Union Øye Hotel
West Coast Fjords, Norway
Union Øye is a truly special hotel with a rich history and countless incredible stories. Time spent here will be memorable for all the right reasons and will rank as a once in a lifetime experience for sure. Expect Norwegian hospitality at its very best.
At a Glance
27 totally unique rooms, with not one like the next
Legend has it that the Blue Room is haunted, and even comes with its own silver salver of garlic to provoke an encounter should you wish
The list of past guests is a veritable who’s who from Karen Blixen to Kaiser Wilhelm and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
There are dozens of amazing items to check out from rocks, to shrapnel to gold goblets
You can reach the hotel by private rib, helicopter, public ferry or by road
For a brush with a ghost, choose the Blue Room where the ghost of beautiful Linda may come to visitScott Dunn team
Make sure you ask Katrina, who has grown up at the hotel, to recount the hotel's amazing historyScott Dunn team
Head downstairs in the early evening to the warm sitting room for a game of cards by the fire before dinnerScott Dunn team
It's hard to do justice to Hotel Union Øye for it is one of a kind and a truly incredible place. You could spend hours checking out the objects of interest housed here from the World War II stone and the shrapnel from the bomb that set it rolling down the mountain on course for the hotel roof. Katrina, who was practically raised in the hotel will regale you with stories to accompany the objects such as Kaiser Wilhelm's golden goblets or his own crested bath over a steaming cup of coffee by a roaring log fire.
Make sure you explore the three floors of rooms, each named after a famous past resident and left open when not in use for guests to peep into. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Karen Blixen lead the charge on the literary front, while Kaiser Wilhelm, Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Alexandra make sure the royals are well represented.
Each room is unique, channelling the past guest's persona with memorabilia as well as wonderful trinkets, four poster beds, vast bedspreads and painted wooden panels. The bathrooms, though not modern, are spacious and prettily decorated. Among the 27 rooms are some bunk rooms, perfect for children who will love playing hide and seek along the corridors and among the three sitting rooms.
The Blue Room deserves a mention for it is claimed to be haunted by a beautiful girl called Linda with a rather poignant tale. Katrina will divulge more but we will note that if you do end up in the Blue Room you are given the choice of taking a silver salver of garlic with you which allows you to decide if you want a brush with the ghostly being!
Log fires abound, as do cosy corners for reading and relaxing. Come summer time, the garden is dotted with wicker chairs and tables near the weeping willow and you are always but a stones throw from the water.
Union Øye has to be one of the most remarkable hotels on our whole portfolio and worth a visit without a doubt. Belle Époque grandeur, history and charm await.
Each of Union Øye's 27 rooms are totally unique and decorated to emanate the person after whom they were named. Kaiser Wilhem's own claw footed bath stands in his room, while the Karen Blixen room is dotted with African memorabilia.
The hotel's restaurant is a pretty, light-filled room that serves breakfast, lunch and a set three course dinner. Picnics can be arranged if you plan a day trip.
There is so much on offer in the area; rib rides, sailing, helicopter tours, food safaris, abundant hiking and biking. The list is endless. You can even venture in to explore Alesund and lunch at restaurant Maki at the sister hotel, Brosundet.
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
West Coast Fjords, Norway
Union Oye is located in the town of Oye on the eastern shores of Narangsjorden, west coast Norway.
When to go
Depending on the activity that you are most keen on doing while staying at Union Oye Hotel, different times of year would be appropriate. For those wanting to set off on foot and hike the end of spring until late October would be perfect, as this is generally before the snow arrives. If you would like to go skiing then winter would be best. For those just wanting to go and relax then the whole year is fine to go and put your feet up. The temperature in the summer is around 22 degrees.