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“In the heart of Bergen with excellent breakfast buffet”
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Scandic Byparken
Ranked #16 of 47 Hotels in Bergen
stavanger, Norway
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“In the heart of Bergen with excellent breakfast buffet”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

Rica hotell is very centrally located in Bergen City centre with walking distance to the attractions in the city. It is also a few minutes walk to the Bybanen that easily takes you out of the town.
The staff are very polite. The breakfast buffee is incredible where they offer freshly sqeezed juice, home made smoothies and they also offer a huge variety for the breakfast.

We were surprised that they also offer a "pillow menu" in the room where you can ask for a different pillow!
Just make sure you don't get a room that faces the noisy street in the weekends.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street to avoid noise especially in the weekend from nearby clubs
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Rooms were very nice. Bed very comfortable. Front desk very helpful.
Just a little complaint about the coffee by the front desk. Each time wanted to drink coffee I had to ask for spoon and for sugar substitute. I think I am being a bit picky but just decided to mention it anyway.
Just improve this one little thing and I would have absolutely nothing but very good to say about everything at the hotel.
Left very early for the airport so didn't eat breakfast but the front desk had sandwiches and fruit packed for me when I came to check out.
A real nice touch and if I do not have a rental car next time in Bergen, I will definitely stay here again as long as the price is about the same.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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304 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Rather small lobby but friendly and helpful reception.
Small lift so during busy time you will need longer waiting time
Good and very clean room
Excellent breakfast and location
I hope I can comeback again soon

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights on a business trip to Bergen. The room was small, but it wasn't an issue as I was only staying a short time. The breakfast was nice, although lots of people and it was very crowded.
I also needed a doctor/medical centre so I asked the receptionist if she had any details of any & she said no and that was it. I think generally the staff could've been more friendly, but overall, it was an ok stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Hotel Rica is in a primo location and the airport bus stops practically outside the Hotel which is great if you have loads of lugguage (BTW don't use the FlyBUsbergen it was the most chaotic bus ride I have ever taken with no room to put your lugguage and so people were taking up seats with their suitcases, in addition to this the back door wooden shut properly).

We booked a standard room which is very basic. A tiny room with no tea or coffee making facilities. It's not a big deal when you're only going to go back there at night but not really good value (I think we paid for a twin room over NZD$300). But then again things are definatley not cheap in Norway so one just has to suck it in and pay for it.

In saying that, the breakfast was amazing with loads of variety, I would suggest you starve yourself the night before and eat up large at breakfast. It was one of the best breakfasts I have experienced. In addition to this - the hotel was quiet and in a great loacation. A 5 minute walk to the main shopping area and another 5 minutes from there to Bryggen and the information Centre, fish market etc.

One thing which I thought was a not great was when we asked to store our lugguage we were given a key and instructionsas to where to store our lugguage. I didn't find this particularly secure, when anyone can access to this room. This was probably because there seemed to be onlly one person at the reception in the morning as she didn't want to leave the desk. Which in itself seemed aliitle starnge. Why would you only have one person at reception which is probably the busiest time when everyone wants to check out?

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013

This is a very central hotel that is in walking distance from the tram.

The breakfast is really nice and there is a large selection to choose from.

Rooms are very small.

Try and get a room at the back if possible.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

This hotel is in a good location that, thankfully, is a couple blocks off the central streets of Bergen where more of the hotels are. Those streets are extremely loud at night, so it's nice to be slightly out of the fray, but we could still here music and muffled talking until after 3am - and we had an inside facing room. The room was absolutely tiny - really just a bed - but Bergen is so beautiful that you won't be spending much time in the room anyway. Next time I'd stay at one of the hotels in Bryggen by the water - it's only a 5 minute walk from central Bergen and is much quieter at night and beautiful

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Scandic Byparken
Address: Christiesgate 5-7, Bergen 5808, Norway (Formerly Rica Travel Hotel Bergen)
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Bergen > Sentrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Bergen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scandic Byparken 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Scandic Byparken (formerly Rica Hotel Bergen) is centrally located in the heart of charming Bergen, near to the bus station, railway station and city sights. Our hotel restaurant serves a generous breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner on request. We also have a nice lobby bar which is a great place to relax and have a freshly brewed cup of coffee. If you're planning a meeting, conference or event, we can provide flexible facilities for up to 80 participants. Parking is available close by for guests arriving by car. Free WiFi is available in all our rooms and public areas. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rica Travel Bergen
Bergen Rica Travel Hotel

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