If you’ve been reading The Blonde Banana lately, you know that I spent a couple days in Bergen, Norway to explore the city and take a tour of the fjords. One of the best things about my whirlwind stay in Bergen was my cozy home base for two nights: the Klosterhagen Hotell. I wasn’t very impressed with the variety of accommodations available in Bergen, especially since it seemed like the hostels wouldn’t be open late enough for us to check in after our 11:00PM landing time and most hotels were outrageously priced. So the Klosterhagen Hotell, a boutique hotel that is stylish, comfortable and provides a free traditional Norwegian breakfast every morning, is a real gem.
The lobby area is small yet cheerful with modern design touches. As soon as we arrived we were greeted warmly, even though it was almost 1:00AM. We were exhausted and happy to find that our room had two beds in it! There was a queen and a twin, which was perfect for two people traveling together who are not a couple. The bed was so comfy and cozily situated right under a skylight. There was also a TV which I promptly unplugged so I could charge my devices before passing out.
I don’t think I would have been able to get out of bed at 6AM for our fjord tour if that skylight window hadn’t eased me out of a deep sleep with the sunrise. But what made our morning even better were the heated floors in the bathroom. It’s little luxurious touches like this that can make hotels worth their price tag!
Now, on to the breakfast. When I was reading reviews of the Klosterhagen Hotell, breakfast seemed to be the focal point. I usually don’t like hotel buffet breakfasts, but I have to say that this one was quite good. They served a typical Norwegian breakfast, which consists of meats, cheeses, fish and bread. They also had a make your own yogurt bar with a variety of dried fruits and nuts to mix in, and platters of raw fruits and vegetables. While it was certainly different than your standard American breakfast, it was a tasty and well rounded way to start the day. It was also nice to have this meal included in our room rate, since Norway is so expensive! Not knowing when we’d get a chance to eat during our Norway in a Nutshell day-long tour, we feasted.
The Klosterhagen Hotell is located in a quiet neighborhood, about a 10 minute walk from the touristy Bryggen and the central area where the Flybussen bus from the airport drops you off. If you don’t like to walk, be forewarned: it’s a bit of a trek up a hill from the airport bus stop. This wasn’t an issue for me, but I could see that it would be inconvenient for someone who had a very heavy bag. But if a walk is no problem for you, there are plenty of winding cobblestone streets and adorable colorful houses to look at as you make your way!
One unique aspect of this hotel is that it’s set up primarily to offer work training for those on their way to returning to a normal life. They offer jobs for both those who are interested in learning the ropes of hospitality, and those who see the hotel as an opportunity for general work training on their way towards jobs in other businesses. Participants in the program are referred by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Services.
Overall, the Klosterhagen Hotell was the perfect place to stay for our 2 nights in Bergen. A beautiful neighborhood location that was a short walk from Bergen’s tourist sites, restaurants, and train station, small yet well appointed rooms, free WiFi and a filling morning breakfast… what more could you need?
The Klosterhagen Hotell offers a range of single, double and triple rooms to accommodate groups of all sizes, and room rates are extremely reasonable for such a nice hotel in Norway, the most expensive country I’ve ever been to.
Click here to visit the Klosterhagen Hotell’s website for more information.
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