My rating would be a 3.5 but I will give a 4 just because we all became rather fond of this elderly and kind of quirky downtown hotel looking out onto the Tourist Center and the harbor. The rooms have names, for example. The elevator is old and tiny and a wee bit wheezy. Lots of pretty woodwork. It reminded me of the old downtown hotels in the American Midwest - and I am saying that in a positive way.
We had a large third floor room to accommodate four of us so there was plenty of room and the bathroom was sizable. All very clean. I don't know if it had been renovated or not. Wifi worked pretty well. One bed was on a pullout couch and it left me a little stiff the next morning. Not much view since our room looked out almost directly into the ugly Tourist Center blocking the view of the harbor. I think the floor of the room was wooden, which we liked, too.
The main problem our first night was that we had to leave the windows open because of the room's stuffiness and the result was a lot of noise that kept my daughter up nearly all night. The next night we closed the windows and that helped a lot, though it was a little too warm.
Excellent, large breakfast that helped offset the high cost (in US dollars) of the room; no problems with shortages and the wait staff was working very hard throughout the keep up. A very pleasant breakfast room facing out on to the harbor.
The best aspect of this hotel is the location, within walking distance to all the interesting sights of Bergen, the bus from the airport and restaurants. But a tip - the tourist gouging prices in the fish market for a plate of food to eat on a picnic bench are ridiculous; you can get a full and better meal in the restaurants that costs the same!
Spend some time wandering around Bergen. A wonderful little city, if expensive, like all of Norway.
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