- Reviews: 311
Private accommodation: AirBnB and the like
Steer away from the modest over priced hotels and find someone's apartment to stay in. Many are close tot the town centres and allow to save even more by doing some of the meal preparation yourself.
Figure on a reasonable one bedroom place costing around $150 a night, probably the same as hostel accommodation for two adults.
- Reviews: 1
To Søstre Guesthouse: Norway's Best Guesthouse
Opened in October 2009, To Søstre (“Two Sisters”) is a charming family run guesthouse situated in the historic centre of Bergen. This traditional wooden house lies in a quiet, cobbled street and is just a short walk (5min) from the city’s historic water front and UNESCO world heritage site – “Bryggen”. We offer comfortable rooms and a family suite, with a wholesome breakfast, including homemade breads and local produce.
Homemade norwegian breakfast, kind and helpful hosts. free wifi.
5. minutes walk from the city center.
- Reviews: 87
Jacobs Apartments: Convenient price and location
I spent two night in the dormitory at Jacobs Apartments and I upgraded for the last night to a private single room.
The hotel / hostel is conveniently situated, just minutes away from the train station, and it is really easy to find.
To check-in, drop by at the restaurant / pub on the corner of the street. The rooms are situated above the restaurant, and can be accessed through it or though the beer garden.
The dorm is located on the other side of the building. You will be given a magnetic key to open the doors in the dorm.
Cheap, at NOK 165 + NOK 55 for bedlinen (compulsory). The dorms are 10 beds each and mixed. You have access to toilets, bathrooms and a kitchen (with a fridge). There are good lockers in the room. The fully equipped kitchen makes it really a cheap opportunity.
For me, it was fine during the week end while other backpackers were there.
Unfortunately, the cheap price also attracts migrant workers and I had to upgrade to a single room due to the sexist behaviour of one of them.
The rooms are quite expensive but are well worth the stay if you're planning a romantic getaway. They seem to be built as combos, with the bed / TV area on top of the bathroom, but it might also be because I was staying on 3rd floor.
The rooms are very clean and contain a fully equipped kitchen (once again, an advantage over other hotels).
THE RESTAURANT / PUB
The staff there is very nice and I had an enjoyable evening sharing a beer with friendly Norwegians.
I could understand, though, by reading other reviews, that the music and the beer garden opened until well after 11h30 could be too noisy.
All in all, this place has a lot of qualities and I would be sure to come back for a romantic holiday.
However, if I had to come back to the dormitory as a single woman travelling alone, I would make sure with Silje, the receptionist, that I will not be left alone in a room with migrant workers.
- Reviews: 10
Skuteviken gjesthus: Guesthouse
This guesthouse is in Skuteviken, just behind the Bergen Fort. It is a small guest house in one of the oldest parts of Bergen, dated back to the 1600's.
It's very nice, they have 5 apartments. Self catering possibility and is renovated. The rooms had had separate bedrooms, and were very clean and of high standard. We stayed there in July for 3 nights
Clean, High standard renovated, very pleasent atmosphere. Very Friendly and personal approach. Close to town, walking distance. Self catering! Which might save you a couple bob.
- Reviews: 202
A Great Find
It's room only in a family home. It's private and excellent value for money. A pleasant 15mins walk into city, near park.
Would definitely return.
Lovely old traditional wooden house in fantastic location.
A real insight into Norwegian life.
A room with a view overhanging a fjord.
- Reviews: 14
Rented Cottage: Best places to stay in Norway
If you want stay in Norway and don't want to use a hotel than I can recommend the cottages you can rent everywhere. We went a couple of times and either book up front from home or just went up there and stay at different ones every night. Look for ones in small villages and/or near lakes. We had frech elk tracks in front of the house every morning!!
- Reviews: 6
Jacob's Appartments and Hostel (dorm.no): An excellent hostel
It's February so the place is pretty empty. The dorms are large - around 18 beds - so in high season when they're packed it might not be quite as pleasant.
There is a cafe attached, with a heated outdoor terrace (good if you're a smoker, though not so good for the environment), free internet access, including wifi (which I'm using as I write this), a decent kitchen (essential in Norway where eating out, along with pretty much everything else, is ridiculously expensive), and in an excellent central location, midway between the train station and the port.
I was only going to stay here a couple of days but I've been here over a week now.
- Reviews: 359
Annehelene's B&B: Living low budget -but nicely- in Bergen old town!
If you go to Bergen, I definitely recommend you this place. It is very rare to get accommodation at this budget price anyway in Norway, and least in the middle of the historical old town Bergen, which is famous for the colourful and different sized wooden houses from the 1800th century.
If you are use to space and need spacious rooms, then this is not for you. The room itself is so tiny, that it contains only the (double) bed (from wall to wall), a chair and a small bookshelf partly filled in with old books, for your clothes and stuff.
The bathroom is in the same floor behind a separate room, and it is given to the guest for private use. There is a bath tub and shower + sink. Normal European size.
If you are able to read map (and the route is learned soon but the narrow streets need some orientation skills), it is only some 10 minutes walk to the city centre (famous Bryggen, harbour, fish market etc.).
The breakfast! Definitely make the reservation WITH breakfast. It costs you some 9 euros more per day, but it is worth it. It's one of the best breakfast's I've ever had. The owner, the very nice lady, just agrees with you the evening before what time you want your breakfast. You eat it upstairs at their living room - which is worth seeing. All the colours, combined styles from different eras...it's like a colourful living museum.
You go up and notice that she has put up a setting like in a fine restaurant. She has put so many "dishes" on the table: coffee, tea, orange and apple juice, youghurt, eggs (she will ask you first if you like to have and how made), different types of bread, fine cheeses (on big beats with a cheese knife), many other things to put on your bread on the butter, everything is finalized with delicious and expensive parma ham and honey melon!!! You don't necessarily even need to eat any lunch; just a snack before dinner.
The service! The owner is a super person. She talks with you when you eat if you start or like, but otherwise she'll stay quite quietly on the background in the kitchen and does not disturb you.
The balcony! She has a BIG balcony upstairs, which is in your use too. It is nice to just sit there after you've come home, let you feet and mind relax, and watch up to the mountains. Smell the freshest air in the world.
The feeling of the house, the little bit weird colouring, the nice owner, everything makes it an experience itself. I rather stay in places like this than in "dead" hotels.
- Reviews: 1513
Skandia Sommerpensjonat: Good value budget option in Bergen
I stayed at Skandia Sommerpensjonat for 4 nights during my visit to Bergen in July 2006.
Budget accommodation is scarce in Bergen, particularly in the busy summer months, and this place represents a very good budget option in a convenient central location.
I paid 375 NOK per night for a single room (shared bathroom), making this a very affordable option and far cheaper than most hotels in the town.
However, this price included nothing but the room. Bed linen cost an additional 60 NOK and a towel cost an extra 15 NOK. These costs are a one off and are not incurred for each day of your stay.
Double rooms cost 500 NOK per night.
Skandia Sommerpensjonat is located on Kong Oscars gate, close to the touristy centre of Bergen. Walking along Kong Oscars gate brings you to the bustling harbour, the fish market and Bryggen in under 5 minutes. There are numerous shops, cafes and restaurants within a 2 minute walk of the hotel.
According to the hotel's website (which for the large part is in Norwegian only), Skandia is only open to guests between 15th June and 13th August, catering to the influx of summer tourist crowds. I noticed that some of the rooms there had people's names on the doors, indicating that people actually live there permanently.
The rooms are located on several floors and are serviced by one small (and somewhat rickety) lift. I usually used the stairs to get to my second floor room.
The hotel has a small reception area staffed by friendly staff (who, like the majority of Norwegians, speak almost perfect English), as well as a communal kitchen (on the second floor) and an outdoor terrace on which to enjoy your breakfast (not included in the price) or just to sit and soak up the sun.
Guests receive a keycard which gives them access to the hotel after reception closes (at 11pm) and to their rooms.
My single room was sparsely furnished, but was clean and comfortable.
It contained a sofa bed, a table and chair, a desk and chair, a wardrobe, a radiator, a washbasin, a mirror and a handful of lamps. It also had a large window which gave the room a lot of natural light. The lock on the window was broken and so the window was held open by the strategic placing of a paper cup between the window and its frame! Apart from that, the maintenance of the room was pretty good.
The room didn't contain a fridge, which would have been appreciated due to the need for cold drinks caused by the warm weather during my stay. I believe that double rooms contain both a fridge and rudimentary cooking facilities.
The communal toilets and shower room for the second floor were just a few steps from my bedroom, as was the communal kitchen. The bathroom facilities were spotlessly clean and were always vacant when I required their use.
A good value budget option in the heart of Bergen! The main tourist sites are just minutes away on foot. However, it appears that Skandia opens only for a few summer months each year....but I would check this directly with the hotel. Recommended for budget travellers!!
- Reviews: 64
1. Old Sailor's Hotels 2. Every Man's Right: Cheap sleeping for the adventureous
1. In both Bergen and Oslo in Norway, and in Gotteberg, Sweden, there are lodgings that traditionally were offered to the down and out (re: drunk and broke) sailors. These hotels were, and still are well managed, clean, and VERY cheap. Spartan, yes, but clean, safe, and warm are the main things. I have stayed in all three cities at these hotels and was more than satisfied. They all allowed me to bring my bicycle inside where it was put into a storage room. In Oslo, the city bus stop is just about 50' from the door, so getting around is no problem.
2. Backpackers and hikers (and bikers who carry all their own gear) should also know about Every Man's Right. In both countries, if there is open ground more than about 1/4 mile from from public buildings, you can camp there without charge. This includes public parks unless posted otherwise, farmers fields, hidden copses beside highways and so on. I used these places for several weeks while traveling from Bergen to Denmark.
no pools, no dining, no room service. clean rooms, amiable management.
- Reviews: 130
Lone Camping: Lone Camping
Lone Camping is the biggest campsite in Bergen, beautifully situated next to the Haukeland Lake and opposite the 650 meters tall Liafjellet mountain. The view from my tent was absolutely amazing! :)
Except of the tent ground they provide also cabins. Besides, there is a possibility to hire a canoe, to have a nice time on the lake :)
- Reviews: 3
Jacob's apartments: Bergen's most friendly staff
I travelled all around Scandinavia, 3 or 4 days each place, but the nice staff made me feel really like at home, I finally satayed 14 days there.
Clean, clean, clean, nice and warmly staff, good music, free internet, good showers, tv ,and the bar is exellent
- Reviews: 1285
Skogtun Camping: Campsite near Bergen
On a high cliff overlooking the sea, this campsite has not only an area for tents but also some cabins and a lodge, where we stayed (NOK 250 for a double room with a washbasin per night. The cabins start at 350)
It's a convenient place from which to visit Bergen, there is even a bus going there if you walk to the main road.
Good tourist information at the reception, great views and probably much more for which we didn' t have the time.
- Reviews: 76
Inga Bralean's House!: Head straight for the Tourist Office!!!
We had decided to stay in a hostel or B&B in Bergen on our last night in Norway but because it was a Friday night most places were fully booked. Worried about this, we headed straight for the tourist office in the centre of town (parking is very close by but beware of the one way system!), and managed to organise a home stay. THE best way of experiencing Bergen. Our host Inga, was extremely friendly, chatty and had helpful tips on places to see and places to go! She recommended the best restaurant for us as we were on a budget and was just a lovely hostess.
Inga's house was about 7 kilometres outside of the centre so homestays are really only for those who have their own transport. However her place was an exception as there was a city bus stop right outside her place.
The house was comfortable and clean which is all you really need and the view from our window was just lovely!
Bearing in mind that most accomadation in Bergen is expensive this was perfectly fine for what we required and it was like living with a tourist guide!
- Reviews: 2495
.: On board
Well, should you decide to arrive in Norway by Fjordline, and on the right sailing, there is the opportunity to stay onboard overnight when you arrive. Be aware that your car must be taken off the ship on arrival and parked in the carpark nearby, this means an alcohol free day as arrival is in the evening.....I managed... just, made up for lost time later though!
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