The Bergen Bed and Breakfast is adjacent to the Bergen Apartments, and offers 3 bedrooms with 2 shared bathrooms. The decor is nice but simple (think Ikea).
The arrival to the hotel is up a quaint cobblestone (somewhat steep) alleyway. The exterior of the B&B is charming, and the location is steps from shopping, dining, and the UNESCO waterfront.
At the time of booking, you are provided a code to access the building (there is no reception). When we arrived later than expected, we had no issue entering the B&B. There is a full bathroom in the entry way, and then a kitchen and dining area on the ground floor.
A winding and very narrow staircase leads you up to the first floor and second full bath. I can imagine the climb would be more strenuous with large amounts of luggage or any mobility issues. We took a peak into Room 1, and the room is clean, light, and fairly spacious (I wish we had booked this one!)
The winding staircase then continues up to the second floor with Rooms 2 and 3 (no bath on this level). The rooms have a double or queen bed, with enough room to lay out luggage. The ceilings are a little lower on this level, so it did feel more tight. The rooms had basic but clean decor.
There are basic amenities at the B&B. There is breakfast (however we opted to eat elsewhere) and coffee/juices available at all times. There are no toiletries provided (i.e., shampoo or body soap) - so be sure to pack these yourself!
The primary reason that I rated this a 3 star rather than 4 is based on the inconvenience of our room location (second floor) and the challenges getting there (narrow staircase) and accessibility of facilities. Every time that we needed to use the restroom, take a shower, brush our teeth, etc., we either had to go downstairs to the first floor or ground floor (which we ended up using more regularly when there was a guest in Room 1). It became a production to pack up all the toiletries, towels, clothes, etc. every time we took a shower or had to use the restroom - and trek down 1-2 floors.
The B&B is in a fantastic location though and for a young traveler, it is probably the best value for money you can get. However, if you are looking for a private romantic getaway or have mobility difficulties, this would not be my first recommendation.
My suggestion to the staff at the B&B - consider turning Room 2 or 3 into a bathroom so that each room has a designated bathroom on their floor - I would be willing to pay much more for that convenience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bergen Apartments is perfect if you are looking for an affordable accomadation in Bergen. Bergen Apartments do not have a 24 hour front desk service but it has a self check in system which is easy to use. There are many great attractions nearby, including Hanseatic Museum, St Mary's Church, Grieg Hall and Mt. Floyen. Also close by are Bryggen Waterfront and Fishmarket. Bergen Apartments offers complimentary wireless Internet access.Parking facilities are nearby.Instructions and directions will be sent on e-mail prior to your arrival. ... more less
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