When you find yourself in Øye, there’s really only one place you should be staying in and that’s the Hotel Union Øye.
Why? Hotel Union Øye is a very special place – this was THE place where the aristocracy from Europe stayed in and it’s a interesting part of Norway’s culture and history.
The hotel has been here since the 1800s and I ended up finding myself in the room where Queen Wilhelmina of Holland stayed in on here visits! Very la-dee-da!
So many other important figures in European history have stayed and continue to stay at the hotel (you can find out more on the Hotel’s website here) so needless to say, a stay here guarantees you pretty solid ‘humblebraging’ rights to your friends back at home.
Even if you’re driving past – I reckon you need to stop for some tea/lunch/dinner and check out the hotel properly. You can sneak a peek into some of it’s stately and historic room and gain a little insight into what life for the Royal families of ages past looked like.
Here’s are a few photos from my room here…
…and from some of the other room I had a sneaky peek into. 🙂
The hotel is made entirely of wood (as Norwegian homes have been for some time) and its just a delight to wander through. In a lot of way, it kinda reminded me of visiting old stately homes in the UK (and even a tad of Buckingham palace) with its décor.
Wandering of course makes for thirsty work so we headed down to the tea room for (you guessed it), a spot of tea and biscuits.
The plan for the rest of the afternoon was to relax and kick back at the hotel but beautiful and relaxing as it was here (seriously, it was so lovely and warm inside I was pretty much in snooze-town), we decided to head out to explore the Norangsdalen valley and search for that famous and rather intriguing lake which used to be a village…
…but more on that very soon!