Friday, October 28, 2011

€300 per night for regular hotel rooms in Bergen? Maybe, but not in November!

Single room at Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge
Bergen, Norway, is one of the most expensive cities in Europe for tourists to stay in. Norwegian papers reported that you may to pay up to €300 for a moderately sized room. Expensive hotels and bad service threatens Bergen reputation as one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Norway. That was back in August. Booking a room in November you will not have to pay that much. It is, after all, off season. 

Bergen hotels charge deluxe prices for quite ordinary rooms, and the number of tourists visiting this historic city may fall if this trend continues. There is a limit to how much tourists will pay for ordinary accommodation.

I have stayed in Bergen hotels several times the last years, but I have always been there off-season, i.e. from October to May. Here are current prices for hotels I have stayed in from 2007. Be aware that current prices will be lower than during peak season. 

The large atrium at Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg
Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg - same price as in 2007

The Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg is located on a hilltop at Sandsli, a five minute drive away from Bergen airport Flesland. I stayed there April 2007. I was given a large double room with a view towards Bergen.

The hotel is located outside of the city, and you may have to take a bus in order to get to the city. Another drawback is that you have to rely on the hotel in order to take a drink or dine, as there are no other restaurant or bars in the neighbourhood.  

My room at Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg was paid for, but the rate of the double room was € 130. Going rate at booking.com for two nights from November 4th to November 6th is €464.

The good news is that booking.com is offering a discount of 40%, so you can get a double room for two for €281 per night, more or less the same price as four years ago.

Read my full review of Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg here
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel - 35 % up since 2008
I stayed at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in November 2008. Then I paid a discount price of 1170 NOK (€ 150), then a steep price for the room in question.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is located by the historic Bryggen area, in the city centre. It was awarded several architectural prices for its design.

In 2008 I found the only thing royal by the hotel was the price. Great breakfast, location and facilities, but partly rude, and inexperienced staff. My room, however, was terrible, in need of a total makeover. 

All rooms for two first weekends of November 2011 were booked. For the weekend November 18th to November 20 you can get a double room for NOK 3091,- (€ 403), an increase of around 35 %. Full price of a double room is NOK 2250 (€ 293) per night, so I do recommend using booking.com when booking here.
Read my full review of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel here

Double room at Bergen Travel Hotel
Bergen Travel Hotel - up 25 % since 2008

I stayed at Bergen Travel Hotel in November 2008. Then I paid a discount price of 790 NOK (€ 105). You can get the same room early November 2011 for NOK 990 per night. 25 % up since 2008.

I had left Radisson SAS Royal Hotel eager to find a better hotel. I had booked two nights at Bergen Travel Hotel, a small newly redecorated hotel close to Torgallmenningen , Bergens main street.

Bergen Travel Hotel provided a decent honest experience, and I had, back then,  no problems recommending it for visitors to Bergen.

You can get a non-refundable double room for NOK 1990 (€259) if staying in Bergen from November 4th to November 6th. Throw in an additional NOK 50, and you may cancel the room. Breakfast is included. Full price of a double room is NOK 1360 (€ 177) per night, so I do recommend using booking.com when booking here. 

Read my full review of Bergen Travel Hotel here 
Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge - exterior
Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge - 17% down compared to 2009, and breakfast included
I stayed at Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge in October 2009.  The price of the single room was NOK 745 per night (€ 97). Breakfast (NOK 69 / € 9) not included. Not a high price for a room, back then, and you can get a room at Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge even cheaper now.

Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge is a budget hotel at the lower end of the scale, budget as in feeling a little cheap, as well as inexpensive. Great location. Low in inhouse facilities.

You can get a non-refundable single room at Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge through booking.com for NOK 675 (€88) if staying in Bergen from November 4th to November 6th. Breakfast is included. Full price of a single room is NOK 1195 (€ 155) per night, so I do recommend using booking.com when booking here. 

Read my full review of Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge here

1 comment:

Kai said...

Lowest price for Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge in November on www.thonhotels.com/bergenbrygge is NOK 628.