For months I’ve been looking forward to my stay at Dalen Hotel, also known as the fairytale hotel. It takes us back to a historical time as it was built in 1894 and became widely known in Europe and had many visitors from the aristocracy. The Norwegian king Haakon VII and his queen Maud stayed at Dalen Hotel with their son, crown prince Olav a long long time ago.

The spectacular property is situated by the peaceful shore of the Telemark Canal. It’s surrounded by a breathtaking scenery. If you happen to have 10 hours to spare I highly suggest that you take a cruise from Skien, travel through the Telemark Canal and all the way up to Lake Bandak. I didn’t get to experience this as I choose to join my cousin on a road trip which took us about 3 hours drive away from Drammen, or 4 hours if you’re coming from Oslo. It’s said to be an enchanting experience.

My cousin, Trine and I got to spend three lovely days at Dalen Hotel. It was her birthday after all so it suited perfectly to celebrate it in a place far far away from the city. We arrived around 6 pm in the evening. We had a few stops along the way as we drove past by stave churches, lakes, steep mountains and other beautiful sceneries that we had to take a few photos of. The road trip was an experience in itself. The last driving hour felt like forever. Both of us were restless and so ready to go into staycation mode.

When we finally made it to Dalen, we parked Trine’s white Porsche right next to the main entrance. As we got out of the car I started to unload my belongings. “I can’t believe we are here!” I kept telling my cousin as we were walking towards the entrance. Upon check in we were warmly greeted by Natasja, who handed us a good old key to our room.

I was pretty fascinated by the architecture of the hotel. Everything was old with a lot of history. The hotel is quite small and intimate with only 42 rooms, allowing us guests to get an authentic experience of Norway’s most unique travel experience. If you’re a nature lover like myself, you would definitely enjoy your stay. There are hiking trails everywhere which leads you to beautiful places with overlooking views of the Telemark Canal. Guests can also borrow two small rowing boats or play croquet in the garden.

The interior of the hotel wasn’t too shabby but rather charming. The paintings on the wall in the piano bar made the place look majestic. However, old portrait photos of people that were hanging on the walls, hallways, rooms and restrooms are rather creepy. I get chills up and down my spine by thinking about it.

The history of Dalen Hotel.

Eirik, the hotel manager told us an interesting story while giving us a private tour inside the haunted room 17. I’m seriously getting goosebumps right now by thinking about what I’m going to tell you.

The hotel has this tale about an English lady named Miss Greenfield. She arrived at the hotel at the end of 19th century. Rumor has it that she gave birth to a child in room 17 before returning to England without telling anyone about it.

I’m seriously getting scared off in my own apartment by writing this. Haha. Anyway, the door to her room was locked and after forcing themselves into the room, the hotel staff found a dead newborn child. Until this very day, they don’t know whether or not she killed her own newborn baby.

However, she ended up facing a trial in England. But before it started she committed suicide. Hotel guests who have stayed in the room or in the rooms next to room 17 have reported that they can feel her presence until this very day. I got goosebumps all over my body, but especially around my right leg for some odd reason.


Our room was located in the second floor. The wooden stairs was creaky but cute, a definite sign of an old property. The hallway was charmingly decorated with old furnitures and decorations, as well as these creepy portraits of people whom I have no idea who are. As we walked through to find our room we found another corridor which was darker and more mysterious. Our room 43, was of course located at the end of it.

The whole experience of walking towards the door was thrilling. I tried to scare Trine cause it seriously looked like a haunted corridor. As I unlocked the door to our 30 square meter big Bridal Suite, a big charming living room area was the first thing we saw. It features a dinner table for 6 persons, a sofa and a vanity table. The bedroom is separated with a king sized bed and has an overlooking view of the center of Dalen and of the mountains.

The suite is equipped with exclusive Kama Ayurveda amenities as well as bathrobe, slippers and mineral water. The room offers free Wi-Fi and no flat-screen TV! Finally a hotel who understands it.

Our stay felt short as we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest. We even got to experience a unique way of getting a massage. As well as eating delightful dinner on Trine’s birthday. I must say that I have never freaked out this much or gotten so much goosebumps by writing a hotel review. So many impressions at the same time. Let me tell you a secret. I tried to call my neighbor and best friend in the middle of the night last night while I was looking through the photos of room 17. He didn’t pick up, so I assumed he was sleeping. I ran out of my apartment and stormed into his, freaking out about a photo which I thought was a reflection of a ghost. Poor Stian, he was so freaked out of me and my shadow. Haha. I would probably have a heart attack if I were in his shoes.

Thank you Dalen Hotel for having us and for giving us the opportunity to explore this historical place. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life


  • Check-in: From 14:00
  • Check-out: Until 12:00
  • Baggage Storage
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Norwegian
  • English
  • German
  • Slippers
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • King size bed
  • 30 sqm
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Dining table
  • Living room
  • Vanity table
  • Village view
  • Massage
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor pool
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Coffee machine
  • Electric kettle
  • Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • Free! Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Meeting/Banquet Facilities
  • 42 Rooms
  • Shared Lounge/TV Area
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-up service
  • Souvenir/Gift Shop
  • Family Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron
  • Newspapers