ISSUE 49  |  Haute Holiday

A Hotel for Lovers and Lovers of History

December 05, 2012 9:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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In rural coastal Norway, Hotel Union Øye boasts that it has been "a favorite venue of royalty, writers, and lovers for generations." Read on to understand the allure.

Union Øye's three floors have stood since 1891 in the village of Øye along a dramatic fjord. Its appeal to lovers? No telephones, no television, but lots of velvet and moody lighting. For lovers of history, most of the hotel's 27 rooms are named after famous guests. (Among the impressive roster: Karen Blixen, Edvard Grieg, and Roald Amundsen.) Lovers of the outdoors can take advantage of 11 pm sunsets during the summer months, and lovers of decor are free to browse the hotel's unoccupied rooms, each filled to the brim with storied antiques. For booking information, visit Hotel Union Øye.

Above: The grand hotel, in the Swiss cottage architectural style; photo by Steve M. Royset via Hotel Union Øye.

Above: A peek into Det Blå Rommet, "the blue room." Photo via Hotel Union Øye.

Above: Most rooms flaunt canopy beds, chandeliers, and royalty-evoking headboards. Photo via Hotel Union Øye.

Above: Paneled walls, crocheted bedspreads, and heavy drapery are part of the hotel's Victorian Gothic interior. Photo via 62Nord.

Above: A glimpse into the Edvard Grieg room.

Above: A moody green room with an imposing four poster bed.

Above: (L) Guests can hike the grounds among mountains reflected in the nearby fjord. (R) No shortage of curiosities can be found in Union Øye. Photos via 62Nord.

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