Our top picks for comfortable and affordable accommodation in the beautiful Norwegian town of Ålesund.
Hotel rooms are at a premium in Ålesund during the summer and budget accommodation books up fast. The key to finding a good value room is to book as far in advance as possible. Out of high season, bargains can be found at many hotels especially over a weekend.
Best overall hotel
The canalside Hotel Brosundet stands head and shoulders above most of the town's other hotels. Rooms are on the small side, but exposed beams and hardwood floors add a touch of class and a sense of romance to your stay. Half the rooms overlook the canal, but you can of course expect to pay extra for this privilege.
The upscale Clarion Collection Bryggen is another great choice right next door. From the beautiful entrance hall with plenty of space to relax to the rooms with exposed beams, there are plenty of special touches to make for a memorable stay. Rates tend to be on the high side, but the hotel includes an organic breakfast and a light evening buffet for all guests. Coffee and tea are available around the clock.
Best for value
The centrally-located First Hotel Atlantica is known for its quality restaurant and good value rooms. The handful of rooms sleeping 3 are a great option for groups of friends travelling together, and most have a good view of the canal at the heart of the town.
The cheapest rooms in the central district can be found at Ålesund Vandrerhjem (also marketed as Ålesund Hostel), located in a quiet area at the foot of Mount Aksla. The rooms sleep 2, 4, 5 or 6 people and are simply furnished with wooden floors and white walls. A basic breakfast buffet is included in the price, a huge benefit for such accommodation.