On this second post of my Bergen adventures I am taking you to one of the most quirky hotels I have ever stayed in my travel freelance life, Hotel Oleana!
This is a central hotel, situated in the popular Torgalmenningen square, with unique colourful rooms, friendly staff and the most impressive breakfast bar – if you haven’t watched my vlog already, it starts at 8.21 minute.
The thing with Bergen is that everything is in a walking distance so if you stay at a central hotel you literally feel like you have everything on your doorstep.
Cafe places? Checked!
There’s nothing that you are going to miss if you stay in Hotel Oleana. It puts you right to where you want to be and it is the perfect base for a weekend getaway to Bergen – just 5′ walk from the airport bus stop (Flybussen), it couldn’t be more convenient if you are arriving from the airport!
On this note let me just say that if you are travelling from Bergen airport to Bergen city by bus make sure to book your tickets online, not only they are cheaper but they also save you time when boarding. The bus is always on time and the drivers are more than happy to answer any questions you have about the city. Ours even gave us a city book with all the places we had to visit!
Back to Hotel Oleana…
As with every other independent hotel, Hotel Oleana has an interesting lobby that serves as a restaurant/bar/cafe for visitors and locals and a breakfast bar for guests. I loved the hand painted art in the walls, the eccentric chandelier in the middle of the main room, the basket in the corner packed with soft, fleece blankets, and the velvet sofas inviting you to sit and relax.
When we arrived it was 10 am in the morning (it’s only a short, hour flight from Aberdeen after all) and some people were still having their breakfast in the bar. Others were sitting in the back, quiet, dining room doing some work on their laptops and others were catching up with friends over hot chocolate whilst admiring the view from the windows.
Eager to have a look at our room, leave our stuff and explore the city before it gets dark, we rushed to our Junior Suite.
Even though the room was quite small, it had its benefits – there was a balcony facing the mountain Floyen, a big bed with 6 velvet pillows, a bathroom with a shower room bigger than my old room at the Student Residence Halls and a bottle of red wine. Oh, and a purple chair that would be every Instagrammer’s dream!
Hotel Oleana has 4 different kinds of rooms, standard double, superior double, deluxe double and Suites. Each room has unique layouts, colours and designer furniture. The bathrooms are a big highlight in Hotel Oleana with open rainfall showers, big glass windows, white subway tiles and if you are a lucky one you might get one of these rooms that have tubs!
Now onto the important stuff, the breakfast bar. My, oh my!
Through my years of freelance journalism and travel blogging I have visited many hotels. Each of them had something unique that made the hotel unforgettable, some had huge mid-century style rooms, others had a jacuzzi in the balcony and some had the most impressive breakfast bar! And this was the exact case for Hotel Oleana!
ANYTHING you can imagine was on offer. Pancakes, croissants and chocolate biscuits to cure the cravings, hot English breakfast with 3 different options of cooked eggs (hard boiled, fried and omelette), antipasti, pickled fish, 8 different chutneys, fruit, vegetables and the most important FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE!
Everything was arranged in such a beautiful, Scandinavian design, silver trays next to wooden trays with rosemary leaves and pines in between, I couldn’t help it but think that they paid a famous interior designer to assemble all this.
With all this fantastic variety, you could make your own avocado on toast with eggs (and bacon), pancakes with chocolate spread and strawberries on top, yoghurt with granola, dried apricots and chia seeds, really there was no one that left the breakfast bar unsatisfied.
Most of the days I had 2 glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice, with some toast and yogurt. I am not one of these people that can eat a lot first thing in the morning, so I was very jealous of people that could pack their plate and have a taste of this delicious breakfast bar!
This full continental breakfast bar is included in the price of the room and there are also cups and small paper bags to take away with you some coffee and croissants while exploring the city. How very thoughtful of the hotel and staff to take care of their guests in such a motherly way!
Speaking of hospitality, another thing that caught my eye about the hotel was the basket filled with big, black umbrellas next to the door for the guests to use in the case of a sudden rain event. Even though I had packed my own umbrella with me, I found it very considerate and helpful of the hotel to offer this to their guests.
Have you ever visited Hotel Oleana?
More from our Norwegian adventures, tomorrow!