The Hanseatic Hotel, Bergen
A charming hotel near Bergen's waterfront with historic details and two restaurants.
We loved staying in a the 17 th century building with all the architecture that goes along with this 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 deluxe rooms and suites offer separate claw-foot tubs and showers. Guests can choose between two bars and restaurants on-site or take a short stroll to more options within the waterfront neighborhood. A simple breakfast buffet is included in the rate.
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- Enjoy a historic setting steps from Bergen’s top sites like the Bryggen wharf and the Fløibanen funicular (or hiking trails) ascending to magnificent views of the city.
- All rooms are unique with historic elements, many of which have timber walls and wood-beamed ceilings, as well as coffeemakers and minibars.
- The hotel offers two restaurant options including a brasserie and Tex-Mex restaurant with vegetarian and kid-friendly options.
- Some room furnishings and textiles show wear and tear and could use a refresh.
AuthenticityIn the Norwegian language, this is known as the Det Hanseatiske Hotel, located in an 18th-century building in the heart of Bryggen that was once used as a trading house during the Hanseatic period. The hotel’s structure would date even further back to the Middle Ages if it weren’t for the great fire of 1702 that destroyed much of the Bryggen area. Regardless, between the current centuries-old structure, and its location next door to the Hanseatic Museum, it suits travelers seeking charm and history, especially in the rustic-style rooms that have been redecorated in deep colors, with a range of patterns and thick textures. When not out and about exploring, guests can sit in a quiet lobby, which is likely manned by a single staff person sitting at the front desk.
LocationThe hotel is in a prime location for exploring the UNESCO-listed Bryggen waterfront wharf on foot, including museums, shops, dining, and nightlife. It’s on a side street, a bit removed from the cruise ship hubbub, creating a calmer environment. Guests can also take a short walk to hiking trails and the funicular taking you up to the top of the city or head into the heart of Bergen’s more modern city center, so this is a great location for those looking to explore on foot. The central train station and tram with service to Oslo and the airport, respectively, are also within walking distance of the hotel, about 15 minutes away, or ask the hotel to call a taxi.
Rooms & BathroomsEach one of the 37 rooms at this hotel is unique, with various historic elements dedicated to its Hanseatic past that could range from a single wall containing original timber, or a sloped ceiling crisscrossed with thick wood beams. The warm wood elements are complemented with rich contemporary tones, patterned wallpaper, thick textiles, and carpet or parquet floors. They all come with coffeemakers and minibars. Families and friends can choose the standard twin bedrooms, while couples may want to opt for the deluxe rooms that have more space and bigger bathrooms with showers and claw-foot tubs.
Other HighlightsFor the size of the hotel, it may surprise guests that there are two restaurants and bars onsite. The FG Restaurant & Bar is an eclectic space serving continental fare like mussels and filet mignon, while a more casual Tex-Mex restaurant (said to be the only one in Bergen) offers traditional fare like fajitas and burritos. Both restaurants can accommodate vegetarians and kids. A breakfast buffet with a range of healthy options and espresso drinks is included in the room price.
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