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“Great location, decent service”
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First Hotel Marin
Ranked #18 of 49 Hotels in Bergen
Reviewed 28 July 2008

Centrally located and decent service.

Stayed: July 2008
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Reviewed 12 July 2008

We asked for a quiet view room - this hotel does not have "quiet" view rooms, as we found out, being placed over a restaurant. However, our view was the best view I've ever had in a hotel - 3rd floor direct harbor view!
No AC, so when you opened the window for fresh air, you could hear the bustle of the restaurant/bar below. Good thing I brought foam ear plugs.
Headboard had fallen off the wall, room was a a little dusty, but the view compensated us.
We'd stay there again, but, remember your ear plugs.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank sarapalms
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Reviewed 14 June 2008

Large comfortable room #229 with good natural light and nice harbor view at slight angle. I took my suitcase to room myself since since I was in rush to shower and meet friends and I did not want to wait for porter. However, almost wish I had waited since I had to go up and down a couple of flights of stairs just to get to the wing of the hotel to catch elevator to room. Full buffet breakfast and wireless internet access included in room price. Very pleasant staff that helped me retreive watch and electric plug adaptor I realized I forgot in room after I had checked out.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled solo
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Thank Patrick M
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Reviewed 31 January 2008

I normally choose this hotel when going to Bergen - nice location, nice service, god breakfast, good bar, good common areas. The hotel configuration is strange (you pass from rooms to restaurants and other rooms...) but when you get used to it it is quite interesting.

My room this time was quite small, but always very confortable... Hope to be there again soon...

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled on business
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Thank Eng_Pepi
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Reviewed 2 January 2008

We stayed 30 Dec to 2 Jan. There seemed to be a skeleton staff only. The restaurant was closed - which was not mentioned when we booked. Not usually a problem, but since almost nothing else was open, it became an issue. Indeed some items were not available for breakfast because everything else in Bergen closes for the 'holiday season'. In fact almost every other restaurant in a 25 min radius was closed apart from 2 expensive junk food chains and a truly awful Indian Restaurant, opposite the hotel.

In fact most of everything in Bergen was closed: Fish Market, Ulriken cable car, museums - even most bars . Only the rather sorry looking Aquarium and a few 7-11s were open. I would definitely not recommend a trip at this time of year.

Stayed: December 2007
1  Thank other1
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Reviewed 30 August 2007

My husband and my two children, ages 15 and 17, have just returned from The First Hotel Marin in Bergen. It was horrible!! We told them we had a fjord pass and they quoted us a discounted rate by email. We accepted their offer. When we checked out they wanted $500.00 a night twice the rate they had quoted us!! They were very argumentative. We are still trying to get some of our money back!! Also, we asked for a quiet room. They gave us a room across from the loudest disco, with laughing and screaming people until 3:30 a.m. Apparently, all the family rooms face the Disco. I could not sleep a wink. It was claustrophic. The one window in this suite faced upward and so you couldn't see anything. The second bedroom had no window at all--like a closet. They were very rude and argued with me about the money. I would not suggest anyone go to the First Hotel Marin. Also, the exercise room had 2 pieces of equipment. It was horrible. A Trip Advisor Member, Brooklyn, New York

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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10  Thank mathteacher1225
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Reviewed 18 August 2007

Although the First Hotel is nicely located, it leaves much to be desired if you value a good night's sleep. Do not accept a room facing the neon sign "ExOdus," as it is a nightclub (this is the side of the building where the buses line up).

Our experience was as follows: My sister and I had booked a room with twin beds for August 2, 3, and 4, 2007 (Thurs-Sat. nights). What they gave us was a very small room with twin beds made up for a couple (i.e., one top sheet, one bed cover). After requesting a room with enough space to separate the beds, we were moved to a large, attractive room facing the front of the hotel (on Rosenkrantzgt). This seemed to be a great improvement until 1:30 in the morning when the noise from people laughing and talking in the street in front of the nightclub woke me up. Over the weekend nights I was kept awake until about 2:45 a.m. by the crowd in the street. I never heard any music, just the people in the street. All of those in our travel group suffered similarly from the club noise if their rooms faced the front. Complaining to the front desk did not help. Our father, on the other hand, had a small room to himself on a different side of the building (with an unattractive view), but said it was quiet.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled on business
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2  Thank CA_Traveler_007
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Additional Information about First Hotel Marin

Address: Rosenkrantzgaten 8, Bergen 5003, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Bergen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bergen
Price Range: £83 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — First Hotel Marin 4*
Number of rooms: 151
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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