Having just undergone a full renovation, the Thon Orion gleams with a flawlessly contemporary aesthetic. Indeed, it’s a slice of modernity among Bergen’s heritage, set within a stone’s throw of the Torgallmenningen town square and the city’s Hanseatic waterfront.
There’s no getting around it, Norway is a pricier destination than others. But, with the Thon Orion offering a complimentary dinner each evening, there are ways to make your pound go further. This isn’t a token gesture either, with the hotel putting on generous buffets that showcase the best in local, fresh ingredients. The breakfasts are equally good, and equally complimentary, featuring everything from just-caught fish to made-to-order eggs. What’s more, you’ll also be treated to free access to teas, coffees, fruits and sweets throughout the day.
Across its range of rooms, the Thon Orion is presented immaculately. Bold colours splash over plush beds and comfortable furnishings, while even the entry-level rooms feature oversized Art-Deco-inspired headboards. All also come with the likes of minibars, complimentary WiFi and smart TVs, loaded with entertainment options, including Netflix. In turn, upgrades mix in everything from Nespresso coffee makers and BOSE music boxes to extra-large beds and suite layouts.
If you haven’t had enough exercise wandering Bergen’s charming streets, you’ll return each day to the Thon Orion’s fully equipped gym. However, if you’d rather relax, there’s a stylish lounge and, in the summer, a rooftop terrace with pretty views over the city. However, you’ll want to spend your time exploring, with much of Bergen’s delights right on your doorstep. Highlights include the funicular trip up Mt. Fløyen and the city’s historic timber wharf whose colourful warehouses are today given over to artisanal boutiques and galleries.