Støtvig Hotel lies in the idyllic seaside town of Larkollen, not far from Moss and a one-hour drive from Oslo. The hotel opened its doors all the way back in 1900 but was torn down in 2011, and completely rebuilt before reopening in 2013. Four years later it still has that new hotel shine and offers a unique experience in beautiful surroundings.
A warm welcome, but with little information
At check-in, we were given a warm welcome by the receptionist. However, we received very little information about the hotel facilities and had to ask specifically for details such as the opening times for the spa and check-out time. Given how much the hotel has to offer, they could have advertised this better at check-in.
The rooms are bright and furnished in a maritime style, which according to the hotel, is inspired by the Hamptons and New England. We think this suits the hotel’s location by the sea very well.
Some of the rooms have windows facing each other. We were missing light curtains that close while still letting in some daylight since the curtains in the room are black-out curtains that make the room very dark during the daytime.
The air condition gives the room a comfortable temperature, and the room was otherwise spotless. There is no minibar or fridge in the room, which we think the hotel should have provided.
The king-size bed is comfortable with large fluffy pillows. The bathroom is bright, stylish and has a shower (no bathtub). An improvement from past stays is that the amenities are now supplied by Molton Brown.
Activities for all
The hotel offers a wide range of activities including a spa, bowling alley, cinema, wine tasting and cooking classes. There is a separate playroom for children. Some of the events have to be booked in advance and are only possible for groups.
We spent a lot of time in the spa area, especially in its indoor and outdoor spa bath. The spa also has many different saunas and steam baths. There were not that many guests when we visited the hotel on a Sunday evening in May, and we enjoyed the peacefulness and the great views of the sea from the outdoor jacuzzi.
It is worth mentioning that Støtvig Hotel doesn’t offer spa treatments. If you are looking for some serious spa pampering, you should check out our top 3 spa experiences!
The area around the hotel has several trails to explore, and we highly recommend going for a walk along the seaside in charming Larkollen. If you instead prefer an indoor workout, there is a small, but well-equipped fitness room at the hotel.
Excellent Sunday brunch in Restaurant 801 Oslofjord
We also recommend visiting the hotel on Sundays for brunch in Restaurant 801 Oslofjord. The restaurant has an extensive and excellent selection that should cater to all tastes. The price might be on the high side but is well justified given the quality of the food and the fact that dessert and coffee are included. Although the restaurant was fully booked, the service was attentive.
One of Norway’s best hotel breakfasts
The breakfast is served in the same restaurant as the brunch and is equally, if not even more, impressive. Here you will find homemade specialties such as oven baked salmon, pies, and meatballs made of liver (!), as well as classic items such as eggs, bacon, and smoked salmon. Should you desire a sweet finish to your breakfast, there is plenty to choose from. Støtvig Hotel offers quality apple juice from a local provider, tasty energy shots, and a do-it-yourself orange juicer. We think this is one of the best breakfasts we have experienced in Norway!
A warm recommendation
We strongly recommend a visit to Støtvig Hotel. The hotel offers excellent quality in all areas and can give you excellent value for money. We will come back!
Great offers are often found if staying from a Sunday to a Monday, or during the Norwegian summer holidays.