We spent one night at the Rica Hotel in Bergen before starting on the Hurtigruten. As all the restaurants in Bergen were collectively closed on the evening of December 25, we had no way of having a proper Xmas dinner. From a touristic and commercial point of view it makes absolutely no sense that the restaurants and hotels do not take turn in catering to the tourists and public in general. We were totally unprepared to this situation and thus spent Xmas in our hotel room, drinking tea and eating cookies from home. We therefore had a good chance to experience the room which was quiet, large in size, nicely furnished, creating an agreeable and friendly atmosphere. It would have been a nice gesture if at least the hotel had offered a small Xmas snack to its few tourists. As we arrived to the lavish breakfast buffet the next morning (December 26), we were more than compensated for the hungry previous night. The selection and variety of food, its freshness and creative presentation... any five star hotel cannot do a better job than that! The black cook is a magician! Plus were told that the buffet is normally even bigger, if there are more tourists around! So, my suggestion: stay at the Rica Hotel in Bergen, but be prepared to go to bed hungry on any Xmas night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Scandic Byparken (formerly Rica Hotel Bergen) is centrally located in the heart of charming Bergen, near to the bus station, railway station and city sights. Our hotel restaurant serves a generous breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner on request. We also have a nice lobby bar which is a great place to relax and have a freshly brewed cup of coffee. If you're planning a meeting, conference or event, we can provide flexible facilities for up to 80 participants. Parking is available close by for guests arriving by car. Free WiFi is available in all our rooms and public areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rica Travel Bergen
- Bergen Rica Travel Hotel