Bergen Børs Hotel, the old stock exchange in Bergen, opened in April 2017 and has become Bergen’s most fashionable hotel – even with a restaurant nominated ‘the best restaurant in Norway’ 2017!
Bergen Børs Hotel is listed on Daily Scandinavian’s “Hot List” of hotels due to its small size, personal service, its location and amazing rooms, a combination that makes this our favorite hotel in Bergen.
The reuse of the 1862 stock exchange building, which survived the urban fire in 1916, makes it the perfect base for shopping, dining and sightseeing. We simply loved the look and feel of the hotel, especially our stay in room 323, the old office of bank director Jørgen Faye, where the doors to his private safe and bathroom has been carefully maintained and allowed the rooms existing details to shine. The beds are very comfy and the atmosphere is down to earth.
The Bergen Stock Exchange was originally designed by architect Franz Wilhelm Schiertz, and the Stock Exchange Hall was decorated with fresco paintings by the Norwegian artist Axel Revold (1887-1962). The Fresco Hall, as it was called, houses today an Oriental restaurant, where the fresco paintings still can be admired.
Some of Bergen Børs’s 127 rooms retain their original stained glass-windows, while others feature coffered ceilings and parquet flooring. The breakfast is served in the 3rd floor restaurant, BARE, offering all the wonderful and organic essentials you need to start the day. The coffee is good and the juice is fresh.
The bar, opposite the restaurant, also on the 3rd floor, has been decorated with impressive bespoke mirrors, cut to match the bar’s decorative wooden panels. This was once the stock exchange’s board room.
The restaurant BARE is nothing short of a hidden gem, serving set menus mainly consisting of domestic short traveled ingredients of the season.
Bergen’s once so impressive bank and stock exchange has been transformed into a classic, modern design hotel, and everybody can feel the genuine, welcoming charm,” says hotel director Camilla Thun.
Bergen Børs hotel is perfect for business travel, shopping trips with your friends or a romantic weekend with your love.
Bergen Børs Hotel is owned by the local hotel chain De Bergenske, consisting of Augustin, Grand Terminus, Villa Terminus, Zander K and Bergen Børs.
Old Bergen Stock Exchange Converted into Boutique Hotel, written by Tor Kjolberg
All photos (if not otherwise stated) by Tor Kjolberg