Hotel Augustin – Bergen, Norway
(The above picture is Bergen, but not the hotel.)
Address: C. Sundtsgt. 22
N-5004 Bergen, Norway
Tel: +47 55 30 40 00
Upon entering the Hotel Augustin, we were immediately met with a warm, welcoming greeting from the reception staff and an atmosphere that truly relaxed me right away. Our room had a sofa, chair, desk and bed, plus a bathroom with shower. I booked a standard double, but we may have been upgraded, or else the standard room was quite spacious by European standards. There was no air conditioning, but we didn’t need it, and the windows opened for fresh air. There was a floor heater, but we were there in May and I don’t believe we used it. We did use the free wifi, which worked well. Per their website, the Augustin is Bergen’s oldest family-run hotel, owned by the same family for three generations. While it is an older property, I found it to be clean and maintained, and the graciousness of the staff won me over.
Before heading out to see Bergen, we stopped to make some of the free “make-them-yourself” waffles available at the hotel. We had a good laugh figuring out the waffler, enjoyed the snack and the complimentary coffee/tea, then struck out since it was our only day in Bergen. The hotel is in a convenient, central location and we quickly found ourselves in the Fish Market/Bryggen area.
Upon our return that night, we checked out Altona, the 400-year-old stone tavern that was refitted as the hotel’s wine bar. The wines are pricey but good, and the cellar itself is a very interesting space, what with the stone walls, wooden ceiling beams and a bar counter that is a contemporary work of art.
The next morning, we were up early to catch a train, but stopped first for the free breakfast buffet. The buffet was decent, nothing over the top but food was as expected and the breakfast area was nicely arranged.
We had asked on arrival about a taxi to the train in the morning, and were told they would call one for us that would only take minutes. The taxi unfortunately didn’t come, and as I was getting anxious about catching the train, a (previously unmentioned) hotel shuttle took us to the Rail station. (I would recommend anyone who needs it to ask about the shuttle.) The driver was extremely friendly, asking us all about the United States and particularly about politics. He was quick and got us to the station with enough time to catch the train.
Overall, what made the Hotel Augustin stand out to me was the atmosphere created by the attentive and pleasant staff. It’s not a luxury hotel, but it is cheerful, comfortable and convenient.
Stayed: May 26-27, 2010
Current rate for standard double room with breakfast: Approximately $280 in USD for Flexible rate/$240 for Advance/Non-refundable rate
(price quoted is per company website at the time of writing; rates vary)