Built in the Norangdal valley of the Sunmmøre Alps in the 19th century, the Hotel Union Øye was the place to go for nearby royalty, attracting famous names like Queen Willemina of the Netherlands, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany and Conan Doyle (all 27 rooms are named after one of its historically significant guests). In 1989, the gabled-roof, Swiss chalet-style hotel (popular in Norway) was restored with one goal in mind: to bring back the original, over-the-top splendor of the interiors. Same wood paneled staircase; tufted leather booths in the saloon; four-poster beds with crest-emblazoned headboards swathed in velvet and tassels; heavy velvet drapes folded across every available surface; gilded everything. It’s like a living World of Interiors spread. And nestled in what has been called the most beautiful valley in Norway, the Union Øye is surrounded by fjords, rivers, lakes and snow-capped mountains.
03.18.2011 | by: Meghan