Well, yes, it was tricky and troublesome to get to the "reception" to get your key. But once you have it, you enter a nice little house with private rooms and common toilets (usually free unless in exception case we assume- we always got them free) and a very large living cum dining cum kitchen, which was always free for us. We felt bit compressed in the room, but we were hardly there. Overall a nice place- not bad at all- so, dont go by the look.
We liked it here! It is a bit tricky to find the "reception" in the cafe, but the girl there was super helpfull for further activities in the area. It is a hostel (altough we had a private room), so you have to put the sheets on yourself. It was clean and there are easily enough bathrooms even if it is full (which it wasn't when we were there). The kitchen is very well equipped and the interiour design very cosy! We had a great time here and would come again! Parking available but limited.
Highly recommend this place. Kitchen and living room are excellent, very special. The rooms and facilities are very good. Even if you do not prefer to share bathroom and/or kitchen, still consider this place. There is nothing bad worth mentioning.
PS: other reviewers complained about the view from the room. Do not let this affect your decision. Go outside for a view, you are in freakin' Norway.
We had the Paddle room, which is small. The view from the room is the cars in the driveway and the next building. To enter, we had to maneuver through the space between the Lodge, the cars and the dustbins. What we like is the living room and kitchen/dining area. Because we can use the common facilities, we felt at home in the Lodge.
We met other guests there and learnt more about Norwegian lifestyle.
The negative point: At the time of our booking, it was not stated in the Lodge website and our email correspondence that check-in was at a cafe few hundred meters away. Luckily, we had a UK phone number to call the number pasted at the front of the building.
I stayed at Sogndal Lodge and Guiding for 2 nights (not 2 consecutive nights) in July. I will say the place is reasonable; had better experiences for similar prices at various other hostels in Norway. Both the rooms I stayed are inward facing and doesn't have any views from the windows. The rooms are ok and there is a nice living room/kitchen area. The reception area for the hostel is in a different building and one has to go there first to check-in and then walk back to the lodge. Given the price for staying at this hostel, I might have paid a bit more (~20 - 30% more) and stayed in one of the hotels in Sogndal.