The number 13 might be unlucky for some, but for travellers seeking a cosy retreat in the heart of Norway’s second city, the Clarion Collective Number 13 is anything but. This elegant and charming boutique will convince even the most superstitious types.
Well placed in the very centre of Bergen, in the heart of the main shopping district, within easy reach of the many local attractions and activities. The Bryggen UNESCO World Heritage Site is 400m from the hotel, and the famous Fish Market on the magnificent harbour is just around the corner. For spectacular panoramic views of the entire city, the Fløibanen Funicular train is less than a ten-minute walk from the hotel, offering a sedate and scenic journey to the top of Mount Fløyen. Bergen Airport is 20km from the city centre – the airport shuttle drops off within 150m of the Clarion’s front door. Car transfers take approximately 30 minutes.
The Clarion counts 40 rooms, furnished to a tasteful and modern standard; the pick of the bunch is the ‘Skylight Suite’, where the eponymous window offers a beautiful view of the city by day and an even better view of the stars by night. Generously-sized for a city centre hotel, the rooms are well-equipped, with Wi-Fi as standard throughout.
WHY WE LIKE IT
As if the location wasn’t convenient enough, the Clarion strives to take even more weight off the shoulders of their guests; an organic breakfast, mid-afternoon snack and a light evening meal are all included in the price of the room, so that there is always something to eat “at home” – a welcome touch in a relatively expensive city for dining out. The position of the hotel is the main draw, though, presenting the perfect base from which to explore the idyllic Scandinavian city and seafront. Well-informed staff are delighted to make recommendations for cultural excursions or local hotspots.