dramatic peaks tower over giant fjords. Or, you might just prefer to play a round on the nearby Solnor Golf Course.