Enjoying a World Heritage-listed location, this intimate gem is perfectly poised to explore the sights of Bergen, Norway’s pretty second city. It’s set on the quayside in Bryggen, a Hanseatic wharf formed of twisting alleyways lined with multi-coloured wooden buildings. Dating back to the 14th century, it was an important trade hub but today it’s better known for its artist boutiques and intimate galleries. Back at the hotel, you’ll find this storied historicism complemented by contemporary fine design.
At the hotel’s superb restaurant, perhaps tuck into the salad buffet after starting with a house-made soup before moving onto a main; courses range from Western classics to Nordic delights. And, while the main kitchen closes at 9pm, those arriving after will be well provided for with an after hours service. Breakfast is also included with freshly baked bread complemented by a collection of cooked favourites.
Housed in 1920s neoclassicism, interiors are a considered, modern departure from the hotel’s stone façade. Across the 116 rooms, elegant splashes of colour add character to plush armchairs, courtyard views and dark wood writing tables. Flatscreen TVs and complimentary WiFi are welcome touches. Consider a Superior Double for king-size beds, larger rooms and excellent views; most look out over the quay onto the North Sea. You could also upgrade further to a Deluxe Double where in-room coffee makers and extra wide beds make for comfortable stays. Lastly, the Family Rooms offer accommodation for up to four guests.
After a day’s sightseeing – don’t forget to take the funicular up Mt. Floyen for spectacular city views – take some time out with the hotel’s ‘Relaxation Corner’. Here, you’ll find a steam room, an area for socialising over a drink and that all-important Nordic sauna. And, for those who haven’t quite got enough exercise, there’s a compact gym equipped with a treadmill, rowing machine and stepper. Or, you could make use of the various jogging and walking trails that run through Bergen; ask at the reception for a map. End the day with a nightcap in the hotel bar.