Brakanes Hotel

It all started in 1860, when Sjur Brakanes built a coaching inn in Ulvik. By 1891, it had become so successful that he needed to expand, so the building was extended to take the number of rooms from five to 50. After 1924, his grandchildren Sara and Marta took over the running of the hotel when their father, Hans Lindebrække, died. They were very successful and soon built up a worldwide reputation for great hospitality. Ulvik was destroyed during the Second World War and, afterwards, the sisters vowed to rebuild the hotel, this time on an even grander scale.

Together with their brother Gjert, they agreed to create a hotel to a high European standard. On May 9, 1952, the hotel opened with 124 beds, 44 bathrooms, custom-designed furniture and textiles, plus new interior decor. It quickly became regarded as the country’s premier fjordhotel.


Brakanes Hotel has been honoured to welcome many guests from all over the world, including many well known visitors, including Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. 

Today the hotel is runned by Stay Tuned Hotels, the same company running Hardangerfjord Hotel in Øystese and Quality Hotel Vøringfoss in Eidfjord. 

We are continuously working on developing the hotels, based on local culture and history, combined with what our guest are asking for in a hotel situated next to the Hardanger Fjord. Food and local produce will be one of our priority areas, and also to offer quality experiences and activities in addition to our own facilities.

Brakanes Hotel Group