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You’ll quickly find yourself charmed by Bergen, one of the best places to visit in Norway. The colorful wooden merchant houses of Bryggen dot the picturesque harbor, the Fløyen mountain towers over the city, and the Hanseatic-era architecture is a delight for the eyes. The second largest city in Norway has a striking fjord location, and it’s also a perfect base for exploring the most famous of the country’s fjords, like Sognefjorden, Hardangerfjorden, and Osterfjorden. I have been coming to this town multiple times over the years for snug coffee shops, countless walking trails, and absolute harmony with nature. Here’s a collection of the best luxury hotels in Bergen to get a taste of Norwegian hospitality.
Set in a former bank building from the 19th century and named after Piano Concerto in A minor by the world-famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, Opus 16 is in a league of its own among luxury hotels in Bergen. Reimagined historic interiors sport strong character, service is high-class, and the location is super central. Rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, have city views, and come with Nespresso coffee machines and kettles. You’re steps away from the harbor and the Fløibanen cable car, so it’s an ideal exploration base too.
Brasserie with French-inspired cuisine and live piano music
Under-floor heating and walk-in showers in the bathrooms
Garage parking and valet service available for guests
With a personalized boutique feel, a location close to the cruise terminal and the harbor, and sublime window vistas await you at Bergen Harbour Hotel, WorldHotels Crafted. Steps away from both the iconic fish market, Bryggen, and the funicular, it’s your go-to lodging for a fulfilling time in one of the world’s best-kept secret vacation destinations. Superior rooms are the ones to opt for; you won’t get enough of the high city and fjord panoramas. Waking up to such views will become your treasured Bergen memory.
Free bicycles for guests
Free admission to the Vikinghallen fitness center nearby
Old World atmosphere is alive and well in beautiful Bergen. Occupying the Neo-Rennaissance building right in the heart of the city, Bergen Børs Hotel has gone through a tasteful contemporary re-do, and the results are going to please all the design aficionados. Expect grandiose vaulted ceilings at the Michelin-starred restaurant, minimalist yet cozy room interiors, and an all-encompassing fjord vista through panoramic windows. It’s a pet-friendly hotel, too; the fee is 300 NOK.
Art Deco-inspired lobby bar and BARE restaurant with 1 Michelin star on-site
Scandic provides a 360-degree upscale accommodation experience. One of the best luxury hotels in Bergen, it enjoys a central location with all the city attractions easily reachable on foot. It offers a great selection of all kinds of rooms and suites, so every category of traveler will find something that works for them, including solo travelers. Keep an eye out for the units with balconies, so you can have a morning coffee with the fjord view from your private outdoor patio – a must-do while in this stunning city. It’s also among the few lodgings in Bergen that has a spa center, so take full advantage of this too.
Heated pool, sauna, cold shower, and steam bath
Nova Restaurant and Café Norge on-site serving Norway-inspired cuisine
If you’re a fan of historic interiors, there’s a special treat for you. The Hanseatic Hotel is among the coolest luxury hotels in Bergen, blending the old charms with the modern proposition. 37 rooms all sport customized designs and come with exposed wooden beams on the ceiling, vintage rugs, period furniture, and colorful wallpapers. Still, you get such gifts of civilization as free WiFi, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs so it’s a very much fulfilling upscale experience too. Bathtubs in the units are great for lounging after a hiking-heavy day.
Three restaurants on-site
Conference center with three multimedia rooms for up to 80 people
A pretty four-star boutique set in the epicenter of Bergen’s action, Thon Hotel Bergen Rosenkrantz is the perfect choice for families looking for a hassle-free visit. Proximity to the cruise ship terminal makes this lodging a go-to spot for those who’d like to comfortably embark on day tours to some of Norway’s top attractions located right in Bergen’s backyard. The UNESCO-protected Bryggen medieval wharf is just across the street, so you have many cozy coffee shops and traditional restaurants nearby. Rooms are modern and feature such welcome tech as large Smart TVs and Bose speakers. It’s an ideal place for events too, as there are eight conference rooms that provide all the necessary space.
Feel Bergen’s soul by staying at Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret. A part of the historic Bryggen area, it boasts magnificent Baroque Revival architecture and pairs it with excellent service. Frescoes on the vaulted ceilings, fine woodwork, gorgeous old fireplaces in the lobby, and plastered compositions on the walls, this is the atmosphere here. Rooms play with historic motifs complemented by contemporary design. Dark tones in the interiors bring an exclusive feel. The breakfast is complimentary, and the evening meal is included too.
Scandinavian luxury at its finest is found in Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen. A staple of the city skyline and a part of Bryggen, it boasts a wide array of white-toned, spacious rooms and suites that give you a chance to stay in the very center of Bergen in high comfort. Also, it’s here that you find arguably the biggest hotel unit in the whole city, a 136-square-meter Presidential Suite with a fashionable design and lots of space to play and relax. The harbor-facing 26 North restaurant is responsible for tasty Norwegian fare in a spectacular setting, and 26 North bar supplies cocktails in the evening.
On-site fitness center with a sauna
Conference wing with 21 fully-equipped rooms
Radisson Family program available and baby cots provided upon request
Named after famed Norwegian violist Ole Bull (born steps away from the lodging), Hotel Oleana is your warm-hearted boutique address in the city. This luxury Bergen hotel gives a welcoming alternative to the chain accommodations and infuses the experience with a touch of intimacy and authenticity. Purple is a dominant color in the interiors; all the rooms and suites come in this palette. The designs combine original historical elements with contemporary finishes (showers, for example, are in the middle of the room). Many positive reviews praise the interiors, the breakfast, and the attitude of the staff.
Scandic Ørnen is a huge hit among business travelers. It offers luxurious amenities, spotlessly clean city-facing rooms, and lots of unique perks. Like a 12th-floor restaurant and bar, for instance, that is among Bergen’s sought-after nightlife spots. Big rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and slick minimalist designs. Free WiFi keeps you connected at all times and the pet-friendly mentality is good news for Fido owners. Where Scandic Ørnen truly shines is the conference space. There is a total of 17 meeting rooms with an overall capacity of 450.
Panoramic restaurant specializing in coal-fired Josper barbecue