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Review: I visit the Moxy Bergen hotel in Norway and try a ‘Family Sleeper’ room

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This is our review of the Moxy Bergen hotel in Norway.

Moxy Bergen is one of the few international chain hotels in Norway. Outside of Radisson, you’ll find Hilton, Marriott and IHG properties to be few and far between. There is just one other Marriott hotel in the entirety of Norway – another Moxy in Oslo.

I am, generally, a big fan of Moxy hotels. They are my go-to option when I need a basic hotel night, whether that’s as part of a three-day HfP national lounge tour or a weekend in New York City with friends.

Moxy

In fact, I have stayed at more Moxys than any other hotel brand I can think of. This is not by design but because their rapid expansion over the past few years has meant good coverage across airports and key city centres.

Over the years, I’ve stayed at:

And let me tell you: they are all the same (in a good way). In my experience, Moxy Hotels offer a more consistent product than any other chain. The hotels are virtually all brand new and feature basic, stripped-down rooms with open wardrobes and industrial-chic design. There are polaroids in lifts and inflatable pink flamingos in the lobby. The only thing that really changes is the view outside your window.

Moxy Bergen

Despite my frequent visits there’s one thing that until last week I hadn’t tried: the Moxy Family Sleeper with its sofa bed.

Last weekend I had the chance to change this with a quick weekend trip to Bergen with two of my oldest friends. Whilst they initially had other plans, I thought it would be interesting to review the Family Sleeper as a three, and Marriott very kindly provided the stay.

The hotel website is here.

Moxy Bergen

Where is the Moxy Bergen hotel?

The Moxy Bergen is in the Solheimsviken neighbourhood of Bergen. This is just outside the city centre, effectively Bergen’s equivalent of London’s Docklands and formerly dominated by heavy industry.

Moxy Bergen location

It is not a bad location. The Moxy Bergen is quayside, with views across the bay, and it is just 300m from the Florida tram stop. This gets you to the airport in 40 minutes and the city centre in under 10.

It is also an easy and scenic 30 minute walk in, especially if you walk along the Southern part of the quay towards Solheim Nord and the Småpudden footbridge, through Nygårdsparken park.

Moxy Bergen

Inside the Moxy Bergen hotel

If you’ve stayed at a Moxy before you’ll know what to expect here. The lobby is the main ‘social’ space at the Moxy, and makes up for the smaller room sizes.

You check in at the bar:

Moxy Bergen

As is standard at Moxys you are offered a welcome drink. I declined and said I would have it in the evening (which I did) – whilst it is alcoholic it was very sweet. Don’t expect a premium cocktail!

Whilst the rest of the space, with views through to the bay, offers a range of seating, from more casual options to a shared hot desking space.

Moxy Bergen

and

Moxy Bergen

Moxy always does a good job with its lobbies, which generally feel much more lively than luxury hotels where the lobby is a transitory space – more ornamental than functional. It is particularly busy in the evenings, with hotel guests and local business people popping in for a drink.

Moxy Bergen

You’ll also find table football and a pingpong table:

Moxy Bergen

Family Sleeper rooms at Moxy Bergen

Moxy Hotels generally feature just a couple of room types: a standard queen / king / twin, and then a larger type that can accommodate up to four. At the Moxy Bergen, they’re called a Family Sleeper.

Standard rooms are pretty small (as anyone with lots of luggage can attest) so I was curious to see whether Family Sleeper rooms, which sleep three, offered any more space.

I’m pleased to report that it exceeded my expectations. Moxy have, quite cleverly, combined both family rooms and accessible rooms into one room type. That means they are absolutely vast, taking up the footprint of two standard rooms.

There is so much space that you don’t quite know what to do with it. This is what you see when you enter:

Moxy Bergen family sleeper

Even if you added a second sofa bed you’d still be left with loads of room. The empty floor space is ideal for families with young kids who need lots of space to spread out and will give any children plenty of room to play. It is so big you could probably do yoga with a good 5-6 other people in it!

Moxy Bergen

To the left of this you have the bathroom, which in this case is an accessible wet room:

Moxy Bergen

Size-wise it is excellent, although the wet-room element means that you need to dry the shower floor after showering if you want to go to the toilet or you’ll end up with soggy socks. I don’t think the hotel could have designed this any better, given the constraints, so it is a necessary trade-off.

Toiletries are the usual pink Deep Muk brand. This comprises an all-in-one shampoo-shower gel and separate conditioner. I’m not enamoured by Deep Muk but you do at least get a conditioner, so that is something.

Moxy Bergen

Back in the room you have the queen bed tucked nicely behind the bathroom, with the sofa bed along the window by the TV:

Moxy Bergen

and

Moxy Bergen

There are sockets for European plugs as well as USB-A. The socket appears to have a USB-C shaped hole but there don’t seem to be any electronics connected to this when I tried. There are sockets either side of the bed as well as by the TV, which is convenient for the sofa bed.

Moxy Bergen

Speaking of the sofa bed, here it is:

Moxy Bergen

This is where I ended up, having pulled the short straw!

It comprises a square-shaped sofa that folds out in three sections to create a single bed. For some reason we were given three double duvets – two for the queen bed and one for me.

I slept perfectly well on the sofa bed. It obviously isn’t the same as a proper mattress, but I had no problems with it, apart from that I am not used to sleeping in a single bed and almost rolled out a couple of times!

Next to the sofa bed you’ll find the large TV, plus the ‘open wardrobe’ which consists of hangars and metal frame for hanging. You also get the world’s tiniest desk and stool:

Moxy Bergen

Breakfast at Moxy Bergen

When it comes to breakfast, the Moxy Bergen doesn’t push the boat out. The breakfast buffet laid out around the bar. Once you’ve registered at the bar you just take a tray and walk around. If you don’t have it included it is 199NOK (around £16) which is not terrible given how expensive Norway is.

One thing I have never noticed before is that there are pull-out tray-rests all along the buffet, which makes life much easier.

The only hot options are scrambled eggs and frankfurters – not especially inspiring:

Moxy Bergen

There is a better selection of pastries, including doughnuts, croissants and bread:

Moxy Bergen

…. plus a pretty good range of cereals with five different types of Kellogs and some granola – more than most hotels. I went straight for the choco shells as they remind me of my childhood holidays in France!

Moxy Bergen

Then there’s a selection of yoghurts, cold cuts and fruit:

Moxy Bergen

Nothing ground breaking but you should be able to cobble yourself something together and save some Krona versus having breakfast elsewhere.

Conclusion

I was surprised by the sheer amount of space that the Family Sleeper rooms afford you. Given the standard Moxy room I was expecting something considerably smaller which would a bit tight for three adults, let alone four, but this proved not to be a problem.

For an additional 300NOK (around £25) per night, you’d be silly not to upgrade to the Family Sleeper purely for the additional space you’d get. That’s about the average price of two beers in Norway!

Other than that, the Moxy Bergen is typically Moxy in every other way, down the welcome drink, decor and yes, inflatable flamingo. There’s something to be said about that – no matter which Moxy you book, you always know what you’ll get.

Rooms at the Moxy Bergen hotel generally start at just under £100 in October, rising to around £115 for the Family Sleeper. You can redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points from 16,500 points per night for a standard room. You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

Comments (28)

  • riku says:

    >>For some reason we were given three double duvets
    Welcome to the bedding style of Scandinavia and Germany. Double beds come with two duvets, each person gets their own. No duvet hogging! This applies not just to hotels but it’s what many have at home also.

  • Tim says:

    Your statement that Norway doesn’t have many chain hotels is not true. Unless you ignore Scandic and Thon and other local chains

  • CC says:

    Looking at those photos, all I can say is: you were lucky with the weather 🙂
    (I hope you enjoyed Bergen)

    CC

    • Rhys says:

      Did have a 2 hour rainstorm but it very kindly decided to roll in just as we returned to the hotel having hiked around Fløyen!

  • rev_lou says:

    “Nothing ground breaking but you should be able to cobble yourself something together and save some Krona versus having breakfast elsewhere.”

    You’ll do well to save Icelandic Krona in Norway! Whilst it’s the same word (i.e. “Crowns”), in Norway it’s spelt Kroner 🙂

  • BJ says:

    Given that Hampton and HIX are their main chain competitors I’ve always found it curious that Moxy does not include breakfast. Probably the main reason I have not yet stayed in a Moxy, along with the facts that Hamptons seem to be of notably higher standard and HIX are generally much more plentiful.

  • Tariq says:

    Accommodation prices in Norway seem quite cheap in relation to beer prices…?

    The family sleeper room type at the Moxy Birmingham NEC and Moxy Milton Keynes follow the same concept, but with a slightly different layout – more of a two room suite style room.

    • ken says:

      Hotel prices in Norway and Sweden are reasonable.

      It’s alcohol and eating out that stings most tourists, particularly those who, well lemming like, can’t think beyond heading to a Starbucks for a coffee

      • Rhys says:

        Sweden really isn’t that expensive. It’s basically just London prices.

        Norway, however….whole different ball game!

  • pauldb says:

    So is that sofabed meant to accommodate the third and fourth person? I thought it must mean the fourth gets a rollaway bed but the website is explicit that they don’t.

    I always find a single sofabed and a rollaway is much better for two kids than a small, thin-mattress double sofabed. But ironically only Premier Inn seem to consistently go that way.

  • QwertyKnowsBest says:

    For Bergen stays and in competition with the Moxy at similar rates , also consider the Thon Hotel Orion.

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