Sep192015

Clarion Collection Hotel No 13 Bergen with dinner at Hotel Oleana

Clarion Collection Hotel No 13, ‘number 13’ is centrally located in downtown Bergen on the Torgallmenningen, a pedestrian mall.  There are seven Nordic Choice Hotels in Bergen, Norway, including one connected to the airport and one near the airport about ten miles out of city center.

Clarion Collection No 13 is the lowest priced reward night at 12,000 Choice Privileges points. I have been to four of the seven hotels in Bergen, including the newest Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana opened June 2015. Hotel Oleana is the highest reward cost at 20,000 points. The other five hotels are 16,000 points per night.

The Flybussen Airport shuttle has several stops and will place you within 200 meters of any of these hotels in Bergen.

Clarion Collection in Nordic Choice Hotels

The deal for Choice Privileges members is the ability to redeem points for Nordic Choice Hotels. Earning points at Nordic Choice Hotels requires being a member of Nordic Choice Club. You can book paid rates through Choice Privileges, but these bookings do not earn Choice Privileges points.

Clarion Collection hotels in Nordic Choice include a light dinner buffet. The offering varies between hotels. Usually there is one hot dish, cold meats, breads, cheeses and salads. This is a huge value in Norway and Sweden where dinner meals can be expensive. Take note that if the hotel name is only Clarion, without Collection, then no complimentary dinner benefit is attached.

BARE pa 13

Last year when I stayed at Hotel No 13, the evening meal was a set plate at Bare PA 13.

BARE Pa 13 bar

Bare Pa 13 bar at Hotel No 13

The arrangement now is the evening buffet is at Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana around the corner.

One of the odd things about Hotel No 13 is the hotel entrance is through the bar and restaurant.

No 13 Reception

I went through all the confusion of the hotel set-up last year. This year the place seemed totally familiar. The only change was the dinner service at Hotel Oleana.

Small room with all mod cons and an exhibitionist bathroom

The hotel has seven floors with six rooms on each floor. I was assigned Room 606. Last year I stayed in room 506. My review last year is more detailed with photos of the 7th floor suites.

Clarion Collection No 13 Bergen, Norway (Sep 15, 2014).

No13 bed   No 13Room 606 chairs

The TV is huge for the size of the room.

No 13 TV   No 13 bathroom

The deal with the bathroom is only half the windows are frosted. The two top rows and the bottom row of bathroom glass panes are clear. The view in the back looks out to other buildings.

No 13 Shower door   No 13 shower heads   No 13 toilet

I like the style of the hotel and find it to be a great room for one person. I might not enjoy the rooms as much if traveling as a couple.

Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana

Hotel Oleana is around the corner from Hotel No 13.

Hotel Oleana

The location of Hotel Oleana is near the main city theater for plays and musicals. This may be why the hotel has a higher reward night category.

Bergen Theater

Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana has similar boutique character to Hotel No 13. I did not see any of the 98 rooms. Sample photos are found on the hotel website.

Hotel Oleana reception

 Hotel Oleana Reception

Hotel Oleana lobby

Hotel Oleana lobby.

Hotel Oleana buffet

The evening buffet is opposite the lobby in an open space room. There was a good fish stew as I recall. There have been several fish meals in the Clarion Collection hotel stays this month in Sweden and Norway.

Hotel Oleana lobby bar

The two chandelier lights are unique style and the dining area has bulbs on the wall.

Hotel Oleana light    Hotel Oleana wall lights

Hotel Oleana exterior

Breakfast at Hotel No 13 is still in the basement room.

Hotel No 13 breakfast room

Clarion Collection Hotel No 13 is a good choice at 12,000 points. Walking 200 meters from the hotel to the Flybussen Airport bus is convenient. Hotel Oleana is the same distance.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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