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“A good stay with some minor quibbles”
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First Hotel Marin
Ranked #18 of 49 Hotels in Bergen
Reviewed April 7, 2014

I stayed at the Bergen First Marin for three nights in March 2014. This hotel has a fantastic location, one street away from the busy harbour area but just far enough away to be reasonably quiet.

The room was average and contained what one expects: a comfortable bed, clean bathroom, all that. My only quibble would be the absence of coffee and tea-making facilities. I know many hotels dispense with these but it really is a pain. I often work in my hotel room and like to carry teabags with me, so having a kettle to boil water would have been nice.

Having said this, the First Marin does at least provide complimentary tea and coffee (and hot water) to its guests in a lounge on the ground floor, which is helpful. But it does mean traversing the lifts/stairs with a cup of hot water... Just a little quibble.

The restaurant provided and excellent meal for our group and the breakfast was as lavish and as fresh and tasty as I have now come to expect from hotels in this part of the world.

The staff were friendly and spoke excellent English.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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MonicaSelvik, Daglig leder at First Hotel Marin, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear GrahaminMelbourne,

First of all - thank you very much for your pleasant feedback with regards to your stay at our hotel in March. I am very happy that you have experienced a nice stay - although with some quibbles.

Please make sure to book an upgraded room the next time you are staying with us - all upgraded rooms offer a water kettle, coffee and tea.

I am looking forward to welcoming you back to Bergen and First Hotel Marin any time!

Yours sincerely,

Monica E. Selvik
General Manager
First Hotel Marin

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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Stayed two nights at The First Marin Bergen at the end of a two week trip around Norway. I prebooked through Booking.com and paid up front. We were two couples booked into two twin bedded rooms. Our room was large with a short hallway into the main body of the room. This hallway was useful for bags, coats etc. A well provisioned room with tea/coffee making facilities (most welcome). TV, mini bar etc. The bathroom was a fair size with a shower over the bath and a hanging shower screen of some plastic material (not one of my favoured inventions)!
The beds were very comfortable and enabled us to have a good nights sleep.
Breakfast was included in our rate. It was buffet style with choices of cereal, and cold meats (European style), and hot dishes such as scrambled eggs, boiled egges, bacon etc. The foods was satisfactory but the hot meals tended not to be very hot! Plates were cold.
Overall this was a good hotel that met our expectations. The location of The Hotel was good because it was a short walk to The Restaurants and sights around The Harbour.
We would use this Hotel again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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MonicaSelvik, General Manager at First Hotel Marin, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2014

Dear HRH4,

Thank you very much for your pleasant feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to evaluate us and we are very happy to know that you had an enjoyable stay with us.

Your positive comments concerning the nice and spaciuos roms and our various breakfast buffet are very pleasing. It is always especially nice when we see nice comments conserning our main focus areas such as the rooms, breakfast and service.

Thank you again and we are very much looking forward to seeing you again the next time you plan to visit Bergen.

Kind regards
Monica E. Selvik
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Perfect place to stay for the weekend!
View over "bryggen" and only 1 minute to og for the "Fløibanen".
Only minutes to walk until you're at the main street, "Torgalmenningen" with lots of shops, pubs and restaurants.
We really appreciated the free coffe on the hotel. The hotel was clean and the breakfast was small, but OK.
We didn't find the "breafast in room" brochure in Our suite...I found out to late that I had to het this in the reception.
They don't have their own parking lot, but you can park in a garage right next to the hotel, the cost is 200,- per day/24 hrs.
You also had to use your "key" to use the elevator.....
2100,- for 2 Nights without parking and poor breakfast, was not worth the money.

Room Tip: Get the "breakfast in room" brochure at the reception. Remember your key to use the elev...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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MonicaSelvik, General Manager at First Hotel Marin, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2014

Dear Globetroll,

Thank you very much for your warming feedback conserning your stay at First Hotel Marin. So nice to hear that you enjoyed the location and the short distance to the main street and the historic area of Bryggen.

Regarding breakfast in room we will make sure to put our more information about this, but you are very correct - our breakfast room service menu is available at the front desk and can be ordered there.

We do have our own parking spaces in our own garage - but it is very often full in the weekends as there are limited spaces available. So good indeed that we have larger parking house right next door. The cost is the same - only that in the hotel garage you can access the rooms directly by elevator from the garage.

We use the key to elevators for security reasons, which I know many of our guests appreciate very much.

I am afraid the rates are quite ok for our location - I would think it will be difficult to find a more reasonable price than what you have paid - and parking in the cities are generally expensive.

We hope to be hosting you the next time you visit Bergen and I am looking forward to hearing from you again.

Kind regards

Monica E. Selvik
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Stayed here for the weekend 21th to 23rd March. Comfortable room, nice staff and great location in the city center, close to Bryggen. Our next stay at this hotel is already planned in May to celebrate the Norwegian national day in Bergen.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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MonicaSelvik, General Manager at First Hotel Marin, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2014

Dear Torein,

Thank you very much for pleasant feedback. I appreciate that you took the time to evaluate us and I am very happy to know that you had an enjoyable stay with us.

Your positive comments concerning the staff are very pleasing and I will forward your thoughts to them.

I wish you warmly welcome back - and we are looking forward to seeing you in May!!

Kind regards
Monica E. Selvik
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

Stayed here for a week from 20th to 27th March. The Hotel is 100metres from the harbour and the Bryggen (the oldest part of Bergen), and about 200metres from Bergen centre. Our room was comfortable and clean, had adequate tea making facilities and free Wi Fi. The staff were very helpful and all could speak good English (far better than my Norwegian!) Really enjoyed our stay in Norway and would recommend it to anyone

Room Tip: Go for a room overlooking the central courtyard. Not a good view but very quiet!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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MonicaSelvik, General Manager at First Hotel Marin, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2014

Dear Steve G.

Thank you very much for your feedback regarding your stay with us at First Hotel Marin.

I really do appreciate that you took the time to evaluate us, and I am very happy to learn that you had a memorable stay in Bergen and at our hotel.

We wish to welcome you back to First Hotel Marin next time you visit Bergen, and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any quiries.

Warm regards
Monica E. Selvik
General Manager

First Hotel Marin
Rosenkrantzgaten 8
N - 5003 Bergen
Tel: +47 53051530
Fax: +47 53051501

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Was my 1st time to Norway and we had a nice welcome from the front desk very pleasant every staff member in the hotel said hello.The room was very clean and the cleaner always made a effort to say morning.The breakfast was amazing and again staff very helpful .Im a younger traveler and they dint treat me any different and will 100% be returning location is great.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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MonicaSelvik, General Manager at First Hotel Marin, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Dear DanCornwall86,

Thank you very much for posting such a pleasant feedback with regards to your stay at our hotel.

Our guests feedback is of high importance to us, and it is especially warming that you felt so at ease at our hotel and felt welcome by our staff members.

I wish to welcome you back to First Hotel Marin the next time you have a chance to visit the Gateway to the Fjords, Bergen!

Kind regards

Monica E. Selvik
Direktør / General Manager

FIRST HOTEL MARIN
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Rosenkrantzgaten 8
N - 5003 Bergen

Tel: +47 53051530
Fax: +47 53051501

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Me and my partner we stayed in First Hotel Marina for a few nights, and we were amazed. Helpful and nice staff, clean room with mini bar. Morning with superb breakfast. We also loved the location- right next to the historic Bryggen, many restaurants around, harbour (with trips to the fjords) and fish market!
We will stay there on our next trip to Bergen for sure.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rosenkrantzgaten 8, Bergen 5003, Norway
Location: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Bergen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bergen
Price Range: $123 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — First Hotel Marin 4*
Number of rooms: 151
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First Hotel Marin is a classic hotel situated in the city center of Bergen. The unique location of the hotel is on the famous "Bryggen" in Bergen which is on UNESCOs world-heritage list. Marin have well-equipped rooms, conference facilities as well as steambaths, sauna and a gym. Our rooms are charming and welcoming, some with wonderful views over Bryggen. Treat yourself to a little luxury and enjoy our spacious suites and come home to some extra comfort after a busy day. First Hotel Marin is a perfect match for both business and pleasure. Welcome to First Hotel Marin in Bergen. Centrally located and renovated 2013/2015 Rooms with view of the harbour Parking Free WiFi Free Breakfast ... more   less 
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