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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Norway
Fjordslottet Hotel helps you plan your ideal wedding – the most important day of your life.
Hotel of the Month, Norway
The castle of the fjord – romantic getaways and serene conferences At only 25 years old, Christian Bolstad made his dream of owning a hotel into reality. Fjordslottet Hotel, translating into ‘the fjord castle hotel’, was a manor originally built for a grand tradesman of nearby city Bergen, which had been turned into a stately hotel in the late 1990s. For Bolstad, romantic visions of serene holiday stays and beautiful weddings at the property were bountiful – visions that have come true for many a hotel guest since. By Julie Lindén | Photos: Fjordslottet Hotel
Perhaps the best foundation for creating a romantic hotel ambiance is to fall in love yourself. After buying the hotel in 2007, fate stepped in for Bolstad, as he met the woman who was to become his future wife. The scene of the first meeting? No other place than Fjordslottet. Ann, a young ergotherapist, was staying at the hotel
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when the two caught each other’s eye. The two married, before making Fjordslottet their big project and dream – spending days and nights making sure all guests’ wishes were met. “The first years of running the hotel were absolutely amazing – we experienced a growth which is not at all common in the industry,” says
Christian. The owners, who humbly prefer to be called hosts, put such an effort into their everyday running of the hotel that guests just kept on coming – a popularity reflected in end-of-year figures. “We’re very proud of having built something that has shown a 15-20 per cent annual growth since its very start,” says Christian. “It’s a wonderful thing to experience for a host.” The best of both worlds It is not difficult to see why a guest would choose to pin the island municipality of Osterøy, the hotel’s location, to their travel agenda. Set in a stunning environment, encircled by several fjords and comple-
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