Music is never far away when you stay at the aptly named Opus XVI. The former bank, now a cool city centre hotel in Bergen, is owned by the descendants of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, famous for his work on Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.
While the hotel is named after his Piano Concerto in A minor – Opus 16, you will also find the 65 rooms and suites christened in honour of his compositions. And afternoon tea in the elegant hotel restaurant is often accompanied by the occasional lunchtime recital.
Each of the suites are individually designed with modern interiors, but with a classic touch. The décor consists of muted colours, dark cabinetry, and gold accents. Some rooms enjoy views towards Mount Fløyen while others look down over the quiet plaza of Vågsallmenningen.
With its proximity to the coast, you can expect inventive seafood dishes in Restaurant XVI. The chef and his team are passionate about local ingredients and create a three and five-course menu which include everything from langoustine and monkfish to goats’ cheese. For breakfast, you can choose from a selection of pastries, including freshly baked brioche, meats, and an overflowing fruit basket.
Just a short walk from this heritage hotel you will find the famous fish market, the bustling pier and the Fløibanen funicular which will take you high above the city and highlights why Bergen is known as the ‘capital of the fjords’.