Stavanger, Norway

Eilert Smith

Price per night from$333.22

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (NOK3,116.07), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Architectural digest

Setting

Nautical Norwegian town

Built in 1937 by the local architect from whom the hotel derives its name, Eilert Smith is a stylish seaside stay in pretty Stavanger. Rooms are decorated in serene Scandi style, with natural wood, tactile fabrics and locally made furnishings; most have a kitchenette, so you can pop on the kettle when your in-room breakfast is delivered each morning. Dramatic fjords and soaring hiking trails may entice you to spend your days outdoors – but the hotel’s in-demand modern Norwegian restaurant will tempt you back inside for decadent multi-course dinners. Top off the night with a warming cocktail, clamber back to your cosy bed and start all over again the next morning.

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An assortment of local chocolates and a tin of King Oscar brisling sardines (a Norwegian classic)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

12, including six suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is from 3pm to 11pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £291.43 (NOK3,490), including tax at 12 per cent.

More details

Rates include delivered-to-your-door Continental breakfasts.

Also

Built in 1937 and designed by renowned Stavanger architect Eilert Smith, the building was originally used by local farmers as a warehouse and shop.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Nespresso coffee machine, Malin + Goetz bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms have beautiful, locally made furnishings and views of either the sea or the patchwork rooftops of Stavanger. If you’re staying for longer, spring for a Superior Suite – each is on the upper floors of the hotel and has lots of living space, plus a fully equipped kitchen.

Packing tips

Bring your woollen bobble hat and your most stylish (and functional) hiking boots – you’ll want to make the most of the jaw-dropping surrounding scenery.

Also

The main entrance is wheelchair accessible and there’s a lift to all floors; two of the guest rooms have specially adapted bathrooms.

Children

Leave the little Smiths at home for the most relaxing stay at this grown-up getaway.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Try to snag a seat by the kitchen – it’s set smack in the middle of this open-plan restaurant – to watch the chefs in action.

Dress Code

When getting dressed for dinner, think to yourself, ‘What would I wear to accept an architectural design award?’ and select something suitably snazzy.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Sven Erik Renaa is the mastermind behind (sort-of namesake) restaurant Re-Naa, which was originally in the centre of town before relocating to Eilert Smith. The ever-changing, seafood-centric menu features modern Norwegian dishes and relies on the catches of the day. You’ll need a reservation for this in-demand restaurant – its 22-course dinners (with wine pairings available, naturally) are the stuff of local legends.

Hotel bar

The cosy hotel bar has an impressive list of cocktails, all shaken up in bronze mixers. International wines and beers are on offer too, all ready for leisurely evenings after days out adventuring. The bar also acts as an extension to the restaurant (you can savour your dessert there if you’d like) when the latter is open.

Last orders

Re-Naa is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm to 10pm and the bar is open daily from 6pm to 11pm.

Room service

A Continental breakfast will be delivered to your door every morning.

Location

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Address
Eilert Smith
Nordbøgata 8
Stavanger
4006
Norway

The hotel is by the water’s edge in the pretty town of Stavanger in western Norway.

Planes

Flights from the UK, Europe and across Norway land at Stavanger Airport, which is 15 kilometres from the hotel. Private transfers for the 20-minute drive can be arranged for NOK1176 each way; a taxi will cost between NOK500-600.

Trains

Services from Oslo and Kristiansand pull into Stavanger Station, which is five minutes by car from the hotel.

Automobiles

Taking an epic Norwegian road trip? You can use the handy public car park for NOK250 a day.

Other

Ferries from Hirtshals, Bergen and Langesund dock at nearby Stavanger ferry port.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stroll around striking Stavanger, admiring the boldly coloured buildings and ducking into local cafés to warm up. Turn street-art spotting into a scavenger hunt; held in September, the Nuart Festival invites artists to decorate the walls of Stavanger in their signature styles. Go snap-happy looking for some of the vibrant artwork the rest of the year. Hop on a 20-minute shuttle boat to garden island Flor & Fjære – take a guided tour of the manicured gardens and enjoy a scenic lunch before setting sail back to the mainland.

Manafossen waterfall is short, and only a 40-minute drive from the hotel. The hike’s steep at the beginning, so choose boots with good tread. The starting point of the trail up to famous Pulpit Rock is a five-minute boat ride from the hotel. The hike is not for the faint of heart; dress in layers, pack snacks and hire a guide if you’re still finding your hiking feet.

Local restaurants

Get your kanelsnurrer (that’s cinnamon bun to non-Norwegians) fix at aptly named Kanelsnurren. Not a fan of cinnamon? (We’ll let it slide.) A host of other freshly baked breads, pastries and day-fuelling coffees also await. Lunch on street-food-style banh-mi, bibimbap and fried chicken at Fortou, or tuck into tacos and tostadas at sister restaurant Tako by Fortou. Vegetarians rejoice – Bellies serves sharing portions of creamy baba ganoush, seasonal mezze dishes and wood-fired veggies. Kick back with a leisurely dinner at Renaa Matbaren, the brasserie-style sister to Eliert Smith’s in-house restaurant. Start with Padrón peppers and salted cod, move on to mains of carrot tagine or lemon-spritzed hake and ramson, and save room for zingy yuzu tarts or Renaa’s classic chocolate cake. Settle in for set-menu dinners at veggie-centric restaurant Söl; the five- to seven-courses vary with the seasons, but past favourites have included fresh cod with smoked mussels, and grilled courgette with fresh cheese and fermented tomato. Hankering for handmade pastas, creamy risottos and a dash of truffle oil? Make your way to Casa Gio for a taste of Italy (in Norway). And when you’re this close to the sea, it’d be a shame to miss out on the catch of the day. Luckily Fisketorget has cast a wide net – you’ll find (subject to the fishermen’s haul) Norwegian king crab, warming fish soup, rose-hued lobsters and grilled fish with local vegetables. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Norway and unpacked their woollen jumpers and half-read crime novels, a full account of their Nordic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Eilert Smith in Stavanger…

Where could you possibly hike to view-giving peaks, sail through greenery-lined fjords and sit down to 22-course dinners, all in the same day? That’d be pretty Stavanger’s Eilert Smith, a boutique hotel with an ahead-of-its time shell (thanks to avant-garde functionalist 1930s architecture) and a cosy interior, sleekly decorated with locally made artwork and furnishings. Sleep pretty in sea- or city-facing suites and wake to bountiful breakfasts delivered to your doorstep, then strike out on a day adventures. Get a sense of scale with a sailing tour of the local fjords, hike up to some of Norway’s most famous trails or settle into local life and visit as many of the town’s prettily fronted cafes as you can. In the evenings, swap hiking boots for designer duds and dive into multi-course meals (make a beeline for the seats by the epicentre of the action and watch the chefs at work) then kick back with digestifs in the hygge-inducing bar. We’ll toast to that.

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