Tina Cosette and Erling Asbjørnsen have been both owners and drivers of the hotel from the very beginning. They came from hotel jobs in Stavanger to Sand respectively in 1985 and 1983 and took an early interest in the magnificent plot by the fjord in Sand. This is where they wanted to build a hotel.
The road towards a new hotel was long and thorny, with a strong local engagement that wanted to protect the two old saws that once lay on the current hotel plot. There were signature campaigns, voluntary cleaning on the saws, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage was engaged, and last but not least, it was a huge involvement in the local press as colloquially ended up renaming the local newspaper “Suldalsposten” to “Sagposten”.
The hotel case was being considered by the various public and municipal organ through 10 years, but survived three municipal periods when the final decision on economic booster was issued the 20/12/1994, and construction could start.
Finally, on May 4, 1996 with Kampen Janitsjar orchestra and the mayor in the lead, “Ryfylke Touristhotel” could open their doors.
It soon became clear that the restaurant and lounge part was too small in the daily operation, so in 2002 the hotel was extended with a larger restaurant, one new lounge, new offices and some new storage spaces.
After 10 years of operation, the hotel changed its name in 2006 from Ryfylke Turisthotel to Ryfylke Fjordhotel.
In 2012 they opened a new hotel wing with 16 new rooms, new entrance and new bar. Also, all common spaces have been refurbished. The outdoor restaurant “Promenaden” opened during the summer of 2012 and has been a great success from day one with its unique location right in the estuary to Suldalslågen.