Alesund & West Coast Fjords, Norway
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 harbour and pretty Belle Époque city on your doorstep
Many rooms have harbour views
Restaurant Maki serves up incredible cuisine using local ingredients
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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 Autumn colours and is slightly less busy.
To start planning your holiday to Hotel Brosundet
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.
Brosundet, pronounced Brosundah, is an old fish factory right on the harbour 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!
An amalgamation of two separate buildings connected by an underground tunnel, the property retains a more intimate feel than it's 132 rooms would suggest. 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. Guests can choose to either face the quaint city streets or look out across the pretty harbour.
Maki, one of Ålesund's most renowned restaurants, 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 6 course version that won't disappoint. An excellent wine list accompanies, and the charming staff are on hand to assist with any request.
For more relaxed dining, the hotel's waterfront breakfast room also offers evening meals consisting of hearty local fare. The informal dining area opens out onto the intimate lobby, where drinks are served beside the open log-fire.
The stylish Brosundet Bar has its own entrance onto the street, and is a cosy place to start your evening or just have a cocktail or glass of wine after dinner.
There are old fashioned bicycles tied up outside, free for guests to use to explore the city if a kayak or on foot doesn't appeal. The 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 132 rooms in total, with one lighthouse and one 2 bedroom suite among them. Many of the rooms 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 harbour. 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 harbour 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.
Claire Medlock (Staff)
Hotel Brosundet occupies two of the loveliest buildings in Alesund, and I loved the mix of old and new inside. There are plenty of areas to relax and enjoy a drink either looking out over the water or on to the cobbled streets. The restaurant has a really interesting topographical menu for delicious innovative dining based around local ingredients. For a night either at the start or end of your trip to the fjords this hotel works well, and has a great location for getting out on the water.
Milly Walker (Staff)
Brosundet is conveniently located in the centre of the town right on the harbour, so you can enjoy views out on to the water. It is a great place to spend a night either on your way in or way out of Alesund as you are just a 15 minute transfer from the airport. It is a city hotel with a fantastic restaurant, so make sure you enjoy dinner at No.5.
Explore Ålesund on foot
Ålesund is considered one of Europe's most beautiful towns, spread over several islands, where the fjords and mountains of the Sunnmøre Alps meet the sea. You will meet your guide for a walking tour, and discover the sights of the city.
Hiking the Fjords
Set off on a guided hike around the rugged alpine peaks in the heartland of the Sunnmøre Alps. Enjoy the stunning scenery at your own pace as you marvel at the striking hues of blues and greens and relish the fresh mountain air.
Horseback riding in Norway
Set out on horseback on an exciting adventure through the stunning Norwegian nature, enjoying spectacular views of the mountains and fjords.
Kayaking on Hjørundfjord
Head south of Ålesund to Hjørundfjord and explore its beautiful scenery with your private instructor leading the way. As you paddle along the calm waters, admire the incredible views of the surrounding mountains from this unique perspective.
Private boat trip on Geirangerfjord
Climb aboard a private boat and head towards Geirangerfjord, one of Norway's most beautiful fjords, and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Private fjord cruise to Hotel Union Øye
Explore the fjords and Sunnmøre Alps from the water as you cruise from your hotel to Hotel Union Øye, through the magnificent Hjørundfjord. It's possible to combine with a stop at Union Øye for a delicious lunch before returning to your hotel.
Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Fjords
Marvel at panoramic views as you set out on a scenic helicopter flight over majestic mountain peaks and secluded narrow fjords.
Storfjord local food farm tour
Discover local traditions and food culture at a charming and authentic fjord farm, close to Storfjord Hotel. Try local produce and taste traditional Norwegian dishes courtesy of your hosts, as they tell you about life on their farm.
Wildlife RIB Sea Safari
An exciting safari on a RIB boat out to sea to Runde Island to see seals and puffins in their natural habitat. Experience the dramatic coastline at high speed on the open boat!
Oslo, Ålesund & Norwegian Fjords
from £3300 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights
- Stay in the most up to the minute hotels oozing style, first-class service and glorious vistas
- A wonderful itinerary to enjoy in the summer, hop aboard a private rib boat safari in search of puffins
- Step into the beautiful waterfront city of Ålesund, taking in some of the most breath-taking views and scenery
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 harbour's edge.
How to get there
From Ålesund airport the hotel is less than 45 minutes by road. Flights to Ålesund operate via Oslo.
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