I stayed at Scandic Ørnen, a new hotel next to Bergen Storsenter (mall) and just a minute walk from the train and bus station, KODE art museums, Grieghallen and the lake Lille Lungegårdsvannet. It’s 750 meters from Torgallmenningen, Fisketorget and Bryggen, but it’s a relaxing and safe walk to those attractions.
There are two entrances to the hotel: one just across the bus station, where the airport bus (Flybussen) stops and one in Lille Hilles gate, which is a preferable entrance/exit when going to/from the city or art museums. In the lobby there’s lots of space to relax, as well as take a coffee or cake and buy something from the little Scandic store next to the reception (just in case you need something in the middle of the night).
The reception is very friendly, always smiling and helpful to give you a guide and map to the city, show directions and call a taxi for you. The receptionist who checked me in, Frederick, was very friendly, offered me to leave my luggage in the luggage room when I came in too early, and easily checked me in a little later on the day.
I had a STANDARD ROOM for a couple of nights and was very happy with it. When entering the room, I noticed that there was more than enough of space in the corridor to leave my luggage, just under the hangers and next to the full size mirror. The wardrobe had enough space to hang clothes for a few days and there was an ironing board in it as well. I had a corner room which gave me a beautiful panoramic view of the city, even when lying in the bed. It was just amazing to watch the sun set from by bed...
In front of the bed, there was a nice glass desk, phone and desk lamp. The large Samsung Smart TV was easy to use and made it possible to watch shows and movies in high definition. The available channels were mainly Scandinavian, except for BBC World (NRK, TV2, TV3, TV Norge, SVT, DR, VIASAT movie channels,…) but all English movies were subtitled (not dubbed), so anyone can still enjoy watching TV.
The wi-fi was free and very easy to log on: no login or password needed.
The size of the bathroom was really okay, even for two people. The sink was big enough to lay all my stuff on. The towels were stored above the toilet, but could be hung on the hooks on the wall next to the shower when in use. The shower itself was powerful and easy to use. There was ‘FACE’ soap in front of the sink, as well as shampoo and shower gel in the shower. There was no shower mat, but the floor tiles were anti slip (and otherwise you could just use one of the towels).
Although I stayed for several days, I wasn’t expecting the hotel personnel to change my towels and make my bed every day, but they did! On one day, I left the ‘do not disturb sign’ on the door, and when I came back, I found a bag with two extra towels hanging on the door. Really nice service for those who really don’t want people going into their room during the day.
On my floor there was also a basic gym and a terrace where you could enjoy the view of mount Fløyen and Ulriken. There are tables and benches to seat on, so if the weather's nice, consider to relax out there.
The breakfast was quite large with eight different hot dishes, several kinds of cheeses, jams, cereals, fruits, vegetables and freshly squeezed juices.
So all in all, I really loved my stay at this hotel and can recommend it to anyone coming to Bergen!
Please watch my video review here too: http://youtu.be/wlpfhog4Mw0
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at Scandic Ornen, centrally located in Bergen, close to the city's cultural centre, the Grieg Hall and Bergen Art Museum. Spacious and modern rooms, including accessible rooms. Try our fantastic restaurant Roast and Bergen's only skybar, located on the 13th floor with a fantastic view of the city and surrounding mountains. ... more less
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