After staying in this hotel for four nights, I have a very high opinion of it. The name is somewhat misleading because it's far from what I would call basic, but it's a good idea to be aware of what this hotel has to offer to avoid disappointment. They are very clear, for example, that there is no restaurant/breakfast (although you can buy breakfast from the Scandic next door if you wish), no daily cleaning (not being woken up by the noise of a vacuum suited us nicely!), no 24-hour reception and no mini-bar. The rooms are, however, very nicely furnished, spotlessly clean, en-suite, and equipped with free fast wifi, TV, a kettle and a fridge.
The hotel is within walking distance of most things as Bergen is a small city. It's on a street with several bars and clubs, but it's by no means a seedy area -- it seems that people in Bergen just like to party a lot! The hotel is above a bar which did play music until about 2am every night (3am on Saturday) so if you need peace and quiet to get to sleep before midnight, you may struggle. It didn't bother us because we weren't getting back to the room until about 3am anyway, and once the bar closed for the night everything became quiet very quickly and we weren't troubled by any other noise.
The hotel seems to have a modern approach to hospitality (eg, prioritising free wifi over more traditional services). This really suited us, but may not be so great for those looking for a more conventional set-up. If you're not bothered about breakfast or daily cleaning, then I doubt you'd find a nicer (or friendlier) hotel in Bergen in this price range.
(A tip on finding the hotel -- the entrance is quite small, but it's right next to a bar/club called Solo, which is impossible to miss. Head in that direction and you'll find it!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Basic Hotel Bergen is located in the city center of Bergen. We try to keep our solutions as simple as possible, in order to provide a good alternative when you are looking for smart, affordable accommodation. Basic Hotels are suitable for guests who want a comfortable stay in a casual setting, but have no need for extra hotel luxuries and services. Nevertheless, our hotels boast modern design and perfect functionality. All our rooms come with a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, an electric kettle, TV, refrigerator, hairdryer, a convenient desk and a wardrobe. The rooms have oak parquet flooring. ... more less
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