“…through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” ― Roman Payne
Having heard many wonderful things about Bergen, located on Norway’s southwestern coast, we decided to sojourn there before beginning the return trip to Oslo. It was an easy decision as Bergen, surrounded by both fjords and steep mountains, is considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque in all of Europe. We arranged to stay at the Thon Hotel Orion (formerly Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge.) The Norway-based chain prides itself on its cool Scandinavian design aesthetic and exemplary customer service. Like her sister property in downtown Oslo, The Munch, the Orion succeeded on all levels. Located on the city’s famous waterfront, the property is easily within walking distance of Bergen’s equally famous town square, Torgalmenningen, and the leaning wooden houses facing the water. The hotel was undergoing an extensive renovation when we arrived and we ended up being the first guests to stay in a newly remodeled room, one of the best we have ever experienced. The room was quite large, featured ample storage space and new furniture and one of the best bathrooms in our many travel experiences. The bath and bed linens were without equal and their dining room, featuring American, Scandinavian and UK breakfast items, was large and meticulous. We cannot wait to return.