A friend of mine stayed at the Steen's Hotel a few years ago and recommended it. And it has good reviews on Trip Advisor so I decided that it would be my best choice for Bergen.
For the most part I was happy with the Steen's Hotel. Check in was okay, although the desk staff were a bit indifferent. In truth the Steen's doesn’t have a desk staff in the sense that most hotels do. You have to ring them and someone will come from another floor. There’s no one permanently stationed at the check-in desk. That’s fine, but it would be nice not to have to “summon” someone to answer the simplest question.
The room was good. A fairly good size, especially for the small rooms I’d gotten used to in Norway. The room at the Steen's was the biggest of the four hotels I stayed in during the Norway leg of my vacation. It was clean and bright with a partial view of the park. So no complaints there.
Ah, yes. The park. I did a thorough Google Street View of the area before booking the Steen's. I thought “Wow, what a nice park and right across from the hotel.” With Google Street View you can even walk inside the park a bit. Lovely. Well, appearances can be deceiving. During the day the park is wonderful with ponds, fountains and lots of green space. At night, however, the park does a Jekyll and Hyde and is filled with drunks, drug dealers and low lifes. We visited the park the first morning after we arrived the day before. There was a full city crew cleaning up the piles of garbage, bottles and rubbish strewn everywhere from the night before. Full credit to the Bergen clean up crew, but what a horrible situation. On the evening of our last day we had dinner and then strolled into the park. We got about ten meters before some guy started to aggressively approach us saying “Drugs? You want drugs??!” That drove us back out onto the street. That night I was woken from a sound sleep at 3:30 am. with the drunks and druggies yelling and carrying on. So much for the nice park. I mentioned this on check out and the young woman at the desk said “Yes, the city is trying to do something about that.”
The only other concern I would raise is that the breakfast room is too small for the size of the hotel. The breakfast room is quite lovely with wood panelled walls and stained glass windows. But on our first morning all the tables were taken. Standing room only. Finally a table opened up and we quickly grabbed it. In the Steen's defense I noted that on two of the three mornings of my stay single women were sitting at a table for four just reading a newspaper or working on a laptop. They were finished their breakfast, but wouldn’t leave and let others use the table. Really selfish, but obviously not the Steen's fault. As for the breakfast, it was pretty basic with hard and soft boiled eggs as the only hot foods. Oh, and stick with the apple juice machine. The orange juice, when the machine gets low, can be really sludgy.
I did like the Steen's Hotel—I really did. But people should be aware that the park, which looks so nice when you’re researching your Bergen hotel choices, is absolutely terrible. Again, not the Steen's fault, of course, but it’s worth mentioning for those considering a stay.
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