Bordered by Oslo, Fornebu, is a peninsular district of Bærum, in Norway. Until 1998, Oslo Airport operated from Fornebu, which is why this locality is popular with frequent travelers. Now the airport has shifted to Gardermoen and Fornebu has become the new countryside. Another reason this district is famous is that of the telecom giant Telenor and posh private-residences of Snarøya and Langodden. However, our ‘reason’ to stay at the Quality Expo Hotel was Fornebukta Fjord, an inlet of crystal blue waters. Overseeing the unpreserved Fornebukta Fjord from its rooftop and a selection of rooms, Quality Expo Hotel, is where our Norwegian vacation transformed into an utmost relaxation.
We ploddingly arrived at the hotel around 2 PM, taking note of the technology-high Telenor surroundings on our way. That changed, the minute we entered the premises of the Quality Hotel Expo. Because then, we couldn’t stop drooling over the in-laid landscape gardens and the majestic fjord views. By and large, sprawling across acres of land, Quality Hotel Expo is a 4-star Nordic hotel featuring 5-star amenities in a lush green setup. From beginning to end, Quality Hotel Expo wears a green cape of lush greenery which helped us relax in a natural mien.
As for the entrance lobby, it’s a spacious arcade with a well-designed waiting lounge but most importantly, a secure gateway for the resident guests. Our check-in was processed promptly, after which, we approached the gated glass to get to our rooms. This checkpoint segregates visiting guests from the ones staying at the hotel as you can only get across with a digital room key.
There are 301 rooms in total, however, only a select offer the Fjord view. So, do check with the reservation desk before making a booking. Open, since 2012, Quality Hotel Expo features contemporary spacious rooms with a great view and ensuite washroom. Equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, iron board, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, additional seating, work desk, and a super comfy bed, this property was indeed, our best bet in Fornebu.
Enveloped in the redolence of fresh fjord breeze and open skies, Quality Hotel Expo is also an incredible property for long walks and cycling. Which, is why the hotel offers complimentary bike rental services to its guests. Rooms on the higher floor offer the best views but, for those staying on a lower floor must set out to have a great time on the sundeck.
The complimentary breakfast we savored at the hotel comprised both continental and Norwegian specialties. Our favorites were the variety of cheese, pickled Herring, Norwegian fish, and cold meats served at the ‘Brasserie X’ restaurant.
Room Rate: Starts from €200
The only drawback: No room service for that price!
But, what makes up for the loss is, the ‘thriving’ range of designer mirrors and chandeliers that may have alluded us into visiting the lobby, over and over again. For a leisure stay, we highly recommend a cool-dip in the pool or the in-house Spa for a rejuvenating treatment.