We recently stayed two nights here - there are two apartments within the 'Bryggen Panorama Suites' - the top floor is one bedroom and 4th floor is the two bedroom.
We stayed in the one bedroom, which was lovely, exactly as it looks in the photos, lovely views over the harbour, and a nice roof top terrace area.
The apartment is well equipped and spacious. It is centrally located right in the centre of Bergen, so easy walking distance to most sights, attractions, shops, restaurants, etc.
It is managed by the adjacent YMCA - you have to check in there, so be prepared for a long wait in the queue as it is a very busy hostel.
There is a grocery store within the building, which is very convenient, however, there was a smell of rotting fruit and veg in the corridor leading to the apartment elevator entrance.
On our first night at the apartment, shortly after arriving after a long day travelling, we had just had showers, when the owner let herself in (with only a cursory knock) to supposedly fix a handle in the shower cubical (this was totally unnecessary in our opinion and could have waited), which was rather off-putting.
On our second night, we were disturbed and kept awake all night by the guests in the lower apartment having a loud party. This started at 8pm and continued until around 5am. People were ringing our intercom bell, at one point at 3:45am, and there was music and loud shouting.
There is supposedly an 11pm ''quiet time'' - but obviously no one monitors this.
The following morning, at 9am, we were about to leave, when the fire alarm was activated.
Obviously the elevator stopped working, so we attempted to leave the building via the stairs - but the fire escape door was locked.
After going onto the roof terrace and shouting over to the YMCA, they sent staff with keys to open the fire escape door - however they could not unlock it.
We were potentially trapped in a burning building, so had no option but to climb over the balcony and lower ourselves (and our luggage) onto the YMCA balcony below us. This was a drop of about 15 feet, and we are both aged 50.
So - to summarise, this is a lovely apartment in a good central position, but there needs to be improvement on the management side, which clearly lets down the standard, when you are paying a lot of money to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are you going to spend a few days in Bergen, and are fed up with hotels? Would you like to stay in the heart of Bergen, in a high standard apartment with panoramic view? Try one of Bryggen Panorama Suites exclusive apartments!Bryggen Panorama Suites have made every effort to offer you a first-class stay! The two suites are located on the top floors of a newly built modern building with lift and fully equipped kitchens, just 2 minutes walk from Bryggen and Fløibanen, and otherwise close to "everything".The largest suite, "Holberg Suite" is 100 square meters, with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and can accommodate up to seven guests. The apartment is stylishly furnished, with a lovely terrace overlooking the harbour area.The penthouse on the 5th floor, "Amalie Suite" is about 60 square meters and has a large bedroom and bathroom. The apartment has its own roof terrace, French balcony and panoramic windows overlooking the city. Amalie Suite can accommodate up to four guests.Whether you are traveling on business, vacation or maybe just want to have a break from your everyday life, you will enjoy staying in one of Bryggen Panorama Suites exclusive apartments. We hope that your apartment will add something extra to your stay in Bergen.Reception staff at Bergen YMCA Hostel in the house next door will assist you during your stay and make sure you have a pleasant stay at Bryggen Panorama Suites. Welcome. ... more less
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