Energihotellet is idyllic located close to Suldalsvatnet on Nesflaten in Ryfylke, and focuses on local food, culture and the history of hydroelectric power production in Suldal.
Energihotellet, the residential area and Hydro's Røldal-Suldal power station on Nesflaten were designed by the Norwegian architect Geir Grung in the 1960s. The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke (Rv. 13) passes the village Nesflaten, and the unique area around the design hotel is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of functionalist style in Norway.
Energihotellelt used to be a hotel for the staff, but was started as a regular hotel in 2007. The architects Helen & Hard were commissioned to modernize the interior. They focused on preserving the special architectural style, and the historic hotel today consists of a combination of large windows, concrete and sustainable energy solutions.
The hosts and staff do their utmost so that you can enjoy good dining on local fare, explore the colourful culture of Ryfylke, and learn the fascinating early chapters of the history of hydroelectric power production in Suldal.
The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke, (Rv. 13) has an interesting history. Already in the 1880s, boat trips on the steamer of Suldalsvatnet lake and trips by horse and trap up Brattlandsdalen valley were being advertised in England. This was an essential part of the Discovery Route, which continued to Hardanger.
All 29 rooms enjoy the same stunning view as the dining room and lounge. Here you can enjoy meals lovingly prepared according to local recipes, and savour locally brewed beer while surrounded by original furnishings from the 1960s.
Today, too, the hotel is ideally situated for travellers who wish to explore Røldal and Hardanger, visit Kolbeinstveit Rural Museum, the shops of Suldalsosen, and the sights of southern Ryfylke. One of our many recommendations is to take the hike up to Røynevarden, an old croft, perhaps bringing a picnic lunch.
The peaceful scenery nearby offers rewarding adventures every season of the year:
- April – September: An excellent season for mountain walks and fishing. The hotel sells fishing cards for Suldalsvatnet.
- Mountain walks: The extended hike from Bleskestadmoen to Haukeliseter can be combined with a stay at Energihotellet.
- Winter: Røldal ski centre is a short distance away.
- Heated swimming pool at Nesflaten school.