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Well, we weren't supposed to leave Stavanger until 4 pm today, but Terri and I really wanted to get back to Bergen so we just showed up to the ferry at 7:45 am to see if they would let us on. No problem. We were back in Bergen by lunch time, which we spent eating fresh seafood at the fish market. If you live in Norway, you're going to be eating …
Well, that was a nice day. We started a little early (had to wake up at 6 am to catch our train), but we took the train from Oslo to Myrdal. The Norwegian countryside was beautiful. The train ride itself was very pleasant; clean, quiet, easy, and relaxing. It began to dawn on us that it may be a good thing that we came before the real tourist rush …
Woke up at 7:00 and had our bags out the door by 7:45. The breakfast was much better and had more variety then in previous days. It was nice having a later start, since we met in the lobby at 8:30 and put our handbags on the coach before walking over and getting on the ferry.
Today was our trip on the Sognefjord cruise. Unfortunately it …
Reflections of an Ancient Nordic Capital (Hukommelse av en gamle norske hovedstad) Bergen, Norway Averaging 260 days of rain a year, Bergen is homologous to Seattle and is nicknamed Paraply-byen, or "The Umbrella City" in Norwegian. In spite of its dampness, its mist-shrouded hills and straggling islands confer a charming ambience. Once belonging …
... at Gudvangen at 15.30. It was nice in the sun, but that breeze was very cool in the shade! The ferry moved at a reasonable pace - we moved along the wider fiord and turned west with Aurland on the right bank looking very inviting as a place to stay in the future. Then passed Undredal on our left. Apart from looking at the stunning scenery we watched the seagulls catch bread in the air as other passengers and crew threw pieces out the back and sides of the deck. Once around ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews First Hotel Marin Bergen
Great rooms, good location, disappointing food
Stayed here om a conference in september 2005. Got a big room on the 5th floor, with comfy beds and a nice bathroom. The location is very central, close to Bryggen and the harbour and to the funicular to Floyen, and with the shopping streets only a 5 minutes walk away. Except for a good buffet breakfast, food was below average for a hotel of this class in Norway. Go for a room with breakfast only, and have lunch and dinner elsewhere.
Very comfortable hotel!
We stayed here for three nights and were very pleased with our rooms. Great location in town. Clean, bright, spacious rooms with really comfortable beds. Breakfast buffet was good. Hotel staff very pleasant and helpful. Only minus was that the shower was a little wavery on the hot/cold. Otherwise excellent! Probably do not plan to visit Bergen again (VERY touristy town) but would stay at this hotel if we did.
Comfortable, great location
Stayed here for two nights before heading out to fjords. This is a nice comfortable hote, very welcoming with an accomodating staff. It's in a great location by the harbor and is a modern interior crafted inside a number of older buildings. It's not a luxury property but they don't claim to be and from looking around town we didn't see anywhere we would rather have stayed. This definitely seemed like a better choice than the two Radisson properties which we also considered. From here we took the express boat to Balestrand, which is a great next step in touring this beautiful part of western Norway.
After taking the Norway in a Nutshell tour from Oslo, we spent the night and the following day in Bergen. We booked the First Hotel Marin through an internet discount service. I then emailed the hotel and asked about getting a nicer room. For 150 NOK (less than 25 US Dollars) we upgraded to a lovely large room with a view of the waterfront. (See photos)
OK but nothing special
Stayed at the First Hotel Marin in June 2005. Had intended to stay 5 nights so booked a junior suite. Asked on checking in whether this could be downgraded to a superior double but they were full, so took the suite at the rate of NOK 2095 per night. Hotel is well situated (but so are most of the big hotels) and the suite on the 6th floor was quite large and comfortable with wooden floors, sofa and 2 armchairs though with only 2 windows in the roof, so no view whatsoever, which was disappointing for that price. Breakfast was very chaotic as too many guests for the size of the room and extremely slow and careless staff in attendance so it was difficult to find anywhere to sit. Left 2 days early.
Perfect Location and friendly staff
We used a discount service to book our room and did not get a large room with a view. We did however have a nice room that was well furnished and very comfortable. The hotel's location was perfect...close to everything but not on the main street. The staff was very accommodating when we arrived. It was a nice surprise to be able to check in just after 10 am. The breakfast was very nice and was included even at the discounted rate.
We stayed for two nights on a pre-Christmas break (15-17 Dec 2004).
Norway is an unbelievably expensive country (and I live in London!). The First Hotel Marin can therefore be considered a real bargain.
The hotel is 5 minutes walk from Radssions SAS Royal Hotel where the airport shuttle stopped. The hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of everything, including the fish market.
The room is medium in size and in a classical style. Our room can barely see the harbour from the window.
If u do not have to carry large suitcase, this hotel is alright. However, if you have large suitcase to be carried, like my hubby and I, it is advisable to consider staying at Radssions SAS Royal Hotel.
Very Comfortable hotel. I had a nice, sea view room, over looking the harbour from Bryggen. Reception Staff were extremely helpful, courteous and efficient. Good buffet breakfast. Ideal hotel for business or pleasure, in an excellent location.