During our stay in Røros, we were guests of Mikael Forselius at his hotel, the Røros Hotell. Within walking distance of the center of town, when you walk in, you’re transported into a ski lodge. Wood beams and light colors dominate the open entry space, with has display shelves with local crafts, and a view into the restaurant where we’d take our breakfasts. There’s an old, careworn map of the town dominating one wall that shows off the local mines, and a side area with comfy chairs and a fireplace.
We stayed in one of the hotel’s five suites, due to the hotel being booked solid for a folkdancing conference. This suite is hands down my favorite room for travel as a couple, or for entertaining guests.
After you walk into the short entryway, past a nook for hanging coats and the first bathroom, you find a rather chic living room. And I do mean Norwegian chic – blond wood, two neat grey sofas, and a cute little white coffee table, with a slim TV and desk on the far wall. The sofas were decked out with pillows covered in images of grouse and local art, and a woolen blanket I’m sure came from the center of town. Tucked in the corner there was even a white rocking chair decked out in a sheepskin. That entire space looked like it was pulled straight from Design Within Reach’s catalog – and we hadn’t even reached the bedroom yet.
In the bedroom space – there was no door between the living and sleeping areas – the ice and grouse motif returned, with a comfy Norwegian style bed and the second bathroom. With closets, a gorgeous bathroom larger than some studio apartments, and toiletries, I would live in this hotel room if it had a kitchen.
My only complaint was that the main bathroom had a clear door, so you had a clear line of sight from the toilet to the rest of the room. This may be awkward for some people, so plan carefully. Still, we had some of our best sleep during our stay in Norway, even with the windows open for fresh air at night as Mikael suggested.
Even better, staying at the Røros Hotell includes breakfast. Mikael created the amazing breakfast buffet that dominates the Rica Nidelven, and while this buffet is smaller, it includes more local offerings, such as my new favorite pastry, pjalt, and the local regional specialty, sour milk. It’s filling, delicious, and makes you feel ready to hit the trails.
I honestly wish I had had more time just to wander the hotel. Apparently I missed out on the sauna, an indoor swimming pool, and the hotel has its own gorgeous conference center. Rooms at the hotel start at about $200/night, including that fantastic breakfast, and we’re already thinking up excuses to return.