This was a pretty basic hostel, but the location is super convenient and right next to the fish market. It was easy to get to by from the airport and train station is a short walk away. When you wake up you're right next to the fish market and shopping areas so there's a lot to do in a short walking distance. There were a couple bars along the pier as well as some clubs close by if you're interested in the night life.
The facilities were pretty decent. The kitchen always seemed to be pretty busy. The showers are push nozzles that run for 10 seconds and you have to continuously keep pushing throughout. It makes sense to not have any wasted water, but it does become annoying when you're trying to rinse your soapy hair while needing to keep pushing the button to keep the water running. Otherwise the bathrooms didn't really seem that dirty.
I had booked the Dormitory the first couple nights since it was the cheapest and I was traveling alone. It's basically a large room that looks like it might have been a small auditorium in the past with just rows of bunk beds; maybe filled with 20 bunk beds. It is exactly how that sounds so if you are a light/grumpy sleeper probably wouldn't be the best since travelers are constantly coming in or moving out at all times of the day, even at 3 am.
There were other days I was in the 6-person bedding (mixed sexes) and that wasn't bad either. I honestly just went in to use the bed and just stayed in my bunk if I was killing time. Some people hanged their laundry to dry between their beds, but it didn't really bother me and they didn't hang it on stranger bunk beds.
I felt pretty safe. They keep the doors locked after a certain time at night and I actually had a side trip where I left my bag there for a day and the staff let me keep it in the locked closet. I never really used the lockers that they had provided, but I also never left my real valuables alone without me. If anything I charged my camera and iphone without worry.
I didn't opt for the paid breakfast, seemed too expensive for my taste when I could just buy some eggs and cook myself. Even some people left behind pasta for free use in the kitchen and I made lunch out of that. The kitchen was probably the most frustrating experience of the hostel but that because it's a small kitchen area so if you had 5 people trying to maneuver there was definitely some bumpage. Sometimes people didn't clean their dishes either so there would just be a a sink full or a drying dishes taking up half the counter.
The wifi can only be used in the common area. And it's not a weak connection, you just have to be in the commons area, which is comfortable. I had no problem when in the common area or the eating area.
All in all, i would recommend. it's a good price, great location and decent set up considering.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bergen YMCA Hostel has a superb location in the city center, minutes from the main attractions! The rooms are bright and spacious, with en-suite facilities and kitchenettes. We offer single, double, 4 and 6 bedded rooms. Budget dorms are available during summer. Other facilities: Internet Cafe, WiFi, TV lounge and common rooms, guest kitchen and a roof terrace with incredible views over the harbour! We are open all year. We look forward to welcoming you! ... more less
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- Bergen Ymca Hotel Bergen