Opus XVI, Bergen

Luxury hotel that completed a major renovation in 2018, steps from Bergen's famous waterfront


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, Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. An airy first-floor lounge and French-inspired brasserie offer all-day dining. On Sundays, live jazz performances are the norm during traditional afternoon tea service.

Kimkim's Take

Lilly Graves kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, August 2022 (Learn more)
  • Enjoy a sophisticated family-owned boutique hotel with personal touches and a photogenic lobby adorned with marble columns and historical details.
  • Individually designed rooms have Nespresso machines and stocked minibars, while bathrooms have heated bathroom floors and Molton Brown bath products.
  • The daily à la carte breakfast is included (instead of the usual buffet) but requires reservations.
  • Don't miss live jazz performances on Sundays during the afternoon tea service. 

Additional Notes From Lilly 

The stately brick exterior demanded attention upon arrival, and I entered the door flanked by Norwegian flags, wondering if I might be underdressed. The expansive lobby reminded me of a hotel I'd seen in Florence, and I was happy to have to wait to talk to staff so I could absorb the space on my own for a moment longer. It was a surprise learning that there are only 65 rooms here, as the building felt like a much bigger hotel. A staff member, Thomas, gave me a tour and explained key elements of the hotel, including the non-buffet breakfast approach, to help make the vibe feel more personal. Though I didn't stay here, I made a point to return to the lovely brasserie for a drink.


The building's history dates back to the 19th century when it housed Bergen's biggest bank: Bergens Kreditbank; there is even an underground tunnel connecting to Bergen Bors across the street, the former stock exchange building. Today, the building is owned by relatives of the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, and they pay homage to his life and work with an in-house exhibit based on his famous piano concerto called Opus 16. The sweeping lobby is classy thanks to granite walls and marble columns, and lounge seating near the front desk transition to the bar and, finally, brasserie lined with arched windows for glimpses of the street and nearby waterfront. Other rooms offer space for meetings and events, including a ballroom. The hotel does a nice job of invoking the past but looking to the future, and the family-owned and operated vibe is apparent with personal touches.


No doubt about it: This is a prime location in Bergen's city center, just steps from the waterfront and Fish Market and a short 5-minute stroll to Bryggen, the UNESCO-listed harbor lined with colorful wooden buildings harkening back to its days in the Hanseatic League. A short walk away is the Fløybanen Funicular which takes you up to the top of Mount Fløyen in 10 minutes (or opt for the hiking trails). Guests are surrounded by shopping and dining in every direction, as well as key museums and cultural institutions. Bergen's Central Station is accessible on foot in under 15 minutes as well as the tram or bus with service to and from the airport. Valet parking is available for a nightly fee.

Rooms & Bathrooms

Opus XVI offers 65 unique and luxurious rooms and suites, each individually designed thanks to unique architectural elements depending on the room's location. This allows for a selection of layouts and views that might look out over a charming street, the Fish Market, or the backdrop of Mount Fløyen. Classic rooms have tall ceilings and windows, wood floors, marble bathrooms with heated floors, and are equipped with upscale amenities like Nespresso machines, French tea from Damman, Molton Brown bath products, and bathrobes and slippers. Superior and deluxe rooms offer extra space, while junior suites offer sofa beds for two more guests. Suites also have separate soaking tubs and showers.  

Other Highlights

During weekends, traditional afternoon tea is offered with live jazz music on Sundays in the hotel's lobby-level brasserie and bar. Offering a wide selection of French-inspired dishes using local ingredients and seafood, along with options suitable for vegans and vegetarians, guests can choose between à la carte options and multicourse set menus. Guests will also dine in this lovely space each morning for breakfast, with a complimentary à la carte breakfast menu, eschewing the typical breakfast buffet that most hotels in Norway provide.

Hotel Information

4.5-star Hotel
+47 53012200
Vågsallmenningen 16

Traveler Reviews

7 total ratings, 4 with reviews
5.0 out of 5
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Paul H.
Bozeman, MT | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023
Perfect!! Centrally located and very well appointed. Read more

Perfect!! Centrally located and very well appointed.

Authenticity & Character
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in June 2023
J D.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2023
Grand hotel, elegant and well cared-for throughout. Breakfasts were done in such a way as to minimize food waste... instead of a buffet, one orders from a menu. Brava! Read more

Grand hotel, elegant and well cared-for throughout. Breakfasts were done in such a way as to minimize food waste... instead of a buffet, one orders from a menu. Brava!

Authenticity & Character
A doubly intriguing background as both a former national bank building and an homage to the composer Edvard Grieg.
Well-sited near Vågen harbor and the super-historic Bryggen.
The front-desk staff and housekeeping were warm, kind, and engaging.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our room was sumptuous, elegant, and luxurious. Spotlessly clean, thoughtfully laid out, bed and chaise both plush for lounging. Bath and coffee amenities of high quality.
Stayed in May 2023
Emily C.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022
So comfortable, the best sleep we got on the trip. Read more

So comfortable, the best sleep we got on the trip.

Authenticity & Character
Such a step up from the other hotel chains in Bergen.
Great location, right in the heart of things.
Friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
I miss this mattress.
Stayed in August 2022
Charles K.
Parole, MD | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Beautiful hotel in a great location. Great breakfast.
Want to return

Stayed in August 2022