By Cacinda Maloney
The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway
As soon as I walked in the door and saw the eclectic purple furniture with the flowing Calla Lillies, I knew I was going to like this place. Between the purple leather sofa, the tall, purple and silver chairs, and the chandelier, it was a hip joint.
The decor at the Clarion Hotel in Bergen, Norway is sophisticated, cooler than cool, and oozed personal style. It is located in a vintage stone building dating back to the 1920’s. The building has the architectural capacities of new baroque and classicism.
The coolest thing about this hotel is that each room has its own theme and personality. Some rooms were modern and sleek, while others had the feel of old world elegance complete down to the columns and inlaid mural frescos.
After a morning flight from Stavanger, I was ready to get to my room and unload my belongings, but, alas, no room was ready. So I stashed away my belongings in the luggage closet and headed off to the city to explore. It was in a prime location, just across from the famous Bryggen Houses and the fish market, so it has the best location.
Once outside, I did notice the Radisson Blu across the roundabout and decided to peek my head inside for look, since I have such a stash of Club Carlson points. It is definitely nice and worth a stay, but not a splurge like the Clarion Collection was. However, it shares the same amazing location and if I was here again I would consider to stay there if the price/point usage was right.
Upon my late return, my room was ready and I couldn’t wait to open the door… to this lovely bedroom:
It was perfect with its lovely velvet brown comforters, deep brown leather headboard and tiny purple chandeliers by the sitting window with flowing taffeta curtains. Such elegant decor made me wish to never leave the room!
Something special about the hotel was that it has this amazing viewing platform. I asked for a private key and went to the penthouse level, where I climbed a narrow, spiral staircase to the top, creaked open the metal door and “wa la” There was the most beautiful view in all of Bergen! With the lights shining in the harbor and the yachts bobbing up and down, I stood, mesmerized by the stunning view!
Overall I loved the vibe of this hotel and would happily stay there again, even though the service was lacking.
- Where: Slottsgaten 1 5003 Bergen
- Cost: Suites start at $338.50/night
- Number of rooms: 116
- Amenities: free wifi, restaurant on site, the Hotel’s dining room offers breakfast buffet and a light evening meal. In the afternoon, the hotel will serve coffee/tea and waffles or pancakes. This is included in your room rate, The recreational facilities provide sauna, steam bath, some exercise machines (treadmill, bike, row machine and some weights) and relaxation area. A parking garage is located just outside the building and the shuttle bus to Flesland Airport arrives in front of the main entrance.
- Rating: TripAdvisor #2
Oh, and I forgot to mention who else has stayed here recently:
Disclosure: My trip to Norway and my stay at the Clarion Collection was provided courtesy of Visit Norway USA, however, the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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