Alesund & West Coast Fjords, Norway
Brosundet is a seriously stylish boutique city hotel and a great base for exploring Ålesund. Located right on the water, this old warehouse has sloping floors and exposed beams that hark back to its life as a warehouse but with modern Scandinavian décor.
At a Glance
The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite on the 5th floor is amazing and perfect for families
Room 47 is a standalone lighthouse where breakfast is delivered by bike
Location wise it's hard to beat Brosundet with the harbor and pretty Belle Époque city on your doorstep
Many rooms have harbor views
Restaurant Maki serves up incredible cuisine using local ingredients
To start planning your vacation to Hotel Brosundet
Brosundet, pronounced Brosundah, is an old fish factory right on the harbor in pretty Ålesund. It is a sister hotel to Union Oye and Storfjord making them a triple crown of supremely charming properties, each offering their own unique style.
For Brosundet that is Norwegian contemporary furnishings, spacious rooms and suites and an in house restaurant Maki that is one of the city’s best - a perfect base for couples and families alike, the latter being comfortably housed in a vast 5th floor 2 bedroom 2 bathroom suite if they so choose!
The rooms have exposed wooden beams, sloping floors that confirm the building's long history and bathrooms that belie its old age. Think deep bathtubs and plate glass showers, pure white ceramics and Ren products. Rooms face the quaint city streets or the harbor and are laid out over the five floors in such a way as to make the hotel seem much more intimate than it really is.
Maki, just off the lobby and lounge serves up delectable dishes with a keen focus on Norwegian produce and cooking. Beefsteak of whale is one of the dishes on the 4 course tasting menu while those with an appetite can opt for a 7 course version too that won't disappoint. An excellent wine list accompanies and a charming staff who are on hand to assist with any request. There is also a great Bar which has its own entrance onto the street or into the hotel and is a cosy place to start your evening or just have a cocktail or glass of wine after dinner. It is closed during the day but you can use this as a separate Reception area to sit and relax during the day.
There are old fashioned bicycles tied up outside, free for guests to use to explore the city if a kayak or on foot don’t appeal. Those same bicycles are used by the staff to deliver breakfast to the most unique of the hotels rooms, room number 47 housed in a lighthouse! Stay here if space is not a priority and romance is as you enter via winding wooden stairs to a cosy bed with views to the sea through almost porthole windows!
Brosundet is a real gem and one not to miss if Ålesund is on your to do list, offering superb fine dining restaurant Maki and incredible staff to boot.
Hotel Brosundet has 47 rooms in total, with one lighthouse and one 2 bedroom suite among them. Each of the rooms in the main hotel feature exposed wooden beams and superb bathrooms with either deep bathtubs or rainforest showers. Room 47 which is the lighthouse suite is cosy but utterly romantic.
Hotel Brosundet have a hundred-year lease on Molja lighthouse owned by the City of Ålesund. Molja Lighthouse stands at the end of a jetty right in the harbor. Downstairs is a compact bathroom while upstairs is the circular bedroom. The view from the bed is towards Godøya Island and the Atlantics. Brosundet staff will bring you their gourmet breakfast basket to your door at your chosen time.
Maki, which is located to the right of reception serves up amazing tasting menus and an excellent wine list. Ingredients are locally sourced and mostly organic. You can expect lots of fresh fish given that you can see the harbor from its tables.
Ålesund offers a wealth of things to do, be it sea safaris to see seal and puffin colonies, high speed rib boat rides, easy going kayaking on the waterways or cycling around the city on one of the hotel's free bicycles. Further afield you can find excellent hiking and sightseeing by road and helicopter.
Hiking gear is highly recommended – boots or trainers, waterproof kit and gloves will be essential if you want to venture on proper hikes.
Location & Directions
Alesund & West Coast Fjords, Norway
Brosundet is located at the heart of Ålesund on the west coast of Norway and is right on the harbor's edge.
When to go
The warmest temperatures of the year and most hours of sunshine; visit Ålesund during the summer months of May through to August. September is a charming time to visit too with the beginning of the stunning Fall colors and is slightly less busy.