Hotel Advice for Bergen, Norway

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Bergen, Norway
The 5 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Bergen

Bergen is an incredibly family-friendly destination with no shortage of indoor and outdoor child-oriented activities. After long days spent exploring the scenic Norwegian coastal city, you'll want to be sure you have a comfortable place to relax and recharge. Here are five of Bergen's best family-oriented hotels.

This villa with 18 rooms offers peaceful common spaces (photo courtesy of Villa Terminus)
The 6 Best Boutique Hotels in Bergen

When choosing a hotel in Norway's charming city of Bergen, consider one of the many boutique options within walking distance of top attractions. These six hotels provide unique decor elements, including a glass ceiling purchased in Amsterdam, wood beams from the Hanseatic period, and motifs inspired by two famous Norwegian composers. Read on and pick your favorite.

This stunning all-day restaurant, called Fresco Hall, welcomes guests and non-guests (photo courtesy of Bergen Børs Hotel)
The 4 Best Luxury Hotels in Bergen

If you're looking for a splurge hotel in Norway's second-largest city—walking distance from the historic harbor—these four hotels have upscale interiors and possible amenities ranging from spas and tranquility pools to Michelin-starred restaurants. Here are our top picks for the best luxury hotels in Bergen.

Bergen's historic waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979
The 5 Best Waterfront Hotels in Bergen

Along an arm of the North Sea, Bergen's waterfront is recognizable for its colorful maze of wooden houses backed by forested mountains—you'll likely want to spend quality time here when visiting. These five hotels are directly on the harbor or steps from it, with easy access to outdoor cafés, a fish market, hiking trails (with sea views), and fjord excursions.

This century-old whiskey bar is a cozy place for a predinner drink (photo courtesy of Grand Hotel Terminus)
The 6 Best Historic Hotels in Bergen

It should be no surprise that Bergen has a bundle of historic hotels given its UNESCO-listed wharf. We've selected six hotels that have stood the test of time, with renovated interiors that blend nicely with the buildings' original details. Even if you're not staying overnight, check out the lounges, bars, and restaurants for a glimpse of the past.

Many rooms at this hotel feature views of Bergen's charming surroundings (photo courtesy of Bergen Børs Hotel)
The 6 Best Hotels in Bergen

Norway's second-largest city has a growing hotel scene for travelers who want to explore major highlights like the UNESCO-listed wharf, hiking trails, and nearby fjords. We've hand-picked a few options in each category—standard, mid-range, and luxury—that are located in the city center with some unique perks, like a tranquility pool and a restaurant in a 400-year-old cave, to name a few. Read on to learn more.

A view of Bryggen at dusk from across Vågen Harbor
The 3 Best Hotels in Bryggen, Bergen's Medieval Wharf

When choosing a hotel in Bergen, some travelers prefer to be as close to the UNESCO-listed wharf, Bryggen, as possible. Here, you'll have immediate access to the photogenic maze of multicolored wooden houses with museums, boutiques, and outdoor cafés spilling toward the waterfront. We've hand-picked three hotels that fit the bill—read on to learn more.

Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel Terminus
The 7 Best Mid-Range Hotels in Bergen

Norway's second-largest city has many unique hotels, big and small, for travelers who want to explore major highlights like the UNESCO-listed wharf and nearby fjords. A step above standard, these seven mid-range options are well located in central Bergen and offer modern rooms, free breakfasts, and comfy lounge areas or restaurants. Read on to learn more.

Sip a local beer and catch up on emails in this trendy lobby (photo courtesy of Zander K Hotel)
The 3 Best Standard Hotels in Bergen

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.

Bergen Hotels

Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

Housed in a neoclassical property from the 1920s, this Clarion property offers a prime location in the Bryggen area for easy access to the colorful harbor that dates back to the 14th century. Guests have all-day access to a spacious lobby and lounge and can take part in the daily complimentary...

Augustin Hotel

This family-owned hotel in central Bergen offers an impressive collection of local artwork and sculptures by Norwegian artists. Rooms have traditional decor and upscale bath products, and some come with Juliette balconies and/or views of the harbor. There’s also free breakfast, a fitness center,...

Bergen Børs Hotel

Located in Bergen’s former stock exchange building—and across the street from the harbor—this 127-room hotel is one of the few luxury options in town. The upscale dining options include an all-day seafood cathedral surrounded by restored frescoes, while a Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant serves...

Zander K Hotel

This modern 249-room hotel is bigger than it looks from the entrance, attracting all types of travelers due to its central location and affordability. It has an open layout in the lobby with a spacious bar and a lengthy communal table for drinks, including local beers and wines by the glass. The...

Grand Hotel Terminus

This classic hotel is across the street from the Bergen train station and within walking distance of key attractions like the Bryggen wharf. Refurbished rooms, including family options, have elegant decor, smart TVs, and mini-bars. Free breakfast is served in a brasserie while a wood-paneled...

Scandic Byparken

This renovated hotel takes up a historic brick building on a bustling corner in Bergen’s city center but guests can find some solace at the park next door, called Byparken. The 159 rooms and suites are decorated with hardwood-style floors and Scandi-style wood furnishings that are accented with...

The Hanseatic Hotel

Part of Bergen’s UNESCO-listed Bryggen historic district, this 37-room hotel is housed in a building from the 18th century next to the Hanseatic Museum. Each room is unique with original details, like timber walls and wood-beamed ceilings, mixed with more contemporary textures and patterns—and...

Hotel Norge by Scandic

Opened in 2018, this glass highrise is the biggest hotel in Bergen with 415 rooms—many with balconies—and three spacious floors for lounging, working, drinking, and dining. Additional amenities include a nine-room spa and a heated pool (fees apply), as well as a modern fitness center (free). The...

Opus XVI

The polished 65-room Opus XVI boutique hotel is housed in a former bank from 1876, one of Bergen’s most famous historic buildings. After an extensive renovation was completed in 2018, there are sophisticated rooms that have warm tones and luxe amenities, with nods to the owners’ relative,...

Clarion Hotel Admiral

This 209-room hotel boasts a direct view—perhaps the best in town—of Bergen’s historic wharf, which can be seen from the restaurant with a menu designed by celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. Guests can also snag views from the free breakfast buffet and the lobby offering free water, coffee, and tea....

Hotel Oleana

This restored 97-room hotel opened in 2015 and provides a boutique environment on a slightly quieter side street in the heart of Bergen. Rooms have bold bursts of colors and stocked mini-bars, along with mosaic bathrooms. Relax or dine in the lobby with an airy restaurant and bar serving à la...

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