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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Cafe Ibsen has, so we were told, been named the best cafe in Norway. I'd say it's also the best B&B in Norway.

Anita Nicolaysen, who runs the show, is equally kind, welcoming and friendly: as she showed us our room in the building a few doors up from Cafe Ibsen, she pointed out that we were most welcome to use the BBQ on the fantastically kitted-out roof terrace, overlooking the market square, kitchen and adjacent dining room, effectively the entire house. Her house. As she and her home-brewing husband had decamped to their boat in the harbour.

The B&B (if you choose to call it that) is lovely and reminds you of happy days you've spent in the house of you all time favourite auntie. We had a large bedroom with access to the aforementioned roof terrace and a comfy bed; a large bathroom with a jacuzzi bath tub and separate shower. Tasty breakfast with cooked eggs, salmon and freshly baked bread was served inside or on one of the very many terraces Cafe Ibsen features.

If you come back in late mornig or afternoon, you can eat Anita's home-made cakes and her husband's beer, ales, in fact, which are served on tap.

Be warned: Cafe Ibsen and Grimstad are the kind of places, which make you change your holiday plans and you may end up staying longer than you had envisaged. Laid-back Grimstad is a picture-perfect idea of a Norwegian seaside town come true: lovely sailing harbour, weather-boarded houses painted in white, or maybe a pale green and blue, independent shops galore, very nice restaurants, a supermarket and very many beaches and lots of nature in the vicinity. Well, you are in Norway after all. Must be Norway at its best. Actually, that's what it is.

Room Tip: There are only two rooms in the B&B, so the one with access tot he roof terrace is fab if you are as lucky with the weather as we were.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Grimstad it may be but a grim town it is certainly not. The town is typical of the area with white wooden buildings and a lovely homely atmosphere. Take a stroll round the town or nip down to the waters edge and soak up the lovely fresh atmosphere. The B&B is next to a charming little café and the host Anita is very welcoming and friendly. The apartment we had was on the top floor and with a huge bathroom and balcony it coupled well with the natural style of the building and furnishings - natural nordic rather than chic chi-chi! Breakfast is served in the café and is a great and substantial start to the day. The café team are very friendly and if you don't go ask to see the upstairs. They won an award for the whole of Norway last year I think. Ibsen himself lived in the town and wrote some of his famous works there. A link that is exploited but not over done. You won't be disappointed here. There is however no lift and the apartment was on the 2nd floor so you may need to check disability access before you go.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2018
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Stayed: September 2018, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 August 2018
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Stayed: August 2018, travelled on business
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