Reporting from Davis Cup tie typically requires a reasonable hotel with sufficient space for all the equipment, good food and a very nice WiFi. When I traveled to Lillehammer in September 2022 for the Tennis Davis Cup tie between Norway and India, that’s just what I expected from the Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer in the heart of town. Did it match my expectations? Read me review!
Clarion Collection Lillehammer – Location
The hotel is located as centrally as it gets. The main entrance of the Clarion Collection hotel Hammer is right towards Storgata, the main shopping and entertainment street of the former Olympic host city. Due to the Hertz rental car I had, I typically approached the hotel from the rear, where there is a large open space public parking lot and access to the hotel parking garage, which is available at a nominal fee (roughly 15 EUR).
If you rather go for public transport, this is also an option for the Choice Group hotel. There is a bus stop (Tomtegate) right around the corner of the hotel and Lillehammer train station is not too far away. Lillehammer is a bit of hilly, though – so you might not night to walk the route with heavy luggage. Other key Lillehammer touristic locations like the Maihaugen open-air museum are in walking distance.
Clarion Collection Lillehammer – Room
I had a three night stay in September 2022, from Thursday to Sunday. The total rate for the Superior Room was 4,895 NOK, which is roughly 460 EUR. The refundable rate did not only include breakfast, but also dinner. Due to the tennis matches, I could just test it once. The rate was only available to Nordic Choice members. Please note that the international Choice Hotel membership is accepted in Scandinavian countries, but may not unlock all promo rates available. This is a bit of weird and reminds of the parallel US and non-US programs at Radisson.
The room was really nice and spacious. It had a typical Scandinavian design: Clear, nice, warm and functional. I would have loved more opportunity to store items in the living area – most of the facilities were in the short entrance area. Therefore, I liked the work desk, which felt to have featured a mini bar in earlier times. However, there was a water kettle. The room door, by the way, featured the same mechanism like I described in my review of the Radisson Red Oslo Airport hotel: even though there is no doorhandle from outside, the door does not lock for ninety seconds unless you explictly close it with your key card. This fire protection regulation is a bit weird for non-Norwegians.
The shower bathroom was clean and functional. The amenities provided, however, were really nice – Rituals products in dispensers.
Clarion Collection Lillehammer – Breakfast & Food
I really loved the warm atmosphere of the restaurant. The buffet breakfast was really nice and featured quite some items. On the (more busy) weekend days, they also upgraded the selection. The atmosphere was very relaxed, I also did not have issues to find a table or similar.
It was such a shame that I just could make use of the dinner buffet once during my stay (due to the limited time slot). The food was really nice, consisting of salads, soup and a really nice warm dish. You have to state that Norway is really expansive, so that this kind of buffet is easily a 30 to 40 Euro value in one of the surrounding restaurants. During the afternoon, the lobby next to the reception featured a coffee and cake service, which was also really nice.
Clarion Collection Lillehammer – Service
The staff in the hotel was amazing and really friendly. The hotel runs a Compact Gym, which is exactly like that: small, functional and definitely sufficient for a small workout. The hotel also offers a sauna. I did have some issues with the WiFi here and there, however.
Clarion Collection Lillehammer – My View
The Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer really gave me a nice stay during my sports coverage weekend. The room was fine, the food provided and the staff were excellent. Unfortunately, the bathroom would have profited from some added karma and the internet connection has a potential for upgrades as well. Nonetheless, this has been a really good stay.
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