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Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen
Ranked #13 of 47 Hotels in Bergen
denver, co
1 review
“Not great”
Reviewed 30 July 2007

This hotel's best feature - location - is probably also its worst feature. The noise from the street below was intolerable from my room on the 3rd floor (even with windows closed). The front desk staff was not helpful when I asked for help finding a pharmacy open on Sunday. Fortunately the local tourist brochure noted a pharmacy near the bus station that was open. Generally this was a fine 2-3 star, standard Scandinavian hotel.

General advice - most shops in Norway, particularly in smaller towns like Bergen, are closed on Sunday. Keep this in mind if planning a short trip to Bergen, I recommend spending time there on a weekday or Saturday if you want to shop and see sights (museums, etc have limited hours on Sunday).

  • Liked — central location
  • Disliked — noise
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled solo
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Helpful?
Thank travelsue75
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

Good location - in the center of Bergen, good breakfast , clean room, and internet available at the loby.
But no charm at all.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — No charm
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank RenataSP
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ThonBristolBergen, General Manager at Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen, responded to this review, 7 December 2016
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review.
We are constantly trying to improve our product.
Best regards
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Bournemouth
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2007

Check these reviews carefully: one recent review posted here actually refers to the Hotel Bristol in Oslo.
At first sight the hotel Bristol Bergen is disappointing. Down a side street (cul de sac) above McDonalds, small lobby. But soon you see the plus points: free use of PC in the loby; free fresh-ground coffee in the lobby; right on the city centre square surrounded by shopping area; 6 minutes walk from Harbour.
Like most Norway hotels the room was on the small side and shower only. no tub. But it was exceptionally clean, well decorated. Our room was 5th floor overlooking side stret but with slant view to the main square. The Music Festival week was just beginning and in the evening a band started up in the square - very noisy; but the room was triple glazed, and with all windows shut perfectly silent. Never heard any noise from adjacent rooms either.
Breakfast choice was only 2* or 3* quality and served in the Egon restaurant (a Norway chain) next door - a little cramped.
Staff impressed us: front desk staff helpful, and the room kettle wouldn't work, so we had to call down for a replacement; within 2 minutes a cheerful young lady called in to show us which switches we needed to have 'on'.
In my opinion Bergen is overrated; yes it's picturesque, and has some fine buildings, but with all the cruise ships it gets really busy with tourists, so demand for hotels is high, and so are the prices. We had to use the Bristol, since the bigger hotels were full, but we have no real complaints. However I'd say that it's only good value at Kr 1000 or less per night.
We stayed at Thon's Hotel Opera in Oslo: that really is a beautiful hotel and the price was pretty much the same as we paid here.

  • Liked — convenient for all attractions
  • Disliked — breakfast
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank chocice60
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Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review.
We are constantly trying to improve our product.
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UK
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2007

Very disappointing. The rooms were incredibly noisy and extremely hot. No aircon. Would not recommend.

  • Disliked — very noisy and no air conditioning
  • Stayed June 2007
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2 Thank tourist035
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ThonBristolBergen, General Manager at Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen, responded to this review, 7 December 2016
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review.
We are constantly trying to improve our product.
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Gothenburg
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2007

The lobby is renovated to a modern scandinavian design, looking really nice. The room was ok, nice coulors but it could use some touch up. Almost all hotel chains in Norway has free wireless internet connection but Thon hotels do not. Its only for Thon gold card members, other guests has to pay 5$/30min. When i stepped into the breakfast restaurant, the tables were flooding with dirty dish and from the look of the teenage staff there was no whatsoever intention to clean up, an elderly lady mentioned this to the staff, but he just overlooked her and went in to the kitchen. I stayed there for three days and it looked the same every morning. This left me a feeling of lack of management.

  • Liked — Location location location
  • Disliked — Breakfast restaurant
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled on business
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2 Thank FrankTheDog
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ThonBristolBergen, General Manager at Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen, responded to this review, 7 December 2016
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review.
We are constantly trying to improve our product.
Best regards
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Germany
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2006

The Thon Hotel Bristol in Oslo is a wonderful, elegant hotel with a great location in central Oslo. Within walking distance to all major attractions, shops, restaurants and the central station---the location cannot be beat. Rooms were clean and well-kept. The bathrooms were spotless and quite spacious. Staff were very friendly and helpful. As others have mentioned, Oslo is quite an expensive city. The buffet breakfast (hot and cold foods) provided at the hotel was exceptional. We filled up and were sustained all day. I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the Oslo area.

Helpful?
6 Thank LRHC
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ThonBristolBergen, General Manager at Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen, responded to this review, 7 December 2016
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review.
We are constantly trying to improve our product.
Best regards
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2005

I thought the Bristol Hotel was pretty good. It was right in the middle of the city, but we were very fortunate to get a quiet room. And a spacious one at that. It was clean, the bathroom was big, and the curtains were heavy enough to cover the early sunrise (sun set at 11pm and rose at 4am!). We had a great time in Bergen, albeit the place being ridiculously expensive, and the hotel sure made it worthwhile. I think for £70 for a double room, it was the best value for money we paid for in that city!

  • Stayed July 2005
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17 Thank Tacs
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ThonBristolBergen, General Manager at Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen, responded to this review, 6 December 2016
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review.
We are constantly trying to improve our product.
Best regards
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Property: Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen
Address: Torgallmenningen 11 | 5014 Bergen, Bergen 5014, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Bergen > Sentrum
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 47 Hotels in Bergen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen 3*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thon Hotel Bristol in Bergen is located in the heart of Bergen on the main square Torgalmenningen. It is only a short walk from our hotel to the Bergen waterfront Bryggen, and the fish market. Thon Hotel Bristol also has a meeting room for up to 50 persons. ... more   less 
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