The Best Boutique Hotels in Bergen

Enjoy Scandinavian design and ambience with at stay at one of Bergens unique hotels
Enjoy Scandinavian design and ambience with at stay at one of Bergen's unique hotels | Courtesy of Hotel Bergen Børs / Expedia.com
Carl Pettit

Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, although the place still manages to retain a small-town atmosphere. The city serves as a gateway to the many steep fjords to the north, but there’s plenty to see in town. Highlights include the colourful wooden buildings in the Unesco Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the animated fish market and KODE, one of the largest museums for art, music and design in the Nordic region. If you want to head to Bergen and stay someplace with style, we’ve compiled a list of the city’s top boutique hotels.

1. Hotel Park Bergen

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Colourful chairs and small square tables in the dining area at Hotel Park Bergen. Small fireplace and mosaic tiled reception bar.
Courtesy of Hotel Park Bergen / Expedia.com
Classy Hotel Park Bergen, positioned in the city centre, offers homely and light-filled rooms, plus one top-floor suite with a kitchen. The property dates back to the 1890s, and a blend of colourful contemporary and traditional Scandinavian furniture runs throughout. The rooms offer some great views and the fresh organic breakfast, which is served in a pretty cafe-like setting, is one of the other highlights.

2. Opus XVI

Hotel

Large, opulent dining area with arched windows, purple chairs and dark marble columns at Opus XVI.
Courtesy of Opus XVI / Expedia.com

This hotel takes its name from a celebrated work by 19th-century Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The 65-room Opus XVI – which used to be a five-floor bank – even hosts live concerts with pieces by Grieg. The spacious rooms and suites have a warm ambience thanks to soft lighting and a mix of chocolatey browns and buttery hues. The banquet and meeting spaces feature marble columns, high ceilings and golden chandeliers. Listen to live piano music while dining on fresh seafood, then learn about Edvard Grieg by exploring the hotel’s museum-style exhibition wall tracing the composer’s life.

3. Hotel Oleana

Hotel

Double bed with black headboard and bright pink pillows in an airy room with large windows opening onto a balcony at Hotel Oleana.
Courtesy of Hotel Oleana / Expedia.com

Hotel Oleana is a designer hotel that isn’t afraid of vivid colours like bold purple – as well as funky pop art in the double rooms, suites and common areas. Next to Ole Bulls Plaza, the 97-room Oleana boasts sizable rooms with rainfall showers and cavernous tubs. The property takes its name and design inspiration from the violin virtuoso Ole Bull. The hotel’s chic Ácido restaurant specialises in Mexican and Peruvian food – ceviche, tacos, Argentine chimichurri sauce and more – while the free organic breakfast included with your stay is both a Norwegian and continental affair.

4. Det Hanseatiske Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Large double bed in a rustic, wood cabin style room with swirled carpet at Det Hanseatiske Hotel.
Courtesy of Det Hanseatiske Hotel

Bergen’s historic Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf hosts the 37-room Det Hanseatiske Hotel in a preserved wooden structure. With open-beam ceilings and timbered cabin-like walls, you’ll notice wood is a big theme here. Guests will be exposed to oodles of wharf-side charm at this Norwegian Unesco World Heritage Site. When you need a break from the onslaught of Scandinavian ambience, head to the hotel’s Tex-Mex Casa del Toro, which serves spicier fare like fajitas and homemade super nachos that clearly aren’t Nordic in origin.

5. Hotel No13

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Large double bed with pink cushions and throws in large room with floor to ceiling windows at abstract portrait of faces on the wall at Hotel No 13.
Courtesy of Hotel and Restaurant No 13

The city of Bergen is probably more picturesque than it is urban, but Hotel No13 combines the best of both worlds. The modern, stylish collection of rooms and the delicious dining at the on-site restaurant will give you all the sustenance you need to keep exploring the city. The location of this place puts you in the heart of the action.

6. Grand Hotel Terminus

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Double bed with twin duvets in junior suite with large windows and brown armchairs at Grand Hotel Terminus.
Courtesy of Grand Hotel Terminus

Grand Hotel Terminus combines old-world charm with modern splendour. Widely known for its own whiskey bar, the only one in Scandinavia to be given gold status from the Great Whiskey Bars of the World, this is the place to elegantly relax in style after a long day of exploring Bergen. The old-school guise continues through to the rooms, with some great views of the city beyond. This spot is conveniently located next to the train station and the airport bus stops fairly nearby.

7. Hotel Bergen Børs

Independent Hotel, Hotel

Large double bed with white sheets and a grey throw in a large room at Hotel Bergen Børs. Large windows looking out onto the city.
Courtesy of Hotel Bergen Børs / Expedia.com

Bergen Børs, housed within the former stock exchange, is a sophisticated property in the city centre. Guests can choose from a range of superbly appointed rooms with high ceilings and custom-made Nordic furniture. The large suites, which were previously managerial offices, serve up harbour and city views with separate living spaces. The Michelin-starred BARE Restaurant adds to the refined hotel ambience. Make sure you book a table here and dip into one of the locally sourced Scandinavian tasting menus. The options change daily depending on what the local fishermen return with.

8. Augustin Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Twin beds in a small, cosy room with a floral feature wall and art on the walls at Augustin Hotel.
Courtesy of Augustin Hotel / Expedia.com

Besides offering 130 tidy rooms of various sizes near the aquarium and harbour, Augustin Hotel is also home to Bergen’s oldest restaurant. Altona Wine Bar & Kitchen was established in 1614, and the charming basement eatery features original flagstone floors, a wood-beamed ceiling and a wine cellar. Dig into pan-fried scallops or halibut, or perhaps a gourmet vegetarian meal washed down with a glass of wine from the extensive list. For more spacious rooms, opt for a family room or junior suite.

9. Klosterhagen Hotell

Independent Hotel, Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Blue exterior of the Klosterhagen Hotell. Colourful buildings on the rest of the street.
© Klosterhagen Hotell

Bergen’s jutting Nordnes peninsula is home to Klosterhagen Hotell. If you desire peace and quiet while in town, this 15-room property hits the spot, with narrow cobblestone lanes and colourful houses surrounding it. A three-story house-turned-hotel, it excels at breakfast – there’s a spread of homemade goods, plus the meat and fish are cured and smoked on the premises. Rooms, from economy to family-sized, come with slick minimalist furnishings and modern amenities. Calming pastel tones run throughout and the building is easy to spot with a pretty sky blue exterior.

10. Steens Hotel AS

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

Opulent dining room with large wooden tables and hanging lanterns at Steens Hotel. A stained glass window on the back wall.
Courtesy of Steens Hotel

The 21-room Steens, with its vistas over Nygårdsparken park, employs elegant 19th-century design aesthetics in keeping with its origins. The grand lounge and breakfast areas feature high ceilings, stained glass windows, ornate wallpaper and antique-style furnishings. However, the remodelled single and double rooms have more of a modern edge. The positioning of this place amid mansions and skirting the park offers a lovely slice of tranquillity.

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Danai Christopoulou contributed additional reporting to this article.

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