From the Bergen airport, we took the Flybussen (the airport bus). This is the best form of transportation to get to the city just tell them where your hotel is, and they will let you know the stop you gotta get off. The bus also has few seats that convert to child seats. If you travel with kids, you would never get a taxi to come with a child seat, they just don't care. And taxis are really expensive to take anyways.
The Flybussen dropped us at the last stop. From then on we were a little lost which direction to go, but the hotel was just next to the fortress (a little walk from the bus stop). It rains most of the time in Bergen, so be prepared to have an umbrella or some rain gear.
We had a reservation for a standard room, but seeing that we had a baby they gave us a bigger room for the same price, which was awesome because we had a deal for the room anyway.
Reading the other reviews, I was skeptic about the hotel. But Norway it's expensive, you gonna pay a lot of money for even a budget hotel (for US standards). Let me start by saying that the building is really old, but what do you expect? Bergen is a really old place and every corner of the city screams history. The hotel fits right in, which makes it undoubtedly charming (kind of like the old buildings in San Francisco).
The room was spacious (unlike the bathroom), the beds were comfy, there was a couch, a big TV for a hotel, and a very modern but small bathroom. We had a great view, we could see the fortress and a bit of the Marina (we could even see the huge royal cruise which woke us up a couple of mornings). The room was clean, and best of all, it had no carpet!
On the down side, the walls were thin. We could hear what I assumed was a woman with high heals going down the stairs, i guess she wanted a morning work out! in heals! The other down side was that the door handle fell apart, so you couldn't open the door (very dangerous if there was a fire). We didn't call anybody, my husband just fixed it with a screw driver (yes, he comes prepared).
We are travelers, and we love to explore and walk, and now we have a baby we drag everywhere. Walking is the best part of traveling because you experience the city and culture better. The city center is very small, we walked even to the aquarium! (about 30 minutes walk) The only time we needed a ride was to the train station when we checked out, and we had bags. We walked in the rain, with bags. Not necessarily our choice but no taxis wanted to come to our rescue because they will have to provide a child seat carrier (We figured we could have taken the Flybussen which has a stop at the train station. It was a 20 minutes walk. The Hotel was no help when it came to the taxi situation, they should have warned us!
Breakfast was well stocked, but they seem to remove the food right at 10am to again put some more food on (I believe for the staff) I am glad they didn't kick us out. So be there at least 15-10 minutes before closing.
I can't complain much about the hotel staff; they are just there. They weren't super friendly or super helpful but they served their purpose. In general Norway doesn't have good customer service is kind of like the cable company in the US, you stuck with them!
I only wish I had more time to explore this city, there were a couple of places that I'd have loved to visit. We are on the slow side with a baby, 3 days weren't enough!
Yes, I would come back and probably go back to the Thon Bryggen.
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