There are affordable hotel options in Bergen, despite being an expensive city. The accommodations on this list have welcoming lounge spaces, complimentary breakfasts, and surprising perks like a romantic restaurant in a 400-year-old cellar. Plus, you'll be within walking distance of all the city offers, including Bryggen's medieval wharf, hiking trails, and fjord excursions.

Zander K Hotel

Modern rooms have blond wood furnishings and local bath products (photo courtesy of Zander K Hotel)

With its deep-blue and glass facade, the 249-room Zander K Hotel is a newer addition across the street from Bergen's central train and bus station for easy arrivals and departures. While on the eastern side of the city center and close to an indoor shopping center, it's only about a 10-minute walk to the Bryggen waterfront. Though the hotel has a younger vibe, all ages are welcome, and it can even bring in older tourist groups who appreciate modern rooms with moderate prices. 

The hotel wins points for its Nordic-style rooms, tall ceilings, blond wood furnishings, and tile bathrooms with heated floors, walk-in showers, and upscale bath amenities. Keep in mind that service is minimal, and rooms are cleaned every third day. The lobby is peaceful in the afternoon, with a long communal table and lounge areas for sipping local beers and wines by the glass. At the same time, a photogenic restaurant space serves upscale food in the evening. This is also where the breakfast buffet is located, but prepare for chaotic crowds during peak morning hours. Learn more

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Augustin Hotel

This standard hotel has a wood-beamed restaurant with a notable wine list (photo courtesy of Augustin Hotel)

The Augustin Hotel pulls in repeat guests thanks to personal touches, including an impressive collection of local artwork and sculptures by Norwegian artists in the common spaces. It's also a short walk to the Fish Market and other major attractions, and guests can easily walk to the Flybussen stop for regular trips to and from the airport.

The spacious, slightly dated rooms have tall ceilings, mini-fridges, and local bath products in eco-friendly pumps (including conditioner). You can also opt for higher room categories that offer Nespresso machines and possible Juliette balconies with views of the harbor on higher floors. There's also complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, and a book exchange.

Though the hotel dates to 1919, it connects to a romantic restaurant called Altuna, located in an even more historic 400-year-old stone cellar with original cave walls, tiny doorways, and flickering candles after dark. The menu offers steaks, seafood, and an extensive wine list with over 1,000 labels, and you'll want to make reservations in advance due to its popularity with couples and business groups. Learn more

Scandic Byparken

Rooms on higher floors may have mountain and city views (photo courtesy of Scandic Byparken)

Part of a Swedish hotel brand, Scandic Byparken takes up a renovated brick building on a bustling corner in Bergen's city center, just across the street from the Byparken with a large pond and tree-lined walking paths. The central location is also within walking distance of other attractions, including the University of Bergen, the waterfront, and the train station. 

The 159 rooms and suites are decorated with hardwood-style floors or carpet and Scandi-style wood furnishings that are accented with bold pops of color. They also have mini-fridges and walk-in showers with basic Swedish-brand toiletries. Couples may want to opt for the superior rooms or suites with more space and potentially better views, as well as kettles with tea and coffee and more bath products (including conditioner and bath lotion). Suites also come with bathrobes.

The spacious lobby has various seating areas, including cushioned sectionals and tables with outlets for remote workers. Guests have free access to an award-winning breakfast buffet with healthy and organic options. Drinks and snacks are readily available for purchase, including essentials that travelers may have forgotten to pack. Ask the front desk for free passes to a gym across the street. Learn more