I spent 3 nights here in July 2012.
Room: Had a standard double room on the 5th floor on the back of the hotel away from the street. I had read some reviews that mentioned noise, but this was a very quiet room. The room was a bit on the small size, with little room on either side of the bed. Being on the top floor, the slope of the roof cut into the size of the room on one side. The room had air conditioning but it wasn't needed during our stay. There was no closet space, just a single small drawer in each of the 2 bedside tables. Washroom had a very small stand-up shower with good water pressure.
Amenities: Free wi-fi was solid and fast. The room had a mini-fridge which helped with the very high food costs in Bergen. There is no breakfast at the hotel but there is a coffee machine on the 2nd floor. Cleaning of the rooms is not provided unless you're staying for more than 7 days or arrange for it for a fee.
Location: Just a few minutes walk to the harbour, I found this to be a great location. There is a grocery store one block away and numerous restaurants, bars and cafes within a few minutes walk. It is about a 10 minute walk to the bus/train stations.
Staff: There was an issue with our room key on check-in that was resolved promptly by a very friendly attendant on duty. The hotel doesn't always have staff on the desk (especially overnight), but you can reach staff via an intercom in the small lobby.
Overall: It's a very good value hotel in what is a very expensive town. By North American standards, this would be a 2 star hotel, but for three nights in Bergen, I found this to be a very clean, convenient hotel that offered good value compared to other options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Basic Hotel Bergen is located in the city center of Bergen. We try to keep our solutions as simple as possible, in order to provide a good alternative when you are looking for smart, affordable accommodation. Basic Hotels are suitable for guests who want a comfortable stay in a casual setting, but have no need for extra hotel luxuries and services. Nevertheless, our hotels boast modern design and perfect functionality. All our rooms come with a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, an electric kettle, TV, refrigerator, hairdryer, a convenient desk and a wardrobe. The rooms have oak parquet flooring. ... more less
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