While the price is good at this hotel, if you want a good nights sleep it is best avoided, particularly on Friday night which was when we stayed. The first hint is when you get to your room and find that earplugs are provided. There are nightclubs downstairs in what is essentially the same building, as well as elsewhere along the same street, and when they are operating you really cannot block the noise out, both from the amplified music and the drunken patrons in the street. Our room was on the 5th floor and facing away from the street, so the furthest away from the problem, but it was still a miserable night until after 3am.
The room itself was small but clean, and had quite a roomy bathroom. The bed was comfortable even though we (sisters) had to share a double bed. The windows could be opened for fresh air, though quickly closed again when the noise started.
A room on the 5th floor is probably best for one person only. The rooms are under the pitched roof, so the small floor area is made seem even worse by the low roof line on one side and it's very hard not to to bang your head quite a lot, particularly when two people with luggage are trying to manoeuvre in the small area. Also, try to get a room away from the 5th floor if you have heavy luggage or a problem with stairs - the lift only goes to the 4th floor and you have to drag your luggage from there.
Lastly, be aware that this hotel does not have rooms with twin beds, which is not made clear on some booking sites. Whilst most hotels in Scandinavia have beds which can be split into two singles, this one does not, and the attitude of the manager/owner is "nothing to do with me, talk to the booking agency". This is all very well but it would not hurt him to take steps with the booking agencies to prevent confusion for potential guests. He was very rude and did not do the image of his hotel proud, though as a counterpoint the receptionist was lovely and helpful.
The price at this hotel is good, but if you want to rest on those nights when the nightclubs are in full swing, pay a little more to go to a quieter location.
- 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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