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... I was used to paying back home was even more significant.
The first night in Bergen all those years ago, I couldn't stomach paying for an overpriced restaurant meal, so I instead settled for an overpriced hot dog. There was nothing overly memorable about the hot dog; the only thing I really remember was that I couldn't believe the thing cost $10! So with a nod to the past, no return trip to Bergen would ever be complete, until I had another $10 hot ...
... very much behind us. But as for Norway, there's nothing wrong with this place or it's people. It's a country currently doing almost everything right, it's people are reserved but friendly and it's landscape awe-inspiring. Who wouldn't want to visit somewhere like that?
I only had three nights, the third of which was spent in another room with nobody else in sight. I slept perfectly and woke up in the morning with plenty of time to go looking for the bus back to the ...
... to have tour groups get priority. Consequently when we got on the ferry seating was already taken up and some people didn't even make it on.
Eventually got lucky and got one chair and then another surrendered next to it. The cruise up the Fjord though was unbelievable. Everything is so spectacular that you experience sensory overload, oh yeah another waterfall, oh yeah another amazing cliff ...
Saturday 27.07.13 Bergen Norway
Got out of bed early since the ship would pass numerous islands entering Bergen's harbour. The Queen Elizabeth was just ahead of us entering the harbour, it did berth in a longer wharf.
Since we had visited Bergen before, we decided to roam around and see different things - but we had to go again on the cable car ...
... docked we had to hop back into the bus so we go drive off and keep right on going. At our first rest stop in Stryn, we had a little hitch, the WCs were closed, being Sunday. Vivian, our guide, was finally able to find someone with the key to get them open for us to use. Then back on the bus to our lunch stop. The trip for today was travel only, no sight-seeing stops. However, we did see tons of waterfalls, rivers, glacier lakes, ...
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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.