Run by descendants of Edvard Grieg – Bergen’s favourite son – the city’s newest offering is named after the great composer’s famed piano concerto. And, alongside its lunchtime concerts, there’s plenty more of the classical surrounding Opus XVI. Housed in what was once the city’s largest bank, you’ll enter to a world of brick facades, heavy granite walls and ionic columns carved from polished marble. Much of it was even designed by Grieg’s own cousin.
In a nod to Grieg’s love of travel, Restaurant XVI not only features excerpts from the composer’s travelogues but menus that draw from international inspiration. That said, it’s all predicated on locally sourced ingredients, with Bergen’s seaside setting offering up the likes of fresh oysters, white-wine mussels and seared tuna loin. Vegans and vegetarians are equally well catered for, while afternoon teas span from delicate sweets to moreish finger sandwiches. All guests are also treated to the superb breakfast.
Although this landmark hotel dates back to the 1800s, its rooms are decidedly contemporary. Expect leather headboards, in-room Nespresso machines and LCD flat screens that you can stream to from your own device or the in-room tablet. That’s alongside the complimentary WiFi, of course. However, in a nod to its historic setting, each room has its own unique layout, with views ranging from the quiet Vågsallmenningen plaza to the famous Mt. Floyen. For something extra special, book into a suite for some extra space to stretch out.
Alongside complimentary use of the fitness centre, guests will want to get their exercise exploring this delightfully walkable city. In fact, given the hotel’s central location, you’ll have all of Bergen’s delights just a stone’s throw away. Norway’s second city excites with historic architecture, a beautiful timber Hanseatic wharf and Mt. Floyen’s famous funicular. This delightful train brings you up to pretty hikes and some gorgeous views of the city and its fjord setting.