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In the heart of Sandnes city center, a one-minute walk from the train station and right on the cozy pedestrian street called Langgata, lies one of Norway’s most distinctive hotels and restaurants. GamlaVærket Gjæstgiveri & Tracteringssted is more than just a hotel, it is a story.

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About GamlaVærket

Dating back to 1783, GamlaVærket has been a member of The Historic Hotels & Restaurants of Norway since 2011.

Its story began when a man named Lauritz Smith Pedersen established Sandnes Teglverk, or GamlaVærket (The Old Factory), as it was known locally. It grew to become a prominent tile production factory and continue to expand its production to several new branches. It was the first industrial factory not only in Sandnes, but in all of Rogaland county, successfully producing and selling clay products such as bricks, pots, and drainage pipes, among others.

Today, the carefully preserved walls that Pedersen build for his factory over 230 years ago transport the guests of GamlaVærket’s hotel and restaurant to an authentic glimpse of Norway’s industrial history. With 38 welcoming guestrooms, individually furnished and styled, GamlaVærket in Sandnes offers each guest a personalized experience with charming service and amenities that reflect a unique piece of Norwegian history.

Our rooms

Unique accommodation in the heart of Sandnes

GamlaVærket offers 38 classic and historical hotel rooms, each furnished in its own unique style. Our walls are decorated with pieces of poetry and handmade décor.
Breakfast is always included in your stay.

Standard Single Room

Our Single Room features wooden flooring, a comfortable single bed, and private bathroom. The room is equipped with a work desk, Smart TV, telephone, hairdryer, and heater. 

Historical Double Room

Our Historical Double Room features wooden flooring and a private bathroom. Rooms are furnished with either two single beds or one large double bed. The room is also equipped with a Smart TV, telephone, hairdryer, heater, work desk, and armchair. 

Standard Double Room

Our Standard Double Room features wooden flooring, a large double bed, and a private bathroom. The room is equipped with a Smart TV, telephone, coffee machine, hairdryer, heater, work desk, armchair, and wardrobe.


GamlaVærket’s Suite features antique furnishings, wooden flooring, its own living room, jacuzzi, and private bathroom. It is furnished with a large and very comfortable double bed and wardrobe. It is equipped with a Smart TV, telephone, hairdryer, bathrobes, bath products, coffee and tea amenities, as well as a heater for the colder months. 

The Restaurant at GamlaVærket

One of Sandnes’ gems, the restaurant at GamlaVærket is warm and welcoming with remarkable service. During the nice Norwegian summers, we welcome you to enjoy a table outside under the sun, while on cooler days, a table in our glass-walled area looking out to the street, or one looking into our open kitchen. For romantic evenings, we also have seating areas surrounded by the old brick walls and candlelight.

Experience Lysefjorden

Go on amazing adventures in Rogaland, home to one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords, Lysefjorden. Rogaland is also home to Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) and Flørli. With GamlaVærket as your base, you can enjoy the comfort of the city in between your all your adventures.