The first thing you’ll notice about Marken Gjesthaus (after you find the entrance) is the adorable, ancient elevator that you’ll ride to the fourth floor. Its complete with a manual sliding door, a mechanical meter showing which floor its on, and a cushioned seat. The rest of the Gjesthaus is modern and minimalist, but the elevator really does bring some character to the building.
Bergen has a surprising amount of options for budget-minded travelers, but the Gjesthaus stands out among them. The location is great - right in central Bergen, but off the main road so it isn’t too noisy or crowded (not that there are many places in Bergen that are noisy or crowded). It’s just a stone’s throw away from Bryggen, the Fish Market, the base of Mt. Floyen, the great hall and tower, and any other Bergen attractions you might want to see.
Rooms include bunk beds, a desk, ample power outlets, and large closet/lockers that are provided free of charge. The room I was in included a power splitter, though I don’t know if that was standard or someone left it there. Either way, I’m not one to complain about extra power outlets. Linens and towels are extra, unfortunately. The Gjesthaus also offers several commons rooms as well as laundry and kitchen facilities. There is wireless internet throughout the building, but it is unfortunately a bit spotty in the rooms.
There was one annoyance during my stay, aside from spotty internet: on the second night, at around 7PM, the smoke alarm went off twice in a one hour period, and we had to evacuate to the street level. Luckily that only happened in the evening - I can imagine I might be writing a more sour review if it had occurred at 3AM. Overall, I would definitely recommend the Gjesthaus to budget travelers in Bergen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central and reasonable priced Guesthouse / Hostel for those who want to spend their money on something more than just sleeping - an excellent base for exploring the city of Bergen. Our hostel is stylish and modern, centrally located, safe and affordable. We also have rooms with private bathroom, TV, fridge and a water kettle. Common areas to use for all our guests are a fully equipped kitchen, TV room, sitting room and a laundry room. We offer accommodation for everyone from corporate clients, families and backpackers . Also suitable for school classes, sports teams and groups. A variety of people who want to stay the best possible way, at a low price. Together with our staff, they are all part of creating that special homely and cozy atmosphere that characterizes Marken Guesthouse - a modern hostel! Marken Guesthouse is superbly located and is clean and comfortable, with these extra touches that make you feel more like a hotel - without the price tag. We are convinced that there can be luxury and design in simplicity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marken Gjestehus Hotel Bergen