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A hotel in Geilo is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Geilo hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Geilo are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Geilo hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Geilo hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Geilo have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

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An upscale full service hotel facility in Geilo that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Geilo hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Geilo are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Geilo boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Geilo may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Geilo travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Geilo focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Geilo hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Geilo traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Geilo hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

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A bed and breakfast in Geilo is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Geilo bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Geilo B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

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Geilo hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Geilo hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Geilo hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Geilo lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Geilo
Geilo timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Geilo often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Geilo on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Geilo
A Geilo motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Geilo for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Geilo motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For the 9th-century bishop of Langres, see Geilo (bishop).

About this sound Geilo is a centre in the municipality of Hol in Norway, in the valley of Hallingdal, with around 2,300 inhabitants. The Bergen Line facilitated Geilo's development as the first skiing resort in the country, and it is still one of the largest. It is also famous for having some of the most luxurious and expensive holiday cabins in Norway.

Geilo is primarily a ski resort town, but also offers summer activities. Geilo is in a valley with mountain ranges on each side. The center of the town lies at 800 meters above sea level, and its highest point is 1178 meters above sea level. It is 250 km from Oslo and 260 km from Bergen.

Geilo train station (Geilo stasjon) with roughly five trains a day connects to either Bergen (to the west) or Oslo (to the east). The closest airport is Geilo Airport, Dagali (24 km away), while the closest airport that accepts international flights is Fagernes Airport. Geilo has three lakes, Slåttahølen, Vestlefjorden, and Ustedalsfjorden, by far the largest of the three.

Geilo: Etymology

The ski resort is named after the old farm Gjeilo. The name is the dative plural of geil f 'fenced road for cattle'.

Geilo: Skiing

The ski area behind Geilo, as seen from the Geilolia (Vestlia) side of the valley
Cross country track at Havsdalen

The ski season in Geilo is from late October until late April. Geilo has numerous small ski centres that make up one resort, which goes by the name Geilo Skiheiser. This includes slopes on the town side of the valley, Havsdalen over the back side of the mountain, and across the valley at Geilolia (formerly Vestlia) which also connects to the Kikut area. All the ski hires offer free helmet rental for children, which is an excellent safety measure for worried parents. Geilo Skiheiser has 39 slopes covering 33 km accessed by 20 lifts (14 plate, 6 chair). Geilolia skisenter (formerly Vestlia skisenter) tends to have the easier green and blue runs and is where the major ski school that operates in Geilo takes place, whereas Slaatta skisenter has the blue and red runs. There is also an extensive cross country system in Geilo, offering 220 km of tracks, including 5 km under floodlight. There are free pamphlets available showing the cross country trails and lengths. Skiing options include alpine skiing, cross country (XC) skiing, telemarking, snowboarding, dog sledging, toboggan, ski orienteering, and evening skiing most evenings. Another activity that has become very popular of late is 'kiting' (skiing or snowboarding whilst attached to a 'kite' or parasail) with the area around Geilo being rated among the best in the world. You will also see paragliders floating down from the top of the slopes with courses run in the area occasionally, although mostly in the summer months. Both sides offer a 'big air bag' where all with twin-tip skis or snowboards can jump onto an enormous air bag. This is a hit with people of all ages, with children as young as 4 having a go. Getting to Geilo is easy as the main rail line between Oslo and Bergen runs right through the centre of town. There are also bus routes from Oslo and Bergen as an alternative and the RV7 highway also runs through the town if you are coming by car. Accommodation is not overly expensive with most hotels and cabins being listed on the internet and offering special prices out of the high season times. If travelling with friends, consider renting a cabin which can sleep up to 18 people and can make for very good value when the costs are divided up. With 4 supermarkets in Geilo, and food prices not too far removed from other European countries, it can be a surprisingly affordable and refreshing change to the standard Hotel experience.

Geilo: Centre of Geilo

Geilo is a small town and has few shops and entertainment spots. The sentrum mainly consists of four large wooden buildings, much like a shopping centre/mall. In one is a tourist information, Co-op supermarket, café Capri restaurant, newsagents, undercover parking, and a police station. In the other is an Intersport, supermarket, newsagent, and Geilogrillen. Down the road there is a small cinema, library, and school. There is also a large sports hall (Geilohallen), which is also the local sports club (Geilo IL). Behind the building is a floodlit prepared cross country track, and a biathlon shooting range. The tourist Centre is located next to Sport 1 and has information about the various group outings and experiences, especially in regards to experiencing the Hardangervidda National Park area, including the glacier at Finse, which is 1222 metres above sea level. There are a large choice of hotels and apartments, including Dr Holms Hotel, Bardøla, Vestlia, and the Highland Hotel.

Geilo: Out of winter season

After the winter season,there are other sporting activities available including go carts, paintballing, white water rafting, rallying, golf, tennis, cycling ; the two most popular are hiking on the mountains or mountain biking at the local downhill park or trails through the woods. The Rallarvegen route from Finse to Flåm is Norway's most breathtaking bike route and extremely popular in the summer months. Another popular day out is at the Geilolia Summer Park, where activities such as downhill biking, canoe hire or a large climbing park with a prepared route up in the trees for people of all ages, including small children. Finse was home base for filming the scenes at the beginning of 'The Empire Strikes Back', with many locals from the Geilo area appearing as extras.

Geilo: Climate

Geilo features a Subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc) with cold winters and cool summers typical of higher altitudes (768m asl). The mean temperature in January is −8.2 °C and the mean for July is 11.2 °C.

Climate data for Geilo-Geilostølen (1966–2005), Norway
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −4.5
Daily mean °C (°F) −8.2
Average low °C (°F) −11.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 52

Geilo: Trivia

  • The 1980 Winter Paralympics were held at Geilo.
  • Queen Sonja of Norway gained her ski instructors certificate in Geilo.
  • Ole Schroder I founded the Geilo Hotel in Geilo center.
  • Ole Schroder II created the Havsdalen, a resort in Geilo center.

Geilo: References

  1. Vibeke, Larsen (29 September 2011). "Geilo på pristoppen". DN. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  2. Krogsrud, Øystein (28 September 2007). "Geilo banker Hafjell". DN. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  3. "Geilo. Hol herad. Buskerud". Matrikkelutkastet av 1950. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  4. Haugen, Einar (1967) Norwegian-English Dictionary A Pronouncing and Translating Dictionary of Modern Norwegian (The University of Wisconsin Press) Buy book ISBN 978-0-299-03874-8
  5. "Norwegian Meteorological Institute".
  • Geilo's official website (in English and Norwegian)
  • Webcams of Geilo
  • Geilo Norway - Details and information about Geilo

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