We booked this hotel in expectation of the usual high levels of Scandinavian standards of decor and service. Sadly, we were bitterly disappointed.
The good points: our room was on the 4th floor and directly overlooked the harbour. It was a large room which was warm and there was little noise from adjoining rooms. The breakfast was very good with plenty of variety and fresh food; though the decor and lack of any ambiance in the restaurant would not make you want to linger over your meal.
Now for the bad points. Our room was shabby. The wooden floor had scratches all over it and there was no rug on the floor or at the side of the beds, which gave it a spartan rather than minimalist appearance. The furniture was basic and old fashioned. The arm chairs looked as though they had come from a senior citizens' retirement home. The windows did not open properly and the the paint was peeling on the outside. The curtains were totally out of place in the room and could only be described as 1970's Habitat style. There was no safe in the bedroom, which would be troublesome if you were travelling with valuable items. However, the bed and bed linen were perfectly acceptable. The bathroom was cramped and there were no large bath towels and no bath mat. The shower head was broken and so it was not possible to adjust the water jet. That said, there was underfloor heating.
There is all the world's difference between "old style charm" and downright shabby. Sadly, this hotel has been allowed to deteriorate into the latter category. The paintwork throughout the hotel is scuffed and badly in need of redecorating. The bar is one of the most uninviting areas of the hotel and, understandably, was empty for the duration of our stay. This is not surprising when you consider that the only feature of note in the bar was a television screen displaying an artificial open fire!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- First Hotel Marin is a classic hotel situated in the city center of Bergen. The unique location of the hotel is on the famous "Bryggen" in Bergen which is on UNESCOs world-heritage list. Marin have well-equipped rooms, conference facilities as well as steambaths, sauna and a gym. Our rooms are charming and welcoming, some with wonderful views over Bryggen. Treat yourself to a little luxury and enjoy our spacious suites and come home to some extra comfort after a busy day. First Hotel Marin is a perfect match for both business and pleasure. Welcome to First Hotel Marin in Bergen. Centrally located and renovated 2013/2015 Rooms with view of the harbour Parking Free WiFi Free Breakfast ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1st Hotel Marin
- First Hotel Bergen