Bergen’s first truly luxe independent hotel

The 18th-century Villa Terminus has 18 unique rooms and can booked out in its entirety

Bergen’s Villa Terminus is set in an 18th-century building renovated by architects Claesson Koivisto Rune
Bergen’s Villa Terminus is set in an 18th-century building renovated by architects Claesson Koivisto Rune | Image: Åke E:son Lindman

Bergen is Norway’s unsung coastal charmer, a big/little town on a spectacularly scenic fjord that punches above its weight on the lifestyle front, with wine bars, directional restaurants and some nice cultural venues – almost everything, it seemed until recently, except a truly luxe independent hotel. Enter Villa Terminus (villaterminus.no; from £160), a lovely new sister property to the venerable Grand Hotel Terminus and part of the local De Bergenske group. The talents of preeminent Nordic architects Claesson Koivisto Rune were enlisted to breathe life into the splendid 18th-century building, whose 18 rooms are all unique – some tucked into the steeply pitched attic eaves, others with soaring mullioned windows and original cornicing. Bonus: the property can be taken over in its entirety, providing a private villa experience that’s probably unmatched in this city.

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