To rate this hotel without considering it's location would earn only average marks however it's the total hotel experience (hotel & surrounds) that counts and that makes a huge difference here. The waterfront and old quarter is right outside the door and access to the entire Bergen core very doable by foot. Whether it's the historical and cultural venues, eateries, shopping or people watching you can utilize this hotel's location to maximize your enjoyment of Bergen.
Location, location, location. Quick and efficient check in and out. Fastest elevator bank I've experienced anywhere. Large breakfast dining area off the lobby and adjacent to the attached Italian restaurant / bar. Room cleaning thorough and completed by noon each day. A nice gym area with clean and modern equipment.
Small rooms with tight spacing. No window views (but to be fair this is an historic building complex where it's not possible to create views). The bathroom is stylish however the shower is only separated from the rest of the bathroom by a movable glass panel which does not touch the common floor level thus allowing water to flow freely around the toilet and sink areas unless one uses precious towels as a barrier. A 3 foot low profile rubber type dam strategically placed would prevent this condition.
The breakfast buffet was unremarkable however the coffee was hard to come by and only tolerable. The staff was unhelpful and unfriendly perhaps indicative of catering to large and hurried business and tour groups. Internet connectivity was slow.
Overall, knowing what we know about this hotel and it's very desirable location I would consider returning if our plans include Bergen in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is idyllically situated on the waterfront, amongst the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hanseatic houses. The hotel`s award winning architecture blends in perfectly with the historical area. The hotel is the ultimate combination of modern facilities in a warm and cosy atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen Hotel Bergen
- Radisson Bergen
- Bergen Radisson