I first was a guest in this hotel in April 2010 and returned again in July 2013. Possibly it is the time of year that made this recent visit very different from my first. The room we had was fine and the bathroom was very nice but the hotel was packed with tour groups and the common areas were jammed. On my first stay at the Augustin the sitting room adjacent to the lobby offered coffee, tea, fresh fruit and warm waffles in the afternoon (guests prepared their own). It is easy to understand how that was not possible at this time of year. I'm sure the offerings would have been grabbed up within minutes of being set out because that is exactly what happened at breakfast. The staff could not stay ahead of guests filling their plates and then their pockets with all the food they could possibly carry and then boarding the busses for wherever. It was like watching a school of Piranha.
This is really a charming property and the wine bar and dinner restaurant are very unique. I can certainly understand the concept of keeping the hotel as full as possible. Perhaps it is unfair to judge the hotel by rude, greedy guests. I enjoyed it so much in the past. I will give it another try someday, but not during the summer season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in town centre with some rooms overlooking the harbour. All main attractions within walking distance. Shopping district and pedestrian street just outside the hotel. Family run since 1919. Award winning design(intarsia guestroom doors) in interior. Rich selection of contemporary art in guest rooms and lounges. Wine spectator awarded wine bar and restaurant in 400 year-old six room stone-vaulted cellar. Ten years with best occupancy rate in Bergen as a mid-class, great-value hotel with a homey atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Augustin Hotel Bergen