Couple of days in Bergen beconed as a break from the mountains in Hemsedal. Quick look on Booking.com and two nights in the Scandic Strand it was.
Friendly staff: welcoming and help with a smile!
Incredible location: you can't get closer to the centre than this! Across the road from the fish market and other local attractions.
Awesome breakfast: just about everything you could think of and more. Relaxed and leisurely dining room plus quick staff to round it off.
Huge room: of course I can only speak about 523, but the room was enormous! 5m wide meant lots of floor space.
Childrens playroom: ideal to occupy the kids whilst you let the large breakfast settle over a fresh coffee!
WiFi: free of course and no sign in hoops to jump through.
Parking: discounted parking a couple of streets away.
Ok, now for the not so good points! Minor niggles mostly....
Bathroom: inexplicably tiny and poorly lit. Slow sink drains and loose toilet seat. Good shower though,
Beds: 'double' bed was two singles pushed together and were very wobbly due to stilt type legs. Can't believe how they cope with the use. We put the kids in them and slept in the double sofa bed ourselves!
The room was clean and well presented, although the last occupant had left a sock behind the curtain that the cleaner obviously missed. But it was a kids sock that had been thrown behind the curtain so no biggie.
WHilst not the fault of the hotel, the noise was considerable. If you like a quiet night, you might have to sacrifice the convenience of being so close to the action. On the back of the hotel due to an outside area lower down, the volume of just two men talking was amplified around the 'courtyard' of the interiour to amazing levels! Closing the windows cured the problem even if it became a little stuffy in midsummer.
Would we book again? Definitely, the minor niggles are far outweighed by the lovely location and a breakfast that can keep you going all day. Friendly and helpful staff are the icing on the cake.
Front rooms overlook the fish market and nightlife. Rear rooms have no view and some service noise...
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It is always nice to get a detailed review, and especially when it´s a good one:) Thank you for taking time sharing on Tripadvisor - we really appreciate it!
I have forwarded the issues you mentioned to our technical department for repair.
Looking forward welcoming you back to Scandic Strand.
Have a nice summer!
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